Students opting for B.Tech are tested in physics, mathematics and chemistry. The test duration is 3 hours. The maximum marks and the number of questions vary every year like the CAT.(Total marks were 315 in the year 2008, 360 in the year 2007 while it was 540 in 2006). However equal weightage is given to all the three sections. Students opting for B.Arch are tested in mathematics and an aptitude test. It is held in the final Sunday of April and results are announced near may end. Candidates are ranked on an all India basis and also according to their position in state. Thus, they have an All India Rank (AIR) and a state rank(SR).
In 2007, around 8,50,000 wrote the AIEEE and in 2008 around 9,50,000 (a whopping 1,00,000 increment) applicants have already been registered making it one of the largest such admission exams in the world.
All candidates, with the exception of those performing very poorly, are eligible either for central counseling or state-specific or category-specific counseling on basis of their AIR. Counseling for SC/ST candidates and SC/ST physically handicapped candidates is done on the first two days of counseling. Then the physically handicapped in the Open (OP) category are counseled.
The Pattern keeps varying every year as declared by CBSE, the conducting authority of AIEEE. The level of questions follows the NCERT Syllabus of Class 11 and Class 12. From the past 2 years the total marks of the paper is being declared by CBSE in the prospectus without declaring the number of the questions appearing in the exam on the lines of IIT JEE.
In 2008, the AIEEE pattern was similar to that of IIT-JEE, with more applicative questions in mathematics and physics sections.
Reposing Faith in organisational capacity and technical infrastructure of the NIT system the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has decided to entrust the task of conducting the prestigious AIEEE to NITs themselves starting from 2008-09 session itself.
MNNIT Allahabad has been chosen by the MHRD to host the CCB for prestigious AIEEE starting with 2008 session.Earlier, the counselling procedure was dealt by a Central Counselling Board (CCB) based at New Delhi.The important decision to this effect was taken by the MHRD on the advice of the NIT Director's meeting who had unanimously advocated transferring of the responsibility for CCB of AIEEE counselling to NITs.
Every year director of a NIT will be the chairman of the CCB along with the selected directors of other institutes in the counselling board. For the year 2008 Prof Samaddar of MNNIT Allahabad has been made the Chairman along with representation of directors of NIT-Calicut, NIT-Kurekshetra and NIT-Surat in the board. The NITs will conduct the counselling and assume the responsibility of setting question papers as well from the year 2009. Similar to the conduct of the IIT-JEE and counselling by one of the six IITs in the country every year on a rotation basis, one among the 20 NITs in the country would be made a nodal agency for the conduct of AIEEE every year.
Based on the result of AIEEE – 2008, other NITs will perform the task of allocating seats to be filled up as per quota on All-India basis in participating central institutions, deemed universities and other institutions in the country. The chosen NIT would execute the various responsibilities hitherto undertaken by the CCB such as finalisation of procedure, schedule, centres and arrangements for counselling. This development will result in a major relief for students belonging to the central districts who would appear for the AIEEE from 2009 onwards.
Institutes through Central Counselling:
Institutes through their own Counselling: