On Thursday, the first day of the computer-based Common Admission Test (CAT)-2012, there were smiles of relief on the faces of candidates. They said the exam was completed without any technical glitches and the questions asked in the two sections were balanced.
Last year a new pattern was introduced with only two sections - quantitative aptitude (QA) and data interpretation (DI) and verbal ability and analytical reasoning (AR). The first section has 70% questions from QA and 30% from DI.
Many tutors also appeared for the exam so that they could prepare their students accordingly. One of the tutors Parasharan Chari said that close to 40% of the QA questions were direct application of concepts. Another 30% needed a few minutes of perseverance to reach an answer. The remaining 30% of the questions required thorough understanding of applications. The DI section was calculative (logic based DI sets were missing). There were pie charts, line graphs and tables where calculation speed was the key,” he stated.
He added that in the second section, verbal ability, reasonable justice was done to all sub-sections like reading comprehension (RC), verbal logic and vocabulary based fill-in-the-blanks. “The RCs and logical continuation demanded a thorough understanding of the content in question and was inference based rather than information based. The AR section was based on arrangement and puzzles. This section was relatively easy,” he said.
A candidate who took up CAT on first day said that the QA section was balanced with each topic getting its due representation and “with age-old classical questions making a graceful comeback”. The level of difficulty was sufficient to ensure the differentiation of the classes from the masses. There were no absolute sitters in the paper, stated the student.
The CAT which started on October 11 will continue till November 6. Around 2.14 lakh students have registered for CAT-2012.