PUDUCHERRY: This year’s JIPMER MBBS entrance exam will be tough to crack as more than 93,000 candidates are appearing for the test to be held on June 8.
Compared to last year, there has been a 35 per cent increase in the number of candidates.
According to sources, as many as 93,292 candidates from different parts of the country will appear for the entrance test for admission to 150 MBBS seats in JIPMER as compared to the 69,390 candidates who took the examination last year.
Also, this for the first time that JIPMER is conducting the exam in online mode.
“The test will be conducted simultaneously in online mode in 36 cities and another six satellite towns, compared to 14 cities in the previous year. The number of cities has been increased to facilitate participation of students from all nook and corner of the country to appear,” said JIPMER dean Dr Mahadevan.
Elaborate arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of the examination at 376 centres in 36 cities (seven cities in North Zone, 17 in South Zone, eight in East and 4 in West Zone, he added.
The highest number of candidates are from Bhopal (7,699), followed by 7,321 candidates from Hyderabad and 6,011 from Namakkal. From Chennai, 5,077 candidates will take the test and 1,631 from Puducherry.
“The entrance test will be held on the new pattern drawn up by JIPMER to ensure uniformity with other medical institutions on an All-India basis,” said Dr Mahadevan. The test will be conducted for 200 marks with 20 marks for English and 60 marks each for Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Candidates will get two and a half hours to answer the 200 questions, he said.
“Since it is an online exam, candidates have to reach the hall by 9.30 am. Except for the photo identity card, students are not allowed to bring items such as pens, pencils, cellphones, pen drives, data cards, calculators and wrist watches.
The candidate’s biometric data will be recorded and he/she photographed before the test. The invigilator will provide a registration number and a password linked to the hall ticket for logging in and taking the test. A mock test for the online exam is available on JIPMER’s website,” said Dr Mahadevan.
In Puducherry, the entrance test will be conducted at nine venues including one each at Cuddalore and Villupuram. Out of the 150 seats, 50 are in open merit category, 28 under Other Backward Classes, 16 under Scheduled Caste, 11 under Scheduled Tribe, 40 reserved for residents of Puducherry and five seats for Overseas Citizens of India and NRIs.