CAT 2013 Results: Indore High Court to send notice to all 13 IIMs; IIM Admission may get affected
Ashish Jha, 20 Aug 2014, #CAT
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Indian Institute of Management admission process based on CAT 2013 results may get into legal tangle as Indore High Court has ordered to issue notice to all 13 IIMs’, Government of India and CAT 2013 exam conducting agency Prometric asking them to explain raw scores of CAT 2013 and normalization process adopted for evaluating the same for awarding percentile.

 

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Disgruntled over their CAT 2013 results, CAT takers had approached the Indore HC seeking its direction over release of CAT 2013 raw scores and transparency over normalization process of CAT scores. CAT takers had also filed RTI applications to MHRD seeking information on their raw score and rationale behind normalization process for CAT scores evaluation.

 

Admitting the petition filed by a group of CAT 2013 takers, the division bench of justice A. M. Khanwilkar and Justice J. K. Maheshwari sought response from IIMs and other respondents within seven days of receipt of the court notice. 

 

According to Senior Advocate Piyush Mathur who argued in the court on behalf of the petitioners, the court agreed to send notice to all 13 Indian Institute of Management, Ministry of HRD and CAT testing agency Prometric.

 

The HC ordered issuing of 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 late to wait for their reply on RTI any longer.

Though the HC did not wish to stay the ongoing admission process at IIMs, it said that the final admissions to IIMs’ will be subject to the outcome of the next hearing on March 7.  Advocate Mathur said that if the court is not convinced with the reply from IIMs, it may order to halt the admission process of IIMs for the academic year 2014-15 and order re-evaluation of CAT 2013.

 

Many IIMs’ have already begun their second stage of selection process that includes combination of different components like GD, PI and WAT.

 

Earlier, Delhi High court had also agreed with CAT takers argument that raw scores should be provided, but it advised candidates to first wait for other remedial like RTI reply from IIM Indore.

 

Meanwhile, MHRD has also asked IIM Indore to take appropriate action on RTI applications.

 

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. IIM Indore had conducted CAT 2013 on behalf of all 13 IIMs’ with Prometric being their testing partner.

 

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 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.

 

Many CAT 2013 applicants have raised question on the authenticity of their scorecards and they have demanded more transparency on overall CAT process starting from testing to declaration of results.  Thousands of students have signed an online petition after finding discrepancy in their CAT scorecard. Career360 analysis of actual score cards of the CAT takers  revealed that Verbal Ability section may have played foul with the dreams and aspirations of many students.

 

CAT 2013 –Key Highlights:

 

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.

 

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The IIMs altogether are expected to shortlist about 15,000 candidates for the next round of selection process, against the total of 3335 this year (with the addition of 115 seats added this year).  Still, CAT 2013 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.

 

For all related queries visit our official CAT 2013 Discussion

 

Stay tuned to bschool.careers360.com for more news and updates on CAT 2013 and MBA admissions.

 

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