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EAMCET smooth, say officials

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Run for life!: Students who arrived late run to the exam hall for the EAMCET in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

HYDERABAD: Thousands of students were relieved while a few unlucky ones went back home enraged unable to appear due to various reasons even as the EAMCET was conducted without any major hiccups on Thursday across the State.

EAMCET-2008 Convenor E. Saibaba Reddy said out of the 2,71,525 registered candidates in the engineering stream 2,65,660 candidates took the examination while 77,143 candidates appeared for the medical stream out of the 80,180 candidates who registered. The attendance percentage was 97.84 per cent for engineering and 96.25 for medical stream. No regional centre had 100 per cent attendance.

Large gatherings of candidates and their parents filled the campuses and the adjoining roads at various examination centres, resulting in traffic jams at some places, since early morning. Some reached the centres as early as 7 a.m. for the engineering stream that was to start at 10 a.m. to avoid traffic jams. Parents looked more tense than the candidates.

Teachers who analysed the papers said that 10 questions – four in the engineering stream and six in the medical stream were either ambiguous or correct answers were not given. Mr. Surendra, Dean of Sri Chaitanya Educational Institutions, Hyderabad claimed that in Mathematics paper two answers were given for a question while there was no correct answer given for another question. One question each in Physics and Chemistry papers did not carry correct answers.

‘Mistakes galore’

He said in the medical stream, four questions in the Physics paper did not carry correct answers while there was ambiguity in the answers in one question each in Botany and Zoology papers.

Students claimed that the paper was tough this year compared to last year.

Prof. Saibaba Reddy said that the key would be released on May 11 after the key committee meeting on May 10. One week’s time would be given for students and teachers to send their responses. The final key would be released along with the results that are likely to be released after two weeks.

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