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However, for admission to institutes where pre-medical entrance tests are conducted by government agencies, the “admission agents” fall back upon impersonation to get confirmed admissions.
Interestingly, the agents also offered to get admission to any government medical college in the country by rigging the pre-medical all-India entrance test conducted by a central agency.
In such cases, the agents claim, they “manage” examination centres where an impersonator, who is fully prepared for the examination, appears in the test.
While this points towards the active collusion of the invigilation staff at the examination centres, it also hints at the presence of “link-persons” of these agents in the cities where the centres are “managed”.
The PGI, for instance, conducts entrance test for MD/MS seats twice a year. As the course is coveted, the competition is stiff. In January 2009, 6,000 doctors applied for the 85 advertised MD/MS seats. Hundreds of doctors take the test more than once, thus trying their luck several times.
The application form submitted by the candidate includes an admit card and an attendance card, both of which carry a picture of the candidate. While the candidate carries his admit card to the centre, the invigilation staff has a copy of it. Ideally, the staff matches the pictures pasted on the admit card and the attendance sheet. Impersonation, therefore, is not possible without the active connivance of the invigilators.
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