The CAT exam 2016 will be held in four days! Here’s what students can expect from the paper.
CAT 2016 or the Common Admission Test is the most anticipated management exam in the country, with over 160 business schools accepting CAT scores, including the 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). The exam is due to be conducted on December 4, 2016, at various centres across India. The CAT exam focuses on sections like English, Mathematics, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
Here we have a comparison with last year's CAT exam and what students can expect this year.
The CAT 2015 paper comprised of three sections - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR). The VARC section consisted of 34 questions, QA section consisted of 34 questions and DILR section consisted of 32 questions.
The major surprise for students in CAT 2015 was the high number of descriptive questions across all the three sections. One-third of the total numbers of questions were non-multiple choice questions (33 of 100). This increased the overall difficulty level of the paper.
In terms of the interface of the exam, the VARC section saw VA and RC questions asked separately under two different tabs. A similar pattern was followed in the DILR section. This made it easier for students to access their choice of questions.
One could also check out his or her performance in their previous sections at any time during the test by clicking on the respective tab for that section. The numbers of questions attempted, left out and marked for review were displayed.
The duration of the exam will be 180 minutes, i.e. three hours. Similar to last year, this year also some questions in each section will be descriptive type and students will have to type the answers on the screen. A basic on-screen calculator is also provided for computation. Each section has a time duration of 60 minutes, and candidates can't switch sections while answering a particular section.
The number of questions in each section is unpredictable and can change at any time. The marks for the three sections will mostly be similar since equal time is distributed to all the three.
CAT 2016 Results have been announced. Check details here.
There may be a surprise change in CAT this year with the introduction of new question types or the re-introduction of old question types. There might be a change in the marking scheme. There could be an increase in the number of options in each question from four to five, increasing the difficulty level of the exam.
Candidates are advised not to approach the CAT 2016 examination with any kind of pre-conceived notions or a pre-determined number of attempts or score in any section/sub-section. That is the sure-shot recipe for disaster!