Did the CAT 2010 results leak?
No reason for panic, says CAT 2010 exam convener Himanshu Rai

AHMEDABAD: The convenor of the all-India entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Management has denied reports that the 2010 Common Admission Test (CAT) results were leaked on its website on Monday . He also rejected suggestions that its website was hacked.

The denial came after a frenzy among MBA aspirants who tried to log on to the website after rumours that the results have been announced 10 days ahead of schedule . "There is no reason for panic," Convener for CAT 2010 Himanshu Rai told ET. "The results will be out as slated on January 12. Currently, the website is down because we are in the process of uploading and testing the results."

Some students said they did see the results on the site, but the convenor said they may have seen the live testing of results. The website had become inaccessible by the afternoon.

Rai said the testing is usually done in an offline mode. But sometimes a live- testing is done to ensure that the contents appear in the correct format.

"The testing is usually done during odd hours when there is little possibility of an aspirant accessing it," Rai said. He, however, was not sure if any live-testing was conducted on Monday.

Three MBA aspirants who claim to have spotted their results on the website said the overall marks displayed against their names were in line with their expectations and that it did not appear to be a dummy upload.

In Ahmedabad, students who managed to access the CAT website said they downloaded their score cards that show percentile of three sections - quantitative, logic & data interpretation and verbal - having weightage of 150 points each.

The score cards had the pictures of the candidates on the right followed by section wise scores, contact details and a seven-point note at the end.

The CAT was marred by technical glitches when it first shifted to an online format in 2009. The glitches prevented hundreds of students from taking the examination. This led Prometric, the American firm that conducted CAT 2009, to replace NIIT as its delivery partner.

The examination faced another glitch in 2010 when its website was found blocked for some time due to the presence of "malicious content". The official 'Candidate Care Service' numbers issued by Prometric also ruled out the possibility of a leak when contacted by ET.

Monday's incident does not seem to have any issues pertaining to cyber security, according to ethical hacker Ankit Fadia.

"Due to malfunctions in the past, CAT organisers might be conducting online tests to ensure smooth access of results for candidates," Fadia said. "Incidentally , some of the students might have stumbled upon the results online. The results accessed by the students may or may not be dummy."

(By Mitul Thakkar & Avinash Nair, with inputs from Viney Sharma from Chandigarh)

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

Published on IndianMBA.com on January 04, 2011


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