IIM aspirants, here's cracking new CAT format
CAT exams undergoing a format change this year, MBA aspirants are
anxious, to say the least. But experts say starting out with the
right section and scanning the questions before attempting the
paper could help you crack it.
There was a new pattern but no surprises for students who appeared
on the first day for CAT 2011.
The exams which began Saturday were online, and went on without
any major technical glitches or problems.
"There were no major surprises in the CAT paper," said Ulhas
Vairagkar, director of T.I.M.E. Institute, Delhi.
The Common Admission Test (CAT) -- the gateway to pursuing MBA
from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) among other
prestigious institutions - is being held Oct 22 to Nov 18.
Nearly 205,000 students have registered this time against the
3,000 IIM seats. This marginally exceeds last year's number of
The exams end Nov 18.
Parasharan Chari, academic head at Endeavour Tutorials in
Ahmedabad, told IANS that the paper Saturday was close to
expectations and more towards the international standards.
"The overall paper was an attempt to come closer to international
standards, and it decreases, if not eliminates, the luck factor,"
In the new exam pattern, the CAT paper will have only two sections
instead of three.
Till last year, the paper was divided into Quantitative Ability,
Verbal Ability, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. The
candidates do not have the flexibility to choose the section they
would want to attempt first.
A time of 70 minutes each is fixed for both sections. A 15-minute
tutorial before the commencement of the exam is also done to
familiarize candidates with the test.
"Candidates should check the CAT website as well as their emails
regularly, and in particular a day before their test, in case
there is any important update or information," says Soumitra Roy,
MD, Prometric India which organised the online test.