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Indian army cancels recruitment exams after ‘leak’

New Indian military recruits stand to attention during a passing-out parade at base on outskirts of Srinagar on March 4, 2015Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The army had been holding recruitment exams across the country

The Indian army has cancelled recruitment exams in six centres in the west of the country after question papers were reportedly leaked.

Tests were scheduled across India but those at Kamptee, Nagpur, Ahmednagar, Ahmedabad, Goa and Kirkee have now been delayed.

More than 300 candidates are being questioned in connection with the leak, officials said.

In addition, 18 other people have been arrested in Maharashtra and Goa states.

An internal investigation has been ordered, army officials say.

Some reports suggest tests at other centres are likely to be cancelled.

Police said the students were allegedly given the question papers in advance by people connected to coaching institutes.

The exams were for lower-level posts in the Indian army such as soldier-tradesman and soldier-clerk.

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