Nearly 2, 500 students will take the online AIEEE on Saturday in six different centres across the city. This year, for the first time, TCS office in Ambattur will also function as a test centre, from where, as many as 1,245 students will take the test.
This is the first time CBSE has made online AIEEE mandatory in 22 cities across the country that includes Chennai. The dates allotted for the test are May 7, May 12, May 19 and May 26.
Around 1,800 students took the test on the first day.
“Most of us avoided that date because we did not want to take any risk by being the first batch to take the test,” said Sudarshan Shyam, a class XII student.
Of the four dates allotted, May 12 was the most suitable, said most students. As Ashwathi Rajan, a class XII student, pointed out, “May 19 collided with BITSAT dates and May 26 was way too late.”
However those keen on pursuing college education in Chennai have chosen May 26 because the class XII results will be out by then, while those mostly certain of making it to the IITs have also taken a later date.
“I will take the AIEEE only if necessary. JEE results are to be declared on May 18,” said R. Vinoth, a class XII student, who expects to get admission in either IIT- Madras or IIT- Delhi.
The exam on May 7 was held in 8 centres, all engineering colleges but on Sunday, it will be held in six centres – private engineering colleges in Sriperumpudur, Mamallapuram, Avadi, Poonamallee, Padur, besides the TCS office in Ambattur. Tata Consultancy Services is the CBSE IT partner for the online project.
Out of the 13 lakh candidates who have registered for the AIEEE from across the country, nearly 1.8 lakh will take the online version of the test. On the first day, the exam was conducted at 140 centres across the country.
Students are hoping for a hassle-free exam. “The problems will online exams always occur when there are a large number of aspirants. The software may work fine, but CBSE should also make sure the processor speed of the machines and other hardware details are checked before the test commences,” said K. Ravi, a JEE trainer.
CBSE officials have said students need not worry about anything. “They will be given adequate time and two sheets for rough work,” said an official, adding that 3 invigilators will be allotted to each room.
Around 10 lakh candidates appeared for the traditional pen-paper format test conducted in other centres across the country on April 29.
The test determines admission to nearly 23,676 seats for B.E./ B.Tech and 855 seats for B.Arch/ B.Planning in various institutions, such as the National Institutes of Technology, Deemed Universities, Technical Institutions and other government-funded institutions.