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This Picture Shows Army Candidates in India Made to Strip to Take Entrance Exam

Indian army candidates sit in their underwear as they take a written exam in a field after being asked to remove their clothing to deter cheating in Muzaffarpur, India, Feb. 28, 2016.
Stringer—AFP/Getty Images Indian army candidates sit in their underwear as they take a written exam in a field after being asked to remove their clothing to deter cheating in Muzaffarpur, India, Feb. 28, 2016.

Cheating on such exams has been rampant

More than 1,100 people applying to join the Indian Army in the state of Bihar were made to strip down to their underwear to take an entrance exam in an effort to cut down on cheat, according to a report.

A photo published in the Indian Express shows a grass field dotted with shirtless men looking at sheets of paper. Army spokespeople declined to comment on the photo when asked by multiple outlets but said that officials frisk applicants to prevent cheating. More than 1,000 applicants for officer positions in the state were arrested last year for cheating, according to the AFP.

Applicants did not seem happy with the request to remove their clothes, according to the Indian Express report. “We do not expect to appear for such largescale examinations in halls, but telling us to remove our clothes was not dignified,” one candidate told the outlet.

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