Kathmandu, December 4
The Institute of Medicine published the result for MBBS entrance re-examination today.
A total of 3,331 students, including Nepalese and foreign nationals, passed the examination. The pass percentage was 46 per cent.
From among the 9,030 Nepalese students who had submitted the form, only 7,358 sat for the test. Meanwhile, of the 299 foreign national students who submitted the exam forms, only 201 attended the examination. From among them, only 33 students passed the entrance test.
“Last year, the pass percentage was more than 50 and the toppers also scored more than 90 marks. But this year less number of students have passed and the marks they got was comparatively lower than last year. The highest score this year is 88. This year we had set standard questions. This is why less number of students have passed this year and have scored lower marks,” informed Dr Rajendra Prasad Guragain, assistant dean, IoM.
Admission of successful candidates including foreign students will be based on merit basis through counselling. “The admission process will start after Tribhuvan University Executive Council approves the number of seats for all affiliated colleges. We will be accommodating around 800 successful candidates in the affiliated colleges. Scholars will be accommodated on merit basis in colleges for production of quality medical doctors,” added Dr Guragain.
IoM had conducted re-examination for the entrance amidst tight security on December 2.
On November 19, IoM decided to cancel the MBBS entrance examination that was conducted on October 14 after IoM’s Examination Control Division endorsed Tribhuvan University Executive Committee’s directive.
TUEC had sent a letter to the IoM on November 16 concluding that the question papers for MBBS entrance exam conducted by the IoM on October 14 had been leaked.
The committee had concluded that irregularities had taken place during the examination. The committee had reached this conclusion on the basis of the TU probe committee’s report, police report, the report submitted by the committee formed by Nepal Medical Council and legal advice.
Earlier, police had arrested more than two dozen persons, including students, for cheating and helping test takers cheat in the MBBS entrance examination. Students had used wireless devices to pass on questions to racketeers, including doctors and educational consultancy operators, who helped the test takers write their papers for money.
A version of this article appears in print on December 05, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.