The computerised Common Admission Test (CAT) 2009, which was marred by technical glitches, won’t be scrapped, the CAT exam committee said on Wednesday.
A retest would be conducted in mid-January for candidates who had trouble completing the test, the committee announced after meeting with senior Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry officials in the capital.
So far the IIMs have identified around 8,000 candidates who may have faced some kind of difficulty in taking the exam.
However, the IIMs, represented by IIM Ahmedabad director Samir Baruah and his IIM Bangalore counterpart, Prof Pankaj Chandra, said the contract with Prometric — an American firm organising the online test — would be reviewed.
“It is Prometric’s responsibility to ensure this year’s test. We will review the contract. Every contract has an exit clause,” Barua said.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for HRD D. Purandeswari informed the Lok Sabha that the government had asked the IIMs for daily updates on the entrance test.
The test, conducted by Prometric over a period of 11 days, had ended on December 8. However, a few thousand students are yet to take the test, which was marred by virus attack and other technical glitches from the beginning.