In a heavy blow to CBSE, which has conducted the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) entrance exam this year, the Supreme Court cancelled the examination in view of the leak of the question paper and the circulation of answers at examination centres across 10 states,besides allegations of mass cheating in some centres.
Brushing aside the plea by exam authorities terming it a mammoth exercise too difficult to rehold, the court asked all the institutions to come forward and hold the test again within four weeks or one month. The court said CBSE should have taken precautions to stop large-scale copying or leak of the exam papers.
Of late, the CBSE is coming under attack for question paper leak, especially since the 2014 Class 12 Physics paper leak online in the northeastern state. Though no such reports came to the notice of the media this year, the AIPMT itself came under scrutiny for mass copying and paper leak, which makes it a mockery of our education system.
Usually, 25,000 to 50,000 candidates take the AIPMT every year.
at a time when a minister was arrested on allegations of a fake certificate, the tough position taken by the court comes as a relief for those who work hard make to AIPMT based on merit. Otherwise, the AIIMS and other central institutions will suffer due to these anomalies in the entrance exam itself.