Pandemonium broke out at an AIEEE centre in Faridabad after 11 students were barred from taking the examination.
These students, who had come all over Delhi and NCR, were caught in a traffic snarl on the Badarpur flyover and could not reach the centres in time.
Sources said there were over 50 examination centres in Faridabad with nearly 50,000 students taking the test.
A large number of students from Gurgaon had also appeared in the offline examination in Faridabad on Sunday.
Those stranded outside the centre claimed they had come from far-off places and the traffic snarls led to a short delay, because of which the authorities barred them from entering the examination hall.
“We were late by 10 minutes. At 9.40, the children were not permitted to enter the centre. We hope the CBSE will take note of this and allow these children to write the exam in the online mode,” said Indu Malik, whose son was not allowed in.
Those opting for the online test had their share of complaints too. They claimed though they had chosen Delhi, they were allotted centres in remote corners of NCR.
The online exam will be conducted on May 7, 12, 19 and 26.
“We live in Haryana and we will have to travel all the way to Ghaziabad on May 12 for the exam. The reporting time is 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the exam and we are very scared that the children might end up getting late because of the distance and the traffic,” said Jagdish Garg, who lives in Bahadurgarh.
The CBSE said it was not responsible for the commuting delay. A CBSE official said if the parents raise their grievances, they can suitable action.
“It is the responsibility of the students to reach on time, irrespective of traffic jams. For those who had applied for the online exam, it is possible that they were assigned a different centre and not the one they had requested for. But if there is sufficient student representation, they can write to us and we can address it,” said Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE.