7,600 aspirants take CAT in Ahmedabad tomorrow

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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Nov 17 (UNI) The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2007, that will be conducted here tomorrow, will see 7,600 aspirants trying their luck at 11 centres in Ahmedabad.

The Ahmedabad centres will take care of candidates coming from Jaipur, Mumbai, Nagpur and Gujarat.

Overall 2,40,000 admit cards have been issued to candidates all over India, who are expected to appear at 23 centres across the country.

The CAT group comprises chairmen (admissions) of all IIMs - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Kolkata, and Indore - and each centre takes care of its own candidates plus candidates coming from other cities.

IIM sources told UNI that there is absolutely no chance of any error or a question paper leak as the modalities have been worked out to make it foolproof. The procedure has been made highly standardised and there is no scope of any malpractice, a source said.

Each booklet, given to candidates, comes sealed in a plastic bag which is opened by the candidate himself for the first time. These booklets, when they leave the printing press (which even the director of IIMs are not aware of), is sealed in a trunk.

The seals are removed in the presence of the principal of the concerned venue (college) with the faculty supervisor giving the key for the trunks. Later, the principal certifies that seals were removed in front of him and in the presence of officials.

Secondly, the students are given different versions of the paper and no two papers match in a given seating arrangement, the source added.

The invigilators role is limited and they are throughly briefed about what has to be done. The overall supervision is under the IIMs adminstrators, the source informed.

The foolproof system came into place after an embarrassing incident took place three years back when there were allegations of a question paper leak.


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