‘Those applying with late fee will be allotted centre in Hyderabad, Secunderabad’

A record 3.95 lakh students will appear for the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET)-2013, scheduled for May 10.

“Of the nearly 4 lakh aspirants, 1.05 lakh are seeking admission into medicine and 2.89 lakh students are aspiring for an engineering seat,” EAMCET convener N.V. Raman told a press conference here on Saturday.

Like every year, the engineering admission test will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and medical test aspirants would write their test from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. No electronic gadgets will be allowed inside the exam centre and students must use only blue and black ballpoint pens for bubbling. The downloading of the hall-tickets will start on April 25 (www.apeamcet.org).

Referring to confusion over NEET for medical stream students, Mr. Ramana said the government did not want the students to take any chance and instead attempt both NEET and EAMCET.

Pointing out that the last date for EAMCET-2013 form submission without late fee was already over, he said students submitting their forms by April 17 would have to pay a late fee of Rs.5,000 and those doing it by May 7 would have to pay a late fee of Rs.10,000. “The candidates who submit their application form with a late fee of Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 10,000 will be allocated test centres only in Hyderabad and Secunderabad,” he clarified. He said SC, ST students must attest their caste certificates.

In Vijayawada, 48 examination centres have been allocated for engineering stream students against 28 for medical seat aspirants. Mr. Ramana said that after Hyderabad, the highest number of applicants for EAMCET were from Vijayawada.

Speaking about tight security in and around examination centres, especially those earmarked for medical streams, to prevent any malpractice, he said it was decided not to appoint a person with maths, physics, or chemistry background as invigilator. Besides, manual frisking outside the examination centre, students’ thumb impression would be taken to prevent impersonation.

At the examination centres, one invigilator would be posted for every 20 students and one observer for every 500 students in addition to an enforcement officer at every centre, he said.

EAMCET 2013 co-convener G. K. Viswanadh and regional coordinator G. Sambasiva Rao were present.