Flouting the guidelines set by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), which was scheduled on Sunday, officials at various centres in the city did not allow the students to carry clip boards inside the examination centres.
Interestingly, the instructions on AIPMT prospectus read, "Candidates are advised to bring with them a card board or a clip board so that they have no difficulty in marking responses in the answer sheet even if the tables provided in the examination hall do not have a smooth surface. These will not be provided by the board."
Prof SC Gupta, GMCH -32 claimed that a few students even fainted at the GMCH 32 centre as they got depressed by the unprofessional behaviour of CBSE officials.
Many parents were seen arguing with the staff deputed at the centres.
"I showed them the prospectus where it was clearly mentioned that students could take the cardboard inside but they did not adhere to any of our requests. Children got upset before the exam. It is really shocking to know that officials do not follow the guidelines issued by the national exam conducting body," said Madhu Sharma, mother of an AIPMT candidate.
Students were once again not allowed to wear simple wrist watches as well and were asked to remove them before entering the examination hall. Moreover, students were made to remove chains, earrings, karahs and bangles at the last moment which caused a lot inconvenience to them as according to the students, there were no such prior instructions given to them by the CBSE in this regard.
Prabjot Kaur, income tax commissioner in Bhopal expressed sheer disappointment over harassment faced by the students, "There were no prior instructions given by the CBSE. My daughter was not allowed to wear a simple watch which is the most important thing to manage time. Watches were allowed in Delhi and thus should have been allowed here in Chandigarh as well".
She added, "There were many students who came alone and thus there was no place for them to leave their watches. CBSE should take a note of the damage done to the students mentally. Many children could not see the time from the small wall clocks in the exam rooms due to weak eyesight."
According to the students, the paper was not an easy attempt and carried 180 questions.
Sarthak Jain, an AIPMT candidate said that the physics portion was the most time consuming due to the large number of calculations. He claimed that the chemistry part was easy but biology section included few difficult questions.
Arvind Goyal, a local biology academician stated, "The paper was difficult as compared to the previous few years. There is a deviation from the previous trend of all the biology questions being asked from the NCERT textbooks. Overall merit is expected to be lower than that of the last few years."