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CAT fiasco: HRD ministry convenes IIM directors’ meet

Last Updated: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 18:35

New Delhi: Unhappy over thousands of
students failing to write the Common Admission Test (CAT) due
to technical problems, the government has convened a meeting
of IIM directors on Wednesday to express its concerns.

Higher Education Secretary Vibha Puri Das will chair
the meeting of IIM directors to discuss the issue in detail, a
Human Resource Development Ministry official said.

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has
already expressed displeasure over students facing problem
during the computerised test which was marred by glitches from
its beginning. The issue was raised in Parliament when BJP
members criticised the government for the fiasco.

The test, which was supposed to be taken by 2.41 lakh
students, was conducted by an American firm Prometric in a
staggered manner over 11 days. However, all candidates failed
to appear in the test due to the "virus attack".

Meanwhile, the IIM directors met in Mumbai yesterday
where they reviewed the entire computerised test and tried to
assess the problem.

The ministry is expected to tell the IIM directors to
have a foolproof system in place to avoid any such problem in
future. Sibal has already said that precautions should have
been taken before starting the computer-based CAT.

The CAT was disrupted by virus attack from the first
day of the test, which was supposed to be held over 10 days.
About 8,500 candidates could not appear in the test in the
first four days due to the glitch. The test was extended by a
day also as it ended on December eight.

Thousands of IIM aspirants have failed to appear in
the CAT, IIM Ahmedabad, which is the nodal IIM for the CAT
this year, has said.

A new test date will be announced in about a fortnight
to provide an opportunity to all such candidates to write the
test, it said.

About 20,000 candidates were rescheduled after the
test was affected by the virus attack and other technical

CAT was held through 361 labs in 104 locations spread
across 32 cities.

Candidates have reported through various channels the
nature of disruptions faced that include pressing of `End`
button prematurely, malfunctioning of computer on which the
test was taken by the candidate, missing graphs and charts.

The IIM has assured the candidates that the outcome of
the process on completion would be fair to all candidates.


First Published: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 18:35
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