Terming it as a golden chance to improve their ratings, aspirants were happy after appearing in the re-conduct of All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), but the unprecedented security arrangement did lead to nervousness among candidates.
Accompanied by parents, several aspirants were seen revising their notes. Some of aspirants failed to appear in the test as they were late by few minutes and strictly adhering to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) directive, authorities did not allow them to enter in the examination centre that was locked from the outside after the exam started at 10 am.
Some of them were asked to follow the dress code and remove belts, jackets. CBSE had already informed all aspirants to strictly adhere to the dress code. "I was surprised and initially nervous at the security arrangements. However, I focused on the test as it was a golden chance to improve my old rank of 370," said Rohit Gautam from Bharari in Shimla town.
Teachers deputed for examination duty, were also cautious about the new system of examination security.
"We have not seen such security and dress code for any exam. Students were nervous," a teacher said, requesting anonymity.
The centre coordinators were not allowed to speak to anyone even for revealing any information regarding the examination.
Ashima Sharma of Solan, who secured a rank of 332 in the first test held on May 3, which was later scrapped by Supreme Court said the examination paper was not tough and the re-test is boon for those who had ironed out their shortcomings after appearing in first test. "The paper was not very tough and I am hopeful of improving my ranking," she said.
Deepak Sharma a Shimla resident said despite it was another chance to improve the rank; he was more worried about the directives issued by CBSE. "Instead of focusing on preparation, I was more worried about the guidelines," he said, adding he had to purchase new slippers with the CBSE banning shoes in the examination hall.