CAT 2011 to get even more tough to crack
One of India’s most sought-after entrance exams - the Common
Admission Test (CAT) - will be flagged off on Saturday, with 2.05 lakh students
appearing this year. However, CAT is expected to be tougher and more challenging
this time. "There is no doubt that this year’s CAT will be the exam within the given
time limit of 70 minutes per section," said Janaki Raman Moorthy, Convener of CAT
Till last year, CAT comprised three sections - Quantitative, Verbal and Logical
Reasoning and Data Interpretation with 20 questions in each. This year, the paper
has been divided into only two sections — the first being Quantitative and Data
Interpretation and the second, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, with 30 questions
However, the larger issue that is a point of concern is the technical glitches.
"After first 15 minutes, my screen had blanked out. The officials at the test centre
refused to cooperate and told me that the time we lost due the technical fault would
not be compensated. It took them about half-an-hour to restore the test. Let’s hope,
it is better organised this year," said Abhinav Goel, who appeared for CAT in 2009.
However, last year, CAT exam was smoother with fewer technical glitches
and power outages in most centres. With the test being conducted across 36 cities
and 223 computers labs in India, both the IIMs and the testing agency - Prometric
- claim to be equipped to handle any technical difficulty this year. "In every centre,
10% of the machines have been kept aside as buffer," added Moorthy.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times