The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, announced on Saturday that the CAT 2016 result declaration has been deferred to the end of this month, drawing hundreds of comments criticising the examination process from candidates on various online forums for MBA students and aspirants.
IIMA’s corporate communications manager Ishita Solanki said the announcement was made to keep communication channels open, and the initial tentative timeline of the third week of February has been shifted by another week.
She said that no dates had been finalised yet adding that the “change of the system of examination” could have been part of the reason for the delay, without elaborating.
CAT 2016 was the first online CAT examination conducted in India, and about 2.15 lakh candidates had appeared for it. CAT convener Satish Deodhar, a professor at IIM-Ahmedabad, could not be reached for comment.
One of the major problems is that with the results of admission tests of other institutes being out, candidates are in a dilemma regarding the next step. They are unsure whether they should take admission in these institutes or wait for the CAT results.
“I heard the CAT tests would be evaluated according to the difficulty level of each slot, and that makes it very hard to predict my percentile,” Manonit Kaur said. Kaur has been shortlisted for admissions in SIMC and is worried about what she should do next.
Neeraj Bangalorakar, who took the exam at the Thakur Polytechnic Kandivali, Mumbai, told The Sunday Express, “I personally feel the IIMs have goofed up the results. The tests were online anyway, so the results should not have taken more than two weeks to come out.”
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