Students' plans in a shambles

Another exam, another question paper leak and another change in the exam schedule.

Second year Pre-University students are now trying to figure out just how they’re going to get through the packed schedule with their career prospects intact.

Christ College student Nikhil fears the latest change in schedule will have long term repercussions on his career.“ According to the earlier schedule, I had two days to revise for my All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination (AIPMT), now I just have only eight hours,” he said.

Nikhil said he has been preparing for the AIPMT for the last two years and that it was impossible to revise the vast syllabi in the time available. “We put in so much effort and our careers depend on these exams. Now, because of the board’s incompetence, our careers are in jeopardy,” Nikhil added.   

For Manasa of Jain College, the news of the Physics paper leak came in the early hours of Monday through a text message. “I was up all night studying and I saw the message only in the morning. I went to the college to confirm the news,” she said. Manasa’s mother Vasantha said she was very disappointed when she heard the news.

“This is an important exam for students and they have been preparing all year long. The PU board should have taken more care to ensure such things didn’t occur,” she said.

After the rumours started doing the rounds, parents started to call the college. According to Father Roshan Lobo, Principal of St Joseph’s PU college, the college could not confirm anything until 7:15 in the morning.  “Only after the custodian of papers arrives in the college we can announce the news.” He said that the students were disheartened as the new schedule could mess up their preparation for competitive exams.

Nishath Anjum of Chirst College is one such student whose carefully planned study schedule is gone for a toss. She said: the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination (AIPMT), which was scheduled for after the end of the PU exams, will now be held just a day before the Math exam. “I don’t know how I’m going to prepare for both the Math paper as well as AIPMT exam. And immediately after that there are a series of entrance exams,” she said.

Maria Farnaz, another science student, can’t hide her frustration “This is not fair. Why should we suffer for someone else’s fault.” She said the earlier schedule gave them some time to prepare for all the exams. “Now with the cramming together of five exams on successive days, there is no time to revise. I hope at least they make the paper easier,” she said.


What they say...

The rescheduling of exams will eat into our preparation time for entrance exams. Now, we will not be able to completely focus on CET until the board exams are over. Many coaching centres had planned CET crash courses from April 1.

Everything will have to be rescheduled now. As students, we request the department to be extra careful with other exams.

Srinidhi, Vijaya PU College


Since the department had a bitter experience with the Maths exam, they should have been more careful with the Physics exam. This is a demotivating experience for students who have worked hard. These two incidents will lead to rumours about other exams and many fall prey for it. I advise students not to get depressed over this and regain confidence that their hard work will pay off.

R Vinaya Kumar, Associate Professor, KLE PU College

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