Virus reaches Parliament, Opposition lambasts CAT fiasco

Virus reaches Parliament, Opposition lambasts CAT fiasco

New Delhi: The virus has finally reached the Lok Sabha. Notwithstanding the government’s decision to seek a report into the server crash during the online Common Admission Test (CAT) examination, deputy leader of BJP, Sushma Swaraj, on Tuesday criticised the technical glitch saying, “Mouse has eaten the CAT".

Amid cries of “shame, shame" from Opposition benches, she said it was a matter of regret that India, which boasts itself to be a superpower in the field of Information Technology, failed to conduct the examination neatly.

Making it clear that the government is not involved in the examination process, human resource minister Kapil Sibal said, “We have sought a detailed report on the virus problem during the CAT examination."

He said as per the information collected by his ministry, a total of 8,297 examinees out of 45,367 students could not appear in the test that started on Saturday due to crashing of server.

On being asked about re-examination, the minister said it is the duty of the IIMs to decide on it as a large number of candidates could not take the examination.“We want that such glitches do not occur again," Sibal said.

The human resource ministry on Monday sought a report from the convener of CAT Satish Deodhar on the disruption of the CAT being conducted by American firm Prometric for nearly 2.41 lakh candidates for admission into IIMs and a few other B-Schools.

The computer-based test has been marred by technical glitches from the very first day on Saturday. Students faced problems in opening the computers at the exam centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Bhopal.