Students and experts are said that this year's paper on average and was 'considerable difficult'. According to the statistics provided by the prometric, the testing provider for CAT, the number of candidates enrolled this year is 2.14 lakh.
Speaking about the performance by the students, Arks Srinivas, CEO, Vista Mind Education, said that the average number of the attempts by candidates has come down. "I have spoken to a couple of students who appeared for CAT this year. Last year, on an average, students had attended 50 out of 60 questions. This year, on an average, students said that they were able to attempt only 40 out of 60 questions."
Vicky Vasnani, a BBA students of Loyala College, Chennai, who attempted the cat for the third time, said that this year was his worst performance. "I have prepared well for this year exam compared with last year. I was able to attempt only 9 out of 30 questions in section 1 and 12 out of 30 attempts in last year."
The IIMS introduced online CAT exams in 2009, test composed on 2 sections each of which are timed separately. The 2 section are (A) Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and (B) Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. Each of the section has 30 questions and lasted for 70 minutes each.
Mr. Srinivas pointed out that most of his students stated that. "In section 1, if Quantitative ability was difficult, Data Interpretation was easy. The same applied for the section 2."
He also said, "Students from Science and Engineering backgrounds were likely to perform better ad there were several questions from trigonometry, geometry and higher algebra."
Ramnath Kanakadandi, CAT course director at triumphant Institute of Management Education, Commenting on this issue, said that engineering and science students have a partial advantage as the entire section 1 is based on Maths. Test was designed in this fashion as the course demands the students to have an aptitude in maths.
Alumni of IIT Madras said, "Most of the questions require common sense and at the most requires a basic knowledge of maths up to class 12. It would be wrong to state that the test was favourable to students from particular discipline."
After the exam on Nov 06, CAT candidates got difficult papers. The scores are normalized and get a percentile. This, experts state, is a matter of concern as the process of normalising the marks was not disclosed to the students.
However, Vasnani mentioned that even if the normalising process was made known to him, he would not be satisfied, He says that luck plays a huge role in this test. He believes that the paper /pencil test is fairer than the online test. "When the test revolves around one's future, luck should not play such a huge role."