CAT 2013 Day 1: 4200 students appeared, found tricky and tough

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2013 started on 16 Oct. Around 4,200 students appeared for the test across 40 cities.

On the first day of the test, students found Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation sections to be tough and tricky; on the other hand, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning sections seemed lengthy and easy.

According to the students, CAT 2013 test proved to be on the tougher level.

"This increase in locations from 36 cities last year provides candidates greater flexibility and convenience for choosing a suitable test day. For candidates who are differently abled, additional support will be available," said CAT 2013 Convener Dr. Rohit Kapoor.


This year CAT test has an increase in number of women applicants, and candidates with work experience.

CAT 2013 Day 1: 4200 students appeared

Dr. Rohit Kapoor said, "While overall registration has declined, the ratio of female candidates over two years has continued to steadily increase, to 29 per cent. The number of candidates with two or more years of work experience, registering for CAT, has risen to 16 per cent over the same span, while candidates with little to no work experience have declined to 66 per cent."

As per experts, there were no surprise elements in the first day of the test in terms of examination pattern, which was similar to the pattern of CAT 2012. The level of difficulty was "moderate to tough", the experts added.

However, some experts claimed that there was a change in the Quantitative Ability section, which contained more Mathematics and Algebra questions than Arithmetic questions. Hence, the Quantitative Ability section was tougher than other sections.

The test was held for 140 minutes.

A test taker Raghav from Delhi, said, "I attempted 16 questions in Quant and 14 questions in Verbal section. DI was the trickiest for me. Quant questions looked easy but were difficult while solving. One of the LR questions was similar to CAT 2012."

Another test taker Sheilly Jain said, "There were no questions from Number system and PC which was bad for me as I expected at least 5 questions from both."

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