CAT fiasco enters 4th day, Sibal orders probe

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New Delhi, Dec 1: With more exam centres across the country cancelling the Common Entrance Test (CAT), the online exam fiasco entered the fourth day.

According to media reports, technical problems were reported from two labs at the Sahara Academy and School of Management in Lucknow, two labs in Bhopal and two labs in Bangalore on Tuesday, Dec 1.

Taking the issue into serious consideration, the Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal slammed premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), and ordered an enquiry to ascertain what caused the first ever online CAT to fail.

"This should not have happened. As government we are very concerned," Sibal said.

"I had asked the IIMs to give me a report and as per Dec 1 morning, 45,000 students had enrolled for giving the test but 8,000 could not. This is a huge percentage," he added.

CAT exam which is held annually for entry into the premier business schools went online only in 2009. Over the four days thousands of IIM aspirants could not take the test as the server crashed.

Prometric, the firm responsible for conducting the exams said that the computers were malfunctioning due to virus attacks.

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