IIM admission process for 2014 has entered into a lingering legal trouble after different High Courts issued notice to IIMs’ to clarify their stand on CAT 2013 raw scores data and its final result evaluation process.

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IIM admission 2014 in trouble:

In an embarrassment to IIMs’, Madras High Court has intervened into the ongoing IIM admission process and put the entire admission process under legal scrutiny by staying admission on 8 seats for as many petitioners who sought interim relief alleging non-transparency in CAT 2013 results.

The court orders came after CAT 2013 takers sought court direction on release of CAT 2013 raw scores and transparency over normalization process of CAT scores.


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Though all 13 IIMs’ continued with their schedule process for admission, the Madras HC order staying admission on 8 IIM seats until the final outcome of writ petition may force different IIMs’ to put their final admission list on hold.

Despite all 13 IIMs’ having separate process of admission conducted independently by each of them except a Common Admission Test, all the IIMs’ will now have to identify the 8 seats from their combined capacity of  3335 seats, before finalizing their admission list. Further, the continuing petitions on the same matter in different high courts may result in similar orders for different group of petitioners and haunt the ongoing admission process at different IIMs’.

The IIMs’ have altogether shortlisted about 15,000 candidates for the next round of selection process, against the total of 3335 seats this year (with the addition of 115 seats added this year). 


CAT 2013 takers resort to legal remedies:

Madhya Pradesh High Court has already issued notice to all IIMs’, CAT 2013 convening body, CAT testing agency Prometric and Government of India and subjected the final admission to all IIM to the outcome of a similar writ petition. The MP HC has sought response from all IIMs’ on specific concerns on CAT results by March 7, 2014. The HC issued notice after the petitioners argued that since all the IIMs have already announced their shortlist and they are conducting the second stage of selection process also, it may be too late to wait for their reply on RTI any longer.

Two separate groups of CAT 2013 takers have filed petitions in Calcutta High Court and Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court also. Many other groups of disgruntled CAT takers are also planning to approach High Court in their respective home state.

Thousands of CAT 2013 takers have alleged discrepancy in their results and sought court intervention into the ongoing IIM admission process after CAT 2013 convening body at IIM Indore refused to share CAT raw scores and evaluation process methodology citing different reasons including ‘commercial interest of its testing partner’.  IIM Indore which conducted Common Admission Test (CAT) on behalf of all 13 IIMs with Prometric being its testing partner, also refused to share answer keys and raw scores for the candidates saying revelation of the same may create ‘significant confusion’.

All eyes on IIM-Indore

With thousands of CAT 2013 candidates seeking re-evaluation of CAT 2013 scores, pressure mounted on IIM-Indore for specific answers on different aspects of CAT results including revelation of raw scores even as many other IIMs’ also appeared to be relying on the response of IIM-Indore to deal with the court notice.  Meanwhile, many IIM directors, whom Careers360 spoke on MP HC notice, acknowledged the receipt of HC Notice and said they will be responding to the court in consultation with IIM-Indore which had conducted CAT 2013 on behalf of all 13 IIMs.

MHRD had already directed RTI applications seeking information on raw CAT score and rationale behind normalization process for CAT scores evaluation to IIM-Indore and asked it to take appropriate action on RTI applications.

Careers360 had written an open letter to CAT 2013 Convenor Dr Rohit Kapoor of Indian Institute of Management Indore seeking his response on transparency in CAT examination and its evaluation process. But IIM Indore is yet to respond to this. Earlier, Careers360 had reported on 95000+ candidates scoring zero or less in CAT 2013 and the concerns on CAT evaluation process. Career360 analysis of actual score cards of the CAT takers had revealed that Verbal Ability section may have played foul with the dreams and aspirations of many students.

Student ‘activism’

Many CAT 2013 applicants have raised question on the authenticity of their scorecards and demanded more transparency on overall CAT process starting from testing to declaration of results. Thousands of students have signed an online petition after allegedly finding discrepancy in their CAT scorecard.

They have formed a social media platform on Facebook to plan and communicate on pan-India activities on the CAT 2013 result related court proceedings. The candidates have also centralized the donation process for the legal expenses by launching a website for the same.


CAT 2013 –Key Highlights:


The CAT 2013 results were announced on January 14. The Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted annually for admission to management programmes to all 13 Indian Institute of Management. The CAT scores are also accepted by many other top B-schools across India.


According to CAT 2013 Convenor Dr Rohit Kapoor, the CAT 2013 result show that a total of 8 candidates, all male, are in the 100 percentile bracket.  The next level of 99.99 percentile is occupied by 10 candidates out of whom one candidate is female. CAT 2013 had witnessed the lowest number of CAT takers as compared to past years.  The final number of CAT 2013 Registration dropped to 1.94 lakh and total number of test takers further fell with only 1.74 lakh candidates appearing for the test.


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CAT 2013
 was held in a 20-day window from 16 October to 11 November 2013. The 20-day testing window which followed a consistent exam pattern remained glitch free except Day-10 when a wrong question appeared at a few test centres. According to CAT officials, as many as 300 CAT 2013 takers, who faced a wrong question on day 10 of the CAT 2013 testing window were evaluated on their performance barring the wrong question that appeared in their test paper.



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whats think different in a CMAT and a cat

Shiksha 28th Mar, 2020


Although both the exams are for getting into Bschools in India for post graduation but there is a huge difference between the two:

  • Cat is common admission test and cmat is common management admission test
  • Cat is one of the most popular exam in india for management given by around 2 lakhs of people and cmat is given by a lesser candidates around 50k-60k.
  • Most of the bschools & iim accept cat score and around only 400+ colleges in india iccepts cmat score.
  • Cat has a higher difficulty level and cmat is a bit on the easier side.
  • Both exams are online but the exam pattern is different. Apart from quantitative ability, verbal ability and logical reasoning that are there in both the exams, cmat also an additional section for gk & current affairs.
  • There are very few top colleges through cmat and many top colleges through cat that you can target.
  • I hope this helps.

what percentile in cat do I need if I have 84 percent in 10th and 92 percent in 12th to get into IIM Indore?

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 28th Mar, 2020

Hii Suraj,

IIM Indore is one such B-school which values your previous academic marks a lot. Your graduation marks matter too. And the stream from which you graduated. You have a good score in class 12th but an average one in class 10th. See it is just not your acads but your work-ex if any, your extracurriculars matter too.

You'll still need a percentile somewhat above 98+ if you are a student of Commerce background. Being from tech. background furthermore makes it difficult for one to get in.

You can visit the following link for more info- https://www.careers360.com/university/indian-institute-of-management-indore

You can reach out to us for more information regarding admissions entrance tests etc.

Hope it helps.



Is it possible to get elegible for mba course without work experience in s p jain and if eligible then at what cat score open category student gets admitted.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 27th Mar, 2020


see it is not mandatory to have work experience to join 2 year mba program in sp jain, however if you opt for executive mba then work experience is necessary.

sp jain offers mba courses on Marketing, Operations, Information Management & Finance.

sp jain selection criteria is two types 1> profile based, 2> profile cum score based.

as per previous years cutoff cat overall percentile was 85. with 75 percentile cutoff in sectional. sp jain observes candidates based on their academic score, extracurricular activities, achievements and relevant work experience.


how many % required in 12th for cat

Shaurya Kapoor 27th Mar, 2020

It basically depends upon from college to college and the criteria for short listing. But if you wish to make it to the top colleges of CAT it is advised to score very high percentage of marks in your class x and class xii.

Every year the percentage needed for shortlistment is changed by the college.

The overall shortlistment depends upon your performance in class x and xii , your grades in college , extra curricular activities and your work experience.

All the Best !!!?


will i get earth science in 515 score in iit gwahati in gen cat. Or water resources

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 27th Mar, 2020


I have mentioned the previous years cutoff of civil engineering for iit guwahati below in various stream for general category,

StructuralEngineering    CE    713

Geotechnical Engineering    CE    627

Transportation Systems Engineering    CE    639

Water Resources Engineering    CE    590

Infrastructure Engineering and Management    CE    627

so you have less chances for iit guwahati.

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