HYDERABAD: Except some minor altercations by students at some centers in Hyderabad, the maiden Eamcet by the Telangana government on Thursday went off smoothly across the state.
Around 19,195 students did not attend the exam while three students were denied entry into the exam centre for arriving late.
Three students at Muffajkham Jah college, MNR College and Nizam College were not allowed to enter the exam centres as they reached after the gates were closed for candidates. Argument with the officials was of no use as the one-minute rule was strictly implemented across the state.
Apart from these three, no other incident was reported from any part of the state, Dr N V Ramana Rao, Eamcet convener and Registrar, Jawharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, said.
The students, who missed the exam blamed the heavy traffic in city for delay in reaching the centers. Mohemmed Amir Qureshi, a student from Amberpet, who came late to the exam centre at Nizam college by few seconds said, he was stuck in traffic near Abids. Similar was the case with other students.
However, most of the students managed to reach the exam centres well before the scheduled time. Accompanied by their parents, students were seen coming as early as 7 am.
As already announced, officials allowed the students to enter exam halls at least one hour before the commencement of exam which was 10 am for engineering stream and 2.30 pm for medical and agriculture stream.
This year, a total of 2,32, 047 students have applied for both engineering and medical streams, out of which 2,12, 852 students appeared for the test.
A whopping number of 19,195 students skipped the exam, according to Eamcet convener.