The process of General Elections next year, extending up to June 1, may cast a shadow on the conduct of Eamcet as per schedule. Adding further to the confusion would be the political instability in the State and whether elections would be held in the united Andhra Pradesh or the bifurcated States.
With no clear picture available, students and parents are worried and this could affect the preparation as well as their performance in not just the Eamcet, but also the IIT-JEE, which are taken by lakhs of students from the State. Even if the date of Eamcet is altered to avoid clash with the elections there is a likelihood of the new dates clashing with other national entrance examinations scheduled in the months of May and June. Majority of students from the State also appear for those examinations.
Officials say the schedule has been prepared in such a way that they have a buffer period of 7 to 10 days over the date announced for Eamcet now. “If the polling or the counting clashes with the existing dates we can comfortably conduct the test changing the schedule,” a senior official explained. However, he agrees that performance of students is likely to be hit this year, given the existing political turbulence, which will have a direct impact on universities and colleges.
On the admissions front, officials remind that the draft bill of State bifurcation indicates that admission procedure or the allocation of seats in all the professional courses in the State will remain the same for 10 years. However, the two States with mutual understanding can conduct entrance tests separately or continue with the present format for not more than five years.