The GCET (Gujarat Common Entrance Test) for entry to MCA and MBA colleges kicked off on June 14, 2012. The exam was scheduled to be held in 2 phases – June 14 to 16 and June 18 to 20, 2012. Exam was conducted for 13,185 seats at 132 MBA colleges in Ahmadabad and 6670 seats at 82 MCA colleges.
Gujarat Technological University (GTU) conducts online exam for GCET in partnership with NSE (National Stock Exchange).
Nearly 13623 students registered for MBA program while 7677 applied for MCA. About 1733 candidates applied for both MBA and MCA. A total of 22868 candidates were expected to take the exam. Students are allowed to take two attempts of GCET and the best score is considered for admission. The exam was conducted at 23 centers in 3 sittings - from 9am to 11am, from 1pm to 3pm, and from 5pm to 7pm.
However, the first phase of exam was marred by technical glitches. Many students found difficulties in opening the question paper and the exam got delayed by about 1-4 hours at various centers. This deterred the parents waiting outside the examination hall for their children when they did not come out at the given time.
The technical snags continued on the second day of the exam, June 15, 2012 as well and delayed the exam.
Due to the delay in the previous exams the last exam slot scheduled between 5 pm and 7 pm could not be held. Students taking the exam at LJ College of Commerce reported that the server was down. Moreover, same question paper was provided on both the exam days. Students reported that the previous paper could not be erased due to which second paper could not be downloaded. Also the entire functioning was to be controlled from Mumbai which further delayed the exam.
A major disturbance occurred at LJ Engineering College when the students could not take their online paper till 9 pm.
There were huge protests from parents as their children remained in examination hall for more than 4 hours. Many parents were from outstation that created a huge chaos.
Vice-chancellor of Gujarat Technological University (GTU) took the responsibility for the technical errors that marred the online GCET exam on June 14 and 15, 2012. The exam was re-scheduled for June 17, 2012 at 6 centers for the candidates who could not take the online test in the first phase due to technical glitches. The second phase of the exam was also held on June 18, 2012 at 23 centers.
Finally the GCET 2012 re-exam concluded smoothly on Sunday, June 17, 2012 without any technical difficulties.
Source: Times of India
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