Proctored Mock CAT 2- An Overview

This is a world full of surprises that defy expectations…It’s an era of the UNEXPECTED!!! It very well happened on the cricket field…the former T-20 world champions- India- being forced out of the tournament due to overconfidence and a casual approach towards the game. To save you the fate of our beloved Indian cricket team we also surprised you with a different format of the Proctored Mock test!

The test was designed to give you an idea of the unfathomable possibilities that exist in the well-maintained arsenal of the examiner. The test had a sectional time limit to make you aware of a new kind of battle field. Now let’s discuss in detail why such a test was designed and how tackling such a test can add weight to your preparation.

Why a test with Sectional Time Limit?

It is a well established fact that most online aptitude tests world-wide follow a pattern in which the sections are timed. So don’t be surprised if CAT follows suit. It not always good to lurch and relax in your comfort zone- most of us while taking a Mock test tend to spend more time in sections that we are comfortable with in the hope to maximize our scores. In the process we often neglect ways to improve our weaknesses.

The test with sectional time limit challenges you to build an overall aptitude and taste for topics which otherwise you may overlook or disdain. For example, a student who is not comfortable with English may not devote ample time to the section, instead he/she would try to maximize his/her scores in the quantitative aptitude or the data interpretation sections; however, with the sections being timed such a possibility becomes extinct.

While designing this test the time alloted to the sections was almost in the same proportion as the number of questions in each section, thus being unbiased to any particular section.

You should not have panicked but taken the sectional time-limit as an opportunity to score well!!! Let’s now analyse each section :-

Verbal Ability:- For a change this was the first section staring you in the face. However, the given 70 minutes were sufficient to get a good score in the section- the trick was to scan and pick the easy targets. A healthy mix of 5-6 questions from reading comprehension passages and another 12-14 questions from English usage would have landed you comfortably on the shore!!!

Quantitative Ability:- The sectional time-limit of 45 minutes was sufficient for you to scan and pick the doable questions, which ideally should become you strategy for such tests even in future. There were 6-7 doable questions in this section.

Data Interpretation:- The first set of four questions seemed much easier than the remaining three sets. Also, many DI sets based on set theory were present in our course material so solving such a set ideally would not have been a difficult task.

Best Of Luck!!!

The Career Launcher Team.


CAT may not go online this year


Last Dec. IIMs had floated a tender and short-listed 4 companies to conduct CAT 2009 online.

Logistics issues might hinder possibility of CAT going online this year. 300,000 students to take exam on same day on computer terminals – large scale provision of infrastructure and facilities involved – huge task.

Pankaj Chandra, director, IIM Bangalore: “In the next few weeks, we will take a call if we will go online this year or not.”

Decision to be taken by April or May.

Career Launcher too says if IIMs were to go online with CAT this year, they should have notified the students by now. Career Launcher is investing around Rs 30 lakh across its centres to facilitate online CAT training on computer terminals to its students.

IIMs say they’ve been occupied earlier with placements and now with admissions. Once these processes are in place, they would look into the matter of online CAT.

Source: Business Standard