The committee felt that "equity and fairness" required it to give some candidates a second chance as they were at the receiving end of the goof ups during the first phase of CAT 2016 from November 28 to December 8 last year. Candidates who don’t meet the seven conditions will be ineligible for the retest even if they lodged complaints with Prometric, emergency helplines or IIM websites.
The first condition mentions that those students who couldn’t take the test due to planned or unplanned closure of their test lab and weren’t rescheduled will be given a second chance. However, those who didn’t turn up for the examination voluntarily will not be included. The second lot of students who will get a second chance are those who couldn’t appear for the test because they were given notices about their rescheduled dates less than 48 hours before the test.
Also getting a second go will be candidates whose test dates were rescheduled but couldn’t appear as the centre was in a different city.
The next category of candidates eligible for the second phase are those who pressed the end/quit button within the first 120 minutes during the first three days of the test but haven’t yet been given rescheduled dates. In case a candidate in this category chooses not to take the second test, then his or her first test results will be retained.
Candidates, who had completed the test in more than 140 minutes due to computer disruptions will also be allowed to reappear. However, if a candidate in this category chooses not appear for the second rescheduled test, then his or her score from the first test will be considered null and void.
A candidate who has completed his first test between 136 minutes to 140 minutes will also be allowed to appear for a rescheduled test. However, if the candidate chooses to stay away, then the marks from the first test will be retained.
The last lot of candidates eligible are those who faced disruptions such as frozen computer screens or monitors that didn’t display the elements properly. These candidates were identified through site reports recorded at the test labs and haven’t been given rescheduled test dates yet.
The results of CAT will be declared by the third week of February.