The ticket to admission in various prestigious business schools like IIMs, Common Admission Test (CAT) would now undergo a host of changes from this year onwards. The admission test is scheduled for November 29 this year and it would be held over two sessions on the same day. The test would also include a new section named Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) apart from the already existing sections Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC).
According to CAT 2015 convenor, Professor Tathagata Bandopadhyay of theIIM, Ahmedabad, “Last year data interpretation was part of QA and logical reasoning was part of VRC. However, the number of questions from each section will remain the same as last year. The decision has been taken since the three sections are supposed to test different abilities of the candidates.”
Speaking of the duration of the examination, which has been increased from 170 minutes to 180 minutes for this year, Bandopahyay said, “The reason behind increasing the duration by 10 minutes is simply to allot equal time (60 minutes) to each of the three sections. This year the students will be given exactly an hour to complete each section. The test will automatically move to the next section once a candidate spends an hour in one section.”
The test would also see inclusion of written answers as some of the questions in the sections would not be multiple choice ones. The candidates would need to type answers directly on screen. Till last year the tests were completely MCQ based. Detailing about this change Bandopadhyay said, “We have decided to introduce a few questions which will require candidates to solve the problems and key-in the correct answers instead of just selecting the right options among the given choices. This we are planning to introduce this to reduce the scope for guess work.”
The test this year would be held across 136 cities which would include over 650 test centres on the same day that would get conducted in two sessions. The official website of CAT would enable the students to understand the format more clearly and upload it on October 15.