New Delhi: CAT aspirants, by filing Right To Information (RTI) applications, are looking forward for clarity on the assessment method and the selection process of the CBT-CAT (Computer Based Test – Common Admission Test) 2009. However, it is quite obvious that the efforts will go in vain, as IIMs and coaching institutes said that filing RTI applications and demanding details of the scores is in anyways going to help the aspirants.
As per sources, the coaching institutes admitted that they had advised CAT applicants who are not satisfied with their CAT results, to file RTI applications and demand explanations on how the evaluation process was conducted. Ulhas Vairagkar, TIME Delhi Director, has clearly mentioned in his speech that students who came to them seeking advice were suggested to file such applications for their own satisfaction. However, Mr Vairagkar declares that as the selection process is already in progress in most IIMs, there is hardly anything that can be done now.
Satish Deodhar, CAT Convenor, has said that till now he has received the usual 5-6 RTI applications. When asked how to deal with the problem, he said that they can’t give each and every detail of the exam to students. However, they would try to explain how the selection procedure has been conducted. Mr Deodhar also added that Prometric’s (the US-based agency mandated to conduct the computerised CAT) scoring and psychometric evaluation is of worldwide standard and is totally fair.
Charles Kernan, Prometric CEO during a press conference in New Delhi conducted on (Monday) March 8, 2010, has reiterated that its scoring process is completely transparent. They have given details of how they have assessed each candidate on their website. All this has been done as per international norms. Further, the company’s India MD Soumitra Roy said they were willing to provide information to the IIMs for any RTI query.