New Delhi: The scores of the common admission test, or CAT, written last year by 240,000 aspirants for entrance to the eight Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), were announced on Sunday.
The schools in Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and Shillong (IIM-S) also put out their shortlists of candidates who would be considered for admission to their two-year flagship Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.
The test, conducted online for the first time, had been marred by technical glitches and had to be completed in two phases.
IIM-A has 960 candidates on its shortlist, its admissions department said in an email reply. They will vie for 385 seats that India’s premier business school will offer in its class of 2012. The numbers include caste-based quotas set aside in all government-run educational institutes.
The school has tentatively scheduled the round of personal interview, the next step in the admissions process, in New Delhi 14-18 March, in Kolkata 22-24 March, in Ahmedabad 29-31 March and in Bangalore 5-10 April.
IIM-S, which currently has 66 seats, said in excess of 1,000 candidates were on its shortlist.
“The number of seats could go up to 120 . We are assessing the hostel, and trying to create new facilities,” said Ashoke Kumar Dutta, director of IIM-S.
The schools at Ranchi, which will admit its first batch in June, as well as Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Lucknow and Kozhikode are yet to come out with shortlists, the CAT website said.
The website shut down for three hours on Sunday afternoon, citing heavy traffic of candidates checking their scores.
Many of the candidates discussed their results online.
“Got IIM-A call but no call from IIM-S. Wats happening?? Any guesses?? Unable to open the score page as well,” said a candidate who uses the handle Karthik on Pagalguy.com, an online community of MBA aspirants, students and schools.
Another candidate with the handle Ankit9doshi said “IIM-A—960 calls is really less. It means general category (non-reserved) calls must be abt 600. Last year, gen category calls were 609. I thought the batch size was increasing, so they would probably call more people. Anyway best of luck to those who got the coveted IIM-A call.”
The online CAT, administered by Prometric Testing Pvt. Ltd, the local arm of the US-based testing company Prometric Inc., was criticized by students and test preparation companies after technical snags led to constant rescheduling. But on Sunday, the reaction was conciliatory.
“The question on credibility of having a paper (examination) conducted over multiple days and then giving a common result was very well answered by IIMs,” said Ravi Pokharna, a director at PT Education, a test preparation company.
“The results have been scaled for the difficulty level through psychometric equivalence over all testing days, which should be a big relief for all the aspirants,” Pokharna added.