Online CAT 2010 goes smoothly, till now

As the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) commenced the Common Admission Test (CAT 2010) last week, there was a lot of apprehension surrounding it. Severely perturbed by the debacle that CAT 2009 was, students, parents, coaching centers and, most importantly, the IIM authorities waited with abated breathe to see how the process went. Well the answer turns out to be – surprisingly well. The much awaited exam has gone smoothly till now, but a long time remains before the final verdict can be handed over to IIMs.

Last year, technical glitches, no images, improbable answer-options and server crashes were common terms associated with CAT 2009. This examination is the entrance ticket to the gateway to India’s premier management institutes, but was marred with problems due to the inexperience of IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore in conducting computer based tests (CBTs). Last year, the exam was held over a period of 10 days, in which it faced severe criticism and ridicule from all quarters. Due to viruses and many other problems, the exam of more than 11,000 students had to be taken again on January 30th & 31st by Prometric, the U.S. based firm that was given the contract of conducting the examination on behalf of IIMs.

This year, the IIMs (Lucknow & Calcutta) have decided to honour their contract with Prometric, which has handed over the responsibility to Indian giant NIIT for the same. The window for carrying out the exam has been extended from 10 to 20 days this time and CAT 2010 will be held in two shifts over the 20 day period – morning and afternoon, just like last year. All examination centers were awarded a period of 15 days to ensure that all their systems were in place and functioning as per standards.


There are no comments yet...Kick things off by filling out the form below.

Leave a Comment