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This is how Microsoft will prevent CBSE paper leaks

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 August 2018, 18:39 IST

There have been many issues regarding paper leaks. Half of the nation were mad at the Government for not creating a proper system.

From past years, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is under criticism because of the following leak of class 10 mathematics examination paper and class 12 economics examination paper.

This is how the system will work

Microsoft system will allow the controller of examination to track the complete process with the help of a software solution built on Windows 10 and Office 365.

The overall process is encrypted and a two-factor authentication process is embedded.

Examiners can identify themselves before they can download the examination papers. They are allowed to download the papers (after authentification) only 30 minutes before the exams starts.

"The system allows various authentification process. For example, it can be OTP (one-time password) based or biometric based. It is up to the clients what two authentification process they want to choose," Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India said.

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"The authentification can even be Aadhaar-based," said the Microsoft executive.

The solution will be so secured that it leverages features in Office 365 to encrypt and watermark the papers. Every watermark has the individual centre's code imprinted on it which allows for localisation and traceability in the eventuality of a paper leak.

A CBSE administrator initiates the distribution of the examination papers, which results in the generation of emails to the respective centres with a link to OneDrive, a file-hosting service operated by Microsoft, where an exam paper, specific to the exam centre can be downloaded.

Apart from securing the system, this digitisation process is expected to save a significant amount of time and cost for examination administrators due to online paper generation, automated delivery process and reduction in approval cycles.

"The system that we have developed for CBSE can be easily replicated for other boards or examination administrators. We will be happy to share it with other central or state authorities that conduct examinations for various purposes," Bhansali told media.

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First published: 13 August 2018, 18:39 IST