The personal data of over 11 lakh JEE Main candidates who applied for the exam this year has been allegedly leaked online. As per some media reports, there are websites that have managed to leak the profile of the candidates from CBSE and are selling it online for Rs. 2.30 lakh (all India) and Rs. 55,000 (one state). The data contains all the details that the students filled in while submitting the application form. This includes name, address, mobile number and other details.
The reports of the data leak, if confirmed, will raise a serious question mark over the security of data that the students submit online. As of now, the CBSE officials have not made any comment on this matter. It must be noted that this data can be misused by private coaching institutes for direct marketing to the candidates and for private colleges for admission purposes. Also, the data of girl candidates can be wrongfully used by anti-social elements. It’s not clear how these websites have managed to leak the data from CBSE. It could be a case of hacking or may involve someone who has a direct access to the data.
This year, around 10.2 lakh students appeared for JEE Main exam which was held on April 2 (offline mode) and April 8 & 9 (online mode). The result of JEE Main exam was declared on April 27, 2017. Over 2 lakh candidates have qualified for JEE Advanced 2017 which is scheduled to be held on May 21. On the basis of JEE Advanced scores, the candidates will be selected for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
The media reports of alleged data leak of JEE Main candidates need to be investigated to prevent any wrongful use of personal information of the candidates.