2 Lakh aspirants write CAT, say was easier than 2016


BENGALURU: This year’s common admission test (CAT), which registered the highest number of registered women (78,009) in the last five years, had a smooth start. Not only was it flawless, but many students said that work was easier compared to the previous year.

Conducted by the Indian Institute of Administration (IIM), Lucknow in 20 cities, 1,99600 (87%) of the 2.31 lakh registered candidates took the CAT online at 381 centers across the country on Sunday.

IIM Lucknow said the test – the gateway to 19 IIM and 150 other B schools – was, in general, an easy matter. The test was carried out in two sessions, in the morning and at noon. Last year, CAT registered 2.32 lakh of records, the highest since 2010.

While most of the candidates said that the data interpretation and logical reasoning section (DILR) was exhaustive, the other sections, verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC) and quantitative ability (QA), were easier to the expected.

Karthik Shankar, appearing for CAT for the third time, said that initially he had no expectations, but after the test he feels he could reach one of the best institutes.

“Compared to the other two sections, DILR was analytical and took a long time, but unlike last year, this year’s questions were easier,” he said.

“The sections of QA and VARC were perfectly fine, but DILR was complicated, however, it was much easier than last year, I do not know how much I will score, but I am satisfied,” said Surabhi Sinha, another candidate.

For the first Pratyush Gadde timer, DILR was not difficult, but it took a lot of time. “As last year’s work was too difficult, this year I prepared accordingly, therefore, none of the sections seemed difficult,” Gadde said.

Sneha V, another first timer, said: “We are lucky to get such an easy document on our first attempt.”