AHMEDABAD : ‘CAT-2009’ convenor Satish Deodhar hinted on March 10 that the future Common Admission Tests for admission to Indian Institutes of Management will be held in computer-aided format and that the days of pencil-an-paper CAT are gone.
Answering allegations of mismanagement, he said that barring initial glitches the first computer-based test was successful.
“With the successful conduct of computer-based ‘CAT-2009’, IIM’s have been able to protect their intellectual property, in which pencil and paper format was not possible at all,” Deodhar told reporters here.
“In the pencil and paper format the question used to get public and IIM’s were losing on their intellectual property, but with the computer-based test we can maintain our intellectual property. The future of CAT is computer-based test.”
The computer-based ‘CAT-2009’ in the first phase was marred by technical glitches from the very first day as students faced problems in logging in at centres in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Bhopal.
Deodhar said IIM’s have begun to shortlist the candidates and faculty may have to squeeze out extra time to make up for the delay in holding of test this year.
To a query on RTIs filed challenging the CAT results, Deodhar said : “Around six RTIs have been filed so far and IIM’s shall reply back to the applicants.” Asked about PILs challenging holding of CAT, Deodhar said : “To my knowledge one PIL was filed in Ahmedabad which has been quashed.”
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