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Exam train no help for students

The South Eastern Railway’s (SER) decision to run a special exam train on May 8 to make travel easier for Jharkhand students appearing for a medical entrance test in Karnataka on May 11 will benefit a few.

The Hatia-Yeshwantpur (08637) special is slated to depart at 2.15pm, just 45 minutes after another crucial entrance test — Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination (JCECE) — ends in the state at 1.30pm. Hence, a large number of students, who are appearing for both JCECE — the gateway to undergraduate engineering degree courses in Jharkhand — and the May 11 exam held by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK), are sure to miss the Yeshwantpur train.

Confirming about the timings of the engineering entrance test, examination controller, JCECE Board, Mridula Sinha said that it would be held from 9am to 1.30pm. “If a student can complete his or her paper 10 or 15 minutes before 1.30pm, he or she will be allowed to leave, but not before that,” Sinha clarified.

Informed about the timings of the exam special train, she said, “It is up to the students to decide which exam is more important for them. Those determined to catch the train must come to the exam centres with their luggage so that they can rush to the station immediately after completing their papers,” she told The Telegraph.

When contacted, senior divisional commercial manager, SER, Neeraj Kumar said, “Actually, the timing of a train is decided according to traffic on that particular route. For the Yeshwantpur track, it is the only time available. So the departure time of the exam train has been fixed 2.15pm.”

He, however, promised a solution soon. “We will find out a way by May 7 so that students can travel by this special train,” he added.

The special train will have 11 AC three-tier coaches with 866 berths. It will depart from Hatia at 2.15pm on May 8 and arrive at Yeshwantpur at 6am on May 10. The same train will leave Yeshwantpur on May 11 night and reach Hatia at 1.30pm on Tuesday.

Elaborate arrangements for booking tickets on the train have been made in the state capital.

Around seven reservation counters were thrown open at Ranchi and Hatia stations, Ranchi GPO and extension counters at the high court, BIT-Mesra, state Assembly and Dipatoli on Monday.

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