Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Altogether 4,800 candidates aspiring to enter some of the premier management institutes in the country completed their tests over the last two days in the second phase of the Common Admission Test (CAT)-2009.

According to Soumitra Roy, Managing Director of Promoteric India, the company entrusted with the online exams this year, the tests in the second phase involved 42 locations spread over 26 cities.

“While we offered appointments to approximately 11,000 candidates, only 4,500 of these candidates did not have opportunity to test before and thus did not have a score. Approximately 6,500 of those invited to the second phase already had a valid score for potential selection to the IIMs and opted not to test in the second phase,” Mr. Roy said.

Only candidates who faced disruption during the first phase are required to appear during the second phase, a CAT–IIM website update said.

“We are pleased that we were able to deliver on our commitment to ensure that candidates who experienced difficulties during the first administration were able to successfully complete the test during the second phase,” he said.

The first round of the 2009 CAT examinations ran into technical glitches and some candidates had problems completing their entry tests which were held between November 28 and December 8.

Over 2.15 lakh candidates completed CAT-2009, the release said.