The Indian Institute of Management (IIM-Indore) has again been entrusted with the responsibility to conduct Common Admission Test (CAT) for the year 2014, regardless of facing many cases filed against it for alleged discrepancies found in the results of CAT 2013.
IIM-Indore will be the only institute to be given the responsibility of conducting CAT for two years consecutively, which is usually handed over to distinct IIM’s in a rotational manner.
Before IIM-Indore, the task was given to IIM-Kozhikode t convene the CAT, which brought many disagreements since, scorecards of 80 were found to be tampered with. The joint statement issued by IIMs mentioned that fiddling with scorecards did not affect the results in anyway and admission process remained unbiased since they used the master database for short listing candidates.
After the scam of tampering with scorecards surfaced in June 2013 the Ministry of human resources and development (MHRD) noticing that the rotational pattern was unfit, asked IIM directors to hand over the CAT conducting task to the same institute if it was found successful in conducting the test.
Hence, the IIM – Indore have been assigned with this duty of conducting CAT again as told by an IIM-I professor.
For 2014 CAT, IIM Indore's computer test conducting partner will be Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) since the former firm, called Prometric, based in US had its contract of 5 years ended in 2013.
CAT is a way to get admission in 13 IIM’s and some 150 other reputed non-IIMs Management colleges and B-schools.