Pandemic shrinks CAT to just 2 hours – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 for premier IIMs and other Bschools will only be two hours long as opposed to three earlier. To comply with social distancing norms during the Covid-19 pandemic, the IIMs also have decided to hold the competitive exam in three sessions instead of two on November 29. This will ensure fewer students in a centre during any given session. Not just the IIMs, entrance exams for other B-schools, too, have seen changes to make the process convenient for aspirants during the pandemic.

Himanshu Rai, director, IIM-Indore, the organising institute for CAT 2020, said, “We will hold the exams in three sessions this year instead of two. We decided to make these changes to ensure candidates get their first preferred choice of city while following social distancing.” He added the IIMs couldn’t have increased the exam centres without first testing them. Each of the three sections in the paper, which ran for an hour earlier, will be reduced to 40 minutes each.

IIMs have extended the registration date to 5pm on September 23. There will not be any further extension. The institutes will soon release the relevant changes.

Exams conducted by deemed universities such as NMIMS and Symbiosis, too, have made the examination process convenient for students. NMIMS will allow NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test) aspirants to opt for a test centre or an online-proctored exam at home. Ramesh Bhat, officiating vice-chancellor, NMIMS, said there could be students who do not have access to the internet or computer. “To make the exam convenient for them, NMIMS is offering both options,” he said. Symbiosis will allow students to take the exam twice and use the better of the two scores for admission.

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