So there were lot of complaints about Prometric and how they failed to conduct the exams properly and how many students faced problems like –
1. Systems not working and Virus attacks (seriously, virus attack?)
2. Questions and pattern getting repeated giving unfair advantage to others, specially in colleges where students can discuss the papers.
3. some people getting extra time to solve the problems due to reboots of systems.
4. Students still haven’t got any rescheduled dates and times.
Why CAT 2009 Should be scrapped
I feels CAT 2009 should be scrapped and this has nothing to do with me being sympathetic to the students (though I always be as I always felt in India, atleast 3 deserving candidates fight for 1 seat in almost all exams) but due to the fact that a mistake was made. There is nothing wrong in admitting that things went wrong which can happen with anyone and anywhere. Relying fully on computer hardware and probably not doing due diligence was a mistake from IIMs but may be due to ego problems and due to prestige on stake, they are taking time to admit it and ofcourse there is no going back once you admit that things went wrong.
Now IIMs are saying that very few people (say 500, I don’t know the exact numbers) are affected by these problems out of 2 lakh but then this is not a small number, not to mention the other problems of questions getting repeated and students discussing during exam or few getting more time than others.
I don’t think people can share the answers in quick discussion (they probably must have discussed “what the hell is going on”) and I don’t think some 70 percentile guy will score 99 percentile because he got few more minutes, and I also feels there is more smoke and noise than what actually is but still there has been problem and IIM need to make sure they correct it, as CAT is about Students, not about IIMs, also I don’t think anyone specially IIM wants to hear “2009 CAT exam was a joke” for the next 10 years.
You can not correct a mistake by just ignoring it (something which Indians has mastered) as that is another mistake. Failures always has a price, and someone has to pay it, but lets not make students pay for it specially if the mistake is from IIM and Prometrics Side.
If students feels they are cheated, they should go to court, and I am glad few are already doing this (as read from a CAT forum)
I wonders how relevant this Video is now …