Aug 14, 2008

India - Now IIMs to announce CAT scores by sms,email

AHMEDABAD: For any Common Admission Test (CAT) applicant, more than the months of preparation, what seemed longer were the few hours that they had to spend in front of a computer, waiting for scores. But the candidates for CAT 2008 to be conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in November will not have to wait at all as their score will be announced by a beep.

For the first time, the IIMs will be making the CAT scores available on SMS and e-mail.

The option of seeing the score on the website and receiving a formal letter from the institute still exists, but
the SMS and email will help the candidates learn of their scores sooner.

The institute will close the selling of application forms on Thursday and the test will be conducted on November 16. The CAT results will be declared on January 9, 2009. It is expected that over two lakhs candidates will take the test this year.

"We realised that the candidates had to wait for hours before they could get through their roll numbers to see the scores. We had put this on a trial run in CAT 2007 as well and got a very good response. So we decided to introduce this in the CAT bulletin," said Satish Deodhar, the faculty incharge of Post Graduate Programme Admissions.

Deodhar said,"At the time of results, our official website is literally stocked with not only the candidates but their friends, family and coaching centres, trying to get a chance to view the score. The rush makes the website slower and thus we are also in the process of revamping the website so it can take the load better."

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