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CAT completed; students relieved

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BANGALORE, FEB. 15. Relief was writ large on the faces of the candidates in the city on Sunday who took the Common Admission Test for admission to the Indian Institute of Management. The test was first held on November 22 last, but was declared null and void after the question papers were leaked.

While 8,000 students had registered for the November test, fewer took the test on Sunday.

There were some who had not prepared well and some who had only taken the first CAT to "just see how it was". Illness too played villain.

Kala (all names changed), a software engineer in Bangalore, was forced to stay home as she had high fever. There were some happy reasons for not taking the test too. Varsha, who finished her engineering course from a college in Mysore last year, decided not to take her test as she landed a "nice job" with a company in Chennai. Several candidates who had taken the test told The Hindu that they knew friends who had taken the first one but didn't return for the second.

Among those who took the test, the verdict was mixed. Sunil an undergraduate from Belgaum said: "well, it wasn't very tough... besides we had extra three months to prepare". Not every one agreed. The "toughie" was the "quant" (quantitative analysis) said Nivedita who works in the accounts section of a multinational company here. "Data Interpretation was easy but the Reading Comprehension section was a pain," she said.

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