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CAT exam to remain online

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In a meeting between the IIM directors, CAT committee members and officials of the MHRD in New Delhi, it was decided that the computerised exam will not be scrapped and the papers of 2.16 lack students who completed the exam will be evaluated. The idea of a retest conducted in paper pencil format was completely discarded as this would have thrown the 2010 academic schedule totally haywire and clashed with other MBA exams. While the top brass were engaged in the meeting with HRD, a section of the public shouted slogans and protested outside IIM Ahmedabad premises. The online test that was conducted over 11days starting November 28, was marred by technical glitches affecting thousands of students appearing for the test. The IIMs have announced an extra date sometime in mid January.

Out of the 2.41 lack students who sat for the test, nearly 2.16 lack completed the test. The IIMs are in the process of identifying a system which can provide another opportunity to the genuine students. The problems that arose during the exam were premature exit through the exit/end button, slowness of computers, disruptions, rebooting of computers and missing of graphics and data. Paper-pencil mode of testing that was the practice for the CAT exam for the last 33years was changed to the computerised system from 2009 and the task for conducting the test was handed over to the US based company Prometric. The problem occurred from the very first day of the exam, the directors of IIM Ahmedabad and Bangalore were not in favour of retest while the heads of other five institutes were in favour of reexamining the students.

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