The Apex Court's order came on a petition by Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) for extension of time to conduct the AIPMT afresh.

The court, while quashing on June 15 the AIPMT-2015 on the ground of large-scale irregularities, had asked CBSE to re-conduct the exam within four weeks.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for CBSE, told a bench of justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre that four weeks time is insufficient for re-conducting the examination.

Rohatgi said the exam would be conducted at around 1000 centres and since vacations are going on, there is shortage of teachers. He said that the board also needs time to prepare the question papers again.

"A large number of schools would be required for the exam. There is shortage of teachers, invigilators and para-military forces," he said.

The Attorney General said that normally the board needs around seven months time to hold examinations but "we have compromised and seek only three months time".

However, the court said, "In the past everything was done in one month. We are living in an era of technology and everything is possible now."

During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Medical Council of India (MCI), which conducts counselling, urged CBSE to squeeze its time period and hold the exam within the period decided by the Apex Court.

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