The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the makers of the Common Admission Test (CAT), are planning to put out a ‘CAT survey trends report’ over the next two years, providing detailed insights into the demographic profile of CAT takers over five years, a source in the CAT committee told PaGaLGuY.
Inspired by the ‘Profile of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) Candidates’ report published by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) annually, the the report will contain trends such as the geographical origin of CAT aspirants, diversity in terms of gender and discipline as well as the average performance of all the candidates in the various sections of the test and how all of this has changed across five years.
“The idea behind creating this report is to increase transparency and put out prolific data related to CAT Exams 2012, which will help CAT applicants and industry stakeholders in analysing the pulse of the management market in the country,” the source said.
The authorities are planning to put out the first such report after the computer-based CAT completes five years.
The GMAC report, from which the CAT survey will be inspired, establishes the number of candidates who have appeared for the GMAT exam over the past five years, and also shares details about the average test scores by age, group, gender, citizenship and residency. While citizenship might be an invalid issue for the CAT, the geographic trends in the CAT report may instead contain data about candidate distribution across states and cities.
“Majority of the IIMs have expressed their interest in the idea and have shown willingness to help formulate the report,” the source said.
Sibal’s new entrance exam plan draws flak from IITians
On February 14, while the world was busy celebrating the day of love, IITians all over the country had united to celebrate dissent.
These students are unhappy over the Human Resource Development ministry’s latest announcement to scrap the Joint Entrance Exam and the All India Engineering Entrance exam, and replace it with the brand new ISEET or the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test — a new national level exam that will test class 12 students for their aptitude for science and engineering 2013 onwards.
According to this new arrangement ISEET and board exam scores will now decide the fate of aspirants who want to join the famed Indian Institutes of Technology as well as other reputed technical institutes inIndia.
With the ISEET, the HRD ministry aims to scrap the purpose of multiple exams held by various science and engineering institutions in the country with a common aptitude test thus reducing the pressure on lakhs of students who prepare for these tests every year.
However, IITians across the country haven’t taken the new decision too well and pointed loopholes in the system.
IITians chose to voice their discontent by organising press conferences and filing petitions to express their concerns to their respective institutes.
While students from IIT-Delhi organised a press conference onFebruary 14, 2012, students of IIT-Roorkee filed a petition against the abolition of JEE and IITians fromPatnadisplayed placards like ‘Save IIT, Save JEE’.
Confirming the news to Rediff.com, a student of IIT-Roorkee says, “We have already filed a petition. The petition has been handed over to the director of IIT Roorkee signed by more than 1,500 IITians against abolition of JEE and inclusion of 40 per cent weightage of class 12 marks.”
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