Madhaya Pradesh High Court to offer a ray of hope to the disappointed candidates who appeared in Common Aptitude Test (CAT) 2013. The Indore Bench of Madhaya Pradesh High Court has issued an official notice to all the 13 Indian Institute of Management (IIMs), CAT conducting agency - Prometric as well as Government of India to send their responses to the doubts of the dissatisfied CAT 2013 test takers.
The Indore Bench of HC has asked these bodies to release particular information regarding raw scores and normalization procedures, which must be made available to the candidates who requests for it.
However, no notice has been issued to stay the admission procedure at the IIMs. Still for a relief, the final admissions to management courses at the IIMs will only be undertaken subject to the final verdict of Indore High Court, which is to be held on March 7, 2014.
Initially the Indore Bench had decided to give one-month time to the IIMs to reply, however the petition filers argued and said that one month was too long because the admission process in most B-schools has already begun. Upon mulling, the court then agreed to a 7 day period notice.
The CAT 2013 results announced on January 14, 2014 shocked candidates and dashed their hopes since 95,000 candidates have scored 0 marks or negative in CAT 2013 out of total 1.73 candidates who appeared for this test.
With carrying much disappointment with their results, the test-takers had to take this matter to the court. Before knocking the door of MP High Court, the Delhi High Court was approached and the RTI was also filed.
Cat 2013 candidates protesting against the discrepancies found in their scores also raised their voices for seeking approval of the re-evaluation of their test. They also demanded to let them access their raw scores, besides clarifying them the normalization process used for evaluating CAT 2013 answers since the normalization process added to the frustration of CAT 2013 candidates.
CAT 2013 aspirants with higher scores had been given lower percentile and vice versa. Surprisingly, candidates who have answered just one question correctly have been allotted 55 percentile and above whereas those who did not attempt questions at all received 55 percentile. The explanation given by the CAT officials was that the discrepancies might have occurred due to the negative marking.
Furthermore, request for a stay on the admission short-listing process in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) was also made.
Only 8 male engineer candidates have obtained 100 percentile in CAT 2013.