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March 1, 2010

Results of Cat 2009 – 2010 a disaster for many students

Filed under: Education — Tags: , — admin @ 12:42 pm

The results for common Admission test announced yesterday has been a hiccup for many students since the declaration.

Many students reported the unexpected decrease in their cat scores. Well definitely tolerance limit would be maximum 10%, but many candidates are reporting that their scores has made them dumbstruck.

A status message of a candidate read – ” Last year percentile 98 – this year 21.5%ile. What would be running across mind of such students who sacrifices their whole year for only one thing – Admissions to IIM.

The results has caused a chaos over mass of students and left a question mark on Cat scoring process.

SO question is that, whether Cat people or Prometric will give any justification for same, or whether they will answer only after any RTI claim.

Lets take an true example – A person gets a call from IIM Shillong for 91%ile with an academic of almost 70% in 10th and 12th with 2 year of experience & a student doesn’t get a call from IIM Shillong after securing 97%ile with academics more than 85% overall and same experience.

Well till now only two shortlist has been announced and this much drama has been recognised, what will happen when all IIM’s will declare the shortlist names. Waiting for same.

Well now the critical question for Cat takers is that whether they will continue this Online process for next year as well or come back to paper- pencil test.


  1. […] Cat2009 results- is it injustice – 02-03-2010, 08:09 AM Results of Cat 2009 – 2010 a disaster for many students the results are so flawed… posted this earlier but have a look at my scores CAT 09 OA -98.14 […]

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  2. plese give me my result of cat 2010

    Comment by govind prakash verma — March 1, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

  3. Cat 2009 is a complete disaster…..and the results are totally flawed…………and it has ruined the dreams and careers of many a student………..wonder if justice is in store somehow……

    Comment by abhishek — March 1, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

  4. i’ve scored 5.37%ile which is unexpectable after scoring terrifically well n XAT and MAT , what shall i do now ?

    Comment by siddarth — March 1, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

  5. It is a well planned SERIOUS FRAUD and nexus between IIM, HRD, PMO, CVC, CBI and High Courts.

    Comment by Babubhai Vaghela Ahmedabad India — March 1, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

  6. CAT 2009 scores methodology absolutely flawed…psychometric process is big failure..these uneven scores are seriously undermines ones capability…if this is going to be the case it is absolutely waste to attempt the cat in coming years

    Comment by kalyan — March 1, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  7. CAt 2009 was a drama.nothing is logical.They gave large number of calls to keep everyone happy,so that all this drama is not seen.I have been cheated.CAt shoul;d be back to paper and pencil test.IIM have become just like any other govt department.They r worried about the Prometric contract and not the students nor the quality of intake.noone got scores as they though they have written exam.

    Comment by prakash — March 1, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

  8. i scored 6 percentile in my verbal,but i always scored above 90 percentile in verbal of my mocks,Also i scored even 74 percentile in my gre verbal.I wish CAT-2010 bring some sanity in the process

    Comment by dipankar — March 1, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  9. CAT 2009 scores introduces vague term, worries student

    After much of a hustle and bustle, The CAT 2009 scores were released on Feb 28th 2010. But with the new computer based system the marking scheme also seemed to have changed. With 20 questions in each section of 3, expecting a usual marking scheme of 60 per section, students were surprised to see being marked for 150 per section.

    Prior to examination, IIM authorities claimed that the difficulty levels across papers in all slot were consistently maintained but now have introduced a vague term in the scorecard
    “ Psychometric equivalences to adjust for the difficulty levels “. Students are baffled to see such a marking scheme introduced without prior notification before the exam and till now no explanation has been given from the IIMs or the Prometric.

    There has been a definite hue and cry among students and many seem to be pouring out in the forums of pagalguy and facebook.

    A Cat aspirant from Chennai asks” What is psychometric analysis mean? How is the difficulty level decided? What is the veracity of the model? Difficulty or easiness is a relative term, how can absolute numbers be used to determine this”

    One baffled student claims “ I have been a consistent scorer with verbal being my forte, I have a 98 percentile in GRE verbal and I have scored a 98.5 percentile in XAT 2010 VA. I was shocked to see my score at 34.34 percentile in CAT .” Another student claims, “I have scored 98.9 in Data interpretation in XAT 2010 and I have been a top scorer in this area, I have just ended up with 80 percentile in CAT “.
    The scorecard has not detailed the marking scheme and no information has been given regarding number of questions attempted, the number correct and wrong. The IIMs and prometric have not reacted to this.

    “ We want the authorities to make the system transparent, it is the right of the candidate to know the marking scheme before taking the exam. Why did not anyone brief us” an exasperated student writes.

    Another student says,“ An overall tough paper on a particular day would mean a dip in the highest score attained while compared to an easy paper in which the highest score attained would be really high. So a simple normalization of a candidate’s score against the highest score on that particular day would have meant a fair percentile. More than 2 lakhs student have written the exam, a sufficient sample size and distribution on each day to worry about concentration of toppers on a particular day. What is psychometric scaling mean here? “

    A CAT aspirant questions, “BITS Pilani also conducts its entrance examination as a computer based test over a period of 10 days. It gives the scores immediately after the candidate completes the exam and then the rank list is put off. And it has not run into any problems till this date and why so IIMs”

    Many students seemed to be dejected on the way IIMs are keeping mum on this issue. Many feel that a glaring dip in one or two of the sectional scores have cost them so much and the IIMs have not reflected it while calling candidates for interview.

    “ We want original pattern of scoring without any psychometric analysis. I really don’t know what this term means”, says an exasperated student.

    Many students have decided to file RTI and have been mailing media houses and HR ministry, the site claims but on the whole they feel that it would be too late by the time IIMs answer.

    Many want IIMs to stall the process of admission, address the grievances of students and devise a better method to use these CAT scores this year taking into account their past accomplishments and rate them based on additional rounds during Personal interview rather than blindly rejecting a candidate based on these scores.

    Source: Pagalguy, Facebook.

    Comment by Sowmya Ramanujam — March 1, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

  10. IIMs we require you to take serious consideration.
    What does psychometric analysis and scaling mean>?

    Comment by Sowmya Ramanujam — March 1, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  11. Here I was thinking I was the only one getting an unexpected score! Hope the process is smoother next time around at least.

    Comment by Anushree — March 1, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

  12. With a percentile of 97.58 (in General category), 91.6% in ICSE, 88% in ISC, 8.35 CGPA in Engineering and 2 Years work-ex in a PSU i didnt get a call from IIM-S…………………………….while a 91%ile did………………strange ya…………………………any idea y this happened??……………………….any clues about the other IIMs?? or non-IIM institutes like MDI, NITIE & SPJAIN????…………………………..what are the odds???

    Comment by pm — March 1, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

  13. i have got 56percentile in CAT 2009 its quiet unexpectd as compared to what i have expected,i am totally amazed how can my score dip so much in CAT ,even in Quant i have got only 82 percentile while i have been always among the higher 90’s in quant……. its totally absurd ………..i think the result is biased for cat 2009

    Comment by banggg — March 1, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

  14. iim dnt hav any write to play with students dreams.

    Comment by alisha — March 1, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

  15. This time,,Cat has been full of disasters. Firstly full of mis-management in exam and then in results…..
    people say tht nw it should b held paper-pencil…..bt wht abt us who have failed bcoz of these stupid IIM’s management?????

    Comment by shah nilay — March 2, 2010 @ 12:51 am

  16. i was expecting 90 percentile but i scored only 31.35 percentile………..
    I never got less than 70 percentile in any of my aimcats………..
    dont know what to do……??????

    Comment by ashish — March 2, 2010 @ 3:23 am

  17. plz resualt my decl testing no-sr6078650

    docment no. s70syd5478

    Comment by mukund kumar — March 2, 2010 @ 4:47 am

  18. like everyone i am also taken aback to see my cat result which is 77.67 percentile ..last year i got 86 precentile and this time thought i had done better than last time but the result says another story…i am sure that something TERRIBLY WRONG has happened and the scores published are not what they actually are.there is something FISHY going on.. management of the cat has been totally IRRESPONSIBLE.whatever the reason is ,they have no right to act this FRAUDALENT way with us… IS THERE A WAY TO MAKE THE CAT MANAGEMENT DISCLOSE THE PROCEDURE OF THE RESULT??…SHOULD WE FILE A CASE AGAINST THEM??..

    Comment by PREETI CHAUHAN — March 2, 2010 @ 6:00 am

  19. This year CAT result is disaster for many students. This year CAT has more weighted for 10 and 12 marks I thick it’s totally wrong . We should take a strong Steps against a IIM . And fill RTI & PIL against them.In this way we could help those students who are appearing this year in CAT exam. So my dear friends this is my request to all of you take a strong steps.if we will not take a step the same scene is happen this year also.So please help it
    any query call me 9300569453
    my mail id is sourav.johari@gmail.com

    Comment by sourav — March 2, 2010 @ 7:35 am

  20. 2.4 lakh multiplied by 1400= ?????????????

    Comment by anonymous — March 2, 2010 @ 8:05 am

  21. I, as a faculty just feel helpless and sad when i see how students are being given a raw deal at each and every front.
    First of all, its the coaching classes.Everybody knows that its marketing glitz(by presenting unrealistic dreams) that draws students to aspire for IIMs and other top B-schools… perfectly knowing that more than 90% of the students don’t really fit the bracket. But it’s all a numbers game.. and numbers mean revenue…. and to get the required revenue, do every trick that market warrants…  and to hell with what would happen to those students who were made to see the dream.. but failed miserably…Let them cry and realize that they were not made for it  and call themselves fools….. But after having paid a hefty fee.
    Well, in a country like India, if one expects transparency in every aspect of public life….you know what to call him: an ar.. hole. Yet CAT till last year was widely acknowledged as one of the most fair of all exams…and certainly very prestigious. Well, this year, except those students who have benefited by late participation or any other dubious means, everybody, from the start feels something is fishy…nobody knew the marking criteria(isn’t it important?), plus a multitude of glitches(same questions being repeated, nonsense non-disclosure policy, etc.,)
    But the biggest bombshell of all…. the psychometric assessment of difficulty level and accordingly, the marks allotment. Who’s fooling whom? Even Psychometric experts agree that it isn’t a perfect science, it is only to be used as an aid, and not for absolute decision making.Now, is it the fault of the students that they got the so-called easy questions, and even if they got the easy ones, wouldn’t they have performed equally well in the so-called tough ones…?There are many more questions such as these…but one can’t go on and on…
    So to cut it short, it is any body’s guess that something is drastically wrong with this year’s CAT. And who stands to lose?Certainly not, the snobs who call the shots…..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    Comment by kailash — March 2, 2010 @ 9:55 am

  22. another sufferer in d queue..i got 79 percentile which is vry vry low as i was expectin it to be atleast 90..i cleared my jmet examn got 88 percentile in cat..i attempted 19 question in quant which are supposedly correct n still i got 88 percentile in it..i was wondering ki ppl gettng 95 abuv percentile in quants must hav done 25- 30 questions in it..do iims hav answer to dis??

    Comment by chitrangada gupta — March 2, 2010 @ 10:45 am

  23. sry 88 is my xat score

    Comment by chitrangada gupta — March 2, 2010 @ 10:46 am

  24. Management college cannot manage their entrance exam. Dare to think beyond IIMs ?? Go to IIPM  www.iipm.edu

    Comment by Roshan — March 2, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

  25. iim’s should change their eligibility process.the bleady hell cat must be restricted to only those muggers who got 90% in there 10 and 12.i feel the student with better understanding and 60% is far more better than no understanding and 90%.with such big emphasis on academics it is clear that why this country is not developing or why there is brain drain.if it continues to happen than there will be a day when all 60 and 70% people will have to sit back home.my point is that rather than academics give dully importance to cat scores and students.dont always things that 90 is better than 60.how many big enterprenuers have done an mba in india or how many mbas from iims have make there mark in world.answer is few not infact a few

    Comment by dhruv jain — March 2, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

  26. Does anyone know, what it is to have one’s heart bleeding? Now I m experiencing. The result of 38.2 percentile has killed all my ambitions and I could see the loss and let down feeling in my father’s eyes. I was sure that I would end up with at least 70 to 75 percentile, come what may if not 90 or so. This is a big blow for me . I m sure I did rather well and expected much beyond by XAT score of 54.85 and I m definite XAT was much more tougher than the CAT PAPER I got. Now I have lost all my interest in MBA and m feeling terribly let down. However, I wish all my fellow CAT ASPIRANTS who got marks to their expectation all the very best .

    Comment by govind — March 2, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

  27. This year CAT is a great disaster , right from the day1 itself there are lot of clinches and in the end in result also the same repeated. officially result was announced at 1 pm and the server was not that much strong to carry the result that it failed to respond ………may be atleast 1 lakh students may have engaged at same time , server was busy…..then was up by 6.40pm, and was well though the result it showed was not well .A a student who gets 90-99%le in his/her mocks and who has secured very good percentile in other exams got only in the range of 50-60. think about it……… many students who were expecting good scores and who has not attended the admission process of other colleges waiting for the CAT score have ended up in deception.CAT is a big dream and life for many aspirants, no one should play with the life of others.

    Comment by srinivas — March 2, 2010 @ 11:01 pm



    Comment by flamingdesires — March 2, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

  29. please send the result of cat exam sr:-6037786

    Comment by amol — March 3, 2010 @ 4:37 am

  30. my dear friend’s this year CAT result destroyed many students dreams. because they give weighted 10th & 12th marks. I this way, CAT left out those students who are average score in 10th & 12th exams. just 10 & 12 marks IIM can’t be judge students quality ,ability. what will happen students of Bihar, UP,MP,Chattisgrah, Gharkand ….the avg result of 10th & 12th state Board is just 29% & 36%. If any students in this category made a good percentile in CAT exam so they are left out in selection process . Have they no right to do study in IIMs .It is totally injustice with Avg students. I thick friends, we should take a strong action against them & fill a RTI & PIL .we must restrict weighted of 10th & 12th marks in Selection process of IIMs and file a petition to president against it .our afford brings hope those students like you ,like me. Is your decision ?
    “mai to jaa raha hu kal court mai, kya aap bhi jayega”
    I want Change…..
    sourav johari

    Comment by Sourav — March 3, 2010 @ 9:10 am

  31. @govind- dude believe me, i know exactly what you’re talking about…i got 48%ile and i was expecting atleast 75…..my dreams are shattered…i’ve let down everyone,family,friends and most of all -myself….future seems so damnably dismal…:-(

    Comment by suchaloser — March 4, 2010 @ 10:21 am

  32. CAT 2009 and subsequent selection process have left many aghast. First, there were problems in taking examinations affecting many candidates psychologically. Then some candidates who could have taken difficult slots suffered as their slots were easier and their marks reduced for no fault of theirs by applying Statistical tools. Thirdly, IIMs disowned CAT, reduced its weightage and started juggling with various criteria. Fourthly, while applying these criteria across State Boards further and unknown Statistical tools were applied. It is anybody’s guess as to who would have been selected and who not. IIMs are behaving as if they are all knowledgeable and answerable to none.

    IIMs are behaving as if they are all knowledgeable, supreme in their intelligence and answerable to none.

    Comment by Ashok — March 5, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

  33. […] after securing 97%ile with academics more than 85% overall and same experience.Whole story- Results of Cat 2009 – 2010 a disaster for many students Going on and on – PROTEST Please sign here all of u @ i-petition […]

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  34. We are very happy with CAT 2009 result.Both of us secured good percentiles as predicted.Online CAT 2009 has made history this year by letting 250000 students(approx) sit for the exam.Although CAT exams in different slots faced several issues but we are happy with IIM CAT results.CAT has followed GRE and GMAT adaptive psychometric equivalence which is in accordance to the international standard. Many students do not understand such mathematical scaling issues thats why they are making hue and cry.Prometric is a global worldwide leader in online exams and we strongly hope that next year online CAT should be continued(maybe with more vigilance in exams).

    Comment by Subham Lahoti & Abhishek Khosla — March 6, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

  35. m another one whose dreams are being shattered by CAT results.With consistently good performance in CAREER LAUNCHER test series i was expecting above 95 percentile but i got only 73.16 percentile which is just due to 15 percentile in DI section.It is even worse than my last years result that is 88.5 percentile with 96 percentile in DI n QUANT.M also ready to file RTI n know the exact method of evaluation as i know that my result in DI section is surely a FLAW
    but my ques here is how to file RTI n other than RTI what steps should be taken to get justice?
    email id–mayank.gupta2829@gmail.com

    Comment by mayank — March 7, 2010 @ 7:55 am

  36. Admission process have already started and i guess nothing can change the fact that iam hearbroken with my score and nothing is gonna happen to change that :’-(

    Comment by Ajith — March 15, 2010 @ 6:58 am

  37. Mayank, It is very easy to file an RTI against any government institute, costs you only 10 Rs. Every govt associated institute has a CPIO (Chief pulic information officer) who is obligated to process our quries relating to RTI, all we need to do is just send an application to him.
    So here’s the process for your case-
    1. Go to IIM’s site, look for RTI officer contact details. OR Go to http://righttoinformation.gov.in/ and in the right panel click on Union Govt. A page will open with 3 drop downs select Minstry of HRD then Dept. of higher education then IIM Ahemdabad (As this time CAT was organized by IIM A)
    This will give u a link to the CPIO details. In this case its: http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/institute/officer_rti.htm

    2. Go to nearest post office and tell them you need to file an RTI and need to get the payorder for the same, they’ll charge you Rs 10 and give you a slip.

    3. Write an application stating whatever information you require. You do not need to mention the reason why you require it. But state your name and address clearly along with your phone number (optional). You will receive reply on the same address you specify here. The application format is not specified by RTI dept, it only says that it needs to be formal and clear in wording.

    4. Pack this application and the payorder together and send it to the address you got in step one by any courier/speedpost/registry or deliver it yourself if you like.

    Within 15-20 days you will get a reply in normal circumstances, delayed case 30 days and exceptional cases (rare ones) 45 days. If the reply delay exceeds 45 days, its a direct violation of RTI act. So hammer them if it happens through CIC(google it).

    In case you are unable to find CPIO details for some govt organization, just send in your application directed to CPIO, (address of org).

    Hope this helps you and alot more people who have been looking to file RTI but dont know where to start.
    I myself is a victim of this year CAT with 75.4 percentile even though in XAT i got 85 percentile.

    By the way if you’ve changed your number or if one of your friend has changed his/her number and you dont know the new one and can’t contact him, just visit our site at http://www.way2contact.com
    if might help you…

    Comment by Prashant Chaudhary — March 24, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

  38. can’t we delete/edit a post here once we’ve submitted it by mistake???

    Comment by Prashant Chaudhary — March 24, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  39. anyone can plz please send me my cat 2009 results.”SR6040061″ and prakash0587@gmail.com

    Comment by prakash — June 30, 2010 @ 1:43 am

  40. […] for me to become dumb in one year? This clearly shows you how unfair the system really is.”, said Ramya. Many hard working and bright students have scored a low percentile in the last CAT, posing serious […]

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  41. last yr i got 89%ile this yr i got just 10.40 percentile my drms r shattered..can ny1 tell me what to do now 🙁 i can’t effort wasting 1 more yr for CAT prep.

    Comment by priyanka — January 13, 2011 @ 12:05 am

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