The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore will conduct Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 on December 4 for admissions to various management studies courses offered by IIMs located across the country. In order to get a chance for studying in one of the best B-Schools in the country, several lakh aspirants take this annual exam which is conducted by a particular IIM on a rotational basis. For CAT 2016, IIM Bangalore will coordinate the proceedings of the test and the Institute had released the advertisement for CAT 2016 on July 31, 2016. As per the notified schedule, the registration window for CAT 2016 has opened today on August 8, and the candidates will be able to register for the test till September 22, 2016 (up to 5 PM).
CAT 2016 Convenor and IIM Bangalore Professor Rajendra K. Bandi issued a press released on August 4, describing the salient features for CAT 2016 aspirants. The release mentioned that the test would be conducted in two sessions on December 4 and the results of the test would be announced in the second week of January 2017 tentatively. CAT will be taken as an objective type test in two slots/sessions (forenoon & afternoon sessions). The candidates upon successful registration for the test, will be able to select 4 cities from the list of test cities, one of which they will be alloted to take the test. The authorities have made it clear that the test cities and centers will be allotted to the candidates only once the registration process would close and they will try to allot the first preferred city to the candidates. The candidates will not be able to select a particular session as it will be assigned randomly.
CAT 2016 will be conducted in 138 cities across the country and the exact details of test city and center will be available on the admit cards which will be uploaded on the official site on October 18. The duration of the test will be 3 hours and the test would consist of three sections : Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. To answer questions in each section, the candidates will be given exactly 60 minutes time and they would not be ble to switch from one section to another during this time frame.
In the last CAT exam conducted by IIM Ahmedabad, many changes were introduced in the test pattern. Direct answer questions were introduced last year apart from multiple choice questions; on-screen calculator was also allowed for computation. Keeping these changes in the test, IIM Bangalore has announced that the candidates may be required to type direct answers for some questions in each section and basic on-screen calculator use will be allowed. The tutorials will be made available on the CAT website from October 18 which will help the candidates understand the format of the test.
For queries on CAT 2016, the candidates can refer to official site www.iimcat.ac.in. The helpdesk can be reached at 1-800-266-3549 and also at firstname.lastname@example.org.