Saturday saw many anxious management aspirants trudge back to their exam centre to take the Common Admission Test again. Across the country, close to 9,000 candidates were registered to take the CAT on Saturday.
The first session scheduled to start at 10am took off only at 12noon as announced earlier by the IIMs. The second session of the day which started at 3pm also went off smoothly with students heaving a sigh of relief when they walked out of the computer lab. “Nothing, absolutely nothing went wrong. The test had no technical glitches,” said Ramesh Sakhleja of Mumbai. His computer had to be re-started when he took the exam last time during phase I, which was from November 28 to December 7.
The first phase of the test was marred by technical glitches with students complaining that their computer screens went blank; in some other instances, candidates’ scores weren’t registered and some cases servers crashed because they couldn’t take the load. TIME coaching class director Arks Srinivas said that with the numbers being fewer, the IIMs managed to pull this one off.
The exam paper pattern remained unchanged — there were 60 questions, uniformly divided in each of the three sections: quantitative, English and reading comprehension, and in logic and data interpretation.
However, some students felt that the questions were a shade tougher than those asked when the IIMs conducted the test in the first phase. Officials said the results were expected in the third week of February. The second batch of students — about 2,000 of them across India —will take the entrance test Sunday.
In Bangalore, students also looked relieved they didn’t have to endure the bitter experience for the second time. Engineering student Utkarsh Singh said:. “Instead of the End button, there was Quit. When you click on it, you quit the test completely,” he said.