Aspirants of post-graduate medical courses in the State, who have appeared for PG Medical Entrance Test-2011, are alleging irregularities in the conduct, valuation and release of ranks in the entrance test. The students assert that this year's entrance test was ‘rigged' to benefit ‘well connected' candidates while meritorious students, who expected to come out in flying colours, did not even qualify the exam.
On Tuesday, the aspirants took up an indefinite hunger strike at Gandhi Hospital campus demanding release of the ‘key' of all the four sets of question papers and mark sheets. “Last year, without any preparation, I secured 1200 rank in the entrance test. This year, after training for a full year, I got 1900 rank. I scored 100 marks but I was expecting 125 marks. If I have committed mistakes then I have the right to receive my answer sheet and key of the question papers,” a student on hunger strike said.
Everybody had a similar tale to share.
“Private institutions who train students for the entrance test unofficially release the key for the question papers. Accuracy of such key is usually 95 per cent. Based on that, there are many students who did well in the test but did not qualify at all. Such incidents are too many to be passed off as coincidences,” says Dr. G. Bhanu Prakash, Treasurer, Medical Students Forum of P.G Aspirants in A.P.
Aspirants informed media persons on Tuesday that many students expected a rank below 100 but got less than 100 marks.
“This is too far below the expectation and raises doubts on the accuracy of the answer key based on which the results were announced,” they said.
The PG aspirants are citing example of the recently held PG entrance exam at Nims. “The Nims authorities had released the key for the question papers along with the answer booklets. The N.T. R. University of Health Sciences should do the same and allay doubts among aspirants,” they demanded.