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CAT 2014 Results reflect an upside down trend with over 98 percent of the test takers scoring positive, a sharp contrast to last year’s CAT Result when only 45 percent of the candidates could score positive marks.
A trend-reversal in the CAT result is evident in the fact that only 2700 candidates out of a total of 1.68 lakh test takers scored either zero or negative as compared to a huge number of 95,000 test takers who had scored zero or negative in CAT last year, where about 1.74 lakh candidates had appeared for the test. In percentage terms, this year only 1.61 percent of test takers scored zero or negative compared to as much as 55 percent candidates scoring zero or negative last year.
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CAT 2014 Scorecard of a candidate who did not attempt any question during her CAT testing on November 22, 2014 suggests that only around 2700 candidates scored zero or negative. CAT 2014 result of the CAT taker, who left her paper blank, shows that she is placed at 1.61 percentile.
According to the IIM officials, “The Percentile refers to percentage of candidates who receive score less than or equal to the score obtained by the candidate.”
The above clarification means that only about 1.61 percent of the total 1,67,830candidates who appeared for CAT 2014either scored zero or negative in their respective CAT paper. We publish the score card of the student below for more clarity.
Score Card of the candidate –
*Note: The score card shown above belongs to a candidate who did not attempt any single question in CAT 2014 paper. The scores in the separate section, however, does not show ‘zero’ as CAT scoring is based on scaled scores. The candidate had appeared for CAT 2014 on November 22 in the forenoon session.
Magic wand of IIM: CAT 2014 paper pattern change or changed evaluation process?
IIM seems to have learnt a lot from controversies surrounding the CAT results last year. As CAT results last year had caused much trouble for Indian Institutes of Management, they were forced to re-think their exam strategy and evaluation process this year.
Last year, we had reported that total of 1.74 lakh candidates had appeared for CAT 2013. CAT 2013 Results, however, showed that 95000 of those appearing for CAT either scored zero marks or obtained overall negative marks. The score cards released by IIMs showed that the candidate, who did not even answer any of the questions in the CAT 2013 paper, scored around 55 percentile. A standard process of scaling and equalization was followed last year to evaluate the results of CAT takers last year.
This year, however, the scenario has changed completely. There are only 1.6 per cent of the candidates falling in the zero or negative zone, according to the CAT 2014 results announced by the IIMs.So, what measures IIMs took to overcome the ‘zero or negative’ scoring crisis this year?
Easier CAT Paper brings good luck to CAT takers: First of all, a major change was brought in CAT 2014 exam pattern this year. Though, likewise previous year, the paper had just 2 sections- Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, but the number of questions and duration of the test changed. This year, each section had 50 questions, making the total number of questions to be 100. The total duration of the test was also increased from a total of 140 minutes to a total of 170 minutes.
As experts and CAT takers experienced, the test paper was easier this year. This apparently led candidates to at least solve a few questions correctly. In past years, difficulty level of the paper led candidates to keep their attempt very limited. Further, the accuracy of the attempts used to be very low, resulting in more negative marking than the positive ones.
Secondly, after the doubts were raised on CAT evaluation process last year, the evaluation process was also changed this year. According to CAT officials, the scores of thecandidates were subjected to a process of Normalization. The Normalizationprocess adjusted the raw scores for location and scaled differences of score distributions across different forms and then the scaled scores obtained by this process were converted into percentiles.
The evaluation process this year was quite similar to that of GATE, as claimed by IIM officials. Since the exam was conducted in just four sessions over two days, the scaling of scores was a much simpler process this year unlike previous years when scores of 39 testing sessions would be scaled.
CAT 2013 Result Controversy:
While CAT 2014 Results bring solace to test takers as majority of them score positive this year, IIMs seems to have taken many lessons from last year controversies surrounding CAT results.
Last year, IIM-Indore had faced huge protest from candidates who appeared for CAT with a few cases over CAT Result transparency still dragging in different courts. Consequently, different courts had to intervene after thousands of candidates filed petitions demanding raw scores and seeking review of the CAT results. CAT 2013 convening body at IIM Indore, however, had 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’.
Careers360 had written an open letter to CAT 2013 Convenor, DrRohitKapoor of Indian Institute of Management Indore seeking his response on specific issues related to transparency in CAT examination and evaluation process for the same. Earlier, Careers360 had also reported on 95000+ candidates scoring zero or less in CAT 2013 and the concerns on CAT evaluation process. Careers360 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.
CAT 2014 Highlights:
As many as 16 candidates reached 100 percentile in CAT 2014, as confirmed by CAT 2014 Convenor, Dr. Rohit Kapoor. The much awaited results for about 1.68 lakh CAT takers were announced after a week-long delay by Indian Institute of Management Indore on December 27.
CAT 2014 was conducted by IIM-Indore on behalf of all 19 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) being CAT testing partner for the first time. Earlier, Prometric was the CAT testing partner since CAT testing format was changed from paper-pencil to computer-based testing in 2009.
According to Dr. RohitKapoor a total of 1, 95,988 candidates had applied for CAT 2014. However, around 28,000 candidates skipped the exam which was conducted over 2 day window – November 16, 2014 and November 22, 2014 in total 4 slots. Thus, a total 1, 67,830 candidates appeared for the Common Admission Test 2014.
Based on the CAT 2014 result, the IIMs and the participating B-schools will declare the shortlist of candidates for the next round of selection process, GD, PI and WAT rounds.
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