Due to heavy rain that led to water logging in the city, several students could not appear in the IIT's Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) on Saturday. Struggling through water-logged roads, many aspirants reached their examination centres late while some of them were turned away for not reporting in time.
The students, who missed the examination, were mostly from centres in south Delhi which was one of the worst-hit areas in the capital. Water-logging was reported at Ashram, Saket, Okhla, Chirag Dilli and Dhaula Kuan area after it rained all night.
“There was water-logging and a massive traffic jam while I was coming from Dhaula Kuan. I reached the centre very late and so missed my exam,” said Akanksha Thakur, who had her centre at Laxman Public School near Hauz Khas metro station.
Thakur was disappointed and in tears as she had been preparing for the exam since she was in class 9. She also claimed that few of her other friends also reached late for the exam at other centres but were lucky to have been allowed in. Thakur will now have to wait for an entire year if she wishes to appear in the exam again.
At Ahlcon Public School, a centre in Mayur Vihar, students were allowed to write the exam if they were a little behind schedule. “Many students were entering the centre after the reporting time of 9 am. Since most of them were traveling by their own cars they said they got stuck on the way,” said Ishani Singh, who reached her exam centre 15 minutes late.
Even though some had decided to take the Metro, they too faced difficulty due to a technical glitch on the Noida-Dwarka line. “I had started well on time but the Metro got stuck. Then I took the car but that also broke down because of so much water. But fortunately, I managed to reach on time,” said Hullas Jindal, another student going from Dwarka to Mayur Vihar.