IIMs plan to hold e-CAT multiple times a year

Posted on the October 4th, 2009 under CAT by rishir

The Indian Institute of Management’s decision to go online with its Common Admission Test (CAT) took  33 years. The next step is to conduct the exam multiple times a year. But will CAT go the GRE, GMAT and TOEFL way and ease the November nervousness that grips MBA aspirants?

It is a possibility, said Satish Deodhar, professor at IIM, Ahmedabad. The timeframe for the change to materialise: a couple of years.

“It will be ideal to conduct CAT more than once a year as number of students appearing for CAT rise every year. Holding multiple exams will lighten the burden on the administration,” said Deodhar, who convenor for CAT.

However, the idea is not likely to be implemented soon. IIM needs to put excellent infrastructure in place to hold multiple exams. First, though, it is necessary to stabilise the online exam system, he said.

Deodhar added, “Before we implement the multiple exam system, we will also have to figure out whether a student should be allowed to take multiple attempts. We also need to consider the duration for which the results will remain valid.”

Prometric, the firm contracted by IIMs to conduct CAT online, have been holding GRE and TOEFL examinations for years now. “It is for the IIMs to decide the frequency and duration of its exams. If they are interested in alternative delivery models, we can assist them in evaluation,” said Ramesh Nava, Prometric vice-president (Asia Pacific, Japan and Africa).

Smooth CAT 2009

The IIM’s primary aim is to successfully conduct CAT 2009. As this is the first time CAT has gone online, students are bound to make mistakes. To smoothen the procedure, MBA aspirants will be given an extra 15 minutes to go through a tutorial to familiarise themselves with the exam model.

CAT 2009 will be conducted through a 10-day testing window between November 20 to December 7 at 105 centres in 32 cities.

Checks in place

To avoid last-minute glitches similar to the ones that occurred during GCET earlier this year, several measures have been taken. Said Nava, “We have ensured that the exam centres are conveniently located. Students have adequate space to sit. We checked for compatible hardware and software. We made sure there is uninterrupted power supply (UPS), connectivity and security at the centre. A technician will be present at each centre to solve any issue that may arise. Also, a number of computers and generators have been held in reserve in case a device conks of or the power supply fails.”

source: ahmedabadmirror

whats your opinion on e-CAT and CAT exam multiple times a year ??

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