Taking a cue from the Common Admission Test (CAT),the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) is planning to take its All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) online from next year. However,this would be a much more challenging proposition,as compared to the 2.5 lakh aspirants who appeared for the not-so-successful online CAT last year,AIEEE will have 11 lakh students in over 3,000 exam centres.
The Indian Express has learnt that both the CBSE,which conducts the exam,and the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry under which the Board falls are working out finer modalities to take AIEEE online. AIEEE scores determine admissions to the National Institutes of Technology (NIT) besides various under-graduate engineering and architecture courses.
It is now being mulled whether we should do it as a pilot test next year at some centres or just make a one-time switch to an online exam. While there is a view that we should just make a big switch,others are suggesting a more cautious approach especially since the CAT debacle. We will,anyway,have to switch to an online format considering the sheer number of candidates appearing for the AIEEE each year, said a highly-placed source. Before taking AIEEE online,the response to the CBSEs on-demand online Class X Board exam will also be observed,said the sources.