The 2016 edition of the Common Admission Test (CAT), conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for a seat in their management programmes, will be held on December 4. CAT will be conducted in two sessions on one day across 138 cities. Online registrations for the exam open on August 8 and close on September 22.
According to Professor Rajendra K Bandi, convener for CAT 2016, IIM Bangalore, candidates will be given the option to select four test cities in order of preference. Test cities and centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date for registration. This means that candidates need not rush to block slots and sites in the initial days of registration.
“We will try our best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted to an alternate city. However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly,” says Bandi.
Registration fee will have to be paid online. Once the application process is complete, candidates will be permitted to download their admit card from October 18 till December 4.
The test, which lasts 180 minutes, will have three sections on verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation and logical reasoning and quantitative ability. This time, some questions in each section will not be multiple-choice type. Direct answers have to be typed on the screen instead. This will be clearly explained through CAT tutorials. The tutorial to understand the test format will be available on the CAT website from October 18, 2016. Use of basic on-screen calculator for computation will be allowed.
Further, this year, sectional time limits (60 minutes per section) introduced in CAT 2015, will be retained this year too. This means students cannot switch between sections until they have completed the section they are answering.
CAT results are likely to be released in the second week of January 2017. Candidates can email any queries related to the test at email@example.com. A bachelor’s degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent Cumulative Grade Point Average is necessary for general category students to be eligible for CAT.
IIMs shortlist candidates for the second stage of selection, which may be different for each IIM. The process may include a written ability test, group discussions and personal interviews.