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First look at CAT 2010

education Updated: Nov 10, 2010 09:54 IST

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It has been two weeks since CAT 2010 started. Barring two days so far – Thursday, October 28, 2010 and Monday, November 1, 2010 – the test was conducted successfully in all centres. Over 40,000 aspirants have taken the test. With the success of conducting the second computer-based CAT, CAT takers, as well as the IIMs and Prometric, are heaving a collective sigh of relief. As Prof Himanshu Rai, CAT 2010 Convener, said, “I am glad that things are fine for everyone this time around.”

The pattern and structure of the test did not contain any major surprises. The new feature added in the test format is, on top of the screen, the candidate can see the name of the section. Also, this time clicking on Quit Test doesn’t simply end the test, but asks for a confirmation.

According to the experts, the overall difficulty level of the questions was from Easy to Moderate. In comparison to CAT 2009, the paper was tough, but barring four to five tough questions in each section the rest were attemptable. An attempt of 42 to 45 questions in total and 12 to 15 questions in a section can fetch a good call.

Along with maximising your attempts, you should focus on your accuracy. Around 90% accuracy will be enough for clearing the cut offs and ensuring a call from top B-schools. In order to ensure accuracy, you should attempt only those questions which you are sure of.

Talking about the various sections of the test, Arun Sharma, CAT expert and author, said, “I felt that Quantitative Ability section was moderate, Verbal Ability was tough, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning was lengthy with a mix of tough questions and easy ones.”