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JMET is dead, long live CAT

IIMs, IISc jump on to Common Admission Test bandwagon.

education Updated: Aug 31, 2011 09:46 IST
Hindustan Times

The IIMs, IITs and IIScs have announced that the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee, and the Indian Institute

of Science (IISc) Bangalore have decided to use CAT 2011 as part of the student selection process of their MBA and MMgt programmes from the academic year 2012-13. The

Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) for admission to the IITs and IISc stands discontinued. A recent review revealed that the relatively young JMET was not too

dissimilar to CAT, and that the effort to organise JMET seemed enormous in relation to the approximately 40,000 candidates who took the test each year.

“The intersection of candidates who take both CAT and JMET in a single year is quite large. The decision to use CAT for admission will minimise preparation and

financial burden on candidates,” said professor L S Ganesh, former head of department of the management department, IIT-Madras. CAT is an ideal fit for IITs as it is a

well-evolved, established, standardised and widely accepted entrance exam for admission into PG programmes in management in India. It is also conceived and developed

by the IIMs, which are highly regarded national institutions like the IITs, he added.

Welcoming this move, professor Janakiraman Moorthy, CAT 2011 Convenor, said, “This is a major initiative that brings two premier higher education systems together. We

anticipate that this will result in closer tie-ups and collaborative research work that will provide both sets of institutions a competitive edge in the long run.”

CAT 2011 will be held over a 20-day window from October 22 to November 18 2011 across 36 cities. Online registration opened on August 17 and will be available until

September 28 2011. Prometric, a trusted provider of market-leading test development and test delivery solutions, is IIMs’ partner in developing and delivering CAT


For more details on CAT 2011, including the list of non-IIM institutions registered to use CAT 2011 scores, refer to

First Published: Aug 30, 2011 10:48 IST