As Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) has recast the merit list of Punjab Medical Entrance Exam (PMET) following the high court orders, there was a major shuffle in candidates’ ranking in the revised list that was made public on Saturday.
Though there was no change in the ranking of top three candidates, many candidates have learnt to have benefited from the exercise in the sense that their ranks have improved in the revised list. On the other hand, there were candidates whose ranking has tanked.
WHAT CHANGED THE MERIT LIST
The court on Friday directed the varsity to revise the merit list by correcting the four questions declared invalid in the evening shift paper (Set 2) and cancelling two questions in morning shift paper (Set 1).
It means that 7,397 students who had appeared in the evening shift (Set 2) lost the grace marks granted to them earlier for these four questions carrying 16 marks. BFUHS vice-chancellor Raj Bahadur said only those candidates who marked the right option were given marks for the four questions.
“On the other hand, all 7,292 morning shift students got eight marks by virtue of court’s court as the questions were invalid,” he said. “Some changes have occurred in overall merit list, but I don’t think it has a major effect,” the V-C said.
However, Arvind Goyal, who gives coaching for pre-medical exams, argued that real impact of these changes would be known in a day or two since the revised merit list was uploaded late evening.
Generally minor change in competitive exams can shake up the merit list. “In this case, the morning shift students got 8 marks each and evening shift all students lost 16 marks first and only those with right answer got the marks,” he said.
University’s counsel Anupam Gupta said that the questions declared invalid earlier have been accounted for as per the original answer key as directed by the high court.