Several changes in the format of the mock exams for Common Admission Test (CAT), the entry test for the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top B-schools, have left aspirants confused.
Candidates claimed in the mock tests, which started from October 31, marks allotted to individual questions were not specified. Also, some questions had five options, instead of the four in previous years’ tests.
“Sometimes, when none of the answers are correct, a fourth ‘none of the above’ option is given. However, this time, many questions had five options. We also had no idea about how many marks each question carried,” said Kevin Dogra, an aspirant from the city.
CAT 2014 is scheduled to be held on November 16 and 22.
After the row over marks normalisation last year, it had been announced the formula will be made public this year. However, the convening institute for CAT 2014, IIM Indore, is yet to do so.
Normalisation refers to the process that adjusts differences in questions’ difficulty levels, so that scores from different tests are comparable on a common platform.
“Whatever discrepancies candidates have found will be dealt within two or three days. I cannot comment about anything else,” said Rohit Kapoor, convenor of CAT 2014. He refused to comment on the normalisation process being made public.
Aspirants also complained the ‘previous’ button has been omitted from the test, which means candidates can’t go to an earlier question without going back to the main question index.
“The ‘previous’ button helps us shuffle between questions if we wish to attempt some of them later. However in the demo, I was asked to save the current page and go back to the question index if I wanted to attempt an earlier problem. This ate into precious time,” another aspirant said.