The final admissions at the premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are expected to be granted after the outcome of the writ petition filed by disgruntled test-takers of the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013), the Results of which were declared on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Test-takers of CAT 2013, who have claimed that there are discrepancies in the CAT 2013 Results, had sought the intervention of the Indore High Court to resolve the issue and filed a petition regarding the same. The petitioners had alleged that they scored low percentile in CAT because of the faulty evaluation process of the IIMs. Thereafter, the MP High Court issued notices to all the IIMs, Government of India, CAT Committee and Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd (partner agency of CAT 2013). The respondents need to present their reply regarding the doubts of the test-takers about specific information on raw scores and the normalization process by Friday, March 7, 2014.
In an earlier move, disgruntled candidates had sought the Delhi High Court’s intervention for a re-evaluation of CAT 2013 Results and access to their raw scores. They had also sought clarity on the normalization process. Some candidates had filed RTIs regarding the issue. Moreover, the students have requested for a stay on the short-listing process of the IIMs. Delhi High Court had advised the students to wait till the RTI reply.
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. 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.
CAT 2013, one of the most prestigious examinations in India for admission into the IIMs and other premier management institutes, was conducted from Wednesday, October 16 to Monday, November 11, 2013. 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. Ten candidates have acquired scores of 99.99 percentile.
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.