CAT 2015 Pattern: ‘Not too short, not too lengthy, but balanced’, says Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education
CAT 2015 has been announced with many firsts as well major changes including sectional overhaul that may now require an entirely different preparation strategy. Time limit for each section has been re-introduced this year.
Are the CAT 2015 changes good or bad? To explore more into the implications of these changes, Careers360 brings you insights from CAT experts.
In this interview, PT Education Chairman Sandeep Manudhane speaks on the changed pattern and its possible implications on your preparation. Mr. Manudhane feels that single day testing is a better idea and hopes that it becomes one-day-one-slot test from next year. For the new pattern, he also shares section-wise preparation strategy.
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Careers360: What is your overall take on the new exam pattern?
Sandeep Manudhane: It is an excellent pattern. This is what CAT should be like - not too short, not too lengthy, but balanced. However I do not like the sectional time limit thing. It is a bad idea frankly!
Careers360: Now, All the three sections are time bound, with 1 hour each. How should the aspirants manage the time?
Sandeep Manudhane: This is not a good idea as it forces candidates to not strategise at a macro level but restricts them to sectional strategising only. There is very little to be done by an aspirant in this case except working on his sectional strategy of scan - search - select - solve.
Careers360: Please suggest sectional-wise preparation strategy for each section - Quantitative Ability, Verbal & Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.
Sandeep Manudhane: For Quantitative Ability, speed is essential. Also, the ability to choose the right question to solve is very crucial. Never get stuck in speed breakers.
For Verbal and Reading Comprehension, try doing everything except very complicated and long (if any) passages.
For Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, avoid the complicated sets if you can (if there are other less complicated sets available) as the risk return relationship really gets skewed in this case.
Careers360: For the first time, there will be an on-screen calculator and some direct questions which would not have answer choices. How far will it be advantageous for the candidates?
Sandeep Manudhane: I welcome this change. I hope one day they make subjective essay writing and GK-CA a core part of the test. If you really want diversity in your classrooms, this is one tool you cannot do without.
Careers360: According to the CAT 2015 Convenor, the exam pattern change is aimed at creating academically diverse classroom. Do you agree?
Sandeep Manudhane: Hopefully yes. But wait and watch. Huge surprises can be thrown up by the system any time!
Careers360: The computer-based CAT will be conducted in a single day window in 2 slots for the first time. Is it a positive development according to you? How?
Sandeep Manudhane: Right from 2008 when they (CAT officials) started experimenting wildly with an otherwise (earlier) perfect CAT testing system, the students’ faith on the system has gone down continuously. It is good that they have realised that spreading the test over many days only looks fancy. It is a non-essential frill at the most.
I hope one day they revert back to the solid paper-pencil format. The computer based model has no advantage over the paper-pencil format at all, especially in the Indian scenario. But the IIMs keep experimenting for the sake of it! Frankly, I fail to see why they still want to do it in 2 slots - perhaps they want to make a point that they were not wrong all these years about multiple slots! I think a single slot would be great.
Careers360: Your message to CAT 2015 aspirants?
Sandeep Manudhane: Stay focussed. If there is any change, it is same for everyone. Relax and give your best!
Stay tuned to bschool.careers360.com for more on CAT 2015 expert interview.
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Dear Aspirants ,
MBBS admission through management quota documents required
Scorecard of NEET
Candidate’s DoB or equivalent certificate, issued by the competent authority.
10+2 passing certificate
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