CAT 2011 begins today: Rated moderate

 | October 22,2011 02:27 pm IST

CAT 2011 is finally out of the bag. The CAT 2011 testing window opened 10 am today at around 68 test centres throughout India.

CoolAvenues paid a visited to a test centre in Noida (Delhi/NCR) to find out the reaction of a few daring aspirants who chose day one first shift to put their months of hard work to test.


Unlike its usual nature, CAT 2011 reportedly did not throw many surprises at aspirants. Contradictory to presumptions, the test was rated moderate by the test takers, while quantitative section was comparatively tough than the other section. “I was a bit nervous in the beginning, but the test overall was OK, not much difficult. Though the quant section appeared a bit tough to me,” said an aspirant, who preferred not to be named.


The exam pattern was similar to what was announced, with 30 questions each in QA&DI and VA&LR. Both the sections were timed with 70 minutes per section, total allotted time being 2 hours and 20 minutes.


Candidates were first presented Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section, followed by Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.


So was there any support prior to test to aware aspirants about the functioning of online CAT? “Yes, there was a 15-minute tutorial to familiarize us with navigation and functionality available during the test. An on-screen timer was also available to check how much time is left,” said the same aspirant.


A total of 2.05 lakh students will be taking CAT this year in a 20 day long test window. The number of CAT aspirants taking the test every year had declined over the years, but this year an increase of 0.49 percent is seen. Scrapping of JMET and FMS exams could be a reason behind the increase and if it is, this couldn’t be termed as a significant growth.


According to CAT 2011 registration data the maximum number of test takers is from Delhi, followed by Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai.


CAT 2011 will continue till November 18, 2011.


CAT committee had set forty different sets of question papers for CAT this year. The results of CAT 2011 will be declared January 12.


CoolAvenues will bring you more updates on CAT 2011, Keep watching this space.