SC dumps plea against conduct of online entrance exams by AIIMS

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea against holding of online entrance examination for MBBS course by premier medical institute, AIl India Institute of Medical Sciences, on May 26 and 27.

"We cannot compromise with high standards set by it," the top court said.

"AIIMS standard of exam cannot be diluted. If executive is working towards maintaining the standard of exam, then we must give them the elbow room," a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit said.

The court dismissed a writ petition filed by Sneha Chandra Shekhar Fule and others, challenging the online AIIMS MBBS undergraduate exam, 2018.

The very conduct of exam in two shifts online (computer based test) would carry different difficulty level as question papers would not be the same and the percentile system of ranking was an opaque process, the petitioners said.

Advocate Dushyant Parashar, appearing for the AIIMS, countered saying all four sessions would have questions of equivalent difficulty level as certified by the experts who set the question papers. The percentile system of marking was the best standard to judge candidates, he said.

In all, 4,60,916 candidates are expected to appear for the examinations.

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