If events go as per the plan the PGI will soon be the second research and medical institute in India to conduct an online entrance test for the MD/DM course after the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) Puducherry from the 2017 session. For the session of 2016 the forthcoming examination on the 20th of December will be the last paper-based entrance exam. Bi-annually a total of 7000 candidates give the entrance exam.
The said decision is fallout of the MD/DM entrance exam cheating racket that was exposed via the CBI in the year 2012. The PGI administration had then arrived at a decision to forgo the paper examination in order to ensure transparency. But the process did take a few years before the administration finalized it. A senior official stated that “The same pattern as JIPMER can be followed here.” The online test evaluation will be parallel to the GRE entrance, which will get locked soon after the time is over. The PGI has already started accepting the online form application and as well as the payment for the test.
Post 2012, the institute had introduced strict measures, inclusive of frisking, and installing jammers and not allowing even personal pens for the examination. The official stated that “Though not a single complaint of copying has been reported since, online examination will ensure greater transparency. It will also allow candidates to take exam from anywhere and not face the inconvenience of travelling to the city.”
In 2012, there was a case of mass copying using hi-tech gadgets, and the CBI had recovered laptops, micro-earphones, sophisticated handsets, bluetooth devices, button-hole cameras, tablet computers and wireless earplugs from the members of a gang involved in the scam. The examinees used bluetooth earphones to get answers from hotels stationed a few kilometres away from the examination centre.