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November 28, 2009

Online CAT fails on on Day 1, server breakdown

Online CAT 2009 - Servers crash on Day 1

New Delhi: For the past 33 years, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have been conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) in a paper-pencil format. It was this year that the most important entrance examination for MBA aspirants in India was taken online and made a Computer-based Test.

The first-ever online CAT was greeted by a technical glitch that led to the cancellation of the examination in Chennai, Kolkata, Bhopal, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune, as per reports.

The number of students who have been affected by this 'server breakdown' is not known as yet.

As per reports coming in from a centre in Jaipur, the examination started at 12 noon. Computers not working, the examination application not responding, server not responding were some of the problems faced by students.

The American firm, Prometric, which developed the online examination system for CAT, is yet to determine the exact cause of the glitch.

The CAT committee is expected to meet in Ahmedabad or Kolkata later in the evening today to decide further course of action on the matter.

About 2.4 lakh aspirants from across the country registered for the Common Admission Test (CAT) this year.

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