'CAT exam did not spring any surprises'

'CAT exam did not spring any surprises'

Experts said there were no surprises in the Common Aptitude Test exam which took place on Thursday. CAT exam was held on October 11 and will also be held on November 6. A total of 2,14,068 candidates have registered for the test.

According to experts, there have been a marginal increase in the number of students registering for CAT this year. In 2011 approximately 2.05 lakh students registered for CAT which has increased to approximately 2.15 lakh in 2012.

Like CAT 2011, this year also there were two sections this year — quantitative ability and data interpretation and verbal ability and logical reasoning. From 2011, the duration of the exam was increased by five minutes as compared to CAT exam till 2010.

“The duration of the exam now is 140 minutes with students getting 70 minutes to answer each section without the option of switching sections midway. Till 2010, students used to get 135 minutes without any section-wise time limit,” said an expert.

Several students complained of entry being denied at the centre by showing the college identity card. “It is mentioned on the IIM website that the ID card should be supplemented by an ATM/credit/debit card bearing student’s name, or the student can show their driver’s license, passport, PAN card or voter ID card,” said the expert.