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Barely 15% of examinees appearing in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination have evinced their interest in the computer based test, which will be held at 221 centres in 22 cities between May 7 and May 26. This is despite efforts made by AIEEE authorities to convince students to take up the online mode of examination. Out of around 11.87 lakh candidates registered for the exam, approximately 10.7 lakh candidates registered for the offline exam and only 1.7 lakh candidates have opted for the online mode of examination. This figure has been achieved after AIEEE extended the last date of filling up online application form a couple of times.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducts AIEEE, has introduced the online method of examination last year. The response was negligible, as not even 1% candidates registered for the online exam. The board gave importance to the online examination process after AIEEE paper was leaked in 2011. This year, AIEEE declared 22 cities as online centres including Lucknow, so that more and more candidates may take up the online mode. To attract candidates towards the online mode, AIEEE lured them with extra incentives and also increased the number of online centres. For those registering for the online mode, there was a concession of 300 on the examination fee. Candidates even had the flexibility to chose an exam date as per their convenience and a choice of exam shift was also with the candidate. Figuring out reasons for a poor response for the online examination process, CBSE coordinator, Lucknow, Jawaid Alam Khan said, Candidates are apprehensive in switching over to a new pattern. It is a competitive exam where students do not want to take any risk. But the online system is growing gradually. Any new thing takes time to pick up. Aditya Kumar, director of an engineering coaching institute said, we still have a traditional way of schooling. Students appear in the exam with a pen and paper till class XII. Also, a huge chunk of students from rural areas take up the engineering exam with no exposure to computer education.
Candidates opting for online mode will have to report one-and-half hour before the exam time at the centre the medium of online exam will be both English and Hindi. Candidates can also switch medium as many times as he/she wants during the examination, as every question will appear both in English and Hindi Candidates will be given a reading time, which will not be a part of the examination duration Paper for rough work will be provided to the candidates at the examination centre The online exams will be held between May 7 & May 26
Courtesy: Times of India
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