The All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) will go completely online from this year, just like the Common Admission Test (CAT) for IIMs.
The CBSE, which conducts the national exam every year, decided to to go ahead with the move on account of the leak of a question paper last year which forced several students to take the exam again.
The next AIEEE is scheduled to be held nationwide on April 29, 2012.
Last year, a majority of the students opted for the conventional exam since the option was allowed. The plan was to conduct online exams for one lakh students out of the 11.5 lakh applicants, but less than 5,000 students opted for the online exam.
In Andhra Pradesh, of the 1.5 lakh applicants, less than 100 opted for the online exam last year.
This year, the CBSE has decided not to give students the option.
â€œThis year, the CBSE is planning to conduct online exams on a mass scale. Students are advised to acquaint themselves with the new method,â€ a CBSE circular stated. An competent agency will be employed to ensure smooth conduct of the test.
About 28,000 B.Tech seats and 1,000 B. Arch seats are filled annually through the AIEEE.