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Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 18, 2014
The Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh high court on Tuesday issued notices to 13 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to explain both the normalisation and the scaling process of scores of CAT 2013 aspirants. Besides the 13 IIMs, the court also issued notices to the Union government, the CAT examination conducting committee and Prometric, the company which administers the exam.

The also directed that all admissions to IIMs will be subject to the final decision of the writ petition. It fixed the next date of hearing on March 7.

Several aggrieved candidates had filed the writ petition alleging discrepancy in the scoring.

"The entire methodology for computation of marks for CAT 2013 is faulty. We have asked for the raw marks of all students who appeared in the exam. The marks should not be processed so many times.  In fact, there should not be 2-3 layers of filtration," Piyush Mathur, the counsel for the students, told HT.

Last week, some candidates of CAT 2013, while alleging faulty evaluation, had filed a petition in Delhi HC pleading for a stay on the admission process.

Ever since the results of CAT 2013 were announced on January 14, many students have been demanding re-valuation.

"We have been asking for our raw scores. The normalisation process should also be made more transparent," said an aggrieved candidate.

Eight students had secured 100 percentile score in CAT 2013, the test conducted for admission to IIMs and other business schools.

The CAT exams have been marred with problems ever since it became online in 2009. In 2009, the exam had to be extended by three days.

In 2012, there were allegations of tampering with scores resulting in "escalated" scores for 80 candidates.