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Going online for CAT?

Here’s a checklist you should keep handy while filling out CAT applications Jaideep Singh Reports

education Updated: Sep 16, 2009 09:34 IST
Jaideep Singh

With the CAT going online, even the registration process is online this year. The much- awaited and eagerly anticipated event began a couple of days ago and I am sure you have read about the ‘horrors’ that some of the aspirants went through.

Let me assure you, though, there is nothing to be worried about as the IIMs and Prometric have announced measures to ensure that no candidate is inconvenienced.

This article highlights a list of common errors and gives you a checklist of things to keep in mind as you fill out the CAT applications. I’d suggest that you keep a copy of this checklist handy as you fill out the form and tick each item as you complete it. Check the form to ensure that it’s error-free.

Points to note:
l Review the data on every page very carefully before clicking the “Next” button
l The boxes for address do not allow any special characters (e.g. / , . ). So if your address contains these characters, use a space or a hyphen (-) instead.

If you are confused about which programme to apply for, here’s a primer:

PGP:
Apply to all PGP programmes (the two-year postgraduate programme) if you are interested in doing the regular MBA programmes of the IIMs.

PGP ABM:
Apply to all PGP ABM programmes (the two-year postgraduate programme in agri-business management) if you are interested in agriculture management.

IIM Calcutta PGP PGDCM:
This is a programme in computer management. Students should apply for this programme also.

Non-IIM institutes:
You should definitely select this box. If you do not, your scores might not be sent to other institutes.

FPM:
This is a PhD level programme, and is recommended only for people who have a serious interest in research. All students who want to do an MBA should not apply to this programme.

IIM Bangalore PGSEM:
The postgraduate programme in software enterprise management (PGSEM) is an executive general management education programme designed for the specific needs of professionals working in the software and information technology industry in India. It’s a part-time programme, with classes on Friday mornings and Saturdays. So it is recommended only for working professionals.

IIM Bangalore PGPPM:
The programme presents an innovative and socially relevant approach to public policy, besides being power-packed with pathbreaking insights into winning policy-making and management strategies. Only officers of the All-India Services and Central Services are eligible for this programme.

IIM Indore Ex PGP:
The 18-month Executive PGP programme is a uniquely designed course for working executives and entrepreneurs. It provides them with a platform to hone their skills and competencies, to rise higher in business. Typically, this programme admits candidates with a minimum of five years’ experience after graduation.

The author is a senior member of the Academic Team, T.I.M.E.

For more information log on to catiim.in or time4education.com

MAKE NO ERRORS, PLEASE

Name:
There is no separate box for middle name. So enter your first name and middle name (if any) in the box ‘First name’ and only your last name /surname in the box ‘surname’

E-mail address:
Enter the e-mail address correctly. It would be better if you type the e-mail ID in both the boxes (‘E-mail’ and ‘confirm e-mail’), instead of typing in one box and copying it to the other.

State:
Check the field ‘State, province or union territory’ carefully before clicking the next button.

Educational information:
You should tick the boxes for ‘SSC or equivalent’ and ‘HSC or equivalent’ and give your marks details there. Select all other educational qualifications and fill up the details. The option for selecting CBSE and ICSE is available at the bottom of the drop down menu)

Non-IIM institutes:
Students should definitely select this box. If you do not, your scores might not be sent to other institutes.

User name /password:
Make a note of your user ID and password and store this information carefully. This is the last stage of the registration process. Before you start filling your user name, please doublecheck everything else that you have filled till then (by going back to the previous pages using the ‘back’ button provided at the bottom of the page). Once you press ‘submit’ on this screen, the registration process is over.

SC, ST and DA candidates must send a copy of their valid caste certificate and disability certificate to the CAT Centre immediately upon completion of ‘online registration for verification purpose’. Write your voucher serial no. On the certificate.

The address is:
CAT Centre, C/O PGP Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, 380 015, India

If you’ve already filled out the form and have made a few errors, do not fret. You will be able to log in using your user ID and password and edit your form from September 18 till the end of the registration window. However, please note that you will not be able to edit your first name and last name.

For more information log on to catiim.in or time4education.com