The Maharashtra government has introduced the 'Maharashtra Competitive Examination Act, 2024' in response to concerns over malpractices in competitive exams, including recent allegations of question paper leaks during the NEET-UG exam. The bill proposes stringent measures, making offences related to competitive exams cognizable, non-bailable, and non-compoundable. Offenders could face imprisonment ranging from three to five years and fines up to ₹10 lakh. In cases where fines are not paid, additional imprisonment may be imposed as per the provisions of Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita 2023. Service providers engaged by exam authorities could be fined up to ₹1 crore and barred from conducting exams for up to four years. The bill mandates specific responsibilities for paper setters and empowers senior police officials to investigate such offenses. This legislative move aims to ensure the integrity of competitive exams and deter malpractices, aligning with recent national efforts to enhance exam security and fairness.

Source- India Times