PMT paper leak: An analysis

September 10, 2006

By: HEMA D

The recent update in the HP-PMT paper leak scam is that parents of four of the suspected beneficiary candidates have admitted their complicity in the paper leak. However, the police say this has not helped their investigation much as the parents are selective in their revelations. And moreover what they have admitted was already confirmed by the High Court.

There is a lot of action going on in the case in Shimla. Every third day there is a new arrest in the case or the custody transfer (from Chandigarh police to Shimla police for interrogation) of the ones who were accused for leaking the PMT of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences in Faridkot Punjab.

Now the arrest of one technician and another employee of the High Security Press at Lucknow , where the papers were printed, are awaited. It is believed that till they are arrested, the police are not yet ruling out involvement of some official of the Himachal Pardesh University in the case. There could be more heads rolling in the following months.

Those 38 students, who cleared the exam in the first attempt, were unable to make it through the second time. “But does that really suggest much?” (a question asked by many). Let us take a look at the comparative performance charts (of first and the second PMT) of those top 38 candidates, suspected to be beneficiaries of the paper leak.

Himachal Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test-2006-07

Previous rank

Roll No

Name

Father’s Name

Marks on 26.06.06

Marks on 20.08.06

Difference

% decrease

1

21543

Ankita Vats

Shivender Batish

708

215

493

70

2

20689

Pallavi Kalia

O.P. Kalia

707

239

468

66

3

24458

Ishita Sud

S K Sud

704

Not appeared

4

25058

Piyush Vohra

Jia Gopal Vohra

700

246

454

65

5

23413

Ritika Kapoor

Denish Kapoor

698

325

373

53

6

24860

Neetika Gupta

Jeetender Kumar Gupta

690

195

495

72

7

24057

Arjun Khanna

Anurag Khanna

690

Not Appeared

8

21910

Manisha Thakur

Vikam Singh Thakur

689

430

259

38

9

22534

Sunny Banyal

Swaran Singh Banyal

688

318

370

54

10

25689

Soni Chaudari

Om Prakash Chaudari

685

164

521

76

11

25763

Surbhi Rana

Vikram Rana

678

236

442

65

12

23973

Ankit Sharma

Y D sharma

677

363

314

46

13

25857

Tushar Patial

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Patial

673

349

324

48

14

24817

Nancy

Geeta Ram Sahibi

670

Not Appeared

16

23060

Kritika

DC Yadav

647

224

423

65

17

24497

Kajori Bhatnagar

Sandeep Bhatnagar

646

Not Appeared

19

25503

Saurabh Dhiman

Rakesh Dhiman

637

414

223

35

25

23848

Aditi Rao

Kuldeep Rao

628

Not Appeared

29

20765

Priya Sharma

Ashok Sharma

622

Not Appeared

30

21754

Harmeet Singh Chaudari

Gurvinder Singh Chaudari

622

228

394

63

31

24910

Neha Vaidya

Desh Mitter

621

Not Appeared

Comparative analysis of 38 suspected beneficiaries of paper leak

Previous rank

Roll No

Name

Father Name

Marks on 26.06.06 (old PMT)

Marks on 20.08.0 (fresh PMT)

Difference

% decrease

18

24437

Ibrahim

Asgar Ali

645

403

242

38

20

24774

Monika Puri

S L Puri

635

210

425

67

21

22391

Sharuti

Roop chand

632

105

527

83

22

25345

Richa Kalia

Gurbachan Dass kalia

630

386

244

39

23

22973

Indu Bala Sharma

O P Thakur

629

241

388

62

27

24204

Chasi Parashar

Satinder Kumar Parashar

625

434

191

31

28

22900

Devinder Sharma

Dutt Ram

623

36

587

94

34

23471

Saroj Kumari

Duni Chand

620

185

435

70

37

23699

Yaquab Shekh

Bhagi Rath

615

116

499

81

38

22214

Rajat Varmi

Sudarshan Singh Varmi

614

Not Appeared

43

23164

Nandini Sharma

Rakesh Kumar

607

146

461

76

44

22720

Ajay Kumar

Dev Raj

606

207

399

66

46

25388

Roohail Sharma

D R Nalin Sharma

601

99

502

84

52

22795

Arpana Sharma

Pradeep Kumar

595

172

423

71

57

23242

Om Prakash

Durga Das s

586

95

491

84

61

23025

Kamal Kishore

Sher Singh

580

136

444

77

65

23080

Kusuma Devi

Durga Dass

570

182

388

68

Here is another analysis of the pattern of the result of second entrance of those top 30 candidates

Range of marks No. of students
< 50

1

50-100

2

100-200

9

200-300

9

300-400

4

400 & above

4

Not appeared

8

Total

38

  • Not even a single student from amongst the top 65 rank holders of last time could figure in the first 65 ranks in the second PMT entrance results. And they remained under 246 rank.
  • Only 4 students scored slightly more than 400 marks, top scorer amongst them secured only 434 marks (previous score 625). His rank is rank 246 this time
  • Out of these 38 students, 21 students scored below 300 marks and these were the students capturing first 50 ranks last time
  • There is one student whoearlier scored 623 marks on rank 28 in merit list, who this time scored only 36 marks.

Well if it still seems that their first performance was only a result of the paper leak, then the facts established by the police throw some more light on the whole incident. The inquiry committee headed by DIG (CID) O.C. Thakur and consisting of two more police officials, including SP Shimla Anand Pratap Singh and DSP Arvind Digvijay Negi, went into details of the case.

According to the committee’s report that was submitted to the court nearly 106 mobile calls made by the touts to the parents and the candidates were traced. There is also enough evidence (of roaming calls and network of the parents and candidate’s mobile phones) that two days before the exam the candidates were taken outside the state apparently for tutoring the paper to them.

The suspects in the case who acted as touts and tutors, range from senior doctors (some in Punjaab, Uttar Pradesh), medical students (in UP) to the ones who are whole timersin this trade. The Police have arrested another person, Nettar Singh from Kullu. According to the Police, this boy is well educated and seems to have his hands deep into the trade.

Had the paper leak not been proved, what injustice would have had met those students who topped the second exam. Here is a sneak peek into this :

Comparative ranks of present merit holders

Present Rank

Last rank

Present Marks

Roll No.

1

85

636

24263

2

67

632

22455

3

41

617

20195

4

40

615

24060

5

24

607

25728

6

42

600

25608

7

599

21782

8

97

591

25190

9

108

590

22636

10

71

589

21423

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