Students appearing for the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) lost a lot of precious time because of a formatting error in some of the test papers.
Students in the city complained that due to improper formatting, they had to scroll from left to right each time they had to refer to a sentence or question. The computer-based test was conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was held between September 24 and 30 across the country for the academic year 2014-2015.
Students at various centres across the city found that the test appeared in a horizontal format. “One question or paragraph was a single line. So, for every question we had to scroll from one end to the other. I could have attempted more questions if we had to scroll vertically,” said Yash Ajmera, an aspirant who appeared from a Wadala centre. The language comprehension was the most difficult part because of the error in formatting.
“The reading comprehension had the entire passage written in one line due to which I had to continuously keep scrolling left to right to read the passage,” said Aniruddh Shah, who appeared for the examination on September 29 at a Borivli centre. Initially, students thought it was a problem with a particular computer but later they found out that students at other centres too faced the same problem.
“Initially, I thought that it was my computer, so I approached the AICTE volunteers at the centre. That is when they told me that it was probably one set which was not formatted properly,” said Ajmera.
When the students approached the centre for a solution, they were instructed to call the helpline or write an email to the AICTE.
“When I approached the AICTE officials at the centre, they refused to acknowledge my complaint. I had lost time in the examination and this disappointed me further,” said Shah. AICTE chairperson SS Mantha was unavailable for comment despite repeated calls.
Students complained that due to improper formatting, they had to scroll from left to right each time they had to refer to a sentence or question. When a student approched AICTE officials, they refused to acknowledge his complaint.