Providing relief to thousands of candidates appearing for the AIEEE and AFMC MBBS exams, the CBSE board and the Armed Forces Medical Services, which conduct these exams, have decided to hold the tests at different timings. Previously, students would have had to miss one exam, since both were scheduled for same date and time, on May 1.
According to a CBSE statement, the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) will be conducted on May 1 from 9.30am to 12.30pm as per the schedule. While the Armed Forces Medical College entrance examination (AFMC MBBS) exam will be held from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. If a candidate is allotted an examination centre for the AIEEE and the AFMC in different cities, the CBSE will consider changing the centre. However, this would be at the CBSE's discretion, according to the statement.
However, with two major exams being held on the same day, the candidates are a worried lot. Parag Nalavade, a student, said, "Both the exams are equally important. I am having trouble concentrating. There is not enough time for revision. Every year, the AIEEE was conducted during the last week of April. The sudden change is giving students, who wish to appear in both the examinations, a tough time."
Even the parents are equally worried. "It's a question of our children's future. I request the higher authorities to look into the matter" said Ajay Singh, whose son will also be appearing for these exams.
The experts say that the students are disturbed. Ashish Shukla, who runs a medical coaching institute, said: "A similar problem had occurred earlier , but it would be very helpful if both the exams are held on separate dates so that students get sufficient time for studying."