Glitchless, CAT purrs along

Glitchless, CAT purrs along

Experts advise candidates not to fret over errors in questions

According to Prometric India, the US software firm which is conducting the test on behalf of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), 1,22,606 candidates were registered to appear for the exam till November 15. Passing the exam is a prerequisite for admission to nine IIMs and other business schools.

The technical glitches that brought ignominy to CAT in 2009 stayed away from it this time around. IIM, Kolkata and Lucknow, that were tasked with organising the test, are visibly relieved as they expect a glitch-free test in the coming days as well.

Those “belling” the CAT in the next seven days (the test will not be conducted on November 17 and 21) should focus on revising and going through methods of solving questions and vocabulary, experts advise.

Another important check-list is to ignore the sporadic incidents of errors in question papers. According to R Shivakumar, Director (Research and Development) of Career Launcher, a coaching institute in the City, test-takers “shouldn’t put their heads too much into errors in questions as this may hamper their preparation”.

In some instances, none of the answers was correct. This created panic among some students. Describing such errors as ‘insignificant and trivial’, Shivakumar said students should ignore them as the errors had been promptly rectified. CAT 2010 Convener Himanshu Rai had promised that the errors won’t recur, he added.

Although the section on Quantitative Ability was found to be ‘a little more difficult’ than sections on verbal, and logical and data interpretation abilities, Shivakumar yet says that all sections were difficult over different slots. “So, the key is not to try any new trick and focus on revision,” he concluded.

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