Second round of CAT exam today

Written by fe Bureau | Ahmedabad | Updated: Jan 31 2010, 05:26am hrs
The second round of the online common admission test (CAT) for the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will be carried out on January 30 and 31 amid high scepticism, as the first attempt of going online had witnessed technical hiccups restraining thousands CAT aspirants from taking the test.

The first online CAT, which was conducted at over 300 labs at 105 centres in 32 cities during November 28 through December7 2009, had faced some technical glitches due to virus attack on the network. The CAT authority had mentioned that initially about 7,000 to 8,000 students were affected due to the technical snag in the system and were to be rescheduled for the test.

According to sources, nearly 10,000 students are believed to appear for the second round of the online test. Nearly 2.41 lakh candidates had appeared for the first online test but some of them failed to take the test due to technical hurdles and were rescheduled thereafter.

Speaking about the second round of the online test, Jaideep Singh Chowdhary, Spokesperson, TIME institute said, The modus operandi of the test has remained the same. But the candidates have not been given any additional guidelines from Prometric or the IIMs over how face any possible technical glitches. About 2,000 students from across the country would be appearing from TIME institute alone.

There has not been any change in the process of the exam, but the schedule of the test has been changed. The first slot of test would start from 12 pm for which the students would require to reach at the test centre at 10 am. The CAT co-ordinator, Sateesh Deodhar could not be reached for his comments.