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Lack of clarity on re-exam date may delay CAT result

December 16, 2009 09:48 IST

Results of the Common Admission Test (CAT) could get delayed with Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Prometric, which conducted the online test, still to decide a new date for conducting the exam for students who could not give their exam due to technical glitches.

"We are looking at data from Prometric. This could take two-three weeks as we need to look into the video recording and analyse the reports from Prometric. As this would take time and so the results could be delayed," said a professor from one of the IIMs.

Around 2,41,000 applicants had registered for the exam. However, due to technical glitches experienced during the exam, till December 8, around 2,15,000 students had taken the test.

Originally supposed to run from November 28 to December 7, CAT had to be extended by a day to accommodate students who couldn't take the test due to technical glitches.

But even after the 11th day of the test, a few thousand students still couldn't take the test due to their university semester exams.

IIM officials said they were identifying all the affected candidates, who would be given a fair chance. There has been video recording of 90,000 hours that the IIMs need to look at, from 361 labs at 104 centres.

Satish Deodhar, convenor of CAT 2009, said that Prometric has provided IIM directors with statistics on the test which has been conducted so far till December 8, 2009.

"The directors are still reviewing these statistics and it will be some time before they decide on a specific date to conduct the test for one more day. We can only ascertain whether the results will be delayed or not once we get to know when the final one day test will be held," Deodhar added.

The IIM directors are meeting Higher Education Secretary Vibha Puri Das tomorrow to discuss the issue in detail.

Kalpana Pathak and Vinay Umarji
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