CAT exams kicks off all over India:
Common Admission Test (CAT) which is being conducted through computers
for the first time, kicked off on Saturday. Over
2.4 lakh students registered for the entrance for admission into the
country’s premier management institutions....
Notwithstanding the hiccups faced by thousands of students on day
one of the Common Admission Test (CAT), an Indian Institute of
Management (IIM) director said the online examination is a "democratising
process" and "all the problems will be sorted out quickly".
"CAT on computer is a democratizing process and aims at benefiting
students in a large way. We have heard about the server problem but
it won't be a prolonged one," Debashis Chatterjee, director of IIM
Kozhikode, told IANS.
"Online tests are not time and space bound. Hence, students who
faced a problem on the first day will be accommodated within next
few days," he said, asking students not to panic or worry.
Over 12,000 students had appeared for the test for entry into the
IIMs - the best B-schools of the country - on the first day.
The test will continue for the next nine days at 105 centres in 32
cities across the country. Students can appear in the test at these
centres during the 10-day examination period. There are nearly 1,800
seats in the seven IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore,
Kozhikode, Lucknow and Shillong.
A few new IIMs that are expected to start classes in the 2010-11
academic session will also take students on the basis of this test.
Several other leading management schools across the country also
take students based on their CAT scores.
Chatterjee said when soemthing new comes into effect, it is opposed.
"So, the coaching centres opposing the shift from pen and pencil to
keyboard and mouse is nothing worrying. Everyone is free to air
Meanwhile, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, who is
currently in Chandigarh, told reporters that the students who could
not take their examination Saturday will be accommodated in next
"All the IIMs completely agree with honourable minister's view. Let
me reiterate the new exam pattern is not time and space bound.
Technical glitches will be sorted out," Chatterjee maintained.
Based on the feedback received from the students who took the CAT,
Career Launcher, a coaching centre in Delhi, said as announced
earlier by Prometric (the online test conductor for CAT), the number
of questions was 60. There were three sections as in previous CAT
papers, with a total of 20 questions.
The pattern of the paper was almost similar to previous CATs,
although it was a notch easier than CAT 2008. Many centres across
India faced technical problems due to which some centres had to
delay the exam and postpone it to a later date, the coaching center
said after analysing the aspirants' feedback.