Sigh of relief as no major changes in CAT pattern

Entrance test will be of 180 minutes and will be conducted on November 24 in two sessions

By Author  |  Published: 5th Aug 2019  12:50 amUpdated: 4th Aug 2019  1:51 pm
Registrations for the CAT exam is open from August 7 and conclude on September 18.

Hyderabad: Aspirants can breathe a sigh of relief as there are no major changes in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 which is conducted for admissions into premiere Indian Institutes of Managements across the country.

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) – Kozhikode, which issued the CAT 2019 notification, has maintained the examination pattern as it was last year. The entrance test will be of 180 minutes and will be conducted on November 24 in two sessions. The test paper will have three sections comprising Section I: Verbal ability and reading comprehension; Section II: data interpretation and logical reasoning and Section III: Quantitative Ability.

“The overall number of questions and in the sections have not been specified. With no significant changes in the test pattern, the students can breathe a sigh of relief as the test strategies that they have been working on, based on CAT 18, will continue to be relevant. Over the next four months, aspirants need to take mock tests to ensure that they polish their test day strategies to the hilt, while overcoming their area-specific weaknesses,” said Ramnath Kankadandi, national CAT course director TIME.

According to CAT 2019 convener Prof Shubhasis Dey, candidates will be allotted 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.

“Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen,” he said, adding that tutorials on CAT 2019 would explain this. He said candidates would also be allowed use a basic on-screen calculator for computation.

The registrations for entrance test for admissions into IIMs will be open on the website on August 7 and will conclude on September 18. The admit card can be downloaded from the website from October 23. The entrance test will be conducted in test centres spread across around 156 cities.

Dey said candidates will be given an option to select four test cities in order of preference. Cities and centres will be assigned to candidates only after the last date for registrations and hence candidates need not rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration, he added.

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