New Delhi: The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015, scheduled to be held on November 29 will incorporate certain changes in the examination pattern.
Presently, the CAT exam pattern has two sections. In addition to the existing sections one more section will be introduced. The three sections namely: Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC).
The test will be held in 2 sessions on November 29 and results will be announced in the second week of January 2016.
The new initiative is aimed at providing "even" field to candidates from divergent streams and for a better assessment of data interpretation ability.
Speaking to TOI, Tathagata Bandyopadhyay, CAT 2015 Convenor said "Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen."
The QA and VRC section will have 34 questions each while the DILR will have 32 questions. Last year, data interpretation was a part of QA and logical reasoning was part of VRC.
"Apart from the mentioned changes the duration of the examination has also been increased to 180 minutes from 170 minutes," he added.
The candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering the questions.
The use of basic onscreen calculator for computation would be allowed.
"Change in examination pattern may bring in more rationality and diversity in gender and academic background as there would be written answers too," says Director of IIM-Rohtak P Rameshan.
A former IIM Director said the changes would help in better assessment of how the future managers can collect data from multiple sources and make sense of it.
Registration for CAT 2015 will start on August 6 and candidates can download their admit card from October 15.
CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national level entrance examination, which is conducted for admission to management programmes in Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and top B-Schools across the country.
The entrance test is conducted to test candidate's quantitative ability, data interpretation skills, verbal ability and logical reasoning. The test also serves as the eligibility criteria for being admitted into the business administration courses in various IIMs across the country.