The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has cancelled its online examination to recruit 470 nurses, held on November 8. The decision follows adverse reports from observers deputed at examination centres across the country. Technical glitches and other lapses had marred the conduct of the examination, taken by more than 27,000 candidates in centres across Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
“Based on the feedback received from our staff, it has been decided that the examination did not meet PGIMER standards. A fresh examination will be conducted,” said Chetan PS Rao, deputy director (administration), PGIMER.
The fresh date for the exam would be announced on Monday and new candidates could apply, another official said. The centres would remain the same, butthe exam would not be online, he added.
Sources said the institute wanted to avoid cancelling the exam, but critical reports from its staff across centres led to the decision.
What went wrong
A private firm, Aptech Computer Education, conducted the examination, but crashing servers at several centres delayed the start of the test.
At some centres, there were protests by candidates and parents against the poor management, with the exam winding up five hours after the scheduled end.
The biometric attendance system also failed to work in many centres.
Not the first time
This is not the first time that there has been a cancellation of an examination conducted by the PGIMER.
In 2012, during the entrance examination for admission to MD/MS courses, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested several candidates, caught using hi-tech devices to leak the question paper, with most of those held being women from Andhra Pradesh. This exam, taken by 7,200, was scrapped and a fresh exam conducted.
In September 2010, the CBI arrested two PGI doctors for impersonation in an exam.