The Common Admission Test will be conducted as usual in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, despite Phailin. Even while this article is being filed, cyclone Phialin is creating havoc in coastal areas in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh making it certain that it will take days for normalcy to return there.
When asked, Prometric officials said that while a final call will be taken tomorrow or day after (October 13,14) as of now there are no plans to reschedule the exams or shift centres.
“However, if any candidate from those areas is affected by the cyclone, , and wants his exam rescheduled he needs to contact the CAT helpline and it will be done,” said the official.
From the of list of CAT centres, there appears to be only one CAT centre in Bhubaneshwar. However, there are quite a few in Andhra Pradesh, particularly Hyderabad and one each in Vishakapatnam and Vijayawada.
Incidentally, Prometric had sent in a press release yesterday indicating a change in schedule arising out of the political situation in Andhra Pradesh. This is what is said:
Due to political unrest in Andhra Pradesh and in the interest of protecting the safety of all CAT candidates, Prometric is contacting candidates scheduled to test in Vishakapatnam and Vijayawada and rescheduling their appointments to later dates in the same city as their original appointments, or providing a wide set of locations for rescheduling including Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai and Kolkata. Candidates are asked to login to their CAT profiles, print their latest admit cards, and bring their revised schedules on test day.
Watch this space for further developments.