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Anti Paper Leak Law 2024: List of Offences and Punishments

Reports of NEET and UGC NET paper leak cases made headlines recently. A marked spike in such cases compelled the centre to implement strict laws. Learn more about anti-leak law 2024 and check full list of offenses and punishments.
About Anti-leak Law 2024
Under sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Public Exam Act, the centre incorporated strict legal obligations to curb malpractices in competitive exams.
Public Exams Covered Under Anti-leak Law
  • UPSC exam
  • NTA exams
  • SSC exams
  • Banking exams
  • Railway recruitment exams


Offenses Covered by Anti-Leak Law
  • Leaking of question papers and answer keys
  • Tampering with computer networks
  • Malpractices at exam centre
  • Unauthorised assistance to candidates


Penalty for Offending Anti-leak Law
As per the legal obligation enforced by centre in Anti-leak law, those convicted of using unfair means will be imprisoned for 3-5 years with a penalty of up to INR 10 lakh.
Punishment for Service Providers
The anti-leak law states that the organisation helping in leaking papers or tampering with computer networks will be jailed with a fine of up to INR 1 crore.
Investigation Team under Anti-Leak Law
The offenses committed under anti-leak law will be investigated by a team of officers. The officers must have the rank of deputy superintendent or ACP.