The three-day rail roko has cast a shadow on the chances of the students' aspiring for the Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences MD Ayurveda seats through an entrance test organised in Vijayawada on Sunday.

Students from the State capital and other parts of the country had to struggle it out for appearing at the entrance test for admissions into MD (Ayurveda). Most of the students coming from Hyderabad had anxious moments and feared that they might not be able to reach the examination centre in time.

Students from far off places like Haridwar were forced to drop midway due to diversion or cancellation of trains. “I reached Vijayawada at 9.20 a.m. while my exam was at 10 a.m. It was testing time for me till I reached the centre,” said Satyanarayana, a student from Hyderabad.

Students like Ravindra from Hyderabad College teamed up to hire a car or cab. “We are ten and hired Tata Sumo. There are many who planned like us,” he says.

Another student Pramod from Hyderabad, who travelled by a private bus said: “We had to take a circuitous route covering Macherla, Piduguralla and other places as there were diversions. Though we started at 9 p.m. on Saturday, we just managed to attend the exam. It was really a harrowing experience.”

But, there were many who ran out of luck. “Most of my friends were forced to drop midway as there were no trains,” says Litika, a student from Haridwar. “I could manage to come here, as I got a ticket in the flight,” she says.

What's more puzzling for students is: “Why the university cancelled the examination centre at Hyderabad.”