What can be the punishment for cheating in exam?


Cheating has been made a punishable offence under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code. It states that whoever cheats another person and thereby dishonesty induces any person so deceived to deliver any property commits an offence under this section.

Section 417 in The Indian Penal Code provides for punishment for cheating Whoever cheats shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.

Our education system is facing a major problem of cheating.

Unqualified candidates end up taking university places by cheating.

Cheating is a malpractice by which we are creating unequal society.

Students clear the exam by cheating but then it become difficult for them to adjust in new economy as they are not able to compete with knowledgeable people.

In India schools are affiliated to State boards or associated with Central boards copying is more prevalent in state boards as compared to central boards.

Forms of cheating.

Mass copying.
Leaking exam papers.
Impersonating the students
Bribing the invigilator.
Bluetooth phones or headsets are used to receive information.
Technology has enhanced cheating

However malpractices in examination have become a flourishing business these days.

Failure to learn is the root cause for enhancing cheating. However teachers also take pressure to have good grades for their subjects and help students in cheating.

Students think of future and indulge in cheating.

Punishment for cheating.

However cheating in examination and Article 420 of Constitution are totally different.

Article 417 can be dealt with cheating and is a minor offense punishable with maximum jail term of one year.

Those caught cheating can be barred from taking examination up to three years they can also be jailed or ordered to pay fine.

Students can be expelled from the school on the ground that they cheat.

Reference: Section 420 of Indian Penal Code

Section 415 of Indian Penal Code



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