June,24,2015: Acting upon the Supreme Court order to re-conduct All India Pre-Medical and pre-Dental Test (AIPMT), 2015, the Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to hold the exam again on on July 25.
No fresh applications have been invited and only those who took the test earlier will be able to appear on July 25. The apex court had passed the direction following allegations of large-scale irregularities in the examination held on May 3. Nearly 6,30,000 candidates had registered for the test.
The department has also advised the candidates to make sure that their registered emails and mobile numbers are functioning properly so that they can receive the updates. The details will also be hosted on website www.aipmt.nic.in.
“Candidates are advised to be in touch with the AIPMT website. All eligible candidates are requested to ensure functioning of their e-mail ids and mobile number to receive updates,” read the board’s statement.
But fears of lengthy admission delays and a cascading effect on the academic calendar left medical hopefuls jittery about their future. Students are scared of the fresh schedule possibly robbing them of alternatives because admissions to colleges and other medical institutions would close.
"I am really confused on whether I should take the re-test or not. If I clear my state entrance examination, then I will most likely opt for that," said Kavyashri Sharma, an aspirant.
The CBSE usually takes around eight months to prepare for the AIPMT that fills up around 3,800 medical seats and another month to declare the results but revised the schedule this year after getting rapped by the SC for not taking steps to prevent the transmission of answers via mobile phones inside exam halls.
“I am so tense now. Again I have to study and this time I don’t know how difficult the papers would be. Unlike previous years, the pattern of papers was different this year. Now again a great uncertainty has set in,” 19-year-old Swaraj Mishra said when the test was cancelled.
The board originally told the top court that it needed three months to conduct the exam but the SC refused to accept the argument, saying everything was possible in the technology era.
Giving a time-line, it said the first counselling shall be held on or before August 28, the second counselling on or before September 4 and the third counselling on or before September 11.
Haryana Police had nabbed four persons from Rohtak in connection with leak of AIPMT answer keys two days after the test was held. Answer keys to AIPMT questions, SIM cards and Bluetooth hearing devices were also recovered from them.