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10,000 get second chance at CAT

About 10,000 students have been identified for the second phase of the Common Admission Test (CAT) to be held on January 30 and 31.

mumbai Updated: Jan 13, 2010 00:23 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

About 10,000 students have been identified for the second phase of the Common Admission Test (CAT) to be held on January 30 and 31.

The exam, which is the entry criterion for the Indian Institutes of Management, went online for the first time in December 2009. A virus attack led to servers crashing in exam centres across the country, when it was held in December. To
accommodate those who could not take the test or had difficulty in the test, a second phase to be held in January.
About 2.4 lakh students took the CAT in December.

“We have identified aspirants and are determining convenient centres for all. If there are very few students from a particular region we will fly them to the nearest centre,” said Satish Deodhar, convenor of CAT from IIM-A.

Aspirants have already started receiving e-mails from Prometric, the US-based agency conducting the exam. Those having to retake the CAT aren’t too happy.

“There was no significant problem in my paper apart from the two questions not being visible,” said Pooja Katira, an engineering graduate.

“I have so many other exams to look at and don’t want to take the CAT again. But my criterion does not give me the option to ignore the retest. I have mailed them and hopefully they will exempt me.”

For Darshan Mehta the five minutes that his computer was hung were crucial and he is glad that he has another chance.
“It is painful, but it is not that I have to prepare all over again. I have a week’s gap between other exams so it should be fine,” said the software professional.