DMAT cancelled at 87 centres in 8 states after power failure

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 21, 2015 02:21 IST

In a major development, the Dental and Medical Admission Test (DMAT) 2015 for which 18,000 candidates had applied and over 9000 appeared on Sunday across 87 centres in eight states, has been cancelled.

The test, which was held online for the first time on the direction of the high court, was cancelled after power failure at certain centres in Chandigarh, snapping of net connection and other problems enraged the candidates, leading to ruckus at test centres in Chandigarh, Jabalpur and Indore.

The test will now be held again and the announcement will be made on Monday, said Dr Anupam Chouksey of the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges of Madhya Pradesh.

Dr Chouksey said that Chandigarh was made the centre for aspirants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. "Due to power failure, the enraged candidates created ruckus and beat up the exam invigilator. Similar issues cropped at Jabalpur and Indore centres. Around 500 to 700 students couldn't appear for the test due to these," he said.

DMAT is held by APDMCMP and Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC) for admission to 50% seats of private medical colleges. The test has been mired in controversies in the past given allegations regarding irregularities in selection process. This year DMAT was scheduled for July 12, but it was postponed following the court order of July 9.

Candidates complained that despite the fact that there were so many numerical questions in physics and chemistry paper, they were not even given pen and paper for the calculations.

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