The Common Admission Test 2011 (CAT 2011)will have only two sections instead of three. The first section will focus on quantitative ability and data interpretation; the second on verbal ability and logical reasoning, the Indian Institutes of Management have announced.
The IIMs' partner in developing and delivering CAT2011 will be Prometric, the provider of test development and test delivery solutions.
The two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be of 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section, which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second and will no longer be able to go back. A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main examination. The total duration will be two hours and 35 minutes, including the tutorial. A practice test to provide candidates with a feel of the timed sections, as well as navigation and functionality of the actual test, will be available soon.
The number of test days has been retained at 20 days within the window from October 22 to November 18, 2011. For those candidates who are differently abled, additional support will be provided as required.
Three new cities - Bhilai, Jammu and Dehradun - have been added to the previous 33 test locations. To reduce the difficulties in purchasing CAT vouchers, now candidates will also be able to purchase CAT vouchers from 201 Axis Bank branches, an increase of 30 outlets.
A video on the conversion of CAT to a computer-based test and candidate impressions of this transition will be available on YouTube by the end of this week. Details will be available on the website www.catiim.in by August 8.