CAT 2018: Answer key expected to be released soon
IIM-Calcutta, the conducting body of the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018, has released the response file of candidates who took the test. Candidates who took the test can check their individual question papers and their own responses to the question by logging into the CAT 2018 website with their user IDs and passwords. Now, answer keys will be released soon. Here are the details.
The purpose of releasing the response file
Dates for the publication for the answer keys will be announced next week. The purpose of releasing response files along with answer keys is to allow candidates to raise objections against answers to some questions. Candidates can raise these objections within a stipulated time period and an expert body set up by IIM-Calcutta will scrutinize these objections.
What happens when an objection is valid
Candidates who raise objections that are found to be valid by the expert committee will get a refund of their fee. Further, any remedial measures taken based on a valid objection will be applicable for all CAT 2018 candidates. Assessment of answer scripts will be modified accordingly. CAT 2018 results, meanwhile, are expected to be declared in the second week of January.
How to get the answer key once it is released
To raise objections, one must first get the answer key. Once the answer key is released, candidates can download it by heading to the CAT 2018 website. Then, candidates have to log in using their credentials, and access the answer key. For easier tallying of responses with the answer key, it's advisable to save the answer key on your computer and take a printout.
Over two lakh candidates took CAT 2018
Over two lakh candidates took CAT 2018, which was held on November 25 in two sessions in 147 cities. The three-hour test had three sections - verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation and logical reasoning, quantitative ability. Candidates had 60 minutes to complete each section, and had to complete one section before proceeding to the next. Reportedly, the quantitative section was the toughest.
CAT coaching center Career Launcher says quantitative section was difficult
"Held slot-wise, many candidates have found Quant section tough. However, other sections like DILR's difficulty level was moderate as compared to an out and out difficult section that has been observed over the last 2-3 years," Career Launcher product head Gautam Bawa told IE.