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CAT aspirants to take protests to cyber world

delhi Updated: Dec 12, 2009 00:41 IST
HT Correspondent

Some candidates who appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2009 and are members of an online forum called PaGalGuy.com are planning to hold a protest against the computer-based test on December 13.

They have called the test “unfair, inconsistent and chaotic”. They have alleged that the questions were leaked even as the examination was underway.

“I appeared for the test on December 6 and as I was surfing the net for some CAT related news I came across cat2009questions.blogspot.com which had some of the questions I had attempted posted on it,” said a candidate from Delhi who did not wish to be named.

Satish Deodhar, CAT convenor and IIM-A faculty said, “I don’t see any reason why the students will ruin their own chances of getting through the IIMs by publishing the questions for others. Moreover, the students get to see the questions for such a short period that it is not possible for them to remember and reproduce it. The questions might be of a similar pattern but cannot be exactly the same.”

According to the catiim.in website, “Disclosing, publishing, reproducing, transmitting, storing, or facilitating transmission and storage of the contents of the CAT or any information therein in whole or part thereof in any form or by any means, verbal or written, electronically or mechanically for any purpose, shall be in violation of the Indian Contract Act, 1872 and/or the Copyright Act, 1957 and/or the Information Technology Act, 2000. Such actions and/or abetment thereof as aforementioned may constitute a cognisable offence punishable with imprisonment for a term up to three years and fine up to Rs two lakhs. Candidates who want to appear for CAT have to agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement at the time of the test.”

Sai, a candidate from Hyderabad said, “It could be the handiwork of the coaching institutes too who could have sent their dummy candidates to gather the questions for their students.”

Vijay Kalyan Jha, general manager (academics), Career Launcher, said he appeared for the test to understand the pattern of the paper. “I appeared for the paper but that does not mean I came and told my students the question. No well-known coaching institute like ours will ever indulge in such malpractices.”

Ulhas Vairagkar, director of T.I.M.E said, “The students have not understood the seriousness of the non-disclosure agreement. It’s true some questions have been circulated. But that I don’t think is really going to matter much because there are a lot of sections like Reading Comprehension which could not have been circulated.”