Monday, November 24, 2003

Lousy morning. After reading all the newspaper reports today, it was kind of irritating to know what all has been going on the CATscam front.

First of all, why cancel the exam? 125000 people wrote CAT on November 2003. What possibly can be the number of people who took advantage of the leaked papers? 10? 100? 1000? 10,000? Surely, not even a 1000. But even 1000 doesn't account for even 1% of the entire CAT junta.

Which brings me to the question: Why sacrifice the hardwork of those thousands of students (more than 124000 of those) by canceling the entire exam, just because a handful of people happened to have the papers?

These handful of people are not gonna do well in the exam anyway. Not even by memorizing the answerkeys. Is it easy to remember the answers to 150 multiple-choice questions? And even if they do, you can always cross them out for the want of ability, once the second stage of selection begins.

It is believed that the HRD ministry had a clue about the scam on the eve of CAT itself. They could have cancelled the exam even before it had begun in all those centers around India. But only the Delhi crowd was unlucky enough to get it cancelled on the morning. I, for one, was luckily at Ahmedabad where the exam was conducted smoothly.

Rumours are doing the rounds. Nobody's quite sure if there would be a retest. Surely, there is no need to have one.

The IIMs have gone into a huddle. The HRD ministry is trying to butt its head in. The conclusion would be arrived at, on Wednesday. Which is when all of us would be tuned on to news channels and the net.

A retest, for many, would be a new lease of hope. For me, it might be a chance to improve on my pathetic maths scores. But then, would I have the same good run in English and DI, as I did on November 23? Let's wait and see.

Till then, a pat on the back for CBI for getting hold of the bastards involved in the racket. And an "up yours" for Murli Manohar Joshi and his HRD Govt for its foolish actions.

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