The CAT format will be changed to test the candidate’s knowledge too and will not just limit on aptitude. In the new-format test, students will get 140 minutes to answer 60 questions spread equally over two sections, down from the earlier three. Candidates cannot move on to the next section till 70 minutes are over, unlike last year, when they had 135 minutes to attempt the same number of questions without any section-wise time restriction. The section-wise time allocation will end race against time in the exam which always puts speed at a premium.
Tamil Nadu has reported a marginal fall in the number of admissions in technical courses— down from 112,000 last year to 104,000 in 2011 — even though the number of seats on offer has gone up by nearly 30,000. This is an evidence that students have become choosy and they are looking for institutions and courses offering better placements and facilities. The quality of Faculty and infrastructure are also among the many reasons causing this drop out.
Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have announced the Common Admission Test 2011 (CAT 2011) highlights. Prometric, a provider of market-leading test development and test delivery solutions is IIMs’ partner in developing and delivering CAT 2011. The first section will consist of Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. Whereas, the second section will focus on Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits.
The examination will be 140 minutes. Within each section, candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions which will have an on-screen countdown timer.
The Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU’s) School of Foreign Languages (SOFL) introduces on-campus certificate programme in Russian language. This six months certificate course is specially targeted for all those who are in Indian business concerns in Russian and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries. Students with 18 years of age and above with class 10th level of English proficiency are qualified for admission. Classes will be conducted at IGNOU headquarters in Maidan Garhi, Delhi on weekdays. Each session will be of two to three hours per day.
AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) has now made admissions into various technical courses easier. This has been made possible as the council has lowered the eligibility criteria from 50% in Class 12 to 45% (in Physics, Chemistry and Math) from this year. The criteria will be applicable to Engineering, Hotel Management, Pharmacy and Architecture courses. The good news is that for the reserved category, the cut-off will now be 40%. This decision was taken in a meeting held in Delhi on 28th June.
This year Delhi University is witnessing a rise in students opting for Languages. According to colleges, there is an increase in the number of students opting for language courses compared to last year. College authorities said that they usually admit students in languages after the release of third cut-off list. Students are taking admissions into Arabic, Bengali, Persian, Sanskrit and Urdu.
While the fight is on for admissions into some of the best colleges, there are some youngsters who are opting for community colleges. Community colleges are a new concept which is liked by lot of people in India. A community college primarily offers vocational education, diploma and certificate level courses. The first community college in India was founded as recently as 1995, in Pondicherry. In nearly three years, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has over two lakh students in about 600 community colleges across the Indian sub-continent.