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IIMs follow up on student discontent about CAT 2013 results

Published On: 20 Jan 2014 | Last Updated On: 20 Jan 2014

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have followed up on the numerous complaints received from the test takers of the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013), the Results of which were declared on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Around 3,000 test takers have submitted written complaints to the IIMs stating that there are discrepancies in the CAT 2013 Results.

CAT 2013 was conducted over a 20 day period from Wednesday, October 16 to Monday, November 11, 2013. IIM Indore was the convener of CAT 2013.

As per the candidates, 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 2 sections of the test-Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI) as well as Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical Reasoning (LR).

As per officials of the IIMs, every year there is student discontent after CAT Results are announced, due to the students’ opinion that the evaluation has been unfair. When talking about inconsistencies in different sections, IIM officials claimed that is a yearly phenomenon as well. Student aptitude in different sections varies and the examination Results reflect the same.

Moreover, some candidates who have 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, the officials added. A correct answer fetches three marks and an incorrect one Results in one mark less due to the system of negative marking in CAT.

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 are working with their test administration partner Prometric to address student grievances.

As per IIM Indore officials, the complaints of the candidates have been sent to Prometric for further verification. Reply from Prometric is awaited at present, after which students will get individual replies. Candidates may send their complaints to catcentre2013@iimidr.ac.in, the officials added.

According to sources from Prometric, the difficulty level of the CAT examinations has been raised as per IIM direction. Hence, the top performing candidates only have acquired the best scores. CAT has not been designed to measure average scores. Moreover, the two sections of the examination evaluate different aptitudes of the test takers.

This year, the IIMs have appointed the services of the government run agency - National Informatics Center (NIC) to ensure fairness in CAT Results. It is to be noted that last year 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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