The CAT 2015 announcement has come out, as we all know. You can see the official announcement here – Click Me
While many points of the announcement are exactly as expected, there are a few very interesting changes. In this post, I’ll be highlighting each of the changes and then going over them in a series of subsequent posts.
Changes in CAT 2015 Compared to Previous CATs
- The exam duration is 180 minutes, or 3 hours now. Earlier, it used to be 170 minutes
- The paper is divided into 3 sections, instead of 2. The 3 sections are:
- Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
- Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)
- Interestingly, each section has a fixed time of 60 minutes. This means students cannot switch between sections during the exam
- A new question type has been added – text entry rather than multiple choice
- An on-screen calculator will now be available during the exam
Other than this, another change is that the exam will be conducted over 2 sessions in 1 day, 29th November. This is a relief, and a fairly common-sense move. Earlier, the IIMs had attracted a lot of flak for the methodology used in comparing and normalizing scores over several sessions.