630 students are trying to clear CAT in Ludhiana | Rare Techy


As many as 630 students appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) on Sunday at the district’s only centre, Guru Tej Bahadur National College, Dhaka. As the reporting time for the first shift of the exam was 8.15 am, students could be seen lining up outside the center as early as 7 am, braving the morning smog.

The exam, which is a qualifying examination for admission to Masters in Business Administration at Indian Management Institutes (IMIs) and top business schools in the country, was held in three shifts – 8.30 am to 10.30 am; There were around 250 students in each shift from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm.

182 students wrote the exam in the morning shift while 232 and 218 wrote the exam in the second and third shifts.

As the examination center is 12 km outside the city, many people find it difficult to reach on time. In the second shift scheduled at 12.30 pm, four students reached the examination center after 12.20 pm, but they were not allowed to write the examination because they were five minutes late.

Abhishek Rana, who works at a garment retail shop, said, “The motorbike trip I booked for my trip to college had a breakdown and I couldn’t get an auto rickshaw for 30 minutes. I was preparing last year while working full time.

Abhishek, a resident of Moti Nagar, added that with the computerization of the exam, they were allowed to log in after 12.15 pm.

Echoing this sentiment, Harjit Singh, a parent, said, “The center is located far from the city and we had to reach a day before the exam to avoid last minute hassles/ For students unfamiliar with the place, finding the center can be a problem.

Students who took the test in the first shift said they found the pattern of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) components different from previous years, and the questions confused them.

Talking about this, Jaskirat Singh, who is preparing for the last year, said, “The first two parts of the exam were a bit tough for me and the exam was tougher than I expected.”

Neha Sharma, who is taking the exam for the second time, said that students should prioritize easy questions to score well in the data interpretation section, adding that students who know little tricks can crack the quantitative aptitude section easily. However, Vinayak Budhiraja found Quantitative Aptitude difficult, “There were more questions from Algebra and the rest of the exam was moderate.”

The paper consists of 24 VARC questions, 20 from Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and 24 from Quantitative Aptitude – each carrying 3 marks.

The number of students appearing from the district is less than some other parts of the country. Education experts attribute these figures to a growing trend of young people in the region looking to move abroad.

“Since students in Punjab are more inclined to go abroad, the number of students appearing for CAT is less compared to other states, though it is a gateway to a bright and prosperous future,” said Manish Diwan, an educationist.


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