Log on to engineering
Will candidates find it tough to cope if India’s most important engineering examinations go online?
Like most science students, Gargi, studying in Class 12 in a premier Delhi school, is worried. Pressure to fare well in the board and bagging a seat in an engineering college are her most pressing concerns right now. Also, the choice she has to make between the online /written medium to opt for AIEEE is giving her sleepless nights. “It is extremely difficult for me to decide on the mode of examination for AIEEE. Though BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology and Science admission test) is online, and I am sitting for it I am not sure if I should take the risk of giving AIEEE in the online mode.”
With the engineering exam season looming large on the horizon, it is essential for the students to understand the structure of the exam and plan their strategy accordingly. The notification for IITJEE is out and there is no change in the structure of the examination. The AIEEE notification is expected soon.
“The online option is available to test-takers in 22 cities. The online medium would make it convenient for many students who couldn’t take the exam before due to geographical constraints. Students should familiarise themselves with the online mechanism before the exam, says Harsh Tiwari, public relations executive, Delhi Technological University.
Ajay Antony, course director IIT-JEE and AIEEE, TIME, says, “Students must try out online examinations provided by a good content provider. Select the test series carefully. The transition from paper to pencil to the online format is not just a structural one. In the online version, the student will be tempted to copy valid data on working sheets. Copying data which might not be used can be a waste of precious time. Solve your problems on a sheet when you take the test and write the answers online.”