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CAT candidates spill the beans, share questions on social media

Apoorva Puranik , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 06, 2013
First Published: 08:38 IST(6/11/2013) | Last Updated: 08:46 IST(6/11/2013)

At least 25 online pages have been blocked over the past week after questions from the ongoing Common Admission Test (CAT) were posted and discussed on social media websites.

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The CAT convener said though this was not a leakage of questions, the discussion violates the non- disclosure agreement (NDA) clause that aspirants have to sign.

Around 1.92 lakh students are appearing for the CAT tests.

As the exams are being held in a phased manner, there are multiple question sets for students appearing on different days.

Students claimed that many of the questions discussed on networking sites such as Facebook were repeated on another date.

Much to the dismay of the convener of the CAT, Prometric, the company which conducts the tests, and students, a page titled Ganga Maiya ki Kasam saw several candidates using a false name to post questions they were asked.

“I was told about this page by a friend who is attempting CAT,” said Rishab Aggrawal, a CAT aspirant from Mumbai. The CAT committee said they would meet and discuss their plan of action.

“This is not a question leak. We checked with the company’s [Prometric] question bank and are satisfied with its security. We will take appropriate action against offenders, but locating them is a problem,” said Rohit Kapoor, convener for CAT 2013.

NDA, which was introduced in 2009 when the CAT went online for the first time, says all candidates appearing for CAT are prohibited from disclosing, publishing, reproducing or transmitting test information.

An undertaking they sign says the Indian Institutes of Management can initiate legal action against offenders – jail sentence or a fine of Rs2 lakh.

An aspirant, who was part of the pages, said, “These pages are guarded. I know of people who have been lucky to get the same questions posted earlier.” “Merely discussing the difficulty level of the exam does not constitute violation.

But putting it on a media platform does,” said Kapoor. Prometric in an email statement said, “Questions are selected based on an algorithm built into the testing system.

To ensure security and integrity of the test, we can’t reveal how the exam is structured or the size of the question bank.”

The statement, however, mentioned that the CAT item bank did contain a mix of both new and pre-exposed items.


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