Lucknow: The All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) 2011 was delayed by a few hours on Sunday after the Uttar Pradesh STF informed the CBSE, which conducts the national-level examination, that the question paper had been leaked.
Uttar Pradesh Special DGP (Law and Order) Brij Lal told reporters that the leaked question paper was recovered by Special Task Force officials from Lucknow and that it was being sold for upto Rs 6 lakhs in the market.
The AIEEE is held in two parts. While the first paper is for Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) aspirants, the second paper is for students wanting to pursue Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch).
The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) postponed the first part to 12 noon from the scheduled 9.30 am start. The second part of the exam will be held from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm.
CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi meanwhile told Zee News that those students who are also appearing for the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) examination, which is also being held today, will be allowed to appear for the AIEEE on May 8. The May 8 exam will be held at the same centre and the same admit card will be valid.
Joshi said those centres which are holding both the AIEEE as well as AFMC exams today can also choose to hold the AIEEE exam on May 8 at 9.30 am.
Meanwhile, the AFMC exam, which was originally scheduled to be held at 2.30 pm, has also been postponed and will now start at 4.30 pm.
UP STF’s Senior Superintendent of Police Vijay Prakash said they received a copy of the AIEEE question paper last night.
“We faxed the paper to the CBSE chairman and it was confirmed this morning that the paper was original one,” he said.
He said that so far Bihar and Kanpur link have been traced and the STF was working on it.
Though sources said that some persons have been detained and raids were carried out, it was not confirmed by the police officials.
Around 12 lakh students across the country are writing the prestigious exam at over 1,600 centres in more than 80 cities.
It is for the first time that the AIEEE is also being held in the online mode. About one lakh candidates from 20 cities in India will take the examination online.
AIEEE is a passport to tens of thousands of seats into 30 National Institutes of Technology and close to 150 engineering colleges throughout the country.