Staff Reporter

Fewer questions; verbal section `difficult'

CHENNAI: About 9,000 students in the city were estimated to have appeared for this year's edition of the Common Admission Test (CAT) held on Sunday. Admissions into premier B-schools including the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), are based on scores obtained in the CAT.

Though students were aware that the paper would be two-and-a-half-hours long, as against two hours in previous editions of the test, the number of questions asked came as a surprise.

Sunday's paper had a total of 75 questions with 25 questions in each of the three sections -- Verbal skills, Quantitative ability and Logical reasoning and Data interpretation. This, trainers of MBA aspirants said, was perhaps the first time so few questions were asked. (Last year's paper had 90 questions and the year before last, 123 questions were asked.)

A number of students who appeared for the test felt the section on verbal skills was challenging. " I found the section on Verbal skills very difficult," remarked Deepti, as she came out of her examination hall in Loyola College.

"Reasonably easy"

Software professional Aakash Acharya found the paper "reasonably easy", while Sanjay Kumar said the Verbal section was difficult.

Last year, nearly 2 lakh candidates from all over the country appeared for the test.