CMAT 2021: Mistakes in provisional answer key? Students demand grace marks

With NTA releasing the CMAT answer key, students have raised objections to a number of wrong questions asked in the exam. They have also raised concerns over the objection fee.

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Prerna Goel | Apr 7, 2021 - 6:48 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: CMAT 2021 has caused a lot of concerns for the students. They were upset after the release of the CMAT exam dates 2021 and took over Twitter asking NTA to reconsider the dates and #postponecmat as it was difficult for them to appear for the exam due to lockdown in few states, night curfew, travelling restrictions in the purview of increasing COVID cases in the country.
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This time when the National Testing Agency released the provisional CMAT answer keys on April 3, a large number of students pointed at discrepancies in the CMAT exam and answer key. The NTA was accepting challenges from students in case of errors in the CMAT exam answer key till April 5, 2021 (11:50 PM). However, students felt the CMAT answer keys challenging option was baseless as a few questions asked in CMAT 2021 exam were incorrect.

Several students took to Twitter to highlight that around 10-12 questions were wrong and the given provisional CMAT 2021 answer key is wrong. Students are posting tweets about the incorrect questions and asking NTA to give them grace marks for these questions, and also raised their concern about the fee for challenging the answer key. They are tagging the NTA, education ministry and several news channels to ensure that their voice is heard.

Discrepancies in NTA CMAT 2021 answer key: Students’ reactions

One of the candidates who appeared in CMAT 2021 exam on March 31 requested the NTA to have a re-exam as it is the last option for candidates as it is not their fault.

Many students who have appeared in CMAT 2021 say that the payment of Rs 1,000 for challenging a single question would make them pay Rs 10,000, in case 10 questions are wrong and this is not justified. One of them tweeted, “A single wrong question would cost them 5 marks (negative 1 marks and +4 for correct) which would make a huge impact for students aiming to take admission in top CMAT accepting MBA college”.

Another student tweeted, “ Increment in Marks, this is our only demand”.

There were more related tweets in which students demanded justice for CMAT aspirants quoting that it is about the future of thousands of students.

Atleast 650 students have signed a petition on Twitter in which they have written, “CMAT was conducted on a short notice of one week. Due to negligence (of the authority), it's costing us more than 50 marks in slot 2 and more than 25 marks in slot 1. How are we supposed to pay Rs 1,000 for 15 wrong questions? And we students have serious concerns about normalisation in results. Besides that every time they charge 1,000 for every question challenged and it's not at all fair if the number of mistakes are more, students lose money for no fault of their own!”

This year, after months of delay due to COVID-19 and the nationwide lockdown, the NTA CMAT exam 2021 was held across the country on March 31 in two shifts, morning and forenoon. CMAT 2021 result is expected to be released on or before April 10 as per the previous years’ trends. The CMAT result will be published in the form of a CMAT scorecard and merit list.

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