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Will can­di­dates find it tough to cope if In­dia’s most im­por­tant en­gi­neer­ing ex­am­i­na­tions go online?

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Garima Upadhyay

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.”

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