The Madras High Court has directed all the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to reserve 8 seats for a group of petitioners who are dissatisfied from the result of Common Admission Test 2013.
The students who appeared in 2013 CAT filed a writ petition in Delhi, Indore and lately Madras high court, besides RTI to seek a stay on the entire admission process of management programmes in all IIMs and other CAT Score accepting institutes, after they found scores of thousands of test-takers and their own are far from the expectations and flawed.
The petitioners alleged major discrepancies in the results of CAT 2013 and their petition mentions that CAT 2013 used a method of equating, scaling and normalizing scores that was erroneous, leading to irregularities along with the lack of transparency in 2013 results.
After hearing the case, single judge bench of Justice R Subbiah issued a notice to Central Government, CAT 2013 convening body at IIM-Indore, and Prometric Agency who conducts Computer-based test CAT each year to give reply to petitioners regarding the doubts of the petition filers, related to the method used in evaluating CAT 2013 result. The answer must be submitted to HC by 07 March 2014.
Furthermore, the test-takers have also appealed High courts to nullify the entire CAT 2013 result and have sought a stay on the short-listing process of the IIMs and CAT score accepting institutes. Upon this, the Madras High Court denied the stay and Delhi High court had advised the petitioners to wait until the reply of RTI arrives.
The petitioners have also launched a portal http://www.catdiscrepancy.net/ to gather funds through donations, needed to fight legal battle against the discrepancies in CAT result 2013, on behalf of thousands of dissatisfied test-takers. Till now only 1% of the needed fund through donations has been received, as mentioned on their website.