Scores of students could not appear for the Telangana Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET)-2017 which was held across the state on Friday, thanks to the one-minute-late-no-entry rule enforced by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), which conducted the exam.
Though the exact number of students who could not write the examination because of the rule is yet to be ascertained, there were reports from different parts of the state that the authorities denied entry to several students who could not make it to the examination centre for various reasons, including traffic jams, lack of proper transport facility and difficulty in locating the centre.
Otherwise, the EAMCET went off peacefully in 246 centres for engineering and 154 centres for the Agriculture and Pharmacy stream. The examination was also held in Andhra Pradesh in five centres in Tirupati, 11 in Vijayawada and three in Visakhapatnam. As many as 2,20,248 students, including 1,41,054 for engineering stream and the remaining for other streams, registered themselves for the entrance test. The EAMCET-2017 was held from 10 am to 1 pm in case of engineering and for agriculture, medical stream, it was held from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
For the first time, the test will not be held for medical courses including MBBS, BDS and Ayush as they were held as part of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).
In some examination centres, the authorities were liberal in allowing students running into the centres in the last moment, ignoring the one-minute rule, but in majority of the centres, the authorities ensured that the gates were locked on dot. For example, at New Nagarjuna Junior College, the authorities refused to entertain the request of a girl candidate to enter the hall, as she came five minutes late. At Paloncha in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, the authorities strictly enforced the one-minute rule and did not allow two students to enter the hall as they came a minute late. In Sangareddy district, too, the authorities followed the same rule and denied entry to two students.
EAMCET Chairman A Venugopal Reddy said the candidates had been warned well in advance about this rule and asked them to start from their homes early to reach the examination centre well in time, since Friday was a working day.
The authorities said the answers’ key for the Telangana EAMCET-2017 would be released shortly and hosted on the official website: eamcet.tsche.ac.in.