CAT 2013 Results: After HC orders, IIM admission 2014 enters into lingering legal trouble
Ashish Jha, 20 Aug 2014, #CAT
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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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 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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