Every year the Indian Institutes of Managements conduct a nation level computer-based test to screen the candidates applying for various management programs offered by the IIMs and other Top B-Schools of the country. This test is popularly known as CAT or Common Admission Test. Through the CAT examination, candidates are selected to pursue various management programs offered by the 19 IIM’S in the country.
CAT 2015 will be conducted by IIM Ahmedabad. CAT 2015 will be held on November 29, 2015 in two-sessions. The score obtained in the CAT exam can be used to apply for courses not just in the IIMs but also in 150 other B-Schools in India. The CAT exam will be conducted in 136 cities across 650 test centers all over India.
Exam Name: Common Admission Test
Commonly Known As: CAT
Exam Type: National
Exam Category: PG Entrance Exam
Conducting Institute: IIM Ahmedabad
The candidates appearing for CAT must have a graduation degree in any discipline and must have obtained an aggregate of not less than 50% marks. The candidates belonging to the SC, ST, OBC and DA categories must have an aggregate of not less than 45% marks to apply for the test. Students pursuing the final year of their graduation can also apply for the examination.
The candidate must register themselves online at CAT’s official website. Filling out the personal information about the candidate is the next step. Choosing the test centers follows that. The complete submission of the application takes place when the payment for the examination fee is made by the candidate through Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking. No offline procedure will be valid for CAT 2015.
General Category- INR 1600
NC-OBC, SC/ST.PWD (DA) Category- INR 800
The CAT admit-cards can be downloaded by the candidates from the official website from 15th October, 2015 onwards till the exam day. No e-mails shall be sent to the candidates.
CAT 2015 has few changes this year. The duration of the exam has been increased by 10 minutes and a new section has been added i.e. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR). Candidates need to attempt 100 questions in 180 minutes. Direct answer questions, in which candidates need to type directly on screen has been introduced. On-screen calculators will also be made available this year.
CAT 2015 is a computer based online examination with duration of 180 minutes and the question paper will be divided into three sections namely, Quantitative ability, Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning (DILR) and Verbal & Reading Comprehension. The candidates will be awarded 3 marks for every right answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
After the CAT exam, the shortlisting of candidates is done by IIMs based on the scores obtained by the candidates. The candidates shortlisted are called in for the next stage of selection process which includes: group discussion, personal interview and written ability test rounds. The final selection will be based on the performance of the candidates in all the above mentioned rounds as well as the past academic performance.
19 IIMs and about 150 B-Schools will use the CAT scores to select candidates for various post graduate management courses offered by them.