A new report reveals that more and more business schools across the country that previously accepted Common Admission Test, CAT scores, for admission into their postgraduate management courses are now abandoning it. The new trend, it seems, started shortly after CAT was hit by a major controversy.
Data collected till August 6, 2014 shows that a total of 89 non-IIM institutes currently accept CAT scores. The figure is a stiff decline from last year’s 125. In 2012, over 150 non-IIM institutes in total were accepting CAT scores.
According to experts, the primary reason behind such a drastically changing trend is the infamous CAT – 2012 scam, unearthed in June, 2013. The scam was revealed when a comparison was made between the master database of scores and the result sheet published on the website www.catiim.in, managed and hosted by M/S Web Weavers.
The revelation that shocked the whole country, displayed how the scores of at least 80 examinees were inflated when they were being uploaded on the aforementioned website. It is worth mentioning that while the 13 IIMs used the master score sheets for their admission, all other institutes were supposed to base their admission procedures on candidates’ scores in the manipulated result sheet published by the website.
However, people associated with CAT 2014 are optimistic that the trend will soon change for the better. “I’m sure that the number of non-IIM b-schools will increase. We will cross the last year’s mark,” says Rohit Kapoor, a faculty with IIM Indore, as reported by the Times of India.
The institutes opting out from CAT 2014 includes: Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s, Usha and Lakshami Mittal Institute of Management (Delhi), University School of Management (Kurukshetra University), Fortune Institute of International Business (Delhi), Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (Lucknow), Lucknow University, JRE Group of Institutions (Uttar Pradesh), Asia Pacific Institute of Management (Delhi), Thiugarajar School of Management and School of Management Studies (University of Hyderabad), Institute of Health Management and Research (Jaipur), CCS National Institute of Agriculture Marketing (Jaipur).