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CAT race against the clock

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A STAFF REPORTER I The Telegraph I July 26, 2011

Students aspiring to join the IIMs would need to keep a stricter eye on the clock while attempting to bell the CAT.

For the first time since the entrance test went online, there will be separate time limits for the two parts of the paper. That means students taking the test from this year onwards — the 2011 window is October 22 to November 18 — won’t be allowed to go back to attempting any section after the end of the stipulated 70 minutes.

When the online test was introduced in 2009, it had three sections and examinees were free to divide their time answering different parts of the paper. They could revert back to the first section after completing the third or give unanswered questions in the second part another try if they had time left.

The three sections last year tested quantitative analysis, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning. This year the committee has decided to club them together into two sections. The first section will cover quantitative analysis and data interpretation, leaving verbal ability and logical reasoning for the second half.

“In previous online exams, students had spent more time answering the section they were comfortable with. They answered very few questions from the other sections,” said Janakiraman Moorthy, the convener of CAT 2011.

“We want students to be good in all the sections. So we have set time limits this time. A student selected to study in an IIM must be good enough to answer the questions within a time limit and score above the cut-off. It will be fair and equitable,” Moorthy added.

The paper-and-pen test until 2008 had time limits for different sections.

This year’s exam will begin after a 15-minute tutorial on online CAT.

Check-in for examinees will start one-and-a-half hours before the scheduled start, which is 30 minutes less than the two-hour window offered last year.

CAT vouchers will be sold from 201 Axis Bank branches and the test will be conducted in three more centres — Bhillai, Jammu and Dehra Dun.

A video on the test will be uploaded to YouTube this week.

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