Poll counting for general elections on May 16, a day before the exam is to be held

The Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test, scheduled to be held on May 17, is likely to be rescheduled to a later date as counting for the general elections will be held on May 16.

Counting takes places in government colleges that are mostly exam centres for Eamcet and this might hamper arrangements, observe officials. Moreover, if counting extends to the next day for any reason, the centres will be blocked.

Rallies by victorious candidates may also cause traffic blockades, thus blocking the movement of students. Storage and safety of Eamcet material is also a serious issue.

The new date has to be finalised based on other national entrance exams for engineering and medicine that most Eamcet aspirants attempt. BITSAT, scheduled from May 14 to June 1, is attempted by most Eamcet aspirants.

Similarly, entrance tests of other States may clash.

“We are looking into all these aspects and will take a decision in two days,” Eamcet convenor N.V. Ramana Rao said.

“The exam should be postponed rather than being advanced, so that aspirants take it without being affected by poll-related tensions,” said Alladi Dayanad, a parent.

“We are ready to hold the exam whenever it is scheduled and it is for the Eamcet committee to finalise the date,” Prof. Rao said.

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