The Common Admission Test (CAT) was flagged off on Saturday, this time on a smooth note, minus any technical glitches.
Of the 2.05 lakh students that have registered themselves for the coveted exam, about 7,700 took the exam across the country on Saturday, which includes about 1,000 aspirants in Delhi and its satellite towns.
However, despite the IIMs riding heavy on the non-disclosure policy, students were found engaged in animated discussions following the exam.
"There was a non-disclosure agreement we needed to sign before the test began, but I didn't go through it. It's foolish to not discuss the paper after the exam is over," said Aditya Sehgal, a working professional. Interestingly, the agency conducting the exam had not made any arrangements to ensure aspirants did not discuss the paper.
"We did not receive any complaints of students discussing the paper today and we hope that it will be the same in future as well," said Janaki Raman Moorthy, Convener, CAT 2011.
According to the policy, any student found discussing the contents of the paper can be jailed for three years or fined Rs 2 lakh, or both.
A common consensus that most students arrived at following the morning session of the exam was the lack of time in the quantitative section.
"The quantitative questions were easy to tackle but the Data Interpretation questions were difficult and I felt that more time should have been allocated to that section. I ended up missing a few questions," said Pallavi Singh, who is presently employed with Deloitte.
However, of the two sessions, students claimed that the evening session was the easier of the two. "Based on the feedback I received from my friends, I can safely say that the evening paper was much simpler," said Karan Bansal (name changed), a civil engineer.
The test was conducted across 36 cities in India, in two sessions, with each centre in the city accommodating approximately 45 students per session.