The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday denied that data of two lakh candidates, who appeared for NEET 2018, had been leaked and were available for a price.

“The entire data of more than 13,26,725 candidates of NEET UG was maintained only in encrypted format with strict security measures with the National Informatics Centre (NIC)… Even in the printout of the confirmation page downloaded by the candidates, the vital details such as identification documents, mobile and e-mail ID are in the encrypted format,” said a CBSE release.

It added that the NIC held several government data in a highly secured environment and that even when the CBSE accessed data from the NIC for allotment of roll numbers and results, it did not contain personal details.

“The results are declared by the CBSE through the NIC and do not contain mobile number, e-mail ID and other identification details of the candidates, etc.,” the release added. “If any communication is made by the CBSE with candidates through SMS or e-mail ID, the same is sent with the registration number of the candidates.”

It added that the CBSE had requested the NIC to take “appropriate cognizance” of the issue.

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