And while we discuss why Internet is not happening in India/broadband penetration issues et al, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has decided to conduct CBSE exams online in 22 cities.
Last year, the board conducted online exams on pilot basis and based on the result, they have decided to roll out the AIEEE exams to 22 cities (Hyderabad/Bangalore/Chennai/ N.Delhi/Kota/Dehradun/Ahmedabad/Jaipur etc), though opt-in for students.
After the success of Online Exam on pilot basis last year, and to give students a flexible schedule of examination, the Board has decided to conduct Online Examination (i.e. CBT Mode) from 7th – 25th May, 2012 in the following 22 cities.
The examinees who will appear in online examination will be given a concession of Rs.150/- to Rs.300/- in examination fees. The candidates who wish to appear in the cities notified for online examination may acquaint themselves about the online examination. A mock test software will also be uploaded on CBSE Website in Dec 2011 for the purpose of practice by the examinees.[source]
Also, the board has decided to accept applications for examination through online mode only and no physical form will be sold.
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Aside, it’s important to note that IIMs’ tryst with online exams was a massive failure (read: Online Exams – Can they Survive the Load?).