CAT 2017 result were released on January 8, 2018, and brought good news for many aspirants. However, the results were a huge disappointment for a few aspirants. Some of the aspirants raised complaints about low scores in CAT 2017. Expressing their concern to the Union HRD Ministry, the aspirants claimed that there are huge discrepancies between raw and scaled scores.
After raising the issues with the authorities of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, the officials confirmed that there were no errors in the results. IIMs report scaled scores and percentiles. The scoring and equating process have been done as per the process mentioned on the official website of CAT.
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Many aspirants found CAT 2017 difficult as compared to the previous years. Some students felt that the DILR section was tough while some raised issues on VARC section. The exam was conducted in two sessions and DILR was difficult in the first slot and VARC in the second slot.
Usually, if there is more than one session in CAT, the exam conducting authority follows normalisation process with an objective to ensure fairness. Preliminarily, raw scores are calculated and they are adjusted through an equating process. The adjustment is done on the basis of difficulty level in each slot.
For CAT 2017, answers keys were officially made available by the IIMs and the candidates who appeared for the exam were able to analyse their scores. IIM Lucknow had also confirmed that the objections raised against the answer key were carefully examined and no errors had been found.