Candidates who had opted for the offline mode of examination of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination, (AIEEE), 2012 but could not take the test on April 29 can apply for the online exam to be conducted this month.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has fixed May 5 as the deadline for the students seeking admission to BE/BTech courses to apply for the online test. The dates for the online examination are May 12, 19 and 26.
A CBSE official at the board’s Patna regional office said: “Students who could not take the AIEEE, 2012, on April 29 have the option of appearing for the test. This time, it will be an online examination. They can sit for the exam again and the CBSE has fixed three dates for the test. In case seats are not available, the board can change the dates.”
The official added that only those candidates who could not appear for the offline examination held on April 29 would be considered for the online format of the examination.
The CBSE’s decision to arrange online examination has been welcomed by several students who had failed to appear for the offline format of the test.
Rakesh Kumar, who has just appeared for his Class XII examination, said: “It’s good to know that we have the opportunity to sit for the online examination because I could not appear for the exam on April 29. I had failed to reach the centre on time because I was stuck in a traffic snarl. I was very disheartened for not being able to write the test despite preparing for several months. That the board has announced new dates for the examination is a good news for me.”
A parent, Siddharth Sinha, said, “I am much relaxed now that my son can sit for the AIEEE online examination. He was very upset since he could not appear for the exam on the earlier date because he was not well. He had been diligently preparing for the examination, but unfortunately he could not take appear for the exam. Besides, he was quite depressed to see his friends — with whom he had prepared for the test — writing the examination.
Another parent, Mamta Sinha, said: “It is good to see that the candidates have got another opportunity to sit for the AIEEE 2012. My daughter could not appear for the exam for the simple reason that she could not reach Patna on time. She was out of station and the train that she had taken reached the city late. As a result, she could not sit for the exam.”
On April 29, around one lakh asoirants wrote the AIEEE in Bihar and Jharkhand in the absence of online test facilities in the CBSE’s Patna region. The students were, however, happy over the comparatively easy papers but felt that it could lead to a tough contest for admission to the leading engineering institutes in the country.