Common Admission Test commonly called as CAT
CAT is conducted by the IIMs which is the Indian Institute Of Managements. Apart from the IIM’s, 40 other Management Institutes use the CAT score for short listing the candidates. Students who are interested in Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP) and Fellow Programmes in Management (FGM) which is equivalent to a Ph.D can apply for the CAT exams which occur once in a year usually in the month of November. Besides the PGP and FGM there are also sectoral programmes on Agricultural & Rural Development, Energy & Power, Human Settlements & Environment, Population & Health, Transportation and finally Education Management.
Candidates applying for the exams must hold a Bachelor’s Degree which is recognized by the Association of Indian Universities, with at least 50% marks or a corresponding Cumulative Grade Point (CPGA) and 45% for students of the Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) or Persons with Disability (PWD). A minimum of three years of the Bachelor’s Degree is required by the candidate after completing higher secondary schooling. Students who are pursuing their final year of the bachelor’s degree can also apply. Such students are required to present the mark sheet and a certificate of having passed the Bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by the Principal/Registrar. The 2 ½ hour test consists of four categories to test the abilities of the students in their logical, mathematical, analytical and linguistic skills. The categories are Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation (DI), Reading Comprehension (RC) and Verbal Ability (VA). The questions under each of these categories are multiple choice questions. One mark is awarded for every correct answer and for every wrong answer,1/4th of a mark is deducted. The CAT score will remain valid for one year for all the IIMs. Candidates are ranked based on the scores obtained in each of the categories and also overall. Followed by this the candidates short listed for the second round must go through group discussions and personal interviews. Final selection is based on their performances and other attributes like academics, co-curricular activities, extra-curricular activities, etc.
CAT exam is the most toughest and exclusive management entrance examination in India. CAT takes a cyber leap to go online from December 6. This will be a whole new phase in the history of the CAT exam. And the candidates who adapt the fastest will be the ones who will be the most succesful!
At the best of times cracking the CAT is a daunting task. With the additional uncertainty of online testing, it will require a lot of adjustment from aspirants to crack it.
And this has opened a myriad of questions in the minds of CAT 2009 aspirants.