Taking a leaf out of the Common Admission Test (CAT), the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) is all set to go online from next year.
The entrance exam for Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and Bachelor of Technology (B Tech) will be conducted by an expert agency.
However, the board is yet to decide whether the entrance exam for Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch), which is also a part of the AIEEE, too will be conducted online. The AIEEE is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admissions to various IITs, NITs and state-level engineering institutions.
Like Prometric, which conducted the CAT on behalf of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) on two occasions, the CBSE too will rope in an outside agency to conduct the national-level engineering entrance exam.
“We have invited proposals by agencies with adequate experience and quality in designing and delivery of large-scale professional exams on Computer-Based Testing (CBT) mode for AIEEE, 2011,” said a CBSE official.
“We will soon decide on the agency to perform this task,” he added.
The AIEEE will be merged with the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) from 2011.
While the AIPMT is conducted to fill up 15% seats in MBBS and Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS) courses in government medical and dental colleges against the all-India quota, AIEEE draws up a combined merit list for different categories of engineering colleges.
Although the engineering exam will be conducted online, CBSE officials are still not clear about the online version of the AIPMT next year.