In a first, XLRI has re-evaluated the XAT 2013 entrance test papers of around 92,000 management aspirants registered for the test following two complaints from students. The institute declared fresh results on Monday.
The decision is significant coming as it does at a time when top b-schools do not allow their aspirants to apply for re-evaluation. Like the CAT, XAT scores are accepted by 91 other B-school across the country.
Mainly, XAT scores were particular;y low in the quantitative techniques (QT) section paper when compared with the corresponding marks in answer keys published by different coaching institutes. XLRI received two complaints from students who claimed there had been a technical error and their QT score were fallacious.
"One of the two complaints was apparent without any basis. But then when I looked at the other complaint, I realized there was probably a technical error in the computer programme. If there is an error, we cannot be choosy and change result of only those who had complained. We decided to have a relook at all the results as the emphasis of an exam must be on correctness and fairness," said Vishwa Ballabh, admission Chairperson.
The Institute's director and board agreed to release the fresh results. The revised scores and percentile of all candidates were published on XLRI website on Monday. The minimum cut-off placed by the XLRI for the QT section is down from 90% to 76.2%.
The new scores have relatively fallen for every students and will affect admissions in every B-school. "The topper has been affected a bit and other students down the line have been affected a bit more," explained Ballabh.
Sources were very clear if there was a major mistake. After cross checking with answer keys, it seems the problem of unexpectedly low marks was not faced by all the test takers, but about 10% of the candidates. That, however, altered the percentile and ranking of almost everyone.