Results for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2010 were declared online on Wednesday, but many candidates could not access them till late in the evening. The link to the results posted on the official CAT website remained unavailable for several hours, leaving candidates anxiously waiting throughout the day. However, IIM officials refused to acknowledge there was a serious problem and said they were happy that the CAT server did not crash this year.
Many candidates in the city waited in vain the entire day for the link to open. "I have been trying to access my result since midnight without luck. It's 8 pm now, but I still don't know my result. It's so frustrating. I have also asked my friends to keep trying to open the link. I don't believe IIMs can't fix this problem," said Sameer Singh (name changed on request), a candidate.
Ulhas Vairagkar, director, Triumphant Institute of Management Education, said: "Students have been calling us up since morning to help them get their results directly from the IIMs. They are institutes of global standards. Why can't they fix their technology? Why should the results be available only on one website?"
He added: "Candidates face this problem every year. IIMs had earlier promised to introduce IVRS and SMS service for declaration of results, but nothing happened."According to Himanshu Rai, convenor, CAT 2010, non-availability of results was just an individual network problem and not a glitch in the website. "Some students could not access the results probably due to heavy traffic. If a lot of people try to open the link from the same IP address, the network tends to get slow. The important thing is that the website is opening, which means the server hasn't crashed," Rai said.
He denied there were any plan to introduce IVRS for results. "I received only 10-12 calls on this matter. That means it wasn't a major problem," he added.Rai further said eight engineers from all over the country scored 100 percentile this year, including one from Delhi; nineteen others, two of them women, scored 99.99 percentile.CAT scores will be used for admission to 11 IIMs and over 150 B-schools.