As­pi­rants happy af­ter belling all-new CAT

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO - Musab Qazi

MUM­BAI: While there were few sur­prises in store for those who ap­peared for Com­mon Ad­mis­sion Test (CAT), on Sun­day, stu­dents were largely happy with the way the ex­am­i­na­tion went.

With a new paper for­mat in place for CAT 2015, the man­age­ment as­pi­rants were ex­pect­ing a few sub­jec­tive but around one-third of all the ques­tions turned out to be of that kind, said stu­dents. Stu­dents added that the em­pha­sis was higher on reading com­pre­hen­sion in the ver­bal abil­ity and reading com­pre­hen­sion (VA-RC) sec­tion.

In a de­par­ture from pre­vi­ous years, when the exam was con­ducted at a stretch for 170 min­utes, this year the CAT paper was di­vided in three 60 minute sec­tions. Stu­dents ob­served that they could do with some more time in quan­ti­ta­tive anal­y­sis sec­tion, which was heavy on math­e­mat­i­cal prob­lems.

The pres­ence of on-screen cal­cu­la­tor dur­ing CAT, which is con­ducted on­line, ben­e­fited some, while for oth­ers it didn’t make much of a dif­fer­ence. “I mostly re­lied on the short-cut tricks of solv­ing math­e­mat­i­cal sums that I had learnt while pre­par­ing for the exam,” said Priyesh Patil, who ap­peared for the exam on Sun­day.

The VA-RC sec­tion, ac­cord­ing to stu­dents, had a dif­fer­ent pat­tern. Much of the ques­tions per­tained to re­cently in­tro­duced reading com­pre­hen­sion part, while the reg­u­lar syn­onym, antonym ques­tions were miss­ing. “Those who are not good at English lan­guage found VA-RC to be tougher,” ob­served Ch­ha­tra­pal Bawankule, an­other as­pi­rant.

How­ever, ques­tions in the data in­ter­pre­ta­tion and log­i­cal rea­son­ing sec­tion were os­ten­si­bly the most dif­fi­cult to an­swer.

“The ques­tions were dif­fi­cult on ac­count of the com­plex data given which re­quired as­pi­rants to com­mit more time to each set than what they would have ini­tially planned. A good un­der­stand­ing of quan­ti­ta­tive con­cepts would have come in handy in this sec­tion,” said Prashanth Nair, Mum­bai di­rec­tor, TIME coach­ing cen­tre.

“Over­all, this test was largely sim­i­lar to last year’s test in terms of dif­fi­culty level. Stu­dents who have at­tempted more than 70 out of to­tal 100 ques­tions, with 85 to 90% ac­cu­racy, can ex­pect to score above 99 per­centile eas­ily,” said All­win Agnel, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of en­trance exam prepa­ra­tion por­tal pa­gal­guy.com.

This year, around 2.18 lakh stu­dents had reg­is­tered for CAT, which holds the key for 19 In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ments (IIMS) and nu­mer­ous other man­age­ment in­sti­tutes. The exam was con­ducted across 650 cen­tres in 136 cities.

Un­like pre­vi­ous years, the exam was wrapped in a sin­gle day.

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