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    December 02, 2003
     

    Education


    Last week prospective management students across India were hit by the news that the Common Admission Test (CAT) was cancelled because the question paper had been leaked. The test is rescheduled for mid-February. The sad bit was that the news about the cancellation was publicised after lakhs of students had completed the test. This does raise questions about the examination procedures adopted by various institutes throughout India. There have been question paper leaks for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination, the AIIMS examination, State & Central Board school examinations etc. in the past. Isn't it time to spare the students the misery of studying for 7 different examinations because they want to get into a good Engineering/Management/Medical institution? Why can't we have one single entrance examination (or at most a couple) for each stream of study? I suppose what is holding up a really common entrance examination is the ego factor. The IITs would want their entrance examination to be the model for admissions for engineering courses, other universities would disagree. Similarly the IIMs want the CAT to be the examination used by all MBA schools, but would XLRI or the AIMA etc. give in? Who suffers? The students.




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