Prometric, the agency that conducted the first online CAT, is conducting a detailed investigation into the errors that took place during the first few days of the test across the country. The report should be ready by mid-April.
The Common Admission Test is the entry exam to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management and 140 other institutes.
“We are sorting through a lot of data and once the report is ready we will sit with the IIMs and chalk out solutions,” said Soumitra Roy, head of Prometric, on Friday when he was in Mumbai. “This test has brought in the era of the paperless format. What has happened has happened and we have to look ahead.”
The Candidate Care helpline is still functional for students.
Prometric is going to soon begin work on the next CAT. But what of reports stating that IIM will be reviewing their contract? “After the first time we have conducted a test, all clients review the contract,” said Roy.
On people questioning the evaluation techniques, Roy said, :We have used standardised methods that are scientific and have been used for 50 years. Everything is put up on the website and there is full transparency.”
Apart from saving 10,000 trees by going paperless, the online test even cut out the breed of professional test takers. “Our security systems caught impersonators. We have handed over the data to the IIMs and they will take a call on it,” said Roy.