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CET aspirants waiting to appear in  second paper on Saturday in local park in Srinagar
CET aspirants waiting to appear in second paper on Saturday in local park in Srinagar

Imran Qazi, a Class 12 passout from South Kashmir’s Pampore town was eager on Saturday morning. After preparing for eight months, he was about to appear in Common Entrance Test (CET) today. But as he left for examination centre in Srinagar, all his excitement changed into disappointment. He got stuck in traffic jam at Sempora in Pampore and by the time traffic resumed on roads, he was already late by 30 minutes for first paper of CET exam.

And once he reached at examination centre, he was not given extra time to complete his paper.

Scores of students from South Kashmir faced ire of traffic jam between Sempora and Sonawar on Saturday, which subsequently reduced their time duration to compete for exam.

Many students told Kashmir Life over the phone that they reached late at examination centres in Srinagar, but were not given extra time to complete their exam.

“While on my way to Srinagar for appearing in CET exam, I along with other students got stuck in traffic jams near Sempora,” Qazi said. “By the time traffic resumed, most of us were already late by more than 30 min.”

CET is an annual competitive exams held in the state, wherein students of Class 12 passouts compete for medical and engineering seats.

The students said that they informed exam supervisor about the traffic menace, but they were not given extra time to sit in exam.

When Kashmir Life contacted one of the exam supervisors in Srinagar, in whose supervised centre students reached late, he said: “Look, we have a procedure in place which doesn’t allow us to consider the said margin.”

In between “harsh” procedures and never ending traffic jam menace, it seems only “toiling” efforts of students were badly jeered!


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