Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Caught cheating, aspiring pilot barred from giving DGCA exam permanently

New Delhi: "Munnabhai" may have gotten away with using a mobile phone to top his MBBS exams in the movie but doing so in real life has cost two wannabe pilots dearly.
After spending lakhs of their parents’ hard-earned money to train as pilots, they allegedly used/tried to use unfair means — read cell phones — during exams conducted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for award of commercial pilot licence (CPL).
While one wannabe candidate has been grounded for life by being barred permanently from appearing in this exam, the other will be able to do so only after two years.
The regulator’s orders issued in both cases on Tuesday. The more serious case is of July 26, 2019, when a wannabe pilot from Thane in Mumbai was appearing for “air regulation” subject exam to get his CPL.
“During examination you used unfair means and were in possession of two smart phones (including an iPhone), one smart watch and one connecting device. Whereas these electronic gadgets are not allowed to be carried during the conduct of examination,” says the order.
The regulator had issued a show-cause on this candidate and its reply was not found satisfactory.
Accordingly, the DGCA has barred this person permanently "for life" for pilot licence exam.
The second case is of a Guntur-based candidate who appeared for a CPL subject paper exam in Hyderabad on July 24 and “was found in possession of a mobile phone” despite the fact that electronic gadgets are not allowed to be with examinees at that time.
04/09/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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