Quantitative section proves difficult for students to bell the CAT

November 18th, 2007 - 8:04 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi/Mumbai, Nov 18 (ANI): Over two lakh students appeared for the annual Common Admission Test (CAT) on Sunday in different cities of India to get admission in the coveted Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), and found the quantitative section difficult.
“The normal pattern which generally comes in the mathematics portion was absent in this year’s paper, said Rajiv, who appeared for the third time in row today.
The pattern of the CAT paper is being revised every year since 2004, with reduction being made in the total number of questions in all the three sections of the questionnaire -Verbal, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude.
In 2003, the total number of questions stood at 150, but it was reduced to 75 in 2006.
“The quantitative (section) was devoted more on number systems, and it was time consuming,” Amit, who works in a MNC said, adding, “I made a poor decision by starting the maths section first.”
The number of CAT aspirants jumped by over 50,000 this year as compared to the previous year when around 1.8 lakhs candidates appeared for
” DI (Data Interpretation) and Comprehension were quite easier,” said Akshat, a third-year student, who made his first attempt at the CAT this year.
The result of today’s paper is expected to be announced in December, after which the successful candidates would compete for the next level for close to 1,600 postgraduate diploma in management seats in the seven IIMs - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknowa and Shillong. (ANI)

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