CAT 2020 Convener Prof Harshal Lowalekar says, “COVID 19 was main driving factor for change in exam pattern
CAT 2020 Convener Prof Harshal Lowalekar Interview - There is less than two months that are left for the Common Admission Test and candidates are anxious about different aspects related to the CAT 2020 exam.Convener of CAT 2020, Prof Harshal Lowalekar states that one of the primary reason for bringing about a change in the CAT exam pattern was due to COVID 19 so that the candidates are able to get their preferred test centre. CAT 2020 convener Prof Lowalekar in an exclusive interview with Careers360 spoke about the reason for the dip in the CAT registration and when they would release the CAT mock test. Also Prof Harshal Lowalekar added that all the social distancing and other guidelines that were laid down by Ministry of Home Affairs and were followed at the time of JEE Mains and JEE Advanced exam which were conducted in September, will be followed for the CAT exam also which is scheduled to be held on November 29. Read the full interview of CAT 2020 Convener Prof Harshal Lowalekar to know all the details about the exam pattern, mock test, total number of test centres, selection process etc.
Latest - Candidates can download CAT 2020 admit card from October 28. IIM Indore has released CAT Mock Test 2020 in online mode on November 5.
Careers360: What was the primary reason for the decline in CAT registration 2020. Was it due to the COVID 19 pandemic?
Prof Harshal Lowalekar : It was not a significant drop as such. Whatever reduction happened was natural given the COVID scenario. In fact, we expected the CAT registrations to be much lower than 2.28 lakhs this year based on the trend observed in the other national-level competitive exams.
Careers360:Any specific reason for introducing the change in the CAT 2020 exam pattern. If Yes, then what is it?
Prof Harshal Lowalekar : COVID was the main driving factor behind the decision to bring about change in the CAT 2020 exam pattern. Due to social distancing norms, the number of nodes required to conduct the exam would be more than doubled. Therefore, the idea behind three sessions was to give candidates their preferred test cities to the extent possible without compromising on the social distancing norms and the quality of CAT test centers used in the exam. Moreover, since there would be staggered entry and exit at the test centers along with the registration formalities, sufficient changeover time between sessions had to be ensured.
Careers360: Will the CAT mock test be on the changed pattern as has been announced by IIM Indore. When can we expect the CAT mock test to be released?
Prof Harshal Lowalekar: No, CAT generally does not reveal the number or type of questions or the paper pattern. CAT mock test is there so that the candidates can familiarise themselves with the different types of questions (MCQ/ non-MCQs). It would become available on the CAT website sometime in October end or November beginning.
Careers360: Due to novel coronavirus, what are the mandatory guidelines which candidates at the test centre will have to follow at the test centre. Is there an increase in the total number of CAT test centres so as to avoid overcrowding. If yes, then what is the total number of test centres where the CAT exam would be conducted.
Prof Harshal Lowalekar: All the social distancing related measures and precautions will be taken as per the MHA guidelines. The entry and exit will be staggered at the test centres. More detailed guidelines in this regard would be released closer to the exam date after reviewing the situation at that time. There will be an increase in the number of test centres. The test centres are being finalized currently and expected to be more than 425.
Careers360: What are the measures which IIM Indore is planning to place at the test centres of CAT so as to ensure that the government guidelines related to COVID 19 are followed.
Prof Harshal Lowalekar: The CAT exam would be conducted along the lines of JEE Mains and Advanced exams, which were successfully conducted in the month of September, as per the MHA guidelines.
Careers360:A number of IIMs brought about a change in the selection process as they conducted online interviews successfully. Do you think that in the next academic year, this will be the new norm. If not, then why and if yes, then what were or are the challenges that one faced while conducting the interview or the selection process in online mode.
Prof Harshal Lowalekar : This may differ across IIMs. As far IIM Indore is concerned, the PI round is likely to be conducted in the online mode, like it was done last year for the post-March interview rounds. However, the final decision on this will be taken after reviewing the situation. The choice of mode (online or in-person) for personal interviews is not really a major issue anyway. Online mode is quite comfortable for both the candidates as well as the institutes.
Careers360: Is home proctored exam the new buzzword in the coming days. What are the advantages and disadvantages of conducting the exam in a home proctored manner?
Prof Harshal Lowalekar : Home proctored exams will remain a major challenge in India since the limited internet bandwidth at the end of participants may not allow smooth conduct of large-scale exams. It will take some time for home proctored exams to become a norm.
Careers360: There are media reports that are doing rounds that the pandemic will peak around November. Hence will CAT 2020 be postponed and if yes when can we expect it to happen?
Prof Harshal Lowalekar: There are so many theories floating around. The recent numbers are showing a downward trend. As of now our plan is to conduct CAT 2020 on November 29 only.
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