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CAT gets a make over

CAT gets a make over

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CAT is undoubtedly one of India's most prestigious and toughest exams. Every year more than about a couple of lakhs of students take the test with an aim of getting into the best B Schools in the country. This year will not be any different. Students from across the country will fight it out on the 29th of November to get into the IIMs and other top B-Schools.


The pattern for the test is changing quite a bit this year from the last year's pattern. This year there are three sections - quantitative aptitude (QA), data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR), and verbal and reading comprehension (VRC). Last year's CAT had only two sections. The time for test has been increased to 180 minutes from 170 minutes.


The biggest change in this year is that the test would have descriptive questions as well. Till the last year, all the questions were multiple choice. The IIMs have felt that the earlier pattern was favouring Engineers and in a quest for more diversity, shifted to some descriptive questions. There will be a total of 100 questions - 34 each in QA and VRC, and 32 in DILR.


This year, the test will be conducted in 650 centres in 136 cities. In 2014, it was conducted in 99 cities across 354 test centres. The test is scheduled for 29 November and results will be announced in the second week of January. Nineteen IIMs and scores of other business schools screen students based on their CAT score.


All the Best to all the test takers. You can talk to experts on our Expert Connect section. We have IIM alumni with 99.9+ % scores on board. You sure can get a lot of suggestions from them.


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