The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has taken inspiration from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to conduct its entrance examination online from the year 2012.
This decision to make the tests online has been taken by the AIIMS administration to ensure that its entrance examinations for undergraduate, postgraduate and other courses are completely fair and transparent.
The online models that will be considered to create the online examinations, are the Common Admission Test (CAT) and the online test from Manipal Medical College.
The number of entrance examinations that AIIMS conducts in a year is 14, including biotechnology, M.Sc. programmes, nursing, etc.
To ensure that no errors or glitches occur when about a lakh students appear for the entrance test for MBBS and MD medical programmes, the examination department of the institute is researching models of various entrance examinations that are online.
A source from AIIMS was quoted as saying that the administration and examination committee are analyzing all possible problems that can occur during the test as the entrance test takes place on a very large level.
He said, "We require sound technical support as we cannot afford to face problems such as crashing of the system during the test and so we're studying every possible way to make sure that such errors do not take place."
A senior doctor in the administration department, who did not wish to be identified, has said that there are in all about 50 seats for specialty courses after post graduation for which around 2000 students appear every year in Delhi.
He said, "If things go according to how we have planned them, then our institute will also begin online entrance tests for these post graduation specialty courses. These tests will be easier to take online as the number of students who apply for them is small and hence we would be able to take care of the technical glitches."
The doctor also stated that there would not be any scope for ambiguous or repetitive questions and the department is also securing a question bank for the examination.
The examination department will be choosing out various cities across the country to be the centers for the online entrance tests.
Another development that the AIIMS examination department will be taking this year itself is uploading the exam admit cards online which can be printed out and used by the students.