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Gourav Modi

Normalisation in CAT 2013 - More of a bane than a boon

Gourav Modi
The normalisation process used by CAT hasn't gone down well with the candidates of CAT 2013. The protesting students feel that their score in VA/LR section is shockingly low as compared to their score in QA/DI section (and vice-versa) which led to a sharp slump in their composite percentile.

The pic shows a candidate scoring 91.86 percentile in section 1 and 0.57 in section 2, which they say is one of the many proofs they have with them. As of now, more than 4000 people have signed an online petition started by Leel Abhishek in just two days and filed RTI with Dept. of Education, which demands reevaluation and clearing out of normalisation process used by Prometric.

The protesting students have successfully registered their protest in national dailies including Times of India, Hindustan Times and Hindu. "As we have made a impact on media as well. Our next step is to take a legal action now. We have talked to some senior high court lawyer. They suggested to file a petition in court. For that we need maximum number of applications asking IIM Indore to look into the matter." Leel Abhishek says.

The students are constantly sending out mails to CAT convener Prof. Rohit Kapoor to intervene into the matter but are disappointed with the response. One of the reply says "The CAT 2013 scores have been generated after a thorough calculation and careful analysis of the responses keyed in by students while testing. The results from various test forms are analyzed and calibrated against a common scale to facilitate an accurate comparison of scores from one candidate to another. In such cases, the scale score is the only reliable measure across test forms from which proper rankings of performance can be established, as the scaled scores are arrived at by establishing equivalences for difficulty levels across tests. These are accurate, fair and valid scores and no further investigation can be taken up to review it. Pleas
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