Virus-hit CAT students get one more day to take test
The inaugural computerised edition of the Common Entrance Test (CAT) that has faced disruptions because of technical reasons has been extended by a day to December 8.delhi Updated: Dec 05, 2009 00:03 IST
The inaugural computerised edition of the Common Entrance Test (CAT) that has faced disruptions because of technical reasons has been extended by a day to December 8.
The test was originally staggered over 10 days, starting November 28.
"The CAT 2009 has been extended to accommodate, within this year's testing period, all the registered candidates to whom the test has yet to be delivered as scheduled," said Prometric, the American firm conducting the test, in a press statement on Friday.
On December 8, the test - for admission to seven IIMs and some other B-schools - will be held over one morning session in 20 cities for the candidates who couldn't be rescheduled within the original test period.
The cities are: Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Pune and Varanasi.
Complaints continue to flow.
Priyanka Sharma, a III-Year University of Delhi student, was to take the test on November 28 but couldn't log herself in.
"Prometric contacted me on December 3 — six days later —though they said reallotment would be done within 48 hours."
She was told there was no slot available in Delhi. When Sharma expressed her inability to travel to another city, the candidate care centre said it would get back to her.
"I have lost faith in the test. Even if I am allotted a new date now, I'm in no mental frame to sit the test."
Jay Singh couldn't take the exam on November 29 at his Bhopal centre.
A December 3 email told him he was to take the test the next day and at Guwahati, some 1,800 km away. He requested a change. He got Bhopal centre, but his name wasn't on the list. "I have been realloted the morning slot for December 5."