Before the Common Admission Test (CAT) was flagged off this year, much was made of the Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
As per the policy formulated by the Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) to protect their intellectual property, a student found discussing CAT paper outside the confines of the examination hall would not just be imprisoned for three years but a fine of up to Rs 2 lakh would also be imposed on him.
However, the rule seem to have had no effect on students. Many have been found openly flouting the NDA and the IIMs have not initiated action against any of them.
“We cannot take action against people discussing it orally because there is nothing to prove that they are guilty. But if the content of the paper is reproduced in other areas such as sample papers distributed by coaching institutes, it is a breach of trust and we will seek legal recourse,” said Janaki Raman Moorthy, convener, CAT 2011.
The NDA had been brought into effect since 2009, but even then many students were found violating it. The situation is no different this year too.
Teachers in the city’s coaching centres believe that the rule is redundant. “We discuss the paper in classrooms after students have taken the exam. It is ridiculous to assume that people won’t discuss the content of the paper. There are questions that we incorporate in our mock exams because students who enroll for next year’s batches need to know what the last year’s papers were like,” said Manish Kumar (name changed), who teaches at a coaching centre.
The test-conducting agency, Promteric, has claimed sufficient steps have been taken to avoid defaulting. But the fate of those not abiding by the NDA remains to be decided by the IIMs.