The Telangana government has made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) scheduled for May 15, 2016, across 466 centres in the state. More than two lakh engineering, agriculture and medical aspirants are expected to take the exam this year.
The new hall tickets for the common entrance test can be downloaded by the students from May 9 onwards. “The hall tickets will have to be signed by a gazetted officer. Candidates have to produce the hall tickets at the entrance of the test centre and examination hall,” said NV Ramana Rao, convenor of EAMCET.
The exam hit a major roadblock after 6,800 private colleges in the state refused to cooperate with the Government. It led to the postponement of the exam. The government has garnered support for the upcoming exam not just from the state-run institutions but also central institutions such as IIIT-H and NIT, Warangal, who have agreed to hold the examination. “Around 466 centres have been identified by the Government, out of which 276 are for engineering and remaining for medical. Although the centres for the online exam have not been decided so far, IIIT-Hyderabad and NIT, Warangal have shown interest to conduct the exam,” said Rao.
While aspirants are given customised OMR sheets every year, the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, (JNTU-H) will now be giving out regular sheets to students due to change in examination centres.
Apart from this, JNTU-H has made it clear that candidates will be permitted into the examination hall an hour before the commencement of the test. Candidates will not be allowed to go to toilets once the exam begins. The University has also refrained students from using fat ball-point pens, wristwatches, electronic devices, log tables to avoid malpractice and impersonation.
For the first time, candidates will also have to enrol their fingerprint through the biometric system, failing which his/her candidature will be rejected. “The applicant’s data will further be used during counselling and admission process. The fee reimbursement to all the candidates will also depend on their fingerprints,” said Rao.
While elaborate arrangements in place for Common Entrance Test, officials now fear that the Supreme Court order over NEET may stall the state-level examination. The Supreme Court on Monday restrained states from conducting their tests for admission in medical colleges and go as per the NEET.