The CBSE announced on Tuesday the All India Pre Medical Test will be re-conducted on July 25 but many students are apprehensive the time frame is inadequate and may hurt their chances of securing a coveted seat.
The future of 630,000 aspirants was thrown into uncertainty after the Supreme Court junked the previous exam over large-scale irregularities and ordered a re-test within four weeks but later gave the board time until August 17 to publish results.
“No fresh applications will be accepted for this examination and it will be a retest only in respect of the candidates who had applied within the stipulated time from 01/12/2014 to 31/01/2015 with requisite fee. Further details will be hosted on website www.aipmt.nic.in,” a statement by the Central Board of Secondary Education read.
HT reported on June 20 the board was likely to conduct the exam after July 15 because it was pre-occupied with other tests and the recently-concluded Yoga Day celebrations, creating a shortage of teachers, paramilitary forces and invigilators.
“Candidates are advised to be in touch with the AIPMT website. All eligible candidates are requested to ensure functioning of their e-mail ids and mobile number to receive updates,” read the board’s statement.
But fears of lengthy admission delays and a cascading effect on the academic calendar left medical hopefuls jittery about their future. Students are scared of the fresh schedule possibly robbing them of alternatives because admissions to colleges and other medical institutions would close.
"I am really confused on whether I should take the re-test or not. If I clear my state entrance examination, then I will most likely opt for that," said Kavyashri Sharma, an aspirant.
The CBSE usually takes around eight months to prepare for the AIPMT that fills up around 3,800 medical seats and another month to declare the results but revised the schedule this year after getting rapped by the SC for not taking steps to prevent the transmission of answers via mobile phones inside exam halls.
“I am so tense now. Again I have to study and this time I don’t know how difficult the papers would be. Unlike previous years, the pattern of papers was different this year. Now again a great uncertainty has set in,” 19-year-old Swaraj Mishra said when the test was cancelled.
The board originally told the top court that it needed three months to conduct the exam but the SC refused to accept the argument, saying everything was possible in the technology era.