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Indian Institutes of Management has launched Common Admission Test 2014 website on August 1. However, the CAT 2014 authorities could not dispel the cloud hovering over controversial normalization process that includes equating and scaling process to arrive at the final scores and percentile of the test takers.
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Earlier, the notification for CAT announced on July 27 detailed out information on important dates and major changes in exam process also remained mute on equating and scaling process which had haunted the IIMs last year.
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The IIM have said that the equating and scaling process will be announced before the CAT 2014 exams scheduled on 16th and 22nd November 2014.
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“The Equating/Scaling Process will be announced on the CAT 2014 website: www.iimcat.ac.in prior to CAT 2014 examination (16th and 22nd November, 2014),” says a web page on CAT 2014 official website.
The CAT 2014 website however bears information on the CAT 2014 important dates, changes in the exam pattern and FAQs.
Why Equating and Scaling is Important?
The Equating and Scoring process is an important component during the evaluation process and impacts test-takers performance based on their appearance in a particular slot of the test sessions.
Last year, many students had alleged discrepancies in CAT results. IIMs were also pulled to the courts by many test takers who alleged lack of transparency in the CAT testing and evaluation.
Thousands of CAT 2013 takers had sought court intervention into the 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, had also refused to share answer keys and raw scores for the candidates saying revelation of the same may create ‘significant confusion’.
After CAT 2013 results were declared, 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.
Unlike the past 5 years when CAT used to be conducted in test window of 15-20 days, CAT 2014 will be conducted in only a two-day window with total 4 test sessions. Hence, IIMs will have to work out the equating process for 1/10 of the sessions. It is expected that there would be major changes in the equating and scoring process.
CAT 2013 scoring method:
Till last year, the scoring system followed was: Each question carried 3 marks and for each wrong attempt, 1 mark was deducted. The total test score would then be equated based on a statistical formula. Further, it would be scaled depending on the difficulty level of the questions in different test sessions.
Step 1: Raw Score is Calculated
The raw scores were calculated for each section based on the number of questions answered correctly, incorrectly, or those which were omitted. This scoring methodology ensured that candidates were only awarded points for what they knew, while having points deducted for inappropriate random guessing. This was a standard process in the testing industry and is a methodology employed in scoring similar admissions tests such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Step 2: Raw Score is “Equated”
Equating is a statistical process used to adjust scores on two or more alternate forms of an assessment so that the scores may be used interchangeably. Industry standard processes were used for equating, such as those outlined within the ETS Standards for Quality and Fairness.
Step3: Equated Raw Score is “Scaled”
In order to ensure appropriate interpretation of an equated raw score, the scores must be placed on a common scale or metric. A linear transformation is used for this scaling process, which is an industry standard practice (Kolen & Brennan, 2004).
The IIM scaling model is as follows:
Section Scores = 0 to 225
Total Exam Score = 0 to 450
Three scaled scores are presented for each candidate: an overall scaled score and two separate scaled scores for each section. As the two sections evaluate two distinct sets of knowledge and skills, scores may not correlate across sections. A high score in one section does not guarantee a high score in another section. Percentile rankings are provided for each individual section as well as for the overall exam score.
Now, the CAT 2014 aspirants have to wait till the exam dates to know about the scoring process in detail.
CAT 2014 Important Dates
The CAT 2014 website mentions that the registration process will start from Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 10 am onwards. The CAT 2014 registration and test day video and guides would be available from August 6 itself.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10.00 am to Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11.59 pm
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 till the exam day
CAT 2014 Exam Date
Sunday, November 16, 2014 and Saturday, November 22, 2014
CAT 2014 result
Third week of December, 2014
Changes introduced in CAT 2014
According to IIMs, the changes introduced in CAT 2014 are improvements compared to the past 5 years of computer based CAT. The changes include:
Commenting on the changes introduced, Dr. Rohit Kapoor, CAT 2014 Convenor mentions, “We have reduced the testing window to four sessions spread over 2 days to make the process faster. To make the process smooth, we have increased the number of test cities to 99 this year as compared to 40 in 2013. Our new testing partner TCS has huge experience of conducting several national level tests like GATE, JEE, AIPMT, JIPMER. We will be utilizing their technical expertise and capacity to offer testing comfort to the CAT aspirants.”
Earlier in May 2014, it was revealed that Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) would be the online testing partner for CAT 2014 and the exam will be conducted by IIM Indore this year as well. Prometric India Private Limited was the test conducting body since 2009, the year when CAT became computer based. The five year contract ended with CAT 2013.
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Although both the exams are for getting into Bschools in India for post graduation but there is a huge difference between the two:
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.
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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.
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 !!!?
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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