The last day of the online Common Admission Test (CAT) went off smoothly across the city on Friday. This year 2.05 lakh students registered for it across the country, with around 18,500 students from Mumbai.
The CAT is the entrance criterion to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and 155 business schools across the country. It was conducted across 68 centres in 36 cities.
“It (the test) went off smoothly on the whole, no major issues were reported,” said Janakiraman Moorthy, convener of CAT, and a professor at IIM Calcutta. Moorthy said that some centres had experienced power cuts but there were no disruptions because they had been backed up with generators.
Before CAT commenced on October 22, computers at centres were connected to uninterrupted power systems to ensure data was saved in case of a power cut.
This year the exam was broken up into two sections instead of three: one for quantitative ability and data interpretation and one for verbal ability and logical reasoning.“We liked the format this year,” said Sudarshan Iyer, 24, who attended the test at the Belapur testing centre, 10 days ago.
While 2.05 lakh students had registered for the CAT exam, the number of students who actually took the test will be available only on Saturday.
“Test experience among students varied more this year,” said Vinayak Kudva, head, products, at IMS Learning Resources Private Limited, a coaching institute. “But students didn’t complain about technical issues. The system has been smoothed out.” Students had reported glitches in 2009, the first year CAT was held online, though last year’s went smoothly.