Almost all the candidates for EAMCET – 2013 were on time for the test on Friday, thanks to the arrangements made by the city police and managements of educational institutions where it was conducted.
Unfortunately, Praneeth, a candidate from Guntur, was not allowed to take the engineering entrance test in Montessori Mahila College because he was two minutes late. Most of the candidates were in the seats well in advance because the examination halls were open to them 45 minutes in advance.
In institutions where the candidates had to walk a long distance from the gate to the examination hall, special arrangements were made to transport them.
At P.V.P. Siddhartha Institute of Technology in Kanuru, the candidates were either quickly dropped by the college staff on motorbikes or packed into police jeeps and rushed to the examination hall. The distance from Bandar Road, where the candidates alighted from buses or personal vehicles, is more than a kilometre.
The police officers on duty had fun at the expense of the late-comers saying “get into the jeep.” The candidates were, of course, not taken to the police station, but straight to the examination hall.
According to figures released by the EAMCET coordinator, 22,871 candidates appeared for the engineering test and 13,865 for the agriculture and medicine test. The candidates who were absent for the engineering test were 794 and 203 were absent for agriculture and medical test.
The organisers took all precautions to ensure that there were no untoward incidents. Mobile phone jammers were installed in some sensitive centres and 54 observers monitored the situation in 72 test centres in the city.
The arterial roads in the city were, however, jammed for some time causing inconvenience to the citizens and visitors after completion of the examinations in the evening.
In Machilipatnam, as many as 140 candidates both in engineering and medicine category were absent at EAMCET-2013 in Machilipatnam region on Friday. Speaking to newsmen, The Hindu College Principal and EAMCET Region Coordinator V. Usha Rani said that 2,907 candidates of Engineering, Medicine and Agricultural Sciences appeared for the test.
There was no case of malpractice at any of the six centres in the region. In the second session, 367 students appeared for the examination which was conducted in a peaceful manner with the support of the local police and revenue authorities.