XLRI (Xavier Labor Relations Institute), Jamshedpur, the institution that conducts the XAT, for the first time and Approx. 92,000 students took the test on 06. January 2013. The answer books of management aspirants who took the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) were reevaluated, and fresh scores were declared on Monday evening. The result declared 10 days ago on 17 January 2013 were nullified. The rechecking took place on the basis of merely two complaints from the students.
The scores obtained by students were particularly low in quantitative techniques (QT) section of the paper, when the score got compared with the corresponding answer keys issued by the coaching institutes. XLRI received two complaints stating that a technical error had taken place, and their scores in the (QT) section were erroneous. The decision gained importance when India’s top B-schools do not allow their aspirants to apply for re-evaluation.
Vishwa Ballabh, admission chairman said that he realized that maybe it was a technical error in the computer programme. If there is an error, we cannot be choosy and change the result of only those who complained. We decided to re-look at all the results as the emphasis of an exam must be on correctness and fairness, he added.
The Institute then agreed and fresh result was issued. It is difficult to give a range of how much the students score vary from the previous one, however the minimum score for QT section has gone down from 90% to 76.2%. The new score has fallen for relatively every student and will affect the admission in every school.
It is not clear if there was a major mistake, however it seems that the problem of unexpected low marks (after cross-checking with keys) was not faced well by the test takers, but about 10% of the candidates. This however altered the rankings and percentile scores of everyone.