Getting admission in any of the 21 colleges participating in the combined aptitude test for English (CATE) is going to get tougher this year. With more than 12,000 applications being submitted by the final day of sale and submission of forms on Saturday, the competition is going to get tougher.
And so is the question paper.
“Last year, we received around 9,500 forms for CATE. This year, the number is higher and so is the competition. Questions will be a little more probing this time,” said Sumanyu Satpathy, head of the English Department.
The question paper will have two sections — objective and subjective. In the first section, questions about authors and books are expected. The second section will have more detailed questions, asking you to perhaps analyse a particular poem.
“In the first year, students found the objective section easy. They literally sailed through it. This year, we will make it a little more difficult,” he added.
The entrance test for CATE will be held on June 5. The number of test centres is also expected to go up by four from the existing 22. This is because more students have applied than were expected.