IIM admission tests may go online

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New Delhi, Apr 21: The government today said moves were on to permit online tests for the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), similar to the US examinations like GMAT and GRE, for handling the huge number of students appearing for the test every year.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari said the Committee of Chairpersons of the Admissions Committees of the IIMs-CAT Group had recommened to the Institutes to explore the possibility of conducting CAT online as was being done in the case of GMAT and GRE. Ms Purandeswari also informed the House the governbment did not propose to extend such a scheme to various examinations conducted on an all-India basis.

To a specific query, she said the Staff Selection Commission had no scheme for conducting online tests. However, the Railway Recruitment Board had already introduced online examinations where the number of candidates was ''small/limited''.

Replying to another query, the Minister said the IIMs had hiked the fees for the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) for the academic session 2008-10, citing the increase in the operational expenses of the programme and the financial impact of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission as the main reasons.


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