Quick look at CAT 2014

 

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management. CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management as a prerequisite for admission to various management programmes of IIMs, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) and few other institutions. Before 2009, CAT was a paper based test conducted on a single day for all candidates.

CHANGES IN CAT 2014 TEST FORMAT

CAT 2014 is much more aspirant friendly this year. The IIM’s have discontinued the offline purchase of forms. The aspirant can register and make the payment through online modes only. Payment can be done through credit card, debit card or net banking.. The examination will be conducted in 99 cities comprising 354 test sites. Last year, there were 45 test sites only. The CAT 2014 will give an option to prefer three test cities in the order of preference. The candidates need not have rush for registration for blocking their slots and sites.

Questions in each section, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning have been increased to 50 in each section from the existing 30 questions.There is no predefined Syllabus for CAT 2014 new exam pattern except for the fact that the topics have been more or less same in CAT over the years. While difficulty level is expected on the same level, number and type of expected questions may throw surprises in CAT 2014 new pattern. Some of the expected patterns suggest that there will be more questions on Error corrections, twisted type of Vocabulary based questions, structure change: Last sentence of paragraph, more and different questions on Para Jumble, more and different questions on Reading Comprehension.

Duration of the examination has been increased to 170 minutes from the existing limit of 140 minutes. Candidates have the flexibility for devoting more or less time to each section according to their ability and they can switch over from one section to another section for the duration of the examination. Aspirants can solve those questions in first attempt which they can solve confidently.

Increase of seats in IIMs

After gradual decline in the number of CAT takers for over five years, last year the number of registrations increased marginally with a total registration of 2,14,068. Expecting an increase in number of applicants over the past years the IIMs have increased the number of seats. A total of 115 seats have been added taking the total seats across 13 IIMs to 3,335. With the increase of seats and flexible exam pattern the 2014 CAT provides a better opportunity for aspirants to get into IIMs and other premium B Schools of India register under CAT.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree,with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled tribe (ST) or Persons with Disability (PWD) category], of any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of UGC act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. the Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification obtained by the candidate must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent.the percentage obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be based on the practice followed by the university/ institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case of the candidates being awarded grades/CGPA  instead of marks,the equivalence would be based on the equivalence certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained bachelor’s degree.In case the university/ institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by the IIMs by dividing obtained CGPA with the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant with 100.

Candidates appearing for the final year bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirement and are awaiting results can also apply. Such candidates must produce a certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the university/ institution certifying that the candidate is currently in the final year / is awaiting final results and has obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category) based on latest available grades/ marks.

HOW TO APPLY

You can register for CAT 2014 from the official CAT 2014 website www.iimcat.ac.in between the period of August 6th , 2014 and September 30th, 2014.

Registration steps to CAT 2014 is as follows:
Register to create a profile
Login with system generated User ID and Password
Submit Application which includes filling details and making an online payment

Important Dates for CAT 2014

Release of Advertisement 27th July (Sunday), 2014
Online Registration for CAT 06th August 10:00 AM to 30th September 11:59 PM, 2014
Admit Card Download Window 16th October to Exam Date (16th or 22nd November, 2014)
Exam Date 16th (Sunday) and 22nd (Saturday) November, 2014
Release of Result Third week of December, 2014.

PAYMENT OF REGISTRATION FEES

The registration fees is Rs 1600 for general and NC-OBC candidates and Rs 800 for SC/ST/PWD (DA) candidates, which is to be paid online at the time of registration. The details will be available on www.iimcat.ac.in.

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