All is Well with CAT New Format


Thanks to Prometric & IIMs most of the CAT takersĀ  are aware of the changes that were made to the format, two sections instead of three and increased time (5 extra minutes compared to previous CAT format).

The biggest challenge in CAT is time management, how you allocate your time for each section, with the new format in place 70 minutes has to be spent on each section there are not much choices to the test taker. The two sections 1) Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and 2) Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning together gets 140 minutes but strictly 70 minutes time for each section is already pre assigned, with in the 70 minutes it is entirely your strategy on how much time you will like to spend on sub sections.

CAT will conclude on Friday 18 November, 2011 and the results will be declared on Wednesday 11 January 2012. This year over 200,000 students have registered for CAT.

New format will impress first time CAT takers as compared with repeaters, this new format with strict time rule per section is much like baby sitting and helps first time takers; while repeaters of CAT might want more freedom and they would prefer allocating their own time management technique per section said Sunil a business school aspirant from Bangalore. He also has said CAT is for those who wish to pursue management education in the following academic year and not for the coaching institutes or others who appear to assess the questions. So repeaters shouldn’t be counted for he added. Sunil has appeared for last year’s CAT and scored 99 percentile and couldn’t make it to IIMs this year he is hoping for it.

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