AIPMT re-test results: Anxious students hope for a good show
The results of the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), the gateway exam for admission into some top-notch state-run medical colleges, are expected to be declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday.education Updated: Aug 17, 2015 13:01 IST
With the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declaring the results of the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) on Monday, the more than four lakh students who appeared for the retest in July hope to get on with their careers after the confusion. It has been a roller coaster ride for medical aspirants this year, with the test being re-conducted after the first exam’s question paper was leaked. The re-test was conducted by CBSE on July 25, 2015 on the direction of the Supreme Court, giving nightmares to some students and relief to a few others.
"Some students cheated and we got the benefit of a re-test, “said Tarun Rana, a medical student. “The idea of re-test worked well for some of us who had scored low last time. I had scored 598 marks last time and now got 624 marks, as per the answer key released by CBSE. This time the paper was comparatively easier as there were some direct questions in biology from NCERT unlike the last time. Physics was slightly tough compared to the last time as some numericals in the paper required substantial amount of time for calculations," said Rana.
Another medical aspirant Saharsh Singh said that the time gap between the original test and the re-test was considerable and so he could prepare well and perform better this time though the toughness level of the papers was almost the same both the times. Singh is "expecting a better college this time."
However, some students who had scored fairly well in their first attempt were not very happy. "My son has scored 51 marks less than what he had scored earlier, as per the CBSE answer key. He is under severe depression as he might not get a seat in any of the colleges within Delhi. My son is a sufferer of the Supreme Court's decision to conduct a re-test. The re-test was a punishment for the performers," said Anita Goel, parent of a medical aspirant. Goel’s son was getting an admission in Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) as per his score in the May exam.
Nitya Batra, another medical aspirant said that the re-test has ensured transparency and given justice to all.
"Though the process of preparation was hectic, it didn't affect my scores much. I have scored almost the same marks in both the papers and expecting to get a seat in MAMC."
During the AIPMT row, several students started considering alternative options for fulfilling their dreams of becoming a doctor. "I already have a seat at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College through my IPUCET rank. I also have scored slightly better in the AIPMT re-test. So, the re-test has opened a set of options to choose from," said Abhishekh Sharma, a student who is not very tensed about the final results to be declared on August 17.
The AIPMT row prompted several students to look for alternative options thus creating a space for students with slightly lower marks in some of the popular state-run medical colleges.
"Some students who didn't score well last time had put in a lot of hard work this time and scored much better. Others, who scored well didn't take the re-test very seriously as some of them had already secured a seat for themselves in medical colleges through other entrance tests. In fact, several didn't even appear for the re-test. This has been an exceptional scenario and we are expecting the colleges to lower the admission cut-offs this time thus creating space for students who otherwise might have not got admission in those colleges," said Aakash Educational Services Pvt Ltd director Aakash Chaudhry.