This year’s Common Admission Test(CAT), which saw the highest number of women register (78,009) in the last five years, got off to a smooth start. It was not only glitch-free, but many students said the paper was easier as compared to the last year.
Conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow across 20 cities, 1,99,600 (87%) of the registered 2.31 lakh candidates took the online CAT at 381 centres across the country on Sunday.
IIM Lucknow said the test – the gateway to 19 IIMs and 150 other B-schools – was by and large a smooth affair. The test was held in two sessions — morning and noon. Last year, CAT recorded 2.32 lakh registrations, the highest since 2010.
While most candidates said the data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR) section was exhaustive, the other sections, verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC) and quantitative ability (QA), were easier than expected.
Karthik Shankar, appearing for CAT for the third time, said initially he had no expectations, but after the test he feels that he might make it to one of the top institutes. “Compared to the other two sections, DILR was analytical and time-consuming. However, unlike last year, this year’s questions were easier,” he said.
“QA and VARC sections were perfectly fine, but DILR was complicated; however, it was much easier than last year. I don’t know how much I’ll score, but I am satisfied,” said Surabhi Sinha, another candidate.
For first-timer Pratyush Gadde, DILR was not tough, but time-consuming. “As last year’s paper was way too difficult, this year I prepared accordingly; hence none of the sections seemed tough,” Gadde said.
Sneha V, another first timer, said: “We are lucky to get such an easy paper on our first attempt.”