CAT 2016: Test glitch may bring you a re-test chance, say IIMs
CAT applicants may get a re-test chance in case of any technical glitch during the test administration, IIMs have notified officially. While assuring CAT applicants a smooth test administration, the IIMs have said that they will be making all possible efforts, including a re-test, to correct any problem that might prevent a test from being delivered and/or a result from being generated. “â¦every effort will be made to correct the problem, up to and including the administration of another test,” the IIMs have notified.
This means that there will be a retest for the students, who due to glitches might not be able to complete or submit the test. The CAT 2016 website, under ‘Important CAT 2016 Disclaimers’, states “As with paper and pencil testing, or virtually every other human endeavour, a very small number of problems could occur that might prevent a test from being delivered and/or a result from being generated. In the unlikely event this does occur, every effort will be made to correct the problem, up to and including the administration of another test.”
However, CAT 2016 Convenor, Prof. Rajendra K. Bandi said that there is a very little chance for any such glitch given the high-level preparation by both IIM Bangalore and testing agency TCS. In an interview with Careers360, Prof. Bandi said that not only the number of test centres has increased; IIM Bangalore has also ensured a thorough inspection of the administrative facilities and infrastructure at the centres, to avoid any possible factor that might result in wastage of test time for any candidate. “We also do a thorough inspection / audit of the entire test centres before the Test, and ensure that any deficiencies in infrastructure are rectified before the test,” Prof. Bandi said.
Still, IIMs has offered re-test chance in case of any technical glitch. However, the disclaimer by IIMs does not define the exact situations under which a retest might be conducted. Moreover, the procedure to apply for a re-test is also not mentioned on the official website.
Questions IIMs yet to answer
Although IIMs have announced the prospect of conducting retest for affected candidates if the need arises, the criteria for availing the retest are not defined. This gives rise to a few questions which CAT 2016 Convenor Prof. Bandi is yet to respond to:
What are the circumstances under which the candidates will be eligible for retest application?
What is the procedure of application for a retest?
How different would be the retest in terms of difficulty level with the original test?
How would the normalization the scores of the candidates of original test vis a vis that of retest be ensured?
Careers360 will keep you updated with the developments on the re-testing procedure in case of any testing glitch.
CAT glitches and controversies over the years
CAT has been witnessed multiple testing glitches since it went in a computer-based testing mode in 2009. The glitches were either related to technical snag during the test, test administration or normalization, or had result issues. The following table brings to you the glitches in the history of CAT over the past few years and the measures taken by authorities towards the benefit of the test takers.
CAT Glitches over the years and measures taken by conducting IIM
Questions over scoring and normalization process
IIMs dragged to Court over non-disclosure of raw scores
Tampering with scores
FIR was filed, IIM K sent actual scores to the affected candidates
Result leaked on website prior to schedule, Minor glitches during exam
Website was blocked till the release of actual result
First computer based CAT greeted with massive technical glitches
Retest was conducted for around 8,000 candidates
The first computer-based CAT In 2009 was hit by technical glitches across the centers in India. There were complaints of dysfunctional computers where candidates were not able to view or mark the answers. IIM A and Prometric had to conduct a retest for the affected candidates.
Even after glitches in the previous year, in 2010, there were reports of minor technical snags. In addition to this, few days prior to the result, some test takers claimed to have been able to check their results online before the official result declaration. Prof. Himanshu Rai, CAT 2010 Convenor and IIM Lucknow Professor ruled out chances of official website getting hacked and claimed that it must have been a live-testing which was getting run on the website and those candidates had chanced upon their score cards.
The controversies in CAT continued in the year 2011 and in 2012 as well after the declaration of the result. Candidates claimed of tampered scores. The then conducting body- IIM Kozhikode did not re-conduct the test, but sent the actual scores of about 80 affected candidates from the master database to the B-schools, where they were shortlisted for the further rounds of the admission process.
Conducted by IIM Indore, CAT 2013 was the 5th and last year for Prometric as CAT testing partner. Similar to 2012, controversy ensued right after the declaration of result when it was revealed that 95,000 candidates obtained 0 or negative scores, as a result of which candidates who attempted no questions were placed at around 55 percentile bracket. The CAT 2013 takers raised questions over the scoring and normalization process of CAT. IIMs’ even faced legal scrutiny over admission process with Madhya Pradesh HC issuing the notice to all 13 IIMs’ on CAT scores and evaluation process.
Role of CAT Testing Partner
IIMs conduct CAT in collaboration with a testing partner which is selected basis their technical expertise. In the year 2014, the testing contract was given to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). For CAT 2016, TCS remains the testing partner. CAT 2016 is scheduled to be conducted on December 4 in two slots across 135 test centres. Last year, a record 2, 18,664 candidates had applied for CAT, out of which 1, 79,602 had appeared for the test.
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