Sunday, July 27, 2014

CAT 2014 Notification & Changes from CAT 2013

The much awaited CAT 2014 notification is out and there are surprises galore -  from the exam pattern to the exam dates & slots. After all the problems CAT faced with Prometric last year, they had now chosen TCS as their new test partner and given these set of instances, it is not surprising that changes have taken place.Find more details below.

CAT 2014: 
Registration Dates: 6th Aug - 20th Sep 2014
Exam Dates: Nov 16th & Nov 22nd 2014
Mode: Online

Exam pattern: 
Total Number of Questions:100
Total Time: 170 minutes
Number of Sections: 2

Question Distribution:
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: 50
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning: 50

Date of Results: Third Week of December 2014

Differences between CAT 2013 & CAT 2014:-

                                                   CAT 2014 CAT 2013
Number of Questions 100 (50+50) 60 (30+30)
Time Available (in min) 170 70+70
Number of Sections 2 2
Sectional Timing Composite Time for all sections and one can move between sections.  Each Section had separate timings. One could not move between sections. 
Exam Dates Nov 16th & 22nd Oct 16th to Nov 11th
Number of Testing Days 2 20
Number of Test Slots 4 40
Testing Agency TCS Prometric

As the number of testing days are now down to 2, the normalization effect and its subsequent complication should be considerably reduced. And since it is a new testing agency, one can expect a different User Interface (possibly less user friendly given TCS history) than the ones that have been used by Prometric. 

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