Hundreds of aspirants from across Mumbai could not take the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Saturday morning, as they reached the exam centres late.
After hearing petitions on alleged irregularities in the examination held on May 3, the Supreme Court last month directed the CBSE to re-conduct the AIPMT. According to the guidelines, aspirants had to reach the exam centres by 9.30am and the test started at 10am.
While 25 students at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 in Colaba were not allowed to take the test, 200 students missed the exam at Panvel, including 50 students at DAV public school, New Panvel. At Ryan International School, Kandivli, a few parents protested when their children were not allowed to take the exam.
One such protest was also witnessed at Arya Gurukul, Kalyan, where later an first information report (FIR) was filed over the damage caused by the students to the property. “The exam was conducted smoothly. We could not allow students who entered late, as we had clear instructions from the CBSE. We have filed a complaint against students who damaged the school property,” said Bharat Malik, chairman of the school.
“An FIR has been lodged against unknown people. Investigation is on,” said a police officer.
Surabhi Kumar, an aspirant who could not take the exam at the centre in Colaba, said, “We had reached the centre at 9.25am. But the school authorities had shut the gate and refused to let us in.”
“We came from Beed for the test. We reached the centre late because we got stuck in traffic and there was a landslide on our way. The exam centre supervisors and CBSE authorities should have considered our case,” said a parent, whose son could not take the exam at DAV Public School, Vashi.
On Saturday, approximately 4.22 lakh students across the country took the AIPMT. According to CBSE sources, more than 60,000 students from Maharashtra had registered for AIPMT last year.
CBSE officials said the exam was conducted according to the Supreme Court guidelines.
“We had to abide by the instructions given by the Supreme Court. More than one lakh officials across the country ensured the successful and fair conduct of examination,” said an official, on condition of anonymity.