Non MCQ type Question In CAT – What to expect?

In CAT 2015 the time limit to take the exam was increased from 170 to 180 minutes. Keeping the number of questions as 100, the aspirants also faced some direct answer type questions in which the candidates were not provided with multiple-choice options to answer. Here some of the possible doubts regarding this direct answer system of CAT are explained to help the CAT aspirants attend these questions comfortably.


Why Were The Direct Answer Questions Included In The CAT?

In CAT 2015, around 10-15 questions were asked in which the candidates were required to type the direct answers instead of multiple-choice questions. This major change was done to reduce the scope of guesswork, reduce the impact of “shortcuts” and elimination process, that the multiple-choice questions provide. Candidates were also able to use the on-screen calculators for computation in the exam. This, in turn, requires the aspirant to be extra careful and answer the question only if they know the exact answer.


From Which Section Can You Expect Direct Answer Type Question?

The CAT aspirants won’t be having the access to the keyboard and keeping that track, all the Logical Reasoning questions and Reading Comprehension questions won’t be having Direct answer type questions. Also, it is not possible for any set to have all the questions having “direct” answers. Aspirants can expect a huge percentage of questions from the Quantitative aptitude and data interpretation part. An important tip would be not to skip these questions if you are sure of the answers. If you are being given a para jumble question, then it would be better to skip because answering a para jumble question mostly requires the choices to answer for elimination.

Will The CAT Direct Answer Type Questions Be Attracting Negative Marking?

It has been a debatable topic for the aspirants and the authorities if the direct answers are going to attract any negative marking.  By analysing CAT previous year papers, it is confirmed that CAT direct answers type questions won’t be having any negative marking for incorrect. The purpose of negative marking is not to eliminate guessing but to discourage. It would have been unfair if negative marking had been awarded since the answers are charged to subjectivity.

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