CHENNAI: There were some intense discussions about the exam pattern, a hope and a prayer that one will be allowed to sit next to a friend and last-minute wishes seeking a stroke of luck.
It was not a real exam, but the AIEEE model exam organised by AIMS Education, involved in training students for various examinations, here on Sunday was taken with enough seriousness.
Launched in 2003, the State-wide examination helps students get an idea of where they would stand in the AIEEE rankings for the coming academic year.
It will also help them understand their weaknesses and build on their strengths to consolidate their preparations, said Gita Prabhu, director, AIMS Education.
“AIEEE is based purely on the CBSE syllabus. But most of the aspirants from Tamil Nadu are from Matriculation schools. Mock tests like these help them get a better understanding of what to expect,” she said.
Niranjan Kumar, one of the students who took the test, said: “I’m in a State Board school. I just wanted to know what the AIEEE pattern is like, which is why I’m taking the test. The State syllabus is evaluation-oriented while entrance exams are application-oriented. Mock tests like these help students get used to entrance exams and face them with more confidence.”
However, Mohan Raj, a parent, said that while mock exams helped students hone their skills, the culture of coaching centres has to be evaluated more carefully.
“I stopped the physics and mathematics tuitions that my son used to attend. Tuitions in the morning, coaching classes for entrance exams in the evening and school in between is too burdensome.”
A session will be organised on November 29 to discuss the question paper and analyse solutions to the problems.
The top three rankers in the State will be awarded cash and merit certificates on the same day.