To their great wonder, and obviously disappointment also, CAT – 2012 qualifying students find interview dates for several institutions clash. Giants such as Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Mumbai and SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) have placed their interviews on the same day, the 15th of February.
However, the dates were not all the same immediately after the CAT 2012 results announced in the second week of January. At first IIMs, NMIMS and SPJIMR released their dates on February 2, January 24 and January 31 respectively. All was fine until students were shocked as changes were made at the very last. To add to the confusion, all of them went for the same date!
CAT qualifying students are left to face a lot of problems as some of them had already booked their tickets to the places they had interviews at. They had scheduled everything as per the dates announced earlier in January. Then they had group discussion rounds with other institutes on different dates also. Now that dates have clashed, students are confused and don’t know what to do.
When asked about that, some students opined what best they feel can be done about it. One has interview at NMIMS and group discussion at IIMS on the same date. The only option left, he said, for him is to request IIM – R, the nodal institute for admission to the younger IIMs, for date change.
Also, some students think there should some management-like body to take decision on interview dates. And that management should release dates considering time and schedule related problems students face. What makes it difficult is different program in different cities. Thankfully, the nodal institute has assured students regarding date change if interview dates clash with older IIMs. However, requests for date change on the grounds of students’ personal comfort wont be entertained.