With the change of two centres for the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) in Bathinda only two days ago, there was chaos among students who took the exam Sunday.
Some students reportedly missed the examination altogether while others got late due to this last minute change effected by the authorities.
There was utter chaos as some candidates found out about the new arrangement on the spot just before the three-hour-long exam was due to start at 9.30am.
Even those from the city reached the centres nearly 20 minutes late due to traffic jams while others unfamiliar with the region paid the highest cost of missing the examination altogether.
CBSE changed two centres out of a total of 30 centres in Bathinda district. The old centre at DAV College Dayanand Nagar, Bathinda was shifted to a location a km away at MSD College near Hanuman Chowk, Bathinda. Whereas the other centre at Bal Mandir Model Senior Secondary School in village Killianwali, Muktsar district was shifted to a location more than 50 km away at MSD Senior Secondary School near Hanuman Chowk, Bathinda.
With the change of the centres, students had to obtain new admit cards but it became next to impossible to find an internet cafe as the shops were closed today.
Mohan Lal from Moga said, "Our centre was at Killianwali but we managed to get our new roll number on Saturday evening. I have seen many panic struck students trying to obtain new admit cards since Saturday. Students faced many problems because of this last minute change. Many whose centres were 50 km away might even have missed their exam."
Due to the inauguration of the oil refinery on Saturday, the city's hotels were already jam packed with 150 rooms being booked by the visitors.
Students who had come with their parents from afar faced difficulties in finding accommodation. However locals were generous enough to let them borrow their rooms for the night.