New Delhi: After the question paper of All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) was leaked in Uttar Pradesh, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was forced to postpone the test by a few hours. More than 11 lakh candidates appeared in the AIEEE at 1604 centres in 80 cities of the country.  

Soon after the question paper leak was reported, CBSE announced to postpone the exam. However, at few centres, the examination had started and before the news of CBSE decision came, the aspirants had already answered more than 60 percent of the question. Aspirants were instructed to stop writing and were told to leave the centre. At several centres, candidates after a wait of three hours were told that exam would be held on May 8.

CBSE Chairman, Vineet Joshi said, “I got the information from the UP special task force in the morning, but it took some time in communicating the message to all the centres. The centres getting information on right time did not conduct the exam, whereas those informed later stopped the exam after a slight delay.” He stated that despite the delay, a fresh set of question paper was distributed to aspirants and the exam was conducted. It was told that the exam would be treated valid and aspirants are not required to reappear again.

Joshi further said that in centers where second set of question paper were distributed, the first session of the exam started between at 12:30 pm instead of stipulated time of 9am. Due to the delay, the second session of the exam was held between 1:30pm and 4:30pm.

At few centers, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) exams were also being conducted.  Therefore, candidates appearing for AIEEE at such centres were given the option to appear in the exam on Sunday or take it on May 8.
Due to the paper leak controversy, the schedule of AFMC exam too was disturbed. The AFMC exam which was scheduled to commence at 1:30 pm was held at 4:30pm.

Joshi stated that more than one lakh candidates appeared at the 78 centres of New Delhi. He added “Any further announcement would be updated on CBSE website." 

(JPN/ Bureau)