Some of the experts of the city of Hyderabad have predicted that the Common Admission Test (CAT) will be a little easier than previous years. The prediction has come on the basis that last year time management was a major problem for CAT aspirants, however, this year, time management would not be that problematic as the paper has been divided into two sections of 70 minutes each.
Also, according to the faculty members of some of the coaching institutes, the section dealing with verbal and logical reasoning could have a different set of questions this year.
However, as compared to previous years, the number of students who will undertake CAT has reduced this year. While an approximate number of 10, 000 students appeared from state in previous years, an approximate number of 8, 000 students from the state are appearing this year. Infact, even the number of test centers have been reduced in the state.
This year, CAT will take place in three centers in the state (two in Hyderabad and one in Vizag). The IIM test centres in Hyderabad are Prometric Test Centre, Banjara Hills, and MLR College of Engineering, Dundigal. On the first day, the examination will be held in two shifts, from 10 am to 12.20pm and from 3.15pm to 5.35pm. However, the tests are scheduled to be held from October 22 to November 18.
According to D Naresh Reddy, director, Abhyaas coaching centre, “The IIMs have indicated that work experience matters during admissions. So, graduates prefer to work for a while before appearing for CAT to have a better chance."
Also, the other reason is "The fee structure of the top B-schools have gone up from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 13 lakh in the past," said an official at a coaching centre.
K Ramnath, course director, TIME coaching centre, while talking about the examination said, “Students who have had enough preparation and who are familiar with online tests will be able to score well."