IIM CAT results deferred to end of February

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 20, 2010

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) today announced that the results of their Common Admission Test (CAT) had been deferred to the end of February.

The results of the prestigious examination were earlier scheduled to have been declared by the third week of this month.

This year's CAT was the first time that the examination was conducted as a computer-based online test. It was conducted in the paper-and-pencil format for 33 years.

The original schedule for the test was between November 28 and December 7, which was extended by a day to December 8 to accommodate thousands of students who could not appear during the ten-day window because of technical glitches at several centres across the country.

The IIMs ultimately had to schedule a re-test on January 30 and 31 for about 11,000 candidates who faced problems during the original schedule.

At that stage, the IIMs had announced that the results would be out by the third week of this month. While no reasons were given for the delay of a few days, sources in the IIM, Ahmedabad, which is coordinating this year's CAT, told NetIndian that every effort was being made to complete the work at the earliest.

A total of 241,582 had candidates registered for this year's CAT 2009. The test is reputed to be the toughest entrance examination for business schools in the world.

The CAT is a pre-requisite for admission to various management programmes conducted by the IIMs, including their flagship two-year Post-Graduate Programmes (PGP) in Management. Many other institutions also use the CAT scores to finalise admissions to their management programmes.

The seven IIMs are located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Indore and Shillong.

Four more IIMs are due to start functioning from the academic session 2010-11 at Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, Ranchi in Jharkhand, Raipur in Chhattisgarh and Rohtak in Haryana. Two others in Uttarakhand and Rajasthan will be set up the following year.