For the first time in last six years, IIM Calcutta conducted one of India’s most prominent management admission exams, the CAT 2018 in 374 centres situated across 147 cities of the nation on 25th November, Sunday. Nearly 2.41 lakh candidates appeared for the CAT exam this year, as per IIM Calcutta. The CAT 2018 Slot 1 was carried out in the morning from 9 am to 12 pm while Slot 2 was conducted in the afternoon from 2: 30 pm to 5:30 pm. For Slot 1, the reporting time was set at 7:30 am while the gates were closed at 8:45 am. However, the candidates who arrived till 9 am were allowed to enter the exam venue. On the other hand, the reporting time for Slot 2 was set at 1 pm and the gates were closed at 2:15 pm.
Surprisingly, IIM Calcutta had previously announced a few dress-code related restrictions for all candidates appearing for CAT 2018. This year, the candidates had to refrain from wearing or carrying any sort of wristbands, metal objects, jewellery, baggage or accessory to the examination hall. Moreover, they were not allowed to wear their footwear or carry any electronic device inside the hall.
Just like every year, the candidates have to provide their thumb impression via a biometric process before going inside the examination hall. Additionally, they also have to show their CAT admit card along with a photo ID like aadhaar card, voter id, etc., without which they would not be allowed to enter the centre.
The computer-based CAT exam is carried out via an online. Every year, the CAT paper pattern, duration as well as the kind of questions asked in the test is changed.
The analysis of CAT 2018 Slot 1:
The Slot 1 or forenoon session of CAT 2018 was successfully administered from 9 am to 12 pm. As per a few test-takers, the level of difficulty of the examination overall was average or so-so. Many candidates found the ‘Quantitative Ability (QA)’ easy section while for others, it was difficult. Besides, some candidates found the section ‘Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)’ tough while some found ‘Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI-LR)’ relatively easy.
The analysis of CAT 2018 Slot 2:
The CAT 2018 Slot 2, which began at 2:30 pm and got over at 5:30 pm, came with mixed feedback from the candidates as well as experts. Some mentioned the QA section as the toughest one while for some the VARC section was easy. Most of the test-takers said the DI-LR section was also easy than compared to the last year. In general, it is being said that the overall CAT 2018 level of difficulty was much lenient and easy than the CAT 2017 exam. However, the QA section of the previous year was considered to be much easy than compared to this year. Most of the IIM aspirants that gave the CAT 2018 test were left baffled by the QA section.
The Slot 2 comprised of 27 marks based on ‘non-multiple choice questions (non-MCQs)’ or ‘Type in the Answer (TITA)’ kind of questions out of a total of 100 marks this year.
As per this year’s CAT examination pattern, there were 100 multiple choice questions. The paper was divided into three sections: QA, DI-LR, and VARC. Just like every year, the students were given 3 hours or 180 mins to complete the examination, with 1 hour or 60 mins to complete each of the sections mentioned above. The CAT 2018 is based upon negative marking scheme where three marks are given for each right answer while one mark is deducted for each wrong answer. It is important for the test-takers to secure a minimum mark in each of the section to qualify for the section as well as CAT eventually. The minimum mark needed by a candidate to qualify in each section is decided on the overall level of difficulty of the section in contrast to other exam sections.
Twenty IIMs will accept the CAT 2018 final scores along with hundred other B-schools located in India for the admission process. The candidates, who are successful in qualifying the CAT examination, by the cutoff of participating institutes, would be called by the Institute for selection rounds, the Writing Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).
The CAT 2018 final results will be released officially in January second week of the following year.