With the Eamcet and physics improvement exam slotted within three days of each other, students are burning the midnight oil trying to strike a balance between the two
Eamcet which is the most important exam for any engineering and medical aspirant in AP has given the students a bitter parting gift. For years this exams has been one of the most important competitive exams and students start preparing for it right since class XI. However, with the HRD ministry introducing Neet (National eligibility and entrance test for medicine) this will be the last Eamcet exam to be held.
But all does not seem to end well with Eamcet. This year the physics examination for inter second year was very difficult and more than 31 per cent students failed. After several discussions and protests, the AP education board is conducting an improvement exam for second year students.
However, this has turned out to be a double edge sword. Students who are appearing for the improvement exam have to strike a balance between the two exams. Given the gap between both the exams is only three days, it is causing a lot of stress for not just students but concerned parents as well.
“Since I am appearing for both the exams, I have to strike a balance somehow. I spend half the day studying for physics and the second half I dedicate to Eamcet. It’s very stressful, but there’s no choice. Since the national level colleges will not consider our improvement scores, Eamcet is our only hope,” says Vikayath Arya, a second year student.
Most national colleges refuse to accept the improvement result as they cannot wait just for one state. Entrance exams like AIEEE which were once a high priority, have now taken a back seat as students now focus on their re-exam.
“It’s like a do or die situation now. All these days we had other colleges as our option but now Eamcet is the only one. It is difficult to balance time and prepare for both. The stress is also very high as parents expect us to do well,” says Annam Anurag, a student.
College managements blame the government for this mess. “Eamcet plays a big role and the government should not play with students’s lives. First, they set a question paper that was out of syllabus and claimed that they were right. Now, they are coming up with new rules. It was bad enough that they made a mistake in the first place, but now they are making more mistakes to cover up the previous one,” said K Syed Mukrram, director, I Class junior college.
Immediately after the results were declared, the education minister said that the exam would not be conducted again. This was however, later changed.
Mukrram further added, “Counseling is also a confusion. Initially they’d said that students appearing for improvements will appear in the second counseling list. But this has been changed now. Everything is very uncertain and unclear.”
“Engineering students have several options but Medical students have to burn their oil and do well,” said G Venu, vice principal, Sri Chaitanya College.
“After the physics exam we thought my daughter could appear for the improvement exam and take a year off to prepare for next year’s Eamcet. But now as the exam pattern is changing next year, she has to give both the improvement and Eamcet this year,” said Padmaja W, a parent.
This year 3,88,463 applications have been received of which 95,490 were for the medical stream and 2.92 lakhs for engineering. Out of the total 744 examination centers, 559 are for engineering and 185 for medical stream. The results would be announced on May 24.
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