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No major changes in CAT format: Panel

delhi Updated: Aug 06, 2012 01:58 IST
Shaswati Das

Management aspirants across the country are gearing up to brave the most challenging of entrance tests, the Common Admission Test, which this year is spread over three weeks, from October 11 to November 6.

The committee in charge of conducting CAT has promised that there would be no “significant changes” in the format. Last year, the test threw up several surprises with a new structure and fewer sections.

"There are no significant changes this year. Over the past three years, we have been reviewing and improving the processes to provide a smooth experience for candidates. This year, our focus remains on conducting the test in a fair and secure manner," SSS Kumar, the convener of CAT 2012, said.

The paper last year had been divided into two sections — quantitative ability and data interpretation, and verbal ability and logical reasoning.

This, the committee members said, had been done to test an examinee's capability to juggle both sections with equal dexterity.

“Earlier, examinees deft at quantitative and data interpretation would quickly finish and move to the next sections and get stuck. By dividing the paper into two sections, we get a fair idea of the examinees who are good at both as they have no option but to spend the same 70 minutes on each part,” Janaki Raman Moorthy, convener of last year's CAT, said.

Aspirants can get CAT 2012 vouchers at select Axis Bank outlets. While registration will continue till September 17, results of this year's test will be announced on January 9.

The online test has been bogged down by glitches since its introduction in 2009. Last year, when 2.05 lakh aspirants appeared for the test, there were hardly any glitches that were reported.

Institutes such as the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) will conduct its entrance test on November 25. While the last date of sale of forms is August 20, the last date for online registrations is September 3.