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CAT results deferred

The online Common Admission Test (CAT) continues to trouble students.

mumbai Updated: Feb 21, 2010 00:51 IST
Prasad Nichenametla

The online Common Admission Test (CAT) continues to trouble students.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, issued a statement on Saturday that the results of CAT 2009, which were to be declared by the third week of February, have been deferred by a week.

More than two lakh students, eager to know their results, will have to wait until the end of the month.

Satish Deodhar, convener of CAT 2009, did not respond to queries. Samir Barua, director, IIM Ahmedabad, said he was not aware of the delay.

“I do not know why it has happened … I need to check with the convener,” Barua told HT.

The first ever online CAT commenced on November 27, 2009 and was marked by a series of glitches across the country. Thousands of aspirants could not give their exams on the scheduled dates.

To accommodate them, the IIMs and Prometric — the agency that conducted the test—scheduled the exam on two more days, one in December and another in January.

“Ideally, evaluation of the online format should have been much easier, but I think the IIMs are still having trouble with arriving at a right model of evaluation or executing it,” said Biswaroop Padhi, director of IMS, a coaching institute in Ahmedabad.

IIM aspirants are now worried about admissions as many other institutions have begun the admission process while students are waitting to know whether they have cracked the CAT.

“I have lost hope about when the results would come and how fair they will be,” said Apurva Shah (23), an aspirant from Ahmedabad.

The delay has also made students in Mumbai nervous. “The delay in announcement of results is upsetting,” said Andheri resident, Tanmay Joshi (23).

“It will delay the entire admission process. After the entrance fiasco, there has been a lot of uncertainty anyway.”