All India Engineering/ Architecture Entrance Examination (AIEEE):
The All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), is conducted by the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) in India. This exam was introduced in year 2002. It’s a national level exam for admission to different under-graduate engineering and architecture courses. Institutes that accept the AIEEE score include 30 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and five Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs). The exam is conducted on the last Sunday of April and results are announced by end of May. Merit list is formed on an all-India basis and state-wise too. Thus, students have an All India Rank as well as a state rank.
The following candidates are eligible to appear in AIEEE:
- Minimum qualification is 10+2 with 50% minimum marks for general category and 40% for reserved categories.
- Those appearing in 10+2 can also appear in AIEEE on provisional basis
- For admission to B. E./ B. Tech., physics and mathematics are required as compulsory subjects in 10+2.
- The students who have completed 10+2 in the last two years or appearing in the current year can only apply for AIEEE.
- For AIEEE 2011, the candidates born on or after 1st Oct 1986 (1981 for SC/ST/PH categories) are eligible.
Students seeking admission to B. Tech are tested in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics in an objective type paper with equal weightage to all the three sections. Students aiming for B. Arch. have to take objective type test in mathematics and aptitude and subjective type in drawing paper. The duration of the exam is 3 hours but the maximum marks and the number of questions asked keep on changing every year.
In year 2010, approximately 1,150,000 candidates appeared for AIEEE while in 2009, around 962,000 candidates took the AIEEE. It has 1460 centers in India along with the international centers at Dubai and Riyadh. Out of approximately one million students who take the exam every year, very few students make it to the the counseling. AIEEE has started off-campus online counseling, where all eligible students can participate from first week of June. This is quite convenient, as students don’t need to travel for the counseling.
As affirmed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), 50% of the seats in NITs will be reserved for AIEEE eligible candidates of states, and the remaining 50% will be open for students on all India Merit basis. On the other hand, IIIT’s will consider All India Merit to fill all their seats.