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No fear of glitches in AIPGMEE online test

education Updated: Oct 30, 2013 10:55 IST
Ayesha Banerjee
Ayesha Banerjee
Hindustan Times
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The All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE) 2014 for admission to all-India 50% quota of MD, MS, PG diploma courses offered at government medical colleges and institutions, will be held as a computer-based test. Conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), the exam will be held from November 25 to December 6 this year.

The three-and-a-half hour examination will have 15 minutes extra for test tutorial time. It will have 300 multiple choice questions covering subjects of the MBBS curriculum with no negative marking. Registration for the test has begun online and pre-paid test fee vouchers are available at 279 branches of Axis Bank across the country.

Dr Bipin Batra, executive director, NBE, says that online tests offer a host of benefits to candidates in terms of flexibility and convenience in scheduling their exam. “It helps us, too, in terms of content development, management and security. Technology enables tighter control during the test development process, thus reducing the risk of leakage associated with printing and distribution of test papers,” he adds.

How can NBE avoid a CAT-like disaster when servers crashed on the first day of online testing in 2009? Batra says NBE’s testing partner Prometric chose sites with the required physical and technical infrastructure to conduct computer-based testing. Prometric will also use the same backbone and channel that was used to conduct NEET PG in 2012.

NEET PG was successfully delivered across 50 venues in 33 cities by 95,673 candidates. He says, “All test centres will be checked for technical readiness and extensive operational trials will be conducted.”

Reassuring candidates, he reveals, “We quarantine all test centres by creating a secure zone restricting access for authorised staff only.” Training and certification of all test centre staff is to take place before the start of the testing window to ensure they are well equipped to assist candidates during the test.

Dr Batra says around 75,000 to 80,000 students are expected to take the test. The testing labs will have digital video recording and candidates will have to go through an image capture and finger-printing process.

The state governments of Haryana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and University of Delhi will use the AIPGMEE results for admission to MD/MS/PG diploma courses at colleges under their control. Admission to MD/MS/ PG Diploma courses at institutes under Armed Forces Medical Services shall also be made on the basis of the results of AIPGMEE 2014.

Students cannot register offline. They have to log on to www.nbe.gov.in/aipgmee. On logging in they will be directed to a secure web portal for beginning their application, scheduling and registration process