CAT successfully completes 5 years of online testing and surely successfully so. This year’s CAT –at least the first day, first slot – can be called the Online CAT’s first serious attempt to return to basics. By basics, I mean, bringing back the importance of having the right attitude and control over application of topics and requisite persistence throughout the paper.
Nearly everything can be called similar to what was last year in terms of the sub-sectional break up of questions – with 21 questions of Quantitative Aptitude and 9 questions of Data Interpretation forming the 30 questions of the first section and with 21 questions of Verbal Ability and 9 questions of Analytical Reasoning forming the 30 questions of the second section.
Overall paper can be called Moderate to difficult and this movement is a positive movement because the more prepared student with better test taking attitude and time management skills will be the eventual winner.
Tip to the CAT takers: Revise the basics of Quant. Work on calculation speed in DI. Get your selection and prioritisation right in VA and AR section and CAT is all yours. And remember, whatever time you save from DI and AR will help you get that additional attempt in QA or VA.