To make CAT 2010 error-free,
IIMs make amendments

Lucknow After the largescale glitches and mistakes that marked CAT 2009, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) of Lucknow and Calcutta, which have been given the responsibility to conduct the entrance exam this year, have decided to make some changes in the entrance examination process.

Some of the major decisions which have been taken this time include increase in the number of days for conducting test from 10 days to 20 days this year.

The IIMs have also decided to give the test centres a 15-day-time to test their system compatibility and at the same time ensuring that all those, who answer CAT helplines, managed by Prometric, are well versed in both English and Hindi. Technical breaks will also be given in between the CAT schedule, which will take place from October 27 to November 23 this year.

"Last year, for the first time the new system was introduced and we were not aware of the exact nature of the challenges that might surface. But after reviewing the complaints of last year, we have decided to make some changes aiming at better CAT-2010," said Himanshu Rai, Chairman, Admission Cell at IIM-Lucknow.

Rai who has been made convener of CAT 2010 said that while making changes this year, things which have been kept in mind are ensuring proper technical preparations, convenience of candidates and over all viability of the entrance test.

He said last year the test centres were given seven days time to prepare for the test and check their systems accordingly, but at some places people complained that it was not enough. This year, test centres will be given at least least 15 days to not only test their systems compatibility but also re-run virus check.

Prometric, the agency hired to conduct first online CAT last year, had blamed the virus attack for some of the technical snags. Around 2.40 lakh candidates had appeared in the 2009 entrance test. However, a large number of candidates had faced difficulties in completing their online test either due to failure of the computer servers, misunderstanding of the procedure to be followed, lack of understanding of the procedure even by the invigilators etc.

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Published on on July 13, 2010


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