Students, who took the re-examination of All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT) to enter the most prestigious, state-run medical schools in the country, had a mixed reaction to the questions they answered on Saturday than the one they took in May.
The AIPMT retest was conducted at various centres across the country where thousands of candidates appeared amid tight security measures like hair pat downs, strict dress code and time guidelines before being allowed inside the halls.
Aspirants appeared for the AIPMT for the second time this year after the Supreme Court scrapped the examination held on May 3 following allegations of large-scale irregularities. Forty-seven students, who had used unfair means, were barred from sitting for the examination.
In Lucknow, where about 40,000 candidates appeared for the test at 67 centres across the city, candidates said the chemistry paper was difficult.
"Chemistry particularly was tough than the last time. However, I felt biology was easier," said Kartikeya Khanna, who took the exam at DPS near the Post Graduate Institute.
Another candidate, Aditya, agreed that the chemistry portion was difficult as compared to the physics questions.
In Ajmer, there was a mixed response to the question paper by students. Some described the questions as tough, some said they were simpler and yet others thought they were of the same level as the last time.
Antra Negi said, "Questions in all the papers were of the same standard when compared to the last time."
"The physics paper was tougher than the last time," said Anurag Sharma, who had come to Ajmer from Kota.
Most of the candidates in Bhopal, with whom HT spoke after the test was over, said this time the test was comparatively easy than the one which was cancelled by the Supreme Court. Around 8,500 candidates appeared for the retest in 18 exam centres in the Madhya Pradesh capital.
"Biology paper was much easier than the last time and the chemistry paper was OK. However, physics was little difficult. But overall the test was easier this time," said Vinod Patidar from Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradesh.
Vishnu Kant Mishra from Rewa said cancellation of the test last time turned out to be a blessing for many as the test was comparatively easier this time.
The CBSE had announced stringent measures to deter the use of unfair means in the retest after the apex court's directive. The education board issued a strict guideline for applicants and barred them from carrying mobile phones, calculator, watch, geometry box, pencil box, handbag, handkerchiefs, scarves and any extra clothing. Students were asked to come in slippers and loose clothing. They are not even allowed to carry pens.
Keeping in with the rules, students were allowed entry into centres after being given hair pat downs and being frisked with metal detectors earlier in the day. Many queued up at the centres much before the reporting time as per the guidelines announced by the board.
There were reports that about dozens candidates missed their exam as they reached the centres beyond the stipulated time. Parents were seen arguing with security personnel to allow their children to enter the centre but were turned down.