The Common Aptitude Test, CAT 2014, is scheduled for November 16 and 22 and will be witnessing major changes for the session. The entrance test which is to be conducted for admission to management courses in the IIMs and other top business schools in the country is all set to undergo the overhauling which is expected to be more challenging and at the same time will allow the aspirant the option to score better.
The examination will be witnessing four major changes which will include an increase in the time given to solve the paper from 140 minutes to 170 minutes. Also the number of questions in each section, quantitative ability; data interpretation; verbal ability and logical reasoning, have been increased from 30 to 50. Also the option of switching between the sections has been introduced in the examination which will be providing the CAT 2014 candidate the option of to choose among the sections he/she is more comfortable answering with more clarity and take a break where ever required.
As per the experts these changes have been categorized as positive ones but also challenging ones. R Nandhagopal, Director, PSG Institute of Management said that, “In the past 10 years, we have seen steady increase in the number of CAT aspirants. The revised pattern is a welcome decision to ensure high testing standards,” Times of India reported. He also spoke about the importance of revising the pattern of the examination every five years.
There is a forecast that this also might result in the rise of cut off of the top business schools in the country because of the increase in the number of questions per section. This increase is said to make it easier for the students as it is going to decrease the difficulty level and allowing them to score better.
The students from this year’s examination will not be given the tutorial that was made available before every examination. This would be present on the web and candidates are advised to go through the tutorial carefully before the examination.
Also, the agency taking care of the organization of the CAT for the next five years would be Tata Consultancy Services.