Technical glitches mar CAT exam, changed pattern gets mixed response

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2015 21:25 IST
Students coming out after appearing in Common Admission Test (CAT) exam in SAS Nagar on Sunday. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Around 9,000 students from across the tricity appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) at various centres in and around Chandigarh on Sunday. The examination, which had a new pattern this year, evoked mixed reactions from the candidates.

It was for the time when the candidates had to type the answers unlike the previous years where the candidates were given objective type question paper.

Commenting on the changed pattern, Hirdesh Madan, director, Bulls Eye Institute, said some students reported few glitches in the exam. One of the students, Akshit said he lost almost 10 to 15 minutes in the DI Section because of some problems in his PC and was not compensated for the time wasted. A few students from IET, Bhadal, claimed that they were made to begin with their test late by almost 30 minutes as the PCs in their lab did not work.

Akshit, a final year student at PEC University of Technology, said, “I was attempting the exam but all of a sudden some unwanted notifications started popping up on the monitor screen after every two minutes. The screen showed some unknown viruses. I informed the invigilator who called a technician but to no avail. I was later asked to look for some other computer but was not compensated for the 10 or 12 minutes that I lost.”

He added, “It was my first attempt and was very confident but now I feel as if I have already lost it.”

The exam duration was 180 minutes featuring 100 questions. The paper comprised of three sections including verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation and logical reasoning, and quantitative ability. The exam this time was held in two slots. The first one was from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm while the next one was from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Another candidate, Prabal Sharma, said, “Logical reasoning and data interpretation was the most difficult section, tougher than the previous year.”

Raghuveer said, “Although there were no major surprises, the difficulty level was increased. Mathematics section was easier but the section comprising data interpretation was the most difficult.”

Bulls Eye Institute director Hirdesh Madan said, “Another key aspect of the exam was that every student had to attempt a particular section in the given time-slot. This was different from the pattern of the last two years where the students could choose the sequence to attempt the sections.”

With the examinations going online, Gyan Jyoti, Mohali, was the only centre for the tricity candidates. The rest of the centres were in Kharar, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Ludhiana, Ambala and Shimla. All other centres were within the range of 15 to 60 km from Chandigarh. The colleges situated on link roads gave a harrowing time to the students as there was no public transport available to reach these locations.

CAT result is expected in the first week of January where the students will be getting calls for the final round of interview, essay writing and group discussion.

About CAT

The exam was conducted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) this time. CAT is the gateway for those wishing to make it to the 19 IIMs and more than 150 other B-schools. As many as 2 lakh students appeared for the test across the country on Sunday.


Over 9,000 students appeared for the test.

Gyan Jyoti, SAS Nagar, was the only centre in the tricity.

Subjective type questions introduced this time.

Results expected to be announced in January’s first week.

Students reaching colleges on link roads in the nearby cities had a tough time in absence of public transport.

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