Meanwhile the Common Aptitude Test (CAT) was held on 26 November, 2017 and its answer key was uploaded on 7 December, 2017. The CAT 2017 is India’s top management entrance exam and it is a gateway to 20 IIMs and over 8000 other business schools in India. However, on 8th January, 2018 results were announced on the official website of CAT that is, iimcat.ac.in. Candidates can check the result online using their CAT id and password.
The exam was taken by 1,99,632 candidates, across 140 cities and this time the exam was conducted by IIM Lucknow is also the coordinating IIM for CAT 2017. The paper analysis of CAT highlights the following about its section:
- In the Quantitative Ability (QA) section of the first slot of CAT 2017, there were 11 MCQs with more arithmetic questions, while in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning questions (DILR) section was equally divided between DI and LR questions. 16 questions were on DI and 16 on LR. There were 8 MCQs out of 32 questions in this section. The difficultly level in DILR section was high while, in QA section it can be termed as easy.
- The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) section in the first slot of CAT 2017 was of moderate difficulty with 24 questions on RC (5 passages). 10 questions were from grammar out of which 7 were non-MCQs
As many as 20 candidates have secured 100 percentile, out of which two are female candidates and three are non-engineering students. There were 20 students last year as well but they were all male. This year, two women made it to the top scorers. “While in CAT 2016 all the top 20 candidates were male and engineers, this year the top 20 list contains two female candidates and three non-engineers,” said IIM Lucknow.
About the Topper of Common Aptitude Test (CAT)
Pramod Beri, a native of Phagwara and a final-year student of BCom at Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, has scored the perfect 100 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT). He also said that he has got calls from the IIMs in Ahmedabad and Bangalore already, shared his mantra: “I did not have any fixed hours for studying for CAT, but I took two or three days to analyse after taking a mock test.”
He said he is happy that three non-engineering students have secured 100 percentile in CAT this time, “taking down the myth that only engineering students score well in the test”.
Further now IIMs, the most coveted B-schools of India will now declare their pick of students based on their CAT score, writing skills, group discussions and personal interviews.