A day before the re-test of the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) across the country, candidates and their family members kept their fingers crossed, hoping that the second attempt at the examination would be incident-free and help them better their score. They, however, admitted that the delay after the AIPMT paper leak and the Supreme Court’s cancellation of the earlier test, held on May 3, had affected preparation and could affect the final score.
Vikas Garg, 18, a candidate from Khanna town in Punjab, said that he was better prepared for the exam earlier. “Since all entrance exams have already been conducted, it was difficult to pick up the books again,” he said frankly. However, he said, he was happy with the tight security measures in place this time. “They will ensure that no one cheats this time. It is good that they are conducting the exam again. Otherwise, those who had cheated earlier would have scored better than the deserving candidates.”
Mannat Kang, 18, a candidate from Chandigarh, said she was nervous as the last time a retest had been held, the second test was tougher. “I’m not happy with this decision of holding a retest,” she said, adding “However, I’m satisfied with the security measures taken by the CBSE this time. The dress code is decent. Most students would have otherwise also worn clothes like that.”
Ravi Sahil Sharma, 19, also from Chandigarh, said that he was more confident about taking the exam in May as he had been preparing for over a year with “full focus”. “Now that we are done with the other entrance tests and most results have also been declared, I wasn’t as serious,” he said. He appreciated the strict security measures being taken by the Central Board of Secondary Education in conducting the exam as it would ensure that no one cheated this time.
Another aspirant from Chandigarh, Anmol Singh, 18, said: “It was our motivation that took a hit due to the confusion after the first test. I had planned to do so much after the entrance exams got over. The fun time has come down from a couple of months to a few weeks at best. But on the brighter side, I am more confident as I have taken other entrance tests in the meantime.”
Anmol’s views were echoed by Prateek Walia, 18, an aspirant from Yamunanagar. “As the decision to hold the retest took time, our study routine went for a six. We wasted several days in sheer confusion. Yet, I look at the retest as an opportunity to improve my score further,” he said confidently. Asked if he had a lucky charm for the exam day, he laughed and said, “We are science students and don’t believe in such things.”
Nisha Jain, whose son shall be appearing for the test on Saturday, said that after the cancellation of the first test, the hardest part was keeping children motivated. “It was unfair for students who had been studying diligently for two years, which isn’t a short time. It was tough to keep their morale high but we tried our best to make them see the best in the situation. I just hope this fiasco isn’t repeated again.”
TIPS TO DO WELL
Dr Arvind Goyal, who runs a coaching institute in Chandigarh, had the following tips for candidates:
1. *Attempt biology first followed by chemistry and physics for maximum time efficiency.
2. * Mark answers on the OMR sheet side by side. Do not leave it for the end.
3. * Do not panic if you get difficult questions in the beginning. Stay calm and go on to attempt the other questions with full confidence.
4. *Take proper breakfast and a good night’s sleep as the brain needs energy during the exam.