Staff Reporter

Discrepancies alleged in question papers

BANGALORE: Several candidates of the Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET) for medical and dental courses, conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), have demanded a re-examination, alleging that the test was replete with discrepancies to favour the "rich" and the "influential."

The candidates met Medical Education Minister V.S. Acharya for the second time on Thursday, but were upset that he did not give a firm commitment on the re-examination.

The Minister had set the deadline as Thursday to give his "positive action," but no such thing has happened so far, the candidates complained. They recalled that question papers of the PGET, held on February 12, were rumoured to have been leaked. "There were 12 wrong questionss. RGUHS released provisional answer keys, which contained 22 wrong answers. On February 17, the university released the revised answer keys, which had 18 wrong answers, and a provisional merit list that had a high cluster of 189 to 181 out of 200. But the next cluster of marks started from 172. This gives rise to strong suspicions that the examination was fixed," the candidates argued. On February 28, they said the university released its final merit list with 194 being the highest. This, "in spite of 18 wrong answers."