The All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) did not disappoint many as candidates found the test much easier than the one they had attempted on May 3. Around 15,000 students from the tricity and the neighbouring areas appeared in the exam on Saturday.
Students were at much ease in attempting the biology section (90 questions) in comparison to physics and chemistry sections, which carried 45 questions each.
Vishal Thakur (18), who had come from Himachal to take the exam in the city, said, "I found the test much easier this time. Biology portion was a cakewalk. There was a question in the physics section, which, according to me, had all the options wrong."
However, some of the students found the exam a bit difficult this time. Deepinder Singh Bajwa (19), a resident of Barnala, said that amid all the confusion over the fate of the AIPMT, he could not prepare well.
No earrings, clipboards, watches, belts…
Despite instructions from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) not to wear earrings, watches, rings, belts and wristbands, candidates at various AIPMT centres in the region did not adhere to the guidelines, inviting trouble.
Many candidates faced inconvenience at the gates of their respective centres as they were asked to remove rings, kadas, wristbands, including moulis (holy threads), belts and even hairbands. The authorities were firm and no accessories were allowed even as a few parents objected, citing religious sentiments.
Candidates were not even allowed to wear shoes while taking the exam. A student said that his trouser was trimmed from the bottom as the security people wanted ankles to be visible. Candidates were checked by metal detectors thrice at each centre.
29 centres in Chandigarh
The test was conducted at 29 centres in Chandigarh, including Sacred Heart School, DAV Model School, Shishu Niketan and Carmel Convent. The test was conducted across the country on Saturday on the Supreme Court's direction amid tight security after it came to light that the question paper of the AIPMT held on May 3 was leaked.
Candidates from parts of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir could be seen outside the centres as early as 7.30am. They were allowed in at 9.30 am and exam started at 10 am.
Dr Arvind Goyal, a PMT trainer, said the difficulty level of the biology section was the same as that of the previous AIPMT held on May5 this year. "The Biology section was on the expected lines. It was a mix of questions based on NCERT textbooks and beyond."
Ice-cream sellers make killing
Parents were seen standing outside the gates of the centres waiting for their wards to finish the exam. Ice-cream sellers lined up and did good business.