In Bihar, candidates asked to strip down to their underwear for Army exam

Sources at the Army Regional Office (ARO) said the candidates were asked to remove their clothes to “save time on frisking so many people”.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: March 1, 2016 3:42 pm
Over 1,150 candidates took the test in Muzaffarpur. Over 1,150 candidates took the test in Muzaffarpur. (Photo by Gopi Mishra)

After that defining freezeframe from Vaishali last year of people perched on the window shades of a multi-storey building, passing on answer chits to students appearing for exams inside, comes another image from Bihar showing the other side of the coin.

This one, from Sunday, shows over 1,150 candidates, dressed only in their underwear, sitting cross-legged on an open ground in Muzaffarpur, putting pen to paper in the hope of making it to the Army. They said they were ordered to do so by supervisors to ensure they don’t cheat in the recruitment exam for soldiers on general duty and in the clerical and technical categories.

Sources at the Army Regional Office (ARO) said the candidates were asked to remove their clothes to “save time on frisking so many people”.

When contacted by The Indian Express, Col V S Godhara, director, ARO, said, “We conduct thorough frisking and ensure that candidates carry minimum external things to the exam centre.”

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But photos from the venue, accessed by The Indian Express, and interviews with candidates who appeared for the exams in their underwear suggest that the supervisors went a few steps further.

“As we entered Chakkar Maidan, the venue, we were asked to remove all clothes except underwear. We had no option but to comply with the instructions even though it felt odd. The gap between candidates was about eight feet in all directions,” said a candidate, who did not wish to be identified.

“We do not expect to appear for such largescale examinations in halls, but telling us to remove our clothes was not dignified,” said another candidate.

Officials confirmed that 1,159 candidates appeared for the written test on Sunday, including 775 candidates in the general duty category, 211 candidates in clerical and 173 candidates in technical.

They said that the written test lasted an hour, adding that the medical and physical tests were conducted between February 4 and 12.

Asked about photos that show uniformed personnel supervising candidates writing the test in their underwear, Col Godhara said, “I have seen one photo (from the exam centre) but that is too vague.”

Asked if the arrangement was specific to Bihar, Col Godhara said, “Nothing is state-specific”.

While local residents said that this was the second time that the Army recruitment test was being conducted in this manner, a senior officer described the procedure as an “administrative lapse”.

Speaking to The Indian Express on the condition of anonymity, the Army officer said, “There is no question of the Army conducting a written test in this manner. It is only during physical tests and medical exams that candidates are asked to remove their clothes. The written test is a test of the mental faculty anyway, and making candidates appear for that in their underwear amounts to an administrative lapse”.

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    MyTake
    Mar 1, 2016 at 3:36 am
    Pride of Bihar, trust in those who are one day going to protect them!
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      Mohammad paedophile
      Mar 1, 2016 at 11:16 am
      Or may be they want to odd out all the mulla s from the group ,so the army can be saved from treason within
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        Philip Blay
        Mar 6, 2016 at 7:09 pm
        It's a double-standard. If women were asked to comply to such a degrading demand, they would have been protected. As if the privacy of a man's body was not as important as the privacy of a woman's body.
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          Doctor who
          Mar 1, 2016 at 6:02 pm
          I can't agree with this. If I was there, I would have left the ground without even removing a single button. I can't speak for someone else.. It's a shame.. But it's India.
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            Amit
            Mar 1, 2016 at 11:56 am
            Now the courts will jump into this. They don't work on the crores of pending cases but find an excuse to take up such frivolous issues.
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              Anoop
              Mar 2, 2016 at 4:57 am
              Its no big deal.....anyways, candidates are required to do all their physical and medical tests in their undies.....the might of Bihiar State with all their police etc cannot control m cheating......recruitment tests are conducted by the Zonal Recruiting Officer who has limited manpower resources ex Army, hence security of venue etc are the States responsibility.....trust media to make an issue of a non issue !!!!!!
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                Nirav
                Mar 1, 2016 at 6:06 am
                Hasn't Army heard of computers? Simply have them take something like an apude test and then call only the top 20% percentile for the technical test.-n
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                  MAA
                  Mar 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm
                  There is no treatment available for a BIGOT
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                    Parambharti
                    Mar 1, 2016 at 5:58 pm
                    Nothing wrong with this, you can't have dumb soldiers who cheated their way into army only to get a bullet later by the enemy. If soldiers can't read maps on the border, or can't calculate the angles at which the canons are to be fired, or can't have common sense, they do not only endanger themselves but put the w country at risk.
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                      Birendra
                      Mar 2, 2016 at 5:46 am
                      I don't like this army traning.
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                        Capt.K.V.Rao
                        Mar 1, 2016 at 11:17 am
                        All people prone to copying deserve such treatment.
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                          Col S
                          Mar 1, 2016 at 2:03 am
                          Probably the BEST WAY to PREVENT. copying ?
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                            IITD Alumni
                            Mar 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm
                            As a civilian, after having ped the IIT-JEE exam, I was asked to pull down underwear and cough as part of mandatory medical exam during admission proceedings. As a sensitive and nerdy person, that was shocking and humiliating. No previous instructions were given that this will be done. Even though that was indoors in IIT-Delhi Medical building, still it was asked be complied within seconds. Imagine going about merrily during admission and suddenly doctor demands you get fully naked and cough.
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                              Analysis
                              Mar 1, 2016 at 11:00 pm
                              Army prevents cheating ina test by asking candidates to stip. How does it prevent cheating by soldiers on duty ?
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                                Ferdouse
                                Mar 1, 2016 at 2:07 am
                                All these Barbarian Selection processes in the army, or for that matter, any armed force in India, if it is practiced, has to stop. Such practices has no place in this 21 century India. These sort of crude methods bring much disrepute to our armed forces. The Armed forces has to leave behind the 18th century British mentality and move ahead to a civilized way of conducting its activities. There is no point in underplaying such balderdash. Accept the fault and move ahead to a civilized demeanour. That would do much good!
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                                  Gruham Bendakaluru
                                  Mar 1, 2016 at 5:00 am
                                  If you are prepared to "sacrifice your lives for the sake of the nation"....and be a "braveheart" in the eyes of our Media, then be prepared to strip to be part of the Army that will help you do all that. One wonders how the women candidates took this exam...or maybe we think women are honest.
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                                    Gruham Bendakaluru
                                    Mar 2, 2016 at 4:46 am
                                    Excellent way to treat people who take pride in cheating at all level and walks of life. This is a land where cheating is considered a skill...and often even considered a birthright. The media and these arm chair litigants should be asked to keep off from the Army's methods of controlling malpractices. We don't want armymen who get into the forces by corruption and cheating.
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                                      sonu
                                      Mar 1, 2016 at 10:48 am
                                      its painful to see wt happened to this country. this is an insult to youth of this country. i dont blame army because they have a way to work n for them honesty is utmost so plz dont abuse army. i dont blame these young guys. bt it is painful i cant believe it that this is the level of unemployment. dear chara chor lalu his friend chor nitish n oscar winning looters of this country pappu n his italian bar dancer mother i know u can not be punished bt i m sure ther will be justice in the court of god. while a failure pappu an Italian bar dancer illiterate chara chor n his sons enjoy life these young educate bright ppl r being insulted. rather than development nitish is developing crime industry with chara chor in bihar
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                                        Indresh
                                        Mar 2, 2016 at 1:20 am
                                        Hope Col V S Godhara, director, ARO, become rude to candidates, ignored and don't want to care. He has to think that all are human being and in this case if his son would have attend the examination, will he accept the same thing and allow him for examination? All the politicians and bureaucrats are selfish fellows and they don't want to bother about others. What type of military selection is this?
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                                          Anshul Sinha
                                          Apr 19, 2016 at 6:16 am
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                                            Java.id
                                            Mar 1, 2016 at 4:44 am
                                            Smart move! Also helps identify the unfit and flabby Munna bhais answering for others.
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