Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PG medical aspirants elated over new ranks

PG medical aspirants elated over new ranks

HYDERABAD: The results of the post graduate medical entrance test (PGMET), which was conducted afresh due to leak of the first question paper, had several candidates smiling, more so the top 10 rankers who earlier figured closer to 100.

Aspirants said the protests last month had borne fruit and predictably, there was a marked improvement in the performance of several who had cried foul about the malpractice, which was later corroborated by the CID.

For instance, Dr B Sri Rami Reddy, who had bagged the 176th rank in the first test, got the first rank this time. Dr Kirit went up from 56{+t}{+h} rank to second, while Dr C Rukesh Chary saw a jump from 318th rank to 72.

"I wrote the exam really well, but was only expecting my rank to be in the top 10. Being ranked one has come as a big surprise. I plan to do my MD in general medicine," said Reddy, who secured 170 marks.

"When the results were declared the first time, we all thought it was a scam and the investigation proved the same. We are thankful to governor ESL Narasimhan for cancelling the exam," he added.

Sixth rank holder Dr Rambhupal Reddy, who earlier got the 87th rank, claimed that at least 50 candidates ahead of him had cheated.

"Now they all got eliminated and I got a good rank. I am hoping to take up general medicine," he said, adding that his mother was elated about his achievement.

Others who saw a rise in rank are Dr Dasari Mukteshwar, who secured the 171st rank this time as against 324th earlier. Similarly, Dr M Santosh Kumar's 556th rank jumped upwards to 162. These candidates are now certain they will be able to get admission into their preferred courses and colleges.

"There is no controversy regarding the results this time. Most of the candidates have got better ranks as fraudsters have been eliminated," said Dr K Samyukta, who got the 400th rank as against 670 earlier.

"I will decide my specialization during counselling. Currently, I am in a dilemma whether to opt for general medicine or surgery," she added.

However, competition is still tough as there are limited seats. If 8,107 candidates qualified in the exam, there are only about 2,600 PG seats in the state.

Dr Ravi Raju, vice chancellor of NTR University of Health Sciences, which conducted the exam, said the varsity has not done an analysis of the results of the first and second test.

"We want to forget about the first exam. We conducted a thorough test and candidates are happy. We have completed the whole process in a short span of three weeks," he said.

He also ventured to say that unless the government announces a uniform fee structure, the university will not be able to go ahead with the counselling.

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