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CAT 2011: Changes introduced in paper format

by Pritika Ghura

The Common Admission Test (CAT), gateway to prestigious B-schools of India, is getting a format makeover. The exam will be conducted between October 22 and November 18, 2011.

Though the number of questions asked in the exam remains the same, CAT 2011 will have two sections instead of three, and students will get an additional five minutes to solve them.

The duration of the CAT 2011 exam is 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions in each section, which will have an on-screen countdown timer. As soon as the time for the first section ends, the test takers will move on to the second section without having the option of being able to go back.

As per a statement released by testing agency Prometric and IIMs, this new format is new in the computer-based version of CAT. However, it was previously used in some of the earlier paper-and-pencil years.

The first section will focus on quantitative ability and data interpretation while the second will be on verbal ability and logical reasoning. These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits.

Hailing this change as necessary and student-friendly, Prof Janakiraman Moorthy, convener, CAT 2011, says, "The change is important for the entrance test as admission to IIMs is based on sectional cut-offs." There are many students who lose out on a seat as they would have failed to perform in one of the sections.

Students taking CAT 2011 will get five additional minutes to the existing two-and-half hours available to students. This includes a 15-minute tutorial that will guide students through the process. Prometric will take all measures to ensure that a similar level of difficulty across papers is maintained.

The CAT organisers have taken the exam closer to north India with Bhilai, Jammu and Dehradun being added to the existing 33 test locations.

Students appearing for CAT 2011 should not worry about the following changes. A practice test to help candidates familiarise themselves with screens, layout and navigation will be made available in the coming weeks and a video on the conversion of CAT to a computer-based test and candidate views of this transition will be available on YouTube by the end of this week.

Changes incorporated in CAT 2011 format-:

1) Three sections have been reduced to two-:

  • A) Quantitative ability and Data Interpretation
  • B) Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

2) Additional 5 minutes

3) No option of going back and forth between sections

4) 30-minute reduction in reporting time

5) 30 more outlets to sell vouchers

6) Three new examination centres in North India

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