The all-talented *IIT*-ians??
All with a small know-how-what of the education system in India understand the supposed greatness of IITs, IITians and how extremely brilliant and hardworking kids have to be to crack the JEE and enter the “temples of engineering education” in the nation.
If you havent realized this well enough, well, the IITians help you. . By wearing T-shirts and sweatshirts that read “I am what you dream to be”, “..because not everyone can get into IIT..”, “if INNOVATION needs a new name, WE volunteer” yada yada yada!
Well. . In that case, dont you expect some novelty from them?
No . .I’m not talking about the technical stuff here..
As an invigilator for a 1-hr examination, the only entertainment I have is : watch 60 pairs of eyeballs and see who is trying to copy from whom, and try to sabotage their plans as subtly as possible! (yes. .I cant help it. . I am sadistic that way!)
A look around the examination hall provides you with so many faces with so many expressions…
- writing effortlessly
- thinking hard
- “do not disturb : oblivious of the world around for the next one hr”
- “oh, time is flying, i’v to complete”
- “damn! y din i study?”
- “does the prof give grace marks just for attempting a question?”
- “when wd these 60 long minutes get over and when can I run out of this depressing hall?”
- “is it jus me who doesnt kno? does that fello really kno? how is he filling pages?”
- “he ditched me! he was supposed to put his paper at the correct angle! x-( “
- “who of the three fellas whose papers I can see is likely to write the correct answer?”
- “Qn#4, Qn#4, Qn#4, Qn#4, Qn#4..” (is trying telepathy on his neighbour to make him start answering Qn#4!)
- “shit! I shouldnt have sat here. . Not a single answer sheet is clearly visible from here! 😛 “
- “Why the hell does the stupid invigilator keep looking here?”
- “God! Please please please make the invigilator(s) turn away!”
And add these two when I am invigilating :
- “Why is she constantly staring at us? Should I smile back?”
- “Why is she obstructing my view??”
But I am very much disappointed. . My classmates, even at school, used to have better ways of copying. I mean, even 5th standard kids have as much common sense as to realize that you are bound to be noticed if you keep looking at others’ sheets all the time with your eyes popping out in desparation! And I bet, even 2nd standard kids know that exchanging answers verbally is a strict No-No if you dont plan to be caught! As far as my college days were concerned, people were experts at cheating at exams with none of the invigilators smelling anything even slightly fishy!
Instead of repeating myself about how being bookworms for the best years of their lives have affected the IITians’ common sense, I direct you to a previous post
But, thats just about the first years and a few characters who fancy appearing for the same paper again and again..
I think, the behavior pattern depends on which year of BTech the student is in :
- First year : Sincerely believes he/she can cheat to success even in papers like Computer Programming
- Second year : Knows that cheating isnt a great help, but tries nevertheless
- Third year : Is convinced that no one really knows the correct answer, and has stopped considering cheating
- Final year : Doesnt give a damn about exams and marks anymore. . Concentrate on project or placement yaar!
- Other years : Is either living in denial and keeps trying to cheat, or has given up all hopes and just sits through the hour gazing out of the window
(Replace ‘year’ by ‘semester’ in the above list for Postgraduate students. . The speed of evolution in their case is attributed to their experience in UG!)
But I digress. . even if it was only fair to clarify that not all IITians behave as stupid as the post describes. .
The moral of the story :
I am not against cheating. Do it, if you can do it without getting caught. . neither at the exam hall, nor at the hands of the TA correcting your papers. But please apply some logic and knack in the deed. . for its an art!!
Note : Just to clarify things. . I’v never cheated at exams. All this is being said only from hear-say gyaan about the “art of cheating” 😉
This entry was posted on October 11, 2009 by rajidrc. It was filed under point of view and was tagged with cheating, common sense, copying, education, exam, examination, iit, invigilation, invigilator.