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Discontented CAT 2013 test-takers seek Delhi High Court intervention

Published On: 11 Feb 2014 | Last Updated On: 15 Feb 2014

Test-takers of the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013), who have claimed that there are discrepancies in the CAT 2013 Results, have sought the Delhi High Court’s intervention to resolve the issue. Candidates have asked for a re-evaluation and access to their raw scores. They have also sought clarity on the normalization process. The case is yet to come up for hearing. Some candidates had also filed RTIs regarding the issue.

CAT 2013, which is one of the most prestigious examinations in India for admission into the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as well as other premier management institutes, was conducted from Wednesday, October 16 to Monday, November 11, 2013. The Results of the examination were declared on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. IIM Indore was the convener of CAT 2013. As per the Results, eight candidates, all of whom are male and engineers, have acquired scores of 100 percentile in CAT 2013. Ten candidates have acquired scores of 99.99 percentile.

Many CAT 2013 test-takers have stated that their scores are radically different from what they had expected and particularly dismal in the verbal section. Moreover, some candidates who acquired higher scores have got lower normalized scores than candidates with lower scores. Candidates have also claimed that there are major differences in scores in the two sections of the test-Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI) as well as Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical Reasoning (LR).

Another issue is that candidates who had answered just one question correctly have acquired over 55 percentile scores, due to the marking pattern of the CAT examination. Candidates who scored less than 55 percentile possibly did so due to negative marking, as per IIM officials. A correct answer fetches three marks and an incorrect one Results in one mark less due to the system of negative marking in CAT.

Candidates had filed an online petition demanding a re-evaluation of their Results. Re-evaluation of CAT examinations/results is not permitted. However, in the face of the multitude of complaints, which threaten to disrupt the admission process of management institutes that accept candidates based on their CAT scores, the IIMs have been working with their test administration partner Prometric to address student grievances. Infact, the scores of around 700 test-takers of CAT 2013 were sent to Prometric for verification.

The IIMs had appointed the services of the government run agency - National Informatics Center (NIC) to ensure fairness in CAT 2013 Results. It is to be noted that the scores of 80 candidates of CAT 2012 were found to be tampered with, leading to score-inflation, as per a probe.

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