Exam glitches to be probed, but no MAH- CET re-test

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 22:42 IST

Management aspirants, who appeared for the online Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MAH- CET) on March 14 and 15, flooded the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) office, which conducts the exam, with complaints about glitches.

DTE officials said they will carry out an investigation based on the complaints made by the students. SK Mahajan, director, DTE, said, “We received several complaints on Monday. After a thorough investigation, we will come up with a decision within a couple of days. However, no re-test will be conducted.”

Around 57,000 candidates appeared for the exam, which selects candidates for business schools in the state offering courses such as Master of Management Studies and Master of Business Administration.

According to candidates who complained to the DTE, problems included repetition of answer options, spelling errors, problems with the interface, incomplete questions in the paper and power cuts at some centres.

Aspirants said that despite complaints made through e-mails, DTE officials didn’t respond. One aspirant, who appeared for the test from Pune, said, “We prepared day and night for the exam and in return we were faced with so many glitches during the test. The user interface was pathetic as the scroll was not working properly.”

He said, “The second slot conducted on Sunday was tougher and many wrong questions were asked, especially those based on grammar.”

Another aspirant from Nashik said, “We paid around Rs1,000 as exam fee and we ended up appearing for a test full of errors. There were server connectivity problems and power failure at a few centres.”

“For a few questions based on visual reasoning, likely answers were not mentioned in the options, and we had to choose an option nearest to the possible correct answer. Some questions had repeated options. Also, more than five questions were not properly visible and contained spelling errors,” said another aspirant.

Yash Savla, a candidate who appeared for the exam from the Dombivli centre, said DTE should allot full marks for the incomplete questions and those with wrong options. On Sunday, many aspirants wrote to the DTE director, demanding a re-test. Some said mobile phones and notebooks were allowed at a few centres, which led to copying.

In 2013, the exam was replaced with the Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT), but more than 50% seats in state colleges offering MBA remained vacant that year. Hence, the state entrance exam was reintroduced last year.

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