After CAT, AIEEE to go online
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 CBSE’s on-demand online Class X Board exam will also
be observed, said the sources.