On day one of the Common Admission Test (CAT) on Wednesday, many of the aspirants felt that the quantitative section was tougher than the verbal and logical reasoning sections.
The exam was held in seven centres in the city. Of the 86 who had registered for the exam, 81 appeared, said the Centre In-charge at All India Institute of Local Self-Government at Malleswaram in the city. Seventy candidates, including college students and working professionals, wrote the CAT at the Koramangala centre on Wednesday. The exams went off smoothly with no technical glitches in the morning and noon sessions.
After writing the exam, many said Part A of the paper, which consists of quantitative analysis, was tougher than Part B which is verbal and logical reasoning. Though most of the candidates were attempting CAT for the first time, they felt that the overall experience from online registration to writing the paper was fairly good. Sonali Tanwar, a final year BBM student and an aspiring MBA candidate who wants to specialise in finance, said, “The exam was all right though the numerical problems were time-consuming.” Aditya and Harshal, who were also taking CAT for the first time, said the quantitative section was difficult compared to the verbal and logical reasoning section. “There were more questions from geometry and quadratic equations which were difficult and the numerical problems were very time-consuming,” they said.
Saurav, a final-year B.Com student, felt that career options after a B.Com course are limited and an MBA degree can open many closed doors, though he is not looking for any IIM admit in particular. “The exam went off well with the exception of a few problems in maths and geometry,” he said.
Many of the working professionals who wrote the exam were hopeful of bagging an IIM seat. While the overall registration is said to have declined this year, the ratio of female candidates has increased from 27 per cent two years ago to 29 per cent , said Rohit Kapoor, CAT 2013 Convener.
He said the number of applicants with work experience of two or more years has increased from13 to 16 per cent and those with little or no experience has dropped to 66 per cent from 68 percent in 2012. Nearly two lakh aspirants are competing for IIM seats this year. Further, another 115 seats have been added across all IIMs, raising the total number of available seats to 3,335. The CAT will continue till November 11. A release from Triumphant Institute for Management Education (TIME) said the CAT did not spring any surprises.