How TCS conducted CAT- India’s most prominent MBA entrance exam

How TCS conducted CAT- India's most prominent MBA entrance exam
How TCS conducted CAT- India's most prominent MBA entrance exam

India’s largest IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), plays a crucial role in India’s most prominent MBA entrance exam, CAT. TCS iON, a strategic unit of Tata Consultancy Services(TCS), collaborates with the Indian Institue of Management(IIMs) for computer-based test for MBA entrance. 

Common Admission Test(CAT) is the most prominent entrance exam for India’s prestigious management colleges. According to CAT 2021 results, nine candidates scored 100 percent, and seven out of these nine studied engineering.

TCS Role in CAT Exam

Before 2009, CAT used to be a paper-based exam but starting from 2009., it became Computer Based Test managed by The American firm Prometric. In 2014, TCS bagged a 5-year contract, and since then,  Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) arm TCS iON is conducting CAT exams in collaboration with IIMs.

TCS iON works with Educational Institutions, Examination Board, and recruitment bodies to conduct large-scale and high-stake examinations in India. Apart from CAT, TCS iON conducts the railway recruitment exams, AIIMs entrance examinations, and significant public service assessment tests. Before establishing the National Testing Agency, TCS iON used to conduct NEET and IIT-JEE as well.

IIM Indore conducted CAT 2021, and around 1,90,000 candidates appeared for the exam out of 2,28,000, making it 83.5% of total registered candidates

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year, TCS iON and IIM Indore increased the number of test centers to 430 from last year’s 156 so that students don’t have to travel long distances to appear for the exam.

Is it possible to cheat in a TCS iON led computer-based CAT exam?

CAT testing agency TCS iON has claimed it is not possible to cheat in the computer-based exam mainly due to below top reasons:

CAT question Paper Remains Encrypted until the test Begins: TCS, with the most advanced technology, keeps the CAT question paper encrypted until the CAT exam day and before the CAT exam taker opens the question.

 No pre-set Question Paper: Individual does not set the CAT question paper. Unlike the paper-based test pre-printed, the computer test delivers CAT question paper through a software algorithm that picks the questions from experts’ pool questions.

Question Paper is Different for Each Candidate: While the number of questions and actual questions are the same for each candidate, questions and answer options are different and random for each candidate to cheat as in the traditional paper-based exam.

Secure Server: TCS protects CAT exam servers with world-class technology and uses only standalone servers for this task. None of the consoles at CAT exam centers have any remote access to these servers eliminating the possibility of hacking the CAT exam question bank.

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