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AIMING HIGH: Students who appeared for the Common Admission Test at one of the centres in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
AIMING HIGH: Students who appeared for the Common Admission Test at one of the centres in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

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Experts point out three errors in the question paper

BANGALORE: Nearly 18,500 students appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) in 18 examination centres across the city on Sunday for admission to the six Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and 80 other top management schools in the country.

However, the CAT question paper was not perfect with experts pointing out at least three errors.

Question 56 in sets 111 and 333 mentioned "September 8" instead of "September 28." But sets 222 and 444 had the correct version. In question 59, the answer of 15 kg did not appear among the options. And in set 444, question 30 had only three choices instead of five. Besides, the third option was incomplete.

Seventy-five questions compared to the 90 of last year, five options for each question in place of four of last year, and uniform marks for all questions. Barring these changes, there were no major surprises for the students. They found the paper comparatively easier than that of the previous year, though the English section was tougher.

In his first appearance, Devaraj from Bangalore found the question paper "very easy, but time consuming." But he was not bothered about the results. "I will be preparing for next year's CAT seriously. I just came to check the question paper pattern," he told The Hindu.

For Anihal also from Bangalore, the quantitative analysis section was the easiest. "The data interpretation section was okay. But there were many surprises, although a few were expected." Having prepared for CAT at a coaching centre, Aparna had expected some changes. She too found the data interpretation section "comparatively easy".

Time was not a concern for Anup, a student from NITK Suratkal. "Although they had increased the number of options for each question to five, we had a lot of time to complete them. There was no time management problem for me," he said. Mathiram of MIT Manipal, found the verbal section tricky. "The options given were very close. You had to infer and use your judgment to choose the right answer. On the whole, the paper was easier than I expected it to be," he said. Yet, he was unsure of clearing the first hurdle, thanks to the competition for IIM seats.

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