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These men are candidates in the state of Bahir for the Indian Army. They were forced to strip down to their underpants prior to taking the entrance exam. The proctors hoped that this requirement would ensure that no one could cheat by bringing in secret notes or electronic devices.
After getting naked, the 1,159 candidates were seated about 8 feet apart from each other. Uniformed soldiers patrolled the testing area while the candidates took the 1-hour exam. The Indian Express reports:
“As we entered Chakkar Maidan, the venue, we were asked to remove all clothes except underwear. We had no option but to comply with the instructions even though it felt odd. The gap between candidates was about eight feet in all directions,” said a candidate, who did not wish to be identified.
“We do not expect to appear for such largescale examinations in halls, but telling us to remove our clothes was not dignified,” said another candidate.