Monday, November 22, 2010

100,000 students to take AIEEE online

The All India Engineering / Architecture Entrance Examination (AIEEE) goes online from next year. One lakh (100,000) student will get the opportunity to appear for the first online AIEEE to be conducted in April 2011 as a pilot run. According to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) officials, the idea is to scale it up to a complete online examination in a year or two. This will make AIEEE world's largest online examination.

AIEEE is conducted by CBSE for admission to various National Institute of Technologies (NITs), Indian Institute of Information Technologies (IIITs), deemed universities and for a few state institutions. Last year, over 12 lakh (1.2 million) students appeared for the examination, making it the world's largest entrance test.

According to CBSE officials, the pen and paper based test will be conducted on April 24, 2011 across 84 cities in India as well as in Dubai and Riyadh. Meanwhile, the date sheet for the online test, which is going to be conducted across select 20 cities in India, is yet to be prepared. Though sale of information bulletins will start from December 15 from various branches of banks, institutions and regional offices of CBSE, those willing to apply online can submit online applications from November 23, 2010. Each select 20 cities will conduct the online exam for 5,000 students.

Speaking to TOI, CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi said: The exam will not be conducted over internet and it will be a Computer Based Test (CBT) in line with the likes of CAT. Like the CAT, the online exam will be conducted over a period of time, the datesheet for which is under preparation and we are waiting for the completion of registration of online applicants. But unlike CAT, the online option is not compulsory and the first 100,000 who opt for it will be allowed to take the test online. The rest of the students will have to appear as per our conventional method. We want to assure all aspirants and security aspect is a priority which is why we are doing a pilot run," Joshi said.

Source: The Times of India, November 22, 2010
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