IMS Open SIMCAT A good beginning

The paper was different as was highly advertised by IMS but was it up to the CAT standard?. The pattern was a surprise but the questions were not that tough. The cutoff should go beyond 50 and that's quite high compare to last couple of CAT exams.

The paper was not similar to XAT as few were complaining. In XAT all the questions in a single block are related to each other i.e it is impossible to solve bit iii without solving bit i & ii but it was not the case with this paper. All the mathematic questions appeared in block but most of the questions are unrelated to each other. The design of the paper is good in the sense that the pattern was new, it required a bit of reading, fewer questions in accordance with current CAT trend but the AIW team missed two things - the standard of the questions was not up to the mark and the questions did not cover all the areas of CAT. Of late CAT has been more reasoning than anything else but open simcat was far from that.

Nevertheless it is a good beginning and the best thing about the test is that it gives a good picture of all CAT aspirants. Whatever the flaws with the test the percentile one get will be very similar to be in real CAT except few exceptions. It will not be possible for any other coaching center to conduct a mock with so many exam takers. Congrats IMS for that and I hope IMS continue this trend in all coming years open simCAT 2 week before real CAT.

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