The Common Admission Test ( CAT-2014 ), the entry point to prestigious management institutions in the country, is all set to revise its pattern of examination. In the newly introduced patter, there will be more questions to answer and the time available to answer each question will simultaneously be lowered down.
As per the confirmations from the coaching institutes and management school experts, the new rule will lessen the difficulty level of the questions. This in turn, might shoot up the minimum percentile criteria required for admission to the Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) and other key schools.
There will be four sessions for CAT 2014, which will be conducted over two days – November 16 and 22. The duration of the examination from this year has been increased from 140 minutes to 170 minutes. And, questions in each section – quantitative ability and data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning, have been increased from 30 to 50.
According to a senior professor, IIM, more tweaking is expected in the difficulty level for the purpose of facilitating the required changes.
However, the revised pattern is expected to give more flexibility to the candidates as they can devote more or less time to each section, according to their paper of interest. More emphasis will be laid down on time management without the sectional time limit. The strategy of attempting questions and understanding the precise time to leave a question is all set to play a major role.
Also, candidates who are not used to taking tests for three hours at a stretch will be required to do so as the time limit has been increased by 30 minutes.
CAT is also set to witness a new interface from this year. The Tata Consultancy Services has been given the responsibility to conduct the examination for the next five years.