Common Admission Test (CAT) is national-level management entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). CAT scores are used for admission to various management courses across the country. The CAT 2017 Exam will be held in the month of August. This is a computer based test comprised in the quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning.
Correspondence Address: CAT Centre 2015, C/O IIM Ahmedabad Vastrapur Ahmedabad 380 015
The IIMs mainly offer Postgraduate, Doctoral and executive programmes. The two-year flagship programme of IIMs - Post Graduate Diploma - is also popularly known as MBA. Admission is based on merit and a rigorous selection process that consists of Group Discussions (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), Personal Interview (PI), CAT scores and other factors. The list of shortlisted candidates will be made available on the individual IIM websites after the CAT results. Candidates can pay the fee through online modes only by Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking.
Candidates aspiring to appear for CAT 2017 can register via three step registration process on the official website. The three step registration process involves registration, logging and filling the application form. After registering, applicants have to fill the application form on the official website. Candidates will have four preference options to select the test cities in the order of preference. Candidates do not need to rush during the initial registration days to block slots. Candidates will be given their first preferred city. In case, they do not get the first preference, the same process will be repeated for the second, third and fourth preferred city. It will be allotted by CAT Centre on random basis. Candidates have no option to choose.
The registration fee is Rs 1600 for General and NC-OBC candidates (Rs 800 for SC/ST/PWD (DA) categories). Additional charges are applicable on the final amount. The test fee can be paid via Debit/Credit cards or through internet banking. The admit card will be available for download from the site. The admit card will contain identity details, scanned signatures, photograph, etc.
"Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice types. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen. The tutorials will clearly explain this change. Also, we will allow use of basic on-screen calculator for computation," informed CAT 2016 authorities. Candidates will be allotted 60 minutes to answer questions in each section. Moreover, one cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section. The tutorial / sample paper to understand the format of the examination will be available on the CAT website. According to Professor Tathagata Bandyopadhyay, "Regarding the content part, one of our concerns is, score in Quant dominates the percentile rank in CAT. As a consequence it brings in skewness to the selection process towards a particular set of candidates from a particular background. This year we intend to address it by making some changes in the test content and also by rationalizing weights assigned to different components of the test. This we hope will create a level-playing field for all candidates, no matter what educational background they come from, and will remove skewness to a large extent that we referred to above. We believe such a move will help us identify candidates from varied backgrounds who will become future leaders in their chosen profession. Such a move will also help IIMs bring in greater diversity in the classrooms and will go a long way in enriching the learning experience."
Here are the eligibility details for CAT 2017. The candidate must possess a Bachelors Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category). Percentage obtained in bachelor’s degree would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the concerned university/institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion would be based on the process defined by the concerned university/ institution. In absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply for CAT 2017. There’s no specific list of CAT participating colleges. However, almost every top B-School in India accepts CAT scores.