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The Supreme Court on Monday cancelled this year's All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT), finding it rigged by tech-savvy students who cheated in the examination by getting answers to questions through electronic devices they smuggled into test centres across the country. The court directed CBSE to hold the test afresh within four weeks.
AIPMT is the gateway for admission to 15% of seats in all central government medical colleges and participating state government medical colleges.
Over 6.3 lakh students had on May 3 taken the entrance examination, competing for 3,000-odd MBBS and BDS seats in top medical colleges.
This is the biggest-ever scrapping of an examination on the ground of violation of the sanctity of the test. The court made it very clear that it was taking the extreme step to ensure that faith in the examination remains intact and merit is not undermined.