The Supreme Court has refused to dilute the standard of entrance examination for admission to premier medical college like AIIMS and also to do away with the online MBBS under-graduate entrance test for this year.
The apex court has given the verdict after some candidates have challenged the AIIMS online entrance test for MBBS courses to be held on May 26 and 27 in two shifts each day depending on the number of students taking the exam.
“In view of the difficulties pointed out in holding the off-line examination and the vulnerability of the same and advantages of the online system of examination, we are satisfied that there is no merit in the Writ Petition. The Writ Petition is accordingly dismissed,” a bench of justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit said.
The top court while dismissing the plea observed that “standard of examination for AIIMS cannot be diluted” and “if the executive is working towards maintaining the standard of the exam, then we must give them the elbow room”.
The petitioners have also challenged the percentile system of ranking terming it is an opaque process.
The apex court had on April 2 asked AIIMS to find out whether it is possible to conduct the online/offline examination in one go.