Bangalore, May 10: Following a government notification, the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) will be reconducted on May 11, 2011 for candidates who could not appear in the May 1 test due to question paper leak.
On May 1, the examination was delayed by CBSE by three hours following the paper leak. It was scheduled at 9.30am but was rescheduled to begin at 12 noon on the same day.
The AIEEE, which is conducted annually to gain admissions into National Institutes of Technology and other engineering colleges in the country is a hot favourite among students and going by the trends it is far more popular than the various state conducted Joint Entrance Examinations.
According to a report, for 2011, Delhi leads the table for the maximum number of students appearing the AIEEE exam with more than 90,000 students spread across 128 centres. Hyderabad comes a distant second with slightly less than 45,000 students appearing the entrance examination.
Pune rounds up the top three with about 39,600 aspirants.
The popularity of AIEEE can also be gauged from the number of students appearing it in emerging cities like Navi Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Navi Mumbai had nearly 28,300 students appearing the exam followed by Ahmedabad with 24,573.
In Bihar nearly 15,000 students are expected to appear the exams.
Bangalore and Chennai, two cities at the forefront of the IT revolution in India have surprisingly low numbers for the otherwise extremely popular AIEEE entrance exams. Bangalore , according to the report will have a meagre 13,339 students appearing the exams across 25 centres, whereas Chennai will see almost 14,500 aspirants writing the exams in 23 centres.
On the whole nearly 11.3 lakh people were to appear on the original exam date of which 32,000 will appear on May 11 for the rescheduled exams.