The introduction of any changes in Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 should not be a surprise for the aspirants. This year, the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow will be conducting CAT 2017 exam in the month of December 2017. The converner for CAT exam 2017 is Professor Neeraj Dwivedi, faculty on Strategic Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Internationalization Strategies. Prof. Dwivedi is a renowned academician and an able administrator. Therefore, CAT aspirants can expect more effective and student friendly changes in the test.
Changes in CAT Exam Pattern 2017 Expected
After 7 years IIM Lucknow will be conducting CAT exam again. With Professor Dwivedi in the chair of CAT convener, Entrance Corner anticipates that there will be changes that will be friendly to the test takers. Keeping in mind the efforts to attract more students from non-engineering background, one can expect the conducting body to lower the difficulty level of the QA section.
The test was held in a Computer-based mode for the first time on 2009 and since then, the exam continued the Go Green initiative. In the year 2014, CAT was for the first by IIM Indore held in two-day test window. However, in the following years, IIM Ahmedabad (2015) and IIM Bangalore (2016) conducted CAT in a single day window.
In 2015, IIM Ahmdabad introduced the virtual calculator and non-MCQs for the first time in CAT exam. This pattern was followed in CAT 2016 as well by IIM Bangalore. Apart from the changes in the exam pattern and timing, the selection procedure of IIMs has also changed. According to various reports, with the revamp of the admission policy, there is a sharp rise in the number of women candidates, which is 31% to 41%. Also, in the latest batches, 60% to 80% students are with work experience and most of them are from the humanities background.
Based on previous year exam analysis, the test pattern has remained same. It is expected that there will be 100 questions in the test (both MCQs and non-MCQs). These questions will be based on the following topics –
- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
- Quantitative Ability (QA)
The exam officials never release any notification regarding the CAT syllabus. However, a practice test will be provided to the candidates to get familiarise with the exam pattern and syllabus.
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