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Glitches in CAT may get you re-take the exam

Last Updated - September 28, 2016

Gone are the days when candidates had to be the victim of network failure or any other test glitches that occurred during Computer or pen-paper based CAT Exam. While assuring a smooth conduct of CAT Exam, the conducting body of CAT 2016, IIM Bangalore recently announced that any test glitches or network arrears will be considered and genuine action will be taken against it. A senior official in a meeting also notified that IIMs will take all the necessary measures & possible efforts including a retest, to rectify any errors that might prevent test from being delivered and/or CAT result from being generated. “Every effort will be made to correct the problem, up to & including the administration of another testguaranteed the official.

CAT exam is one of the top most competitive exam, which is undertaken by more than thousands of candidates. The exam is jointly conducted by the IIMs and is held for the candidates who seek to get admission to various PG Management courses offered by the CAT Score accepting IIMs and other colleges. Hence, if you wish to sit for the exam, make sure that you are mentally prepared for the upcoming competition.

As mentioned in the circular published under “Disclaimers regarding conduct of CAT” at the IIM CAT Official website, CAT 2016 ensures and accepts responsibility for any errors. However, CAT 2016 Convener, Prof Rajendra K Bandi also cleared that there is a very little chance for any such mishap given the high level arrangements & preparation by IIM Bangalore and Testing agency TCS.

As the conducting bodies of CAT exam, has made an official statement about taking full responsibility for any problem that may occur before, during or after the exam. You as an aspiring candidate should now focus on preparing yourself for the exam. It is very important for you to make a proper timeline on how you will go about and prepare yourself for CAT.

Officials on the CAT Glitches

As per, Convenor, Prof. Rajendra K. Bandi, he said there is a very little chance for any such glitch given the high-level preparation by both IIM Bangalore and testing agency TCS. He assured that the IIM Bangalore has also ensured a thorough inspection of the administrative facilities and infrastructure at the centres, to avoid any possible factor that might result in wastage of test time for any candidate.


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Officials on the Exam Centers

Prof. Bandi on the Exam Center said that the number of the CAT Exam Center has been increased. He also added that the centers that have been added for have gone through proper inspection and audit of the entire CAT test centers before the Test, and has ensured that any deficiencies in infrastructure are rectified before the test.

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Questions yet to be answered by IIMs

Even though IIMs have announced the prospect of conducting retest for affected candidates if the need arises, the criteria for availing the retest are not yet defined. Due to undefined criteria and the scenario of how will the authorities go about it. Mentioned below are the questions for the IIMs that are yet to be answered by Prof. Bandi.

  • What are the circumstances under which the candidates will be eligible for retest application?
  • What is the procedure of application for a retest?
  • How different would be the retest in terms of difficulty level with the original test?
  • How would the normalization the scores of the candidates of original test vis a vis that of retest be ensured?

CAT glitches and controversies over the years

CAT Exam has seen multiple testing glitches since its type changed to Computer-based standardized test in the year 2009. The glitches were either related to technical snag during the test, test administration or normalization, or had result issues. The following table brings to you the glitches in the history of CAT over the past few years and the measures taken by authorities towards the benefit of the test takers.

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CAT Exam Glitches Highlights over the years

CAT YearName of the conducting IIMGlitchMeasures Taken
2013IIM IndoreQuestions over scoring and normalization processIIMs dragged to Court over non-disclosure of raw scores
2012IIM KozhikodeTampering with scoresFIR was filed, IIM K sent actual scores to the affected candidates
2010IIM LucknowResult leaked on website prior to schedule, Minor glitches during examWebsite was blocked till the release of actual result
2009IIM AhmedabadFirst computer based CAT greeted with massive technical glitchesRetest was conducted for around 8,000 candidates

Details on the Glitches are as follows:

Glitch in the Year of 2009

The first computer based CAT in the year 2009 was hit by technical glitches across the centers in India. A lot of complained about the dysfunctional computers where candidates were not able to view or mark the answers. Due to this problem, IIM Ahmedabad and Prometric had to conduct a retest for the affected candidates.

Glitch in the Year of 2010

Even after glitches in the previous year, in 2010, there were reports of minor technical snags. In addition to this, few days prior to the result, some test takers claimed to have been able to check their results online before the official result declaration.  Prof. Himanshu Rai, CAT 2010 Convenor and IIM Lucknow Professor ruled out chances of official website getting hacked and claimed that it must have been a live-testing which was getting run on the website and those candidates had chanced upon their score cards. 

Glitchs in the Year 2011 and 2012

The controversies in CAT continued in year 2011 and in 2012 as well after the declaration of the result. Candidates claimed of tampered scores. The then conducting body- IIM Kozhikode did not re-conduct the test, but sent the actual scores of about 80 effected candidates from the master database to the B-schools, where they were shortlisted for the further rounds of admission process.

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Glitch in the Year of 2013

Conducted by IIM Indore, CAT 2013 was the 5th and last year for Prometric as CAT testing partner. Similar to 2012, controversy ensued right after the declaration of result when it was revealed that 95,000 candidates obtained 0 or negative scores, as a result of which candidates who attempted no questions were placed at around 55 percentile bracket. The CAT 2013 takers raised questions over the scoring and normalization process of CAT. IIMs’ even faced legal scrutiny over admission process with Madhya Pradesh HC issuing notice to all 13 IIMs’ on CAT scores and evaluation process. 

Even after taking the required safety and security measures for the CAT test, the IIMs are readily offering a re-test chance in case of any technical glitch. However, the disclaimer by IIMs does not define the exact situations under which a retest for the exam might be conducted. Moreover, procedure to apply for retest is also not mentioned in the official website. Hence, as an aspirant we suggest you to keep regular check on the official website to keep oneself updated if any advances has been made for the same.

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