Mumbai: 90,000 sit for CAT, exam goes smoothly

  •, Hindustan Times, Apoorva Puranik
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 21:17 IST

Most candidates who took the Common Admission Test (CAT) on Saturday said the difficulty level of the exam has gone down over the years, especially for the quantitative aptitude section.

Close to 90,000 candidates appeared for the test on Saturday, for admission to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top B-schools.

While no technical glitches were reported during the exam, candidates felt the exam continued to remain engineering-students friendly.

“Despite announcing that IIMs would make their campus diverse by ensuring more students from non-engineering backgrounds, the test was quite the opposite. The quantitative aptitude section is anyway a cakewalk for engineers. The verbal ability segment, where most engineers face problems, was easy this time,” said Jaimin Shah, a candidate from the city.

Similar to the exam on November 16, the data interpretation section was the toughest for most students and consumed a lot of time, aspirants said.

This year, several changes were incorporated in the exam, including change in the duration of the examination from 140 minutes to 170 minutes, increasing the number of questions from 30 to 50 in some sections and allotment of time-limits for each section.

“Verbal reasoning was easier than last year while data interpretation was much more difficult. The chances of a humanities students getting through appear slim despite an easy verbal section,” said Kevin Dogra, another aspirant.

Rohit Kapoor, convener of CAT 2014 said the exam was conducted smoothly and that the difficulty level for all slots was similar.

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