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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014
Dates for CAT 2014 announced
HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 06, 2014
First Published: 12:37 IST(6/8/2014)
Last Updated: 12:39 IST(6/8/2014)

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have announced the registration for Common Admission Test 2014 (CAT 2014). A few major changes for CAT 2014 have been introduced and this is seen as an improvement from the past five years.

The CAT 2014 will be conducted in two days, consisting of four sessions overall. The exam will be conducted in 99 cities comprising about 354 test sites
Candidates will be given the option to select three test cities in the order of preference and hence need not rush to block slots and sites in the initial registration days.

As far as possible, candidates will be given their first preferred city across the four sessions on a random basis. If the second city is not possible for some reason, then the third preferred city will be allotted.

The exams will be held on November 16, 2014 (Sunday) and November 22, 2014 (Saturday).

The candidates have no option to select the dates. The dates will be allotted by the CAT centre on a random basis

The purchase of offline vouchers has been discontinued from this year and the candidates have to make the payment of registration fee through online modes only by credit card, debit card or through net banking.

After submission of application, candidates will be permitted to download their admit cards from October 16, 2014 onwards until their exam date.

For example, if the candidate is appearing for the test on November 16, then she/he can download the admit card only upto November 16, 2014 (forenoon or afternoon session) according to her/his slot.

The duration of the examination has been increased to 170 minutes from the existing limit of 140 minutes.
 
Questions in each section,  - quantitative ability and data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning, have been increased to 50 (per section) from the existing limit of 30 questions.

Candidates can decide how much time they want to spend on each of the sections. They have the flexibility for devoting more or less time to each section. Depending on their ability, they can switch over from one section to another section for the duration of the exam.

A tutorial to understand the format of the examination will not be available before the start of the examination. Candidates are advised to do the tutorials, from the website well in advance.

Candidates can register online until September 30, 11.59pm. The results of CAT 2014 are expected to be released sometime around the third week of December 2014. Visit iimcat.ac.in for further details.


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