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Beware, PGET candidates. If you want to write the test this time, make sure you remember your residential address, or else you may not be allowed into the examination hall. And this is just one of the four-tier screenings you need to undergo before you put pen to paper. In view of a rise in the number of impersonation cases, the post-graduate entrance test (PGET) for medical and dental courses, conducted by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges, Karnataka (COMED-K), is set to become an elaborate affair. Around 18,418 candidates are likely to take PGET, which is being held on February 12th, 2012 between 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm.
According to COMEDK chief executive A.S. Srikanth, “the first step is to ask a candidate to write his/her address. Anyone can mug answers, but not the residential address. This will be one of the tests before the real test begins”. The former civil servant says “while people easily remember their address and write it in a flash, but when they are asked to write any other persons address (in case of impersonators), it would be difficult for them to do so”. The 2nd level is the identity card. The candidate should show the identity proof “a card issued by the institution” before entering the examination hall. The candidate must also show the same identity card during the counselling process. During last year post-graduate entrance test, two incidents of impersonation were detected. The authorities had caught a PG student of gynaecology from Calcutta Medical College writing for a candidate from Andhra Pradesh. The former had been paid Rs 1.5 lakh. In another incident, a candidate who had completed his MBBS from Mauritius was paid Rs 3 lakh by a New Delhi-based candidate to write for him. Another condition is that candidates must produce their latest passport photographs and admission tickets. A challenge for the COMEDK staff is the frisking of students. After the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) scandal in which a student was caught with a mobile camera, while another candidate was caught with a mobile camera in the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) entrance test on Sunday, the COMEDK wants to tighten security. “It is impossible to frisk 18,000, odd candidates. Therefore, we have kept the candidate’s invigilator ratio at 1:24 and ensure no malpractice takes place”, said Srikanth. He said the COMEDK is now trying to find ways to check malpractice in the UGET to be held later this year.
Courtesy: Times of India
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