As opposed to the last year of 4900 students appearing in computer based All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), this year a total of 1.96 lakh students have opted for computer based AIEEE. However, with a view of encouraging students to opt for computer based test, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had not kept any centres for paper/pen test (offline exam) in 22 major cities in the country, including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata. The students who were not confident in giving computer based test have selected the exam centres in smaller cities.
AIEEE is one of the largest entrance exams conducted across the country by CBSE, with more than 10 lakh students aspiring to take the test every year. This year, a 16% rise has been seen in the number of applications received with a total number of 13 lakh applications, as compared to 11.13 lakh applications of last year. This was the first year when CBSE made the online mode of test compulsary for both online and offline takers of the exam. In the second year of implementation of the online exam, the total numbers of students taking the online exam has risen from 4% last year to 15% this year of the total numbers of applications.
According to the CBSE spokesperson, Rama Sharma, “Last year, there was no problem in the implementation of the online exam. Though the numbers were less, it was conducted in a smooth manner. This year, more students have opted for it. The test scores of AIEEE are accepted by several institutes in the country and therefore the overall demand also is high.”
However, the director of Aakash Institute, Aakash Chaudhry says, “Several of my students in Delhi have opted for centres in neighbouring cities like Faridabad as they were not confident about the online test. Seeing the experience of students in Common Admission Test ( CAT) for management in the first two years, students are little worried to take the risk. Though the process will settle down in the next one or two years, students are not willing to risk their careers."
"Increasing numbers of colleges have started giving preference to AIEEE scores. Therefore the numbers are increasing. These days most of the entrance exams are moving to computer-based testing, CBSE is training the students early on. It has also uploaded mock test software which will familiarise the students with the online exam," says, Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar High School.