With the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) results expected to be announced on Monday, Jaipur students appear to be tensed, anticipating a lower cut-off than the previous year's.
"My previous entrance test had gone well and I was confident of securing a good seat. But the re-test has changed the equation, as the paper was lengthy. I had an average performance and am worried, regarding the results," said Vinod Kumar, 17, an aspirant from Jaipur.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) re-conducted the AIPMT on July 25 after the entrance was cancelled by the Supreme Court, citing massive irregularities and an alleged paper leak.
A total of 49,195 students appeared from Jaipur. The re-test was organised amidst heavy security and stringent measures, evoking angry reactions from some students who found the re-test's question paper lengthy and the security measures tedious.
"My performance in the previous test was good and I was expecting myself to be in the cut-off list. But the re-test did not go well as my performance in the physics portion was below par. I also had to revise the entire syllabus in only one and a half months," said Alka Sharma, 18, an aspirant from Alwar who had come to Jaipur for the re-test.
"All the stringent security measures and frenzy around the re-test definitely affected our preparation and performance. The pressure this time was huge as I had to prepare for the entire curriculum again. It is sad that due to some miscreants, we have to suffer," said Rajvir Chaudhary, 17, an aspirant from Jaipur.
Experts believe that the cut-off for the entrance examination is likely to be lower than that of the previous year, citing reasons such as a tedious question paper and below satisfactory performance of students.
"This year, the physics portion was tough and the question paper was lengthy as well. We are expecting a lower cut off of around 460-470 marks out of 720, while last year it was 485," said Shyam Goswami, a faculty member at the Aakash Institute, Jaipur.
The re-test also saw many students opting out due to several reasons. Only 4,22,859 out of the 6,32,625 registered students appeared all over the country, implying a 33% drop rate. Experts believe the drop could have been caused by CBSE's stringent measures and students opting for private colleges instead of waiting for the re-test.
"Many students opted to go for private colleges and AIIMS, rather than waiting for the re-test. There were also students who were not sure of their performance and preparation level and did not sit for the re-test. Also, security measures from CBSE saw many students being barred from entering the test centers. This is why we saw a drop in the number of students and therefore, we expect a lower cut-off," said Goswami.