Centre implements Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act 2024

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The Act consists of six Chapters and 19 Sections in total


The Central government has notified an Act to prevent unfair means in the public examinations and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024 received the assent of the President on the 12th of February 2024.

A gazette notification was issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions on Friday which said, “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024 (1 of 2024), the central government hereby appoints the 21st day of June 2024, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force.”

As per Chapter III of the Act, the offences under the Act are cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable.

The law will be applicable to any examination conducted by-

1. Union Public Service Commission.
2. Staff Selection Commission.
3. Railway Recruitment Boards.
4. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.
5. Ministries or Departments of the Central Government and their attached and
subordinate offices for recruitment of staff.
6. National Testing Agency.
7. Such other authority as may be notified by the Central Government.