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September 15, 2020:As per the latest update, major changes in the CAT exam pattern have been announced. The duration of the test has been changed to 120 minutes, shortening the time duration to 40 minutes per section.
The CAT 2020 notification has been released on July 29, 2020, and speculations about the future of the exam have increased. While students have already wondered about whether CAT 2020 will be postponed, rumours have also been flying about whether the CAT exam pattern will see any changes.
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore is conducting the CAT 2020 exam. If the IIMs decide to do any changes to the CAT exam pattern, students will have to alter their CAT 2020 exam preparation strategy. With over 2 lakh aspirants appearing for the exam, there is a lot that depends on this particular decision. However, there is no change as of now regarding any change in the exam pattern of CAT 2020. There were speculations that CAT 2020 might be held in the Internet-Based Test (IBT) mode.
The CAT 2020 exam will not be delayed due to COVID-19 outbreak. IIM Indore, the CAT convening institute this year is making all efforts to conduct the exam in the regular mode despite social distancing and medical challenges due to COVID-19.
CAT 2020 Important Dates
Given below are the important dates of the CAT 2020 exam.
|CAT 2020 Notification Release||July 29, 2020|
|CAT 2020 Registration||August 5 - September 23, 2020 5:00 PM|
|CAT 2020 Exam||November 29, 2020|
Will CAT 2020 Exam Pattern be Changed?
IIM Indore has announced major changes in the CAT 2020 exam pattern this year. The exam duration has been shorted to 2 hours from 3 hours. Candidates appearing for CAT will now have 40 minutes instead of the usual 60 minutes per section. Candidates will not be allowed to switch between sections.
However, students will be relieved to know that the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are not planning any other changes in the CAT 2020 exam pattern. However, as the situation evolves, the decision of IIMs might change.
Prof. Ram Mohan, the Chairperson of Admissions at IIM Ahmedabad, has said that no changes have been planned in the way that CAT 2020 will be conducted as yet. He also added that the CAT Core Group will make any decisions after seeing how the COVID-19 situation develops.
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Will CAT 2020 Be Conducted in an Online Proctored Mode?
As we have seen with a number of exams this year, CAT 2020 may also be conducted in an online proctored mode. In such a scenario, candidates will be allowed to appear for CAT 2020 from their homes, as was seen in the MAT 2020 IBT exam. No final word from the IIMs has been heard on the same.
However, Prof. Shailesh Gandi, the Dean of Programmes at IIMA, has stated that the institute is exploring technology options for conducting online proctored exams and weighing the advantages and disadvantages of conducting CAT 2020 in an online proctored mode.
As of now, the only option in front of the candidates is to be patient and continue their CAT 2020 preparation with full rigour.
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