The Open-book examinations of Delhi University started on Monday and continued having glitches till Friday. On Friday, the political science honors students of Delhi University received the mock test question paper of modern political philosophy for the final exam. To upload the fresh paper, 40 minutes were taken by the Delhi University, by this time many students had started answering the old one.
Akshat Jethiya, Hindu College student, said that he received a mail with the mock test question paper from DU. the same question paper was on the portal also. He said that their nodal officer told them that he was looking into the matter. 40 minutes later, a new question paper came on the portal. But many students did not check the portal, and as a result, answered the mock test question paper.
Mudita Singh Kushwaha of IP College said that they had received the same question paper during the second phase of the mock tests on August 3. She and her friends thought that this was just a glitch and checked the portal. They saw the same question paper there and therefore began answering the question.
It was around 2 pm when she checked her college WhatsApp group and got to know that a new question paper had come. She said that at that point she had to redo her answers and align them with the new questions.
She said that it was not possible to refresh the portal time and again in a time-bound exam. A friend of Mudita has submitted the answers to the mock test question paper as she did not have a stable internet connection to check her WhatsApp constantly.
A student from Kerala said that he never checked his WhatsApp during the exam and submitted the answers of the old question paper, he is now worried that he will fail in the exam.
Dean (Examinations) Vinay Gupta claimed that the error was quickly rectified, and all the concerned people were informed. Many stakeholders are demanding a respite for those students who solved the previous question paper.
The nodal officer of Hindu College, KK Koul, stated that there were many students who did not check their phones during the examinations, and as a result have answered the wrong question paper. He said that the University should think about this and help the students, they should not be penalized.
Nodal officer of Ramjas College, Reetu Sharma said that a lot of time was wasted because of the mock test question paper and the students must be compensated for it.