IIM Bangalore to hold CAT 2016 on December 4: notification out

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore will hold the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 on December 4. The registrations will open on August 8th and the application filling deadline has been set as on September 22.

iim catThe CAT 2016 notification has been released today on Sunday July 31, 2016. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will continue to be the test-taking agency.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most coveted MBA entrance exam, conducted by the IIM annually on a rotational basis. This year the conducting body is IIM Bangalore. CAT 2016 will be conducted on December 4th in two sessions for admissions to various management programmes across IIMs and other top B-schools. It’ll be a computer-based test, with a dynamic exam pattern which changes every year. The changes introduced by the conducting IIMs mainly aim to bring diversity in the management classrooms, both in terms of academic as well as in terms of gender. The scores of CAT 2016 will be accepted by 20 IIMs offering around 3750 seats. Apart from the IIMs over 100 B-schools in India conduct their admission through CAT scores.

Although until 2009, CAT used to be a multiple window test. Since the inception of the computer based mode, in 2015, CAT was held in a single day window on November 29, 2015, in 2 slots. Following the trend, the test will be held in a single day this year too. In a first last year, CAT saw the introduction of an on-screen calculator and non-MCQ questions.

Last year, the CAT was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad and had introduced several changes and saw many firsts. The number of applicants also increased to a 5 year high and crossed 2 lakh mark. While the total number of applications received was 2,18,664 and the actual number of test takers was 1,79,602.

The changes in syllabus and exam pattern, along with details application procedure will be updated here.

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