A single-day exam for CAT this year

NEW DELHI: The format for the Common Admission Test (CAT) will see major changes this year. The test, which has been conducted on multiple days over two sessions since 2009, when it became computer-based, will now be conducted in as many sessions in a single day.

Introduction of non-multiple choice questions along with an on-screen calculator are the other changes made to this year’s CAT format.

The test duration would be longer with each section lasting 60 minutes. There will be three sections — Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. Earlier, there was no sectional time limit and candidates could move between sections.

“With the introduction of sectional timings, CAT 2015 is now like three short tests. Each section will be given 60 minutes and once the time is over, a candidate cannot come back to that section,” said MBA Guru founder director Deekshant Sahrawat. “Therefore, candidates can no longer give more time to a section they are weak in. So they will have to increase their skills for all sections and qualify in each of them. In a way CAT 2015 has become a knowledge test than a management one.”

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