A preliminary inquiry into the repeat of an engineering question paper last Friday revealed that the chairman of the paper-setting committee was the same for Electronics Instruments and Measurement (EIM) last year. Mumbai University's exam authority is likely to issue a show-cause notice to the chairman and will place the matter before the board of examinations (BoE) to decide action. TOI had on Sunday reported that the paper for second year electronics and telecommunication engineering students was identical to the one in the May 2015 exam for repeaters, except for one question.The paper-setter did not even change the sequence of questions. Principals blamed ad hoc appointment of paper-setters for the slip-up.

A preliminary inquiry showed the chairman was heading the three-member paper-setting committee last year too but his co-paper setters changed this year.

“It seems the chairman pulled the same question paper from last year's set, made minor changes and released it. It could be negligence... but we will seek their response. If the BoE decides to take action, it will be against all three members. They will be collectively responsible for the negligence,“ said an examination house official.

Another official said the professor could have been lackadaisical as it was a college-level exam where the university supplies only the question paper. The matter will be placed before the next BoE with the VC's consent, said in-charge controller of exams, Deepak Wasave.