Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the CAT conducting body has recently announced major changes in CAT examination pattern this year. While some have been accepted with fervor, some are yet to go down well with MBA aspirants. Apparently, these changes have been made so as to ensure that maximum no. of candidates apply this year.
CAT, which is commonly conducted in a testing window of 21 days in the month of October and November, has been reduced to a 2-day window and will be held on Nov 16 and Nov 22 respectively and covered in 4 sessions spanning morning and afternoon. This is to be seen whether the conducting body will be able to do it all in 2 days as efficiently as it used to do it in 21-day-window earlier.
This year CAT is supposed to be held in 99 cities at 354 testing sites where earlier there used to be 40 testing cities with 76 testing sites, which explains the agenda of IIM to encourage maximum no. of applications to this exam. However, CAT 2014 aspirants cannot have the privilege to select their preferred slots as the Exam will be held on two separate dates.
As per the CAT 2014 pattern, all aspirants are supposed to register themselves ONLINE from august 6 to September 30, 2014, through online payment of required registration fee. Thus, the availability of off-line voucher option has been scraped from now onwards.
Questions in CAT 2014 have been increased to 50 in each section from the existing 30 questions. Thus, practically, the exam duration has also been increased to half an hour, making it 170 minutes which somehow nullifies the ‘extra time’ cause.
This time around, CAT 2014 aspirants are supposed to do the tutorial sessions well in advance from the website as tutorial won’t be available prior to the examination.
Probably one thing that remains unchanged is the exam syllabus. The candidates shall face the same four sections:Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.