Several changes have been introduced in the Common Admission Test 2014 (CAT 2014). The tutorial to understand the format, which earlier used to be made available to the candidates before the start of the examination, will not be available this year. The CAT conducting body has advised candidates to do the tutorials from the website well in advance. The Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore) is the convener of CAT 2014.
CAT test-takers could earlier avail the 15-minute pre-examination tutorial, before the main examination started. It was a mock test for guidance, which aimed to benefit the students.
Several other changes have been implemented in the CAT examination this year, in a bid to improve the overall examination experience for the candidates. IIM Indore had discontinued purchase of offline vouchers. Candidates had to make the payment for registration fee through online mode only, which includes credit card and debit card or through net banking. The examinees will get 30 more minutes to complete their papers, since the total number of questions will also be more for this year’s examination.
According to officials of IIM Indore, earlier 140 minutes were assigned to CAT test-takers to complete their paper, which has gone up to 170 minutes for CAT 2014. There will be two sections in CAT 2014 - Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI) as well as Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical Reasoning (LR). Going forward, candidates need to solve 50 questions from each of the sections of CAT, instead of the earlier 30 questions. The new feature will enable candidates to allocate time accordingly to complete any section of their preference, based on their capability as well as convenience. If needed, students may switch from one section to another and come back to the section as well. As per the earlier system, candidates were required to solve the sections in serial order, within stipulated time limits.
The renowned multinational firm Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS) will be the test administration partner of the IIMs for the online CAT 2014. Last year, the responsibility was with test administration firm Prometric.
CAT 2014 will be conducted on Sunday, November 16 and Saturday, November 22, 2014.