The state government has announced that mobile internet and SMS will be unavailable in five districts of Rajasthan for a 12-hour period during today’s major exam to select teachers for government schools. According to officials, exam cheating will be prohibited.
In the highly competitive Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers, approximately 16 lakh students will compete for 31,000 teaching vacancies in government schools (REET).
Internet access will be restricted in five districts across Rajasthan. District collectors in these five districts will have the option of extending or shortening the blackout duration. More district officials now have the authority to decide whether or not to turn off mobile internet service if necessary.
REET is a state-mandated test for prospective teachers in public schools in Rajasthan.
Due to the large number of candidates scheduled to take the REET, the state government has implemented elaborate security and travel precautions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many candidates gathered at bus stops across Rajasthan’s 33 districts on Saturday night as they prepared to travel to exam locations.
REET candidates, according to the state’s announcement, would receive free transportation on state highways and private buses. The North Western Railway operates 26 special trains to transport test takers to and from testing locations, as well as back to their homes.
The Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education in Ajmer administers the exam, which has 3,993 testing locations.
According to the news agency PTI, candidates who applied more than once have been identified, and no unfair means will be used. “All exam preparations have been completed, and we will ensure that no unfair means are used,” said board chairman DP Jaroli.