With the declaration of results for majority of the Medical exams in India, the crucial exam season might have almost ended, but the confusion and chaos surrounding many entrance exams have refused to die down.
The recent cancellations of RPMT and UPCPMT have only added to the declining credibility of medical entrance exams for admission year 2014. The medical entrance takers, this year, had to face glitches in majority of exams and both national and state level exams faced challenges either on question paper credibility or in evaluation. Reports suggesting Medical Council of India’s decision to scrap around 15,000 seats across different medical colleges in India has further aggravated admission concerns of candidates as well as their parents.
Careers360 brings you a preview on how the exam season was affected in the year 2014.
UPCPMT cancelled after paper-leak
The Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre Medical Test (UPCPMT 2014) was cancelled on the day of the exam after boxes carrying the question paper were found tempered with at a Ghaziabad centre. Interestingly, this happened while most candidates had reported to the exam centres and were being handed over the questions papers.
While the authorities are being blamed for this lapse and their inability to conduct a fair examination, students are increasingly demanding a strong body like CBSE to conduct such exams.
“It seems that the state machinery is not able to conduct a fair process and therefore such exams should be handed over to central bodies. Otherwise, the state should participate in national level medical entrance exams like AIPMT and conduct admission based on its score,” says Kamini Mehta, who appeared for the exam from a Ghaziabad centre.
The UPCPMT 2014 exam was subsequently postponed and the conducting body- King George’s Medical University is expected to schedule it in July.
RPMT 2014 - Cancelled Due to 86 wrong Questions
Rajasthan state level medical entrance, RPMT 2014 was cancelled at counselling stage, leaving about 40,000 candidates flummoxed. The exam was marred in controversy after 86 wrong questions appeared in its six sets of question papers. This mistake was revealed when exam conducting authority Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS), published the RPMT 2014 answer key with wrong answers. Further, the Answer Key was revised twice after mistakes were pointed out by students and experts. The students, however, were not convinced and they alleged discrepancies at evaluation stage also.
The cancellation has also left many students disappointed. “For last one year, I have been preparing for the exam and scored good marks in RPMT 2014, but I will have to prepare for it again.” said Ravi Saxena, who appeared for RPMT 2014 from Jaipur,
Wrong Questions in Medical Exams:
The discrepancies in questions hit almost all the medical exams this year. Many candidates cried foul over their valuable test time going in vain on solving wrong questions, which ultimately affected their result.
Discrepancies were also found in AIPMT 2014 questions papers . Experts suggested that there were atleast 3-5 wrong questions in the AIPMT paper. Examination authority, CBSE had admitted its error in three questions and awarded four bonus marks for each incorrect question.
Many students complained that despite performing well, attempting the wrong question and putting time on the same had pushed their result down, which eventually affected their dream of getting into the top ranked medical colleges of India.
A total of 5,23,701 candidates had taken AIPMT 2014, which was conducted at 929 Examination centres located in 50 cities including one abroad.
Besides the mentioned, many other major medical exams including BCECE, EAMCET, MH CET, KEAM, too, carried wrong questions. In most exams, the authorities admitted the wrong questions and either deleted the question from evaluation or arranged for bonus marks against such questions.
This has, however, failed to convince students who sought to know how their time spent on solving the wrong question was compensated. Many have even alleged that their chance to crack such exams dipped as they spent their precious time on solving wrong questions.
Expert Suggestions on How to Avoid Exam Discrepancies:
When Careers360 talked to experts regarding how to avoid discrepancies in medical exam they said that the examination authority must have an efficient mechanism to conduct a fair exam and there must be a regulatory body to monitor various phases of exam.
Amid declining credibility of different medical entrance exams, experts advocate for strong academic and administrative panels to look into the examination processes. Many experts rue lack of capabilities of state exam bodies in dealing with such discrepancies.
Aakash Chaudhry, Director, Aakash Coaching, said “RPMT and UPCPMT is a state level medical entrance exam. Due lack of academic and infrastructural logistics they fail to conduct exam successfully.”
Ranjan Verma, Medical Head Admin, Bansal Classes, said a strong academic review committee should be in place to check and cross-check question papers before it is finally frozen. “Every examination authority must have a review committee to examine the final set of question paper. This cross checking of question paper will help end question discrepancies which have adversely affected many entrance exams this year,” he says.
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In 2014 – 15 academic year, around 7-8 lakh candidates appeared in various national as well as state level medical examinations for admission to Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programmes. Some of the prominent national level medical entrance exams which faced glitches this year include AIPMT, JIPMER, RPMT, UPCPMT, BCECE etc.
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