Due to incessant rainfall and resultant traffic jams, a large number of candidates couldn't appear in the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test 2015 (AIPMT) in Bhopal on Saturday.
Such candidates and their families members created ruckus in front of the examination centres here, lamenting that gates were closed for them for no fault on their part. Most of such students hailed from other districts who had travelled to Bhopal for the test.
The students had to reach the centres by 9.30 am for the test that was scheduled to start at 10 am. Many students starting weeping, saying that their hard work had been wasted for no mistake on their part. Many candidates who were disturbed by no entry also warned of taking some extreme step if a separate test was not held for them
Drenched candidates created ruckus, wept and then left disappointed
Somya Srivastava, who had come Singrauli district and reached Bhopal at 8 am, said because of the rainfall and traffic jam, she reached at 9.35 am, five minutes late, but she was not allowed to sit for the test.
Like her, there were over 30 students at the exam centre at Sagar Public School who were not allowed to sit for the test after their failed to reach on time.
"We don't know what to do now. We have been waiting here for the last two hours in rain. If government doesn't hold a separate test for us, we will be forced to commit suicide", said Kanchan Suryavanshi, who had come from Sagar district.
Kapil Tanwani, who lives in Bhopal's Lal Ghati said he was stranded in the traffic jam near Chetak Bridge while coming to the exam centre.
"I was late by just six minutes, but they didn't open the gate despite my continuous pleading. My mother who had come with me is so depressed and in tears", said Pratibha Taiwade who had come from Betul district.
CBSE on Saturday re-conducted AIPMT after Supreme Court on June 15 cancelled the AIPMT held on May 3 following the leak of the question paper. Eighteen centres were set up in big schools of Bhopal, in which around 8500 candidates appeared for the test on Saturday.
At most of the exam centres here, a dozen to two dozen candidates couldn't appear in the test as they were late. At the exam centre at Kendriya Vidyalaya 2, around 26 students were denied entry into the exam centre.
At Carmel School exam centre, half a dozen students hadn't made it on time.
"Some of them even climbed over the gate and tried to enter the exam centre but they were shunted out. One girl was on the verge of fainting and kept saying that she wants to die as her hard work for last one year has been wasted", said Naveed Khan from Old Bhopal, whose friend was appearing in the test at KV-2.
Some hiccups on account of tight security arrangements
Because of rain and tight security arrangements, students also faced some hiccups to reach the exam halls. There were long queues at the time of entry and few officials to frisk the candidates.
Boys who had entered the centres with their leather belts, were asked to remove them first. Before entering the centres, many girls removed their pendants, nose rings and other jewelry and handed them to their family members or friends, who kept them in their pockets or small polythene pouches.
Ankit Sahu from Obeidullaganj said it was amusing that their ear passages were checked with laser lights and they were given AIPMT pens, which they were allowed to take home.
Some girls also wondered why jewelry like nose-rings were not allowed. "How can a girl cheat through a nose ring? Anyway. All is fine as long the test is not cancelled again", said Sonam Mina, who had come from Vidisha.
This time AIPMT was easier than the one held on May 3 and cancelled later.
Most of the candidates with whom HT spoke after the test was over, said this time the test was comparatively easier than the one that was cancelled.
"Biology paper was much easier than the last time. Chemistry paper was ok. However physics paper was little difficult. But overall the test was easier this time", said Vinod Patidar from Mandsaur district.
Vishnu Kant Mishra from Rewa said cancellation of the test last time turned out to be a blessing for many as the test was comparatively easier this time.
What CBSE has to say ?
When questioned whether CBSE would consider the request of the students who missed the test because of rain in Madhya Pradesh to hold a separate test for them, Sanyam Bhardwaj, joint secretary and official on special duty (OSD) at CBSE's AIPMT unit in Delhi told HT on phone that they had informed the candidates well in advance through different mediums that they have to reach the centres by 9.30 am.
"It is a competitive test where the fittest survive. We can't do anything about the candidates who failed to reach the centres on time", he said.