Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 25:
About 37,000 students from Odisha appeared in the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test, which began this morning.
About 6.3 lakh students in the country are appearing in the examination.
According to reports, the students arrived at the examination centres at 9.30 AM, half-an-hour before the examination began. The three-hour examination will end at 1 PM.
In Odisha, the students are appearing at three places – Bhubaneswar, Rourkela and Brahmapur – of which the maximum of 33 centres are in Bhubaneswar.
As per the directive of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the students have been barred from taking mobile phones inside the examination hall. Mobile jammers have been installed inside the centres to prevent malpractice. Elaborate arrangements for frisking candidates before the exam have been put in place as well.
The CBSE has barred candidates from carrying wallets, wrist watches, goggles, hair pins, hair bands, rings, bracelets, earrings, nose-pins, large shirt buttons and water bottles. The candidates have been asked to wear slippers and not shoes.
Some of the students expressed resentment at the extraordinary security measures. “They are not allowing us take even pens and pencils in,” said a candidate in Bhubaneswar.
Before entering the examination hall, the students passed through metal detectors.
The CBSE, in compliance with the directives of the Supreme Court, is conducting the examination afresh.
It may be mentioned that the Supreme Court had asked the CBSE to conduct the entrance test again following AIPMT paper leak on WhatsApp nine minutes before the examination in Haryana on May 3 this year.