Haunted by cases of impersonation during the pre-medical test (PMT), Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) has decided to filter candidates’ credentials at five levels.
There are 128 cases of impersonation during PMT detected between 2003 and 2012.
Addressing a press conference here, MPPEB director Pankaj Trivedi said the board does not want to take any chance on the identity of the candidate.
Therefore, validity of his documents would be checked at each stage from the entrance examination to the final admission in colleges.
To stop impersonation and to check manipulation, the board will take the help of biometrics devices to check thumb impression and digital photographs.
“The board has received 40,165 applications this year; 4,000 more as compared to last year. Out of which, 30 applications have been cancelled due to wrong and incomplete details. Out of 40,135, photographs of 130 applications have not been found clear so we informed the MP online centres through bulk SMS to upload clear photographs of the applicants otherwise the applications will be rejected by the board,” he added.
The students will appear in the exam through 91 different centres of 14 cities -- Balaghat, Betul, Bhopal, Chhatarpur, Chhindwada, Guna, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Ratlam, Rewa, Sagar, Shadol and Ujjain. The highest number of candidates of 10,659 will appear from Indore.
The students can download their test admit card (TAC) from Wednesday.
Only students with downloaded TAC are valid to appear in the exam.
Candidates should paste the same colour photograph in the TAC which he or she attached in the online application form sent to the board.
Candidates should carry photo identity card with him/ her. The candidates will not be allowed to appear in the exam without photo identification card.
The identity cards includes Aadhar Card, Voter ID, driving licence, pan card, passport, bank pass book, Class 10 mark sheet for MP board students and government institution-issued identity card.
The director said, “To avoid any electronic gadgets in the exam hall, metal detectors will be installed at centres. Frisking is the first level of checking which will be done by the police. Candidates will be allowed to enter the examination hall from 11.45am.
At 12.00noon, OMR sheet will be distributed to the candidates and physical verification of the candidates will also be taken place at the same time. Invigilators verify candidates’ TAC with documents.
There is a barcode on the TAC which will be verified through barcode readers in the exam hall.”
The exam will start at 12.30pm and end at 3.30 pm.
The biometrics check will be conducted three times — first time in the exam hall, second in the counselling and finally in the college.
Talking about impersonation, Trivedi said, “The board has written many times to the medical colleges for not providing degrees to the fraud candidates. Now, the board can’t allow any type of frauds in the medical exam.”