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CAT not in favor with MBA aspirants to get admissions in IIMs

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CAT not in favor with MBA aspirants
Common Admissions Test (CAT) is not in favor with the MBA aspirants opting for admissions in Indian Institutes of Management (IIM's) has been altered or changed.

A notification on the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) website says: "The 2012 Common Admission Test (CAT) scores of 80 examinees on the website have been tampered/altered, resulting in inflation of scores for these examinees."

IIM officials said the admission process of their institutes was not affected as they used the master database of Prometric that was not tampered with. But well known B-schools, such as FMS-Delhi, NITIE-Mumbai, that use the online data have been affected.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an entrance test conducted for selecting candidates to join the IIMs across the country, located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Shillong, Tiruchirappalli and Udaipur.

The CAT scores are also used by some non-IIM institutes as part of their admission process. The CAT 2012 exams were conducted between October 11, 2012 and November 6, 2012.

The tests were computer based tests, taken by the candidates at designated test centres. The actual conduct and evaluation of test was entrusted to M/s. Prometric. As per the practice in the previous years, the test results were published on the website which is managed and hosted by M/s. Web Weavers.

Acting on the basis of a complaint, a comparison of CAT 2012 scores available on the website (hosted and managed by M/s Web Weavers) with master database of the scores (those received from Prometric) shows that scores of eighty examinees have been tampered/altered, resulting in inflation of scores for these examinees.

The rest of the examinees' scores on the website were found to be intact and matching with the master database received from Prometric.

A case had been registered on June 15, 2013 at Kozhikode, under Section 420 of the IPC and Section 65 of the Information Technology Act, sources said.

The IIMs have used the master database for short- listing. Hence, the admission process has in no way been compromised in any of the IIMs as a result of the tampering. Non-IIMs institutes that have a formal relationship for the use of CAT scores, are being alerted and scores from master database are being provided to them. The IIMs are reviewing the process by which data are managed and published externally.

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