Chennai: More than 11 lakh students are appearing for country’s one of the leading competitive examination namely All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) this Sunday. According to statistics, entrance tests operated by private & deemed universities are also gaining popularity.
Around 1.5 lakh students are appearing for VIT Engineering Entrance Examination this year. SRM University is supposedly arranging for engineering entrance test for about 1 lakh students this year. The number of submitted applications has crossed previous year’s figure of 96,000, with four candidates competing for one engineering seat in the Manipal & Mangalore campuses of Manipal University from where entrance applications are provided. 30,000 students have applied for admission to engineering courses at Amrita Vidyapeetham University.
Institutions which are operating their own entrance examinations, also consider AIEEE scores or those of common entrance tests conducted in the concerned states. "Students stand a better chance of getting a seat through our entrance test than through AIEEE, because 85% of our admission is based on how the candidate has scored in our test, while they have to compete with a lot more students who have taken the AIEEE test for 15% of the seats," said A K Balakrishnan Nair, chairman of the engineering entrance exams at Amrita University.
According to students, availability of relevant information has proved to be fruitful regarding taking the entrance test carried out by private universities. K, Anand, a student who has applied for five engineering tests says, "Most private or deemed universities have live chats or a call centre to address our queries. We can't afford to take a risk because we don't have enough information on where the scores are accepted or what is the weightage.”
Private institutions affirm that students will get attracted towards colleges if these are of good quality. "We only accept the scores of our entrance tests. One advantage is that a top scorer stands a good chance of getting a scholarship or a sponsorship. We also facilitate spot education loans on all the counseling days at the university," said dean of admissions at SRM University R Muthusubramaniam.