560 students were absent for the first half of the Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET) that is being held across Punjab on Saturday.
The exam is being conducted online for the first time.
Dr DS Sidhu, registrar of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, said that provisions for 7,892 candidates werre made for the first exam (held between 10 am and 1 pm) out of which 560 students were found to be absent.
Further, 40 students either reached their allotted centres late or had issues with their admission card. Most of these students were from Jalandhar and nearly areas.
“Keeping in view their academic future, they are now been allowed to sit in second slot from 2 pm to 5 pm,” Sidhu said, adding that nearly 7,900 students will appear for the afternoon batch.
Sidhu added that the university had made control rooms in different locations and, so far, there had been no complaint of technical glitches in the first slot.
Ups and downs
PMET has faced a lot of ups and down this year. The exam was cancelled after the Supreme Court ruling on the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) that made a single test across country mandatory.
After the Centre’s ordinance, Punjab government announced the date for PMET i.e. June 12. But the exam had to be advanced to June 11 and then was further divided into two halves due to paucity of computers. The exam is being held online.
It is for the first time that students have got an option to submit any objections regarding the question paper and the answer keys which will be uploaded on Sunday. The university will declare the results on June 15.
Bio, chemistry sections difficult: Students
Pushpreet Singh, who gave the exam at the Sirhind centre, said he did not face any technical problem during the exam. The biology section, according to Singh, had at least 15-20 questions which were extremely difficult and seemed out of the prescribed NCERT syllabus.
Harleen Pabla, who appeared for the exam in Landran (Mohali), said that two to three questions in the exam had a few errors in the formulas but she could make out the mistakes and attempted them. Agreeing with Singh, she too found the biology tough.
Some students, though, faced problems in the chemistry section as well.
Sherya Dhir, a student who was accompanied by her father said, “It was a balanced paper. It wasn’t really tough or extremely easy. I attempted it to the best of my ability.”
Complaining about the chemistry portion, a student said, “Chemistry was a little tough to crack but the rest was okay. Another student complaining about the exam said, “We have given many exams online, so the technical part was not an issue. There was a lot of security as well. Chemistry, however, was difficult to crack.”
Navdeep Kaur, another student who hails from Delhi said,”I came here for holidays, and came to know about the exam. It was an easy paper.”
Mark your dates
Uploading of question paper and answer keys: June 12
Objection to be filed against the question paper: June 13
Date of result: June 15