Around 11 lakh students across India were able to view their engineering test answer sheets on Monday, but were unable to verify if their answers were correct.
The CBSE, for the first time, posted the optical reading sheets (ORS) of students who appeared for the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) online. The AIEEE is the entrance test for most engineering institutes in the country, with the exception of the IITs.
The CBSE move came after the IITs, in May, placed the ORS on its website for students to evaluate their performance. However, unlike IITs, the CBSE did not post answer keys online, preventing students from evaluating their performance.
As compared to just five lakh students who appeared for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), around 11 lakh appeared for AIEEE. Placing the ORS of so many students took a lot of space on the board’s server.
Nevertheless, placing answer keys — even provisional ones — would have helped students gauge their performance. Answer keys help ascertain the correctness of the question papers. The IITs had admitted to including four wrong questions in the JEE test this year after the answer keys were posted online.
Besides this, the CBSE refrained from placing the previous year’s question papers — with answers keys — in the public domain. This has increased the students’ dependence on coaching centres, even though the government has been trying to ensure that entrance tests evaluate students on the basis of their educational skills.