Candidates from the tricity, who had appeared for the Indraprastha University's (IPU) common entrance test (CET) for admission to the MBBS course, witnessed an improvement in their ranks after the university released a revised merit list following objections from students.
The university had earlier declared the result on May 27 after which prospective candidates expressed doubts over few of the answers mentioned in the answer-key. The university then formed an expert panel to review the key.
After revaluation, the panel dropped seven questions- four from the physics section and three from chemistry and awarded 21marks (7 x 3=2l) to all the candidates who had answered the questions correctly. The result of the exam which was held on May 23 was then revised and a new merit list was declared on Sunday.
Panchkula's Ayush Jain was positioned at the 140th rank in the earlier list but in the revised merit list he achieved the 97th rank. "It is disappointing to see such careless approach adopted by medical colleges. They do not understand the value of marks for us students who have worked for years for these exams,"Jain said.
He added that more transparency was required with respect to how the test papers were evaluated and that colleges should be mandated to upload the OMR sheets on their websites.
Local PMT trainer Arvind Goyal said while it was unfortunate that so many errors were found in the answer-key, IPU eventually took the correct decision and released a new list . "The university has at least shown the courage to accept the errors and revise the rank list. It is sad to see that erroneous questions have become a routine affair in various prestigious medical entrance exams."
He added that Baba Farid University of Health Sciences should follow in the footsteps of IPU and revise their list too as aspirants had pointed out around 35 errors in the university's answer-key. "It is not understandable why some universities are shying away from making the system transparent by putting question papers and answer keys on their websites and clearing doubts. This should in fact become a rule rather than an exception", he said.