The hearings of two separate cases regarding the discrepancies in the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013) Results were held on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Indore and Kolkata high courts. The Indore high court has granted the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Prometric Testing Private Limited (partner agency of CAT 2013) one month’s time to respond to the questions presented by the petitioners. The Kolkata high court pulled up the IIMs for not providing the raw scores.
During the hearing in Kolkata, the IIMs claimed that since the data is with Prometric, the IIMs are not able to provide it to the candidates. This argument was not well accepted. The case will come up for hearing again on Monday, March 10, 2014.
In Indore, when the IIMs stated that their admission schedule will conclude by the end of April, 2014, the IIMs and Prometric were asked to provide the data by that time.
There are two cases going on concurrently in Indore regarding disclosure of raw scores and about the normalization process of evaluation. Cases have been filed in Allahabad, Delhi, Madras high courts also regarding the same. The candidates are seeking a re-evaluation of CAT 2013 Results and a stay on the short-listing process of the IIMs and other institutes that accept CAT scores. RTIs were also filed. The courts have sent notices to all parties concerned to respond to student queries within definite timeframes. Earlier, the Madras High Court had passed a directive to CAT 2013 convener IIM Indore and the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) asking them to reserve one seat each for all the petitioners.
CAT is one of the most prestigious examinations in India for admission into the IIMs and other premier management institutes. CAT 2013 was conducted from Wednesday, October 16 to Monday, November 11, 2013. The Results of the examination were declared on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Although few students have received responses of the RTIs from IIM Indore, the answers are ambiguous and do not provide any explanation on the topics of raw scores and the normalization process, as per test-takers. No clear answers have come from Prometric either.