Students appearing for the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) ,conducted by the National Council of Educational Training and Research (NCERT) on Sunday,complained of about 5-10 minutes delay in distribution of question papers at the examination centres. However,officials denied such allegations saying the exam began on time.
We got the question papers at least 5-7 minutes late. Usually,the sealed question booklet is given out before the writing time starts. However,the booklets were distributed after the writing time started. As every minute counts in such exams,many of us were unable to finish the paper on time. Despite repeated requests,the examiners refused to give any extra time to compensate for the delay, said a student requesting anonymity.
When asked about the delay,Maharashtra State Council of Examinations commissioner,Pune region,Mahavir Mane,said,At the national level the exam is conducted by the NCERT. We are only responsible for selecting candidates at the state level and sending them to the national level. At the exam centre,the supervisors and invigilators are all from NCERT. They conduct the test very professionally and so there is very little possibility that there would have been any delay. Our officials were not present at the centre and we have not received any such reports.
As many as 517 students appeared in the exam which included two exam centres in Pune and Mumbai. The results are expected in July following which an interview will be conducted in New Delhi. A total of 1,000 students are selected nationally every year. Of this, over 275 students were selected from Maharashtra last year.