SC scraps CBSE pre-medical exams, orders re-exams

RSTV Bureau

supreme_courtThe CBSE will have to re-conduct the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), a requisite competitive examination for securing admission in MBBS course across the country. This came after the Supreme Court delivered its judgement on Monday afternoon over the matter as it had reached the top court after the leak of test papers. The court has also ordered the CBSE to conduct fresh examination within 4 weeks from now.

More than six lakh students had sat for the examination held earlier last month. The examination was marred with controversy after the leak of question papers was alleged by the news reports. A batch of students had then decided to move top court appealing for scrapping the competitive exams.

The examination was held on the 3rd May and the results were due to be declared on the 5th June. But the vacation bench of Justice RK Agarwal and Justice Amitabha Roy had directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to hold the results till the matter is decided by the apex court. After the arguments were wrapped up, the bench had reserved the judgment on the 12th June.

“We can’t sacrifice the sanctity of the All India Pre-Medical Test for admission to MBBS. You have failed and your process is outdated,” the bench had said as it reserved its verdict last week.

One of the complainants, the Haryana Police had also sought the cancellation of examination after it identified at least 44 people who were benefitted by the leaked papers. Further, it had claimed that the number of beneficiary may be much larger.

On the other hand, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, arguing for the CBSE had opposed the contentions made by the complainants seeking the cancellation of examination.

“6.3 lakh students cannot be made to take the exam afresh when only 44 students have been found involved in taking benefits through unfair means,” the Solicitor General had argued.

But taking a strong view of the alleged irregularity and leaks, the Supreme Court bench had observed, “The examination stands vitiated even if one student is being benefited illegally”.

“We are not holding CBSE guilty as such. Taking into consideration the past such incidents, CBSE ought to have been cognisant of these things. It had been happening for last two-three years,” the bench had added.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on its part had denied any leak or any irregularity in conducting the test. The education authority had also pleaded not to order re-examination for it will take three to four months to revisit the whole procedure of conducting the entrance test. That argument was rejected by the Supreme Court bench in the view of larger student interest.