In order to avoid the last year’s circumstances when none of the student of Nagpur had opted online option to give the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), CBSE has this year made it mandatory for the students of Nagpur to appear in the online examination, that is, they do not have the option to choose between online and offline mode of examinations.
From December 23, students who have chosen an offline exam centre can change to an online centre. However, changing from an online exam centre to offline is not allowed. Students can also change details regarding their payment mode or caste category, if there has been a mistake while filling the form earlier.
In order to make students comfortable with this new system, CBSE, the AIEEE conducting body, will organize a mock online test. The mock test loaded on the AIEEE server has the exact format of the test students will appear for. On the AIEEE website, students can choose from the mock online test or download the test to practice at their leisure. This would give students an opportunity to check how comfortable they are in giving the exam online.
However, according to Nisha Kothari, director of a well known institute, “A lot of my students give the entrance exam for BITS Pilani and they only have the online version. These exam dates are clashing with AIEEE online, and I do not want my students to take too much pressure doing that. Also, the IIT-JEE results would have been declared before the AIEEE online test, and I see no point in exerting too much pressure and giving another exam after that."
On the contrary, Sarang Upganlawar, director of a coaching centre in Nagpur, says, “We have advised all our students to choose the offline mode this year. We all know what happened with the CAT online exam."
The most strange and unique aspect about this exam is that students can change their language mode as many times as possible during the test itself.