Nov 292015

Eleventh hour tips for CAT 2015 aspirants:

The countdown has begun as there are less than five days remaining for Common Admission Test 2015 in India. Earlier than 2009, CAT was an offline paper based exam held in one day. In 2009, CAT went online  for the first time. Prometric is an American firm which took the responsibility to conduct the exams online. But the first online exam was full of snags and virus attacks. On 2014, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) took up the CAT from Prometric.

This online entrance exam is held by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for the students to get admitted in several management courses in various colleges. The IIMs, Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT), National Institute of Technology (NIT), S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Xavier University, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), etc. are some top tanked colleges which consider the CAT scores to get admission. Last year nearly 1,67,830 candidates appeared for the online CAT 2014 exam against 1,96,998 students who registered.  This year, competition has got tougher as near about 2,18,664 management aspirant candidates registered their names for CAT 2015 examination. This year CAT 2015 is held under the responsibility of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Earlier the date to issue admit card was 15th October. Then IIM, Ahmedabad changed it to 25th October.

This year the entire examination pattern is changed. According to the official website of CAT, the examination will be held in two shifts in the same day. The exam date is fixed on 29th Nov 2015. This year IIMs are in a run to get students from all backgrounds. There will be an onscreen scientific calculator on available below the onscreen clock. By this, the engineering students will never have an edge over other stream students as they are god in mathematics and calculations.

Key points of CAT 2015:

  • Exam duration will be 180 minutes, changed from earlier 170 minutes.
  • The online paper will have three sections. The 1st section will be Quantitative Apptitude (QA) with 34 questions. The 2nd section will have Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) with 32 questions. Data interpretation will have 16 and Logical reasoning will have 16 questions each. The last section will be Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) which will have 34 questions.
  • Not necessarily all questions will be of Multiple Choice type. There may be a space to type answers onscreen.
  • Each section will be of 60 minutes each. Candidates cannot leave one section and jump to another.
  • Each section will have separate cut off marks to qualify.

Last year saw a competitive cutoff of 190 marks means 99 percentile. This year competitions may get tougher.

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