The graduate with the humanities background who are gearing up to appear for CAT 2015 finally receive some good news. Well, the trend of CAT has always been thought to favor the engineers. Many students with bachelor’s in arts gave a positive response to the recently announced changes in the CAT pattern. If you are one such graduate then feel relieved to know that this year CAT will also include some descriptive questions.
In fact, when we researched more into the matter, many such aspirants expressed their thankfulness to the CAT management. The reason being that, as their graduation background is not largely technical, the quantitative section is certainly not their strength. And a few descriptive questions might prove to be a game-changer for this entrance.
When and Where
November 29 is the day this year on which CAT will be conducted for 19 IIMs. And, the test centers will be present across 136 cities. As discussed earlier, a new segment that is ‘reading comprehension’ is the CAT 2015 much talked-about affair. The usage of the on-screen calculator has been permitted. The time slot will also be increased to 10 more minutes.
Tathagata Bandyopadhyay, convener of CAT 2015 declared on the CAT website, “Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice-type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen.” You may check the tutorials on this site for better understanding of the new pattern. Bandyopadhyay also defended the change by saying “We aim at creating gender diversity at management institutes,”
Each question matters. So even if 5-6 questions are of the descriptive format in each set of total 32-24 questions, it can change the result dramatically. Thus, the descriptive questions are an added advantage for non-engineers. Although, engineers whose strength lie in the quantitative aptitude might feel intimidated with this modification.
The CAT till last year contained only two categories quantitative ability and data interpretation, and the other was verbal ability and logical reasoning. With the current addition of a new comprehension section, the test will be comprised of three sections namely – quantitative aptitude; data interpretation and logical reasoning; and verbal and reading comprehension. Although a slight increase by 10 minutes does not suffice. Thus, a student is required to practice more and more for all three sections.
Overall, this change ensures a more egalitarian approach – balancing the emotional quotient with Intelligence Quotient. Probably, the year 2015 will allow more admission of girls as compared to the previous years. All in all, this change is a ray pf hope for the students with a humanities background.