The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has confirmed the cancellation of its online examination to recruit 470 nurses. The exam was conducted on November 8, 2014 amidst several cases of technical glitches as well as other lapses.
Over 27,000 candidates from all over India appeared in the exam in centers across Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Bengaluru and Himachal Pradesh.
The reports submitted by the observers deputed at the examination centers were taken into account while making the decision, clarified the PGIMER. Chetan PS Rao, deputy director (administration), PGIMER, stated: “Based on the feedback received from our staff, it has been decided that the examination did not meet PGIMER standards. A fresh examination will be conducted.”
New dates for the exam in addition to other important details have been published on Monday. While the previously designated centers will remain unchanged, the exam won’t be conducted online.
The online exam was conducted by a private firm named Aptech Computer Education. But the candidates had to go through lots of inconveniences due to crashing of several servers. PGIMER had to start the exam five hours late amidst protest from candidates and their parents.
Incidentally, this is not the first time when a PGIMER entrance exam has been cancelled. During the entrance exam for admission to MD/MS programs, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had made several arrests including that of many candidates for using high tech methods to leak the question paper. The exam was later scrapped and a new exam was conducted.