CAT in Feb; IIMs in clear

CAT, which was cancelled after the CBI unearthed a nationwide question paper leak, will now be conducted in February.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2003 18:14 IST

The Common Admission Test (CAT), which was cancelled after the CBI unearthed a nationwide question paper leak, will now be conducted in February.

This was 'tentatively' decided on Tuesday at a meeting of the CAT group consisting of the chairmen of the admission committees of the six Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

Briefing newsmen here in the evening on behalf of the admission committees, IIM-Ahmedabad director Bakul Dholakia said the actual date would be announced after the IIM directors met on Wednesday.

Dholakia said the new examination schedule would not affect the academic year of the students and the new session will begin in June.

The CAT will be held on a Sunday and efforts were being made by the admission committees to ensure that the date doesn't clash with other examinations, Dholakia added.

Dholakia also said that the internal probe of the IIM into the leak had proved that question papers in all the 147 centres in 26 cities were received with the security seals intact.

Meanwhile, ruling out the possibility of IIM faculty members being involved in the leak, the CBI in Delhi claimed it had evidence that the leak may have been from the printing press.

“Something wrong must have happened in the printing press which we are scrutinising, " CBI director P.C. Sharma said on the sidelines of a conference on counterfeit notes and fake government stamps.

Dholakia had earlier insisted that the paper could “not have been leaked in the pre- or post-printing process as security is too tight”.

The CBI director said it appeared that the scam had been going on for the past four to five years.

"Our initial estimates put the figure involved in this scam at Rs 100 crore. Let us see, " he said.

The CBI has arrested six persons, including the alleged kingpin, Dr Ranjit Kumar, in connection with the scam.

The Ministry of Human Resources Development had on Monday appointed an inquiry committee under former comptroller and auditor general of India V.K. Shunglu to look into the systemic failures that led to the leak of the CAT question paper.

This probe is independent from that of the CBI.

(With inputs from HTC, New Delhi)

First Published: Nov 26, 2003 00:00 IST