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For those taking the Common Admissions Test (CAT) this year, the new pattern of the examination will be quite a challenge. The marginal increase in time and the reduction in the number of sections could be viewed as positive developments, but they have negative fallout too. According to academicians preparing students for CAT this year from October 22 to November 18, the new pattern, while giving more time overall to answer the paper, does not allow the candidates to choose the amount of time they will spend on each section - every section must compulsorily be completed in 70 minutes. Candidates should be allowed to decide which section is a priority depending on their strengths, says Srinivas Belvi, Head-Academics, and Career Launcher.
"Giving the candidate the entire bandwidth of 140 minutes and letting them decide which section needs more time would have been a better option than allotting 70 minutes to each section," he said. "Moreover, clubbing the sections on logical reasoning and verbal ability in one section and quantitative and data interpretation in another, will pose a challenge to candidates as it is still not clear which assessment takes priority for doing well in the test," he added. As Ajay Arora of TIME, another leading CAT coaching centre, sees it, the assessment in the new pattern will be based on what the student knows, unlike previously when time, or the lack of it, determined the number of questions the candidate answered.
Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle
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