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CAT 2016 Notification: Changes incorporated in registration form and addition in exam venue

The Common Admission test (CAT) is one of the national level management entrance examinations. The exam is schedules to be held on 4th December, 2016. This exam will be conducted every year by IIMs as a prerequisite for the admissions to various management programmes in IIMs.

Throughout the year, this exam has been going through many major changes in exam pattern, marking schemes, syllabus etc.  Now, two major changes have been incorporated in the registration form with the addition of a designated test centre i.e. Noida.

Registrations for CAT examination are going on. The candidates who haven’t enrolled yet will enrol themselves by September 22, 2016. In order to appear for the exam, candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised institute/ university.

Other than this, one of the designated test centres has been added in the list i.e Noida. It was previously removed as a test centre in the year 2014 and Greater Noida – a suburb of Noida was included in the list. This move of incorporation of Greater Noida as Test centre caused lots of problems for the candidates from Delhi- NCR, who was taking Noida as a test Centre.

The selection of candidates will be done on the basis of Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and after this, selected candidates will be called for personal interviews (PI) round.

Changes in CAT Exam 2014 Pattern

Changes in CAT exam

 

Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the CAT conducting body has recently announced major changes in CAT examination pattern this year. While some have been accepted with fervor, some are yet to go down well with MBA aspirants. Apparently, these changes have been made so as to ensure that maximum no. of candidates apply this year.

CAT, which is commonly conducted in a testing window of 21 days in the month of October and November, has been reduced to a 2-day window and will be held on Nov 16 and Nov 22 respectively and covered in 4 sessions spanning morning and afternoon. This is to be seen whether the conducting body will be able to do it all in 2 days as efficiently as it used to do it in 21-day-window earlier.

This year CAT is supposed to be held in 99 cities at 354 testing sites where earlier there used to be 40 testing cities with 76 testing sites, which explains the agenda of IIM to encourage maximum no. of applications to this exam. However, CAT 2014 aspirants cannot have the privilege to select their preferred slots as the Exam will be held on two separate dates.

As per the CAT 2014 pattern, all aspirants are supposed to register themselves ONLINE from august 6 to September 30, 2014, through online payment of required registration fee. Thus, the availability of off-line voucher option has been scraped from now onwards.

Questions in CAT 2014 have been increased to 50 in each section from the existing 30 questions. Thus, practically, the exam duration has also been increased to half an hour, making it 170 minutes which somehow nullifies the ‘extra time’ cause.

This time around, CAT 2014 aspirants are supposed to do the tutorial sessions well in advance from the website as tutorial won’t be available prior to the examination.

Probably one thing that remains unchanged is the exam syllabus. The candidates shall face the same four sections:Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

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