Not much change in the exam pattern

The Common Admission Test (CAT) held for admissions into the IIMs and several top business schools started on Wednesday without surprising the students on the difficulty level of the questions.

CAT-takers said that the paper consisted of two sections - each with 30 questions as announced by the IIMs and Prometric that is conducting the Computer Based Test (CBT). Each section was given 70 minutes of time. The CBT will continue till November 6.

Arkss Srinivas, CEO of Vistamind, said that the CAT-2012 followed the pattern of CAT-2011 with the focus on the same areas. Most traditional question types remained, but with a few new varieties. He pointed out that the same level of difficulty is likely to be maintained. At the same time, not everyone in the same day-slot may get the same set of questions. “It is likely that significant number of questions will differ from two students taking CAT on the same day and slot.”

“Students felt that those who prepared with focus on all test areas would be able to do well,” said a representative of TIME. Reports from students indicated a few tough and very tough questions from the QA side. Trainers based on their inputs said that there has also been a gradual shift away from arithmetic to algebra, geometry and some higher math. Areas such as geometry, numbers, logs and functions where students find it tough require extra effort and the right guidance.

Test-takers said the registration process was quite streamlined and simple. Candidates were searched, deprived of personal effects, finger printed and photographed. Candidates who were carrying their college ID card were denied entry unless it was supplemented by an ATM, credit or debit card bearing the student’s name, as announced on

Candidates taking the test in the coming days should carry documents such as driver’s license, passport, PAN card, voter ID or college ID with the necessary bank card for hassle-free entry.

  • There has been a gradual shift from arithmetic

    to algebra, geometry and higher math

  • Candidates, who carried college ID cards, denied entry unless supplemented by a bank card