Over 18,000 students from various parts of the State appeared for the All-India Engineering Entrance Examinations (AIEEE) conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in various centres here on Sunday. Kozhikode was the only centre for the examination in the State.
Several of the students and parents found it difficult to find accommodation facilities as most hotels and lodges were already booked.
Rajan Mathai from Pathanamthitta who accompanied his daughter said they had to book the room in advance and the tariff for most hotel rooms was unaffordable for parents from the lower middle class families.
In the previous year, the CBSE had allotted centres in Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam districts.
“If the CBSE does not allot more exam centres in the coming years, it would be a burden on students who are already loaded with exam pressure,” said Ittiyachan Jose, a parent from Thrissur.
Those who could not find accommodation near the exam centres had to hire taxis from their distant lodgings to reach the examination centres on time, he said.
Meanwhile, the students who attended the examinations said the AIEEE questions did not trouble them much. “Only physics was a bit tough as it threw unexpected questions that consumed lot of time to solve,” said Lija Rajan, a student from Adoor.
P.K. Jilsha and Favaz Mashroom said the questions were comparatively easy for those who prepared well. “Mathematics was the easiest as it did not consume much time to find answer,” they said.