The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to implement advanced technology solutions to enhance the security and integrity of its exams amid rising concerns over cheating and impersonation. The initiative includes the deployment of facial recognition and AI-based CCTV surveillance systems across its 14 major exams, which include prestigious tests like the civil services examination. UPSC has floated a tender inviting bids for two main technology solutions: the first involves Aadhaar-based fingerprint authentication (or digital fingerprint capturing), facial recognition of candidates, and QR code scanning of e-admit cards. The second solution focuses on live AI-based CCTV surveillance during the examination process. The AI-powered CCTV system is designed to generate alerts for various activities, including movement at entry/exit gates during exams, improper arrangement of furniture in classrooms, offline cameras, and suspicious behaviors such as inactivity among invigilators. These alerts are intended to flag potential instances of cheating or malpractice in real-time. The adoption of these technologies underscores UPSC's commitment to conducting exams in a transparent and impartial manner, addressing concerns raised over recent alleged irregularities in other national-level exams like UGC-NET and NEET-UG.

Source- Times of India