Cheated at IIT JEE to be an IITian; got a lucky break!
I will take the liberty of remaining anonymous as this is a story I am not very proud of. It is my real-life experience about how I cheated at IIT JEE and the black-market tactics I used to become an IITian.
Here is a disclaimer (if cheaters are ever allowed one):
I had not planned on cheating when I entered the examination center. I had no chits with me and had no intention of doing what I did in the exam.
That said, I had not prepared for IIT JEE too. I was guilty of not managing my time more judiciously, even though a lot was on the stake.
When I entered the exam centre, I was wondering what I will do there and tried to prepare my dad for the disaster report that might have negative scores in it. With an intention to get it over with, I entered the exam hall early. To while away time, I observed the position of seats closely.
There were eight students who would sit at different angles from me. As I saw them, my attention got stuck on one of them who seemed to be geeky and studious enough to be a typical IITian.
That changed my game plan.
When instructors started distributing the paper, I noticed that there were ten sets. The way papers were distributed had a zig-zag but fixed pattern. I could not help but notice that if I received the paper from the fourth set, my studious neighbor would have received a question paper from the sixth set.
First, like a good student, I tried to check how many questions I could actually answer correctly. There were very few such questions. My eyes drifted to the question paper of my neighbor – at the question that seemed to have an exact shape and design as one of the questions in my QP. I also saw the answer that he had marked for the question. I copied his answers to as many questions as I could see in his booklet. It took me an hour to look at the questions while avoiding the prying eyes of four invigilators and a guest invigilator overlooking 40 candidates in a room.
I had been able to look at 4 out of 8 questions in Part 1 and 3 out of 4 in multiple-choice questions. Time was drifting away and I needed a quicker way to mark the right answers.
Hence, I used the data of the questions I already had to find the algorithm that had been used to jumble the questions in my paper and my neighbor’s paper. Now, I only had to look at the OMR sheet of my neighbour and could find where answer of a question in his paper should reflect in my paper.
There were two papers in IIT JEE. Each had been divided into three sections – Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Each subject had been further sub-divided into four parts. Algorithms for each part were different. Cracking them seemed like a game, a challenge to me. As I cracked the algorithm of the first part, it did not take me much time to untangle others.
In both the papers, I kept following this tactic. By the time I came of the hall, my eyes were strained from glancing sideways. I was so mentally exhausted and drained that I fainted.
But all my black-market tactics worked and actually won me a seat at one of the Top 6 IITs. My All India Rank was good too and within Top 3500. I am a 5-pointer at IITs and I can see the efforts 9-10 pointers put to keep up with the difficulty levels here.
Perhaps, what I did was not correct. May be I was not right to take this seat, as a student who had worked hard for two long years for his IIT dream might have been denied a seat because of me. But whatever I did occurred spontaneously. It was not pre-planned. It is just a matter of perspective.
Most of my friends think that I am a genius, who cracked IIT and excelled at other extra-curricular activities at national-levels too. Others hold an opinion that I am what I am because of my parents and all those who contributed in bringing me up. I do not over-think such things.
I am happy to be where I am. I hope to forge some great friendships and a great study experience during my four years at IIT.
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This post was published by Alok Kumar Singh, askiitians