Around 2.31 lakh candidates have registered for India’s biggest MBA entrance test, the Common Admission Test to be conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L) on November 26.The registration for the Common Admission Test (CAT 2017) has closed on September 25. Regardless, the registration window was extended for 5 days; still, it is slightly below the 2016 numbers.
Registrations for the Common Admission Test (CAT) to IIMs and other leading B-schools declined a bit this year. It had shot up to a seven-year high in 2016, with 2,32,434 candidates applying for the entrance test to IIMs and other prominent B-schools. While male candidates comprised the majority (67%) in 2016, the percentage of female candidates had marginally increased by 1% compared to CAT 2015. During the extension period of five days, some 20,000 candidates had applied.
The admit card will be made available from October 18 till the test date. A tutorial to understand the format of the test will be available on the official website of CAT from October 18 onwards. Candidates may work on the tutorials well in advance to get the gist about the much-acclaimed exam. CAT 2017 application form was available from August 9 to September 25, 2017. Earlier the last date of application was September 20. However, IIM Lucknow had later extended the last date of application.
CAT scores are accepted by the 20 IIMs and more than 100 business schools across the country. Around 4000 seats are offered through IIMs. CAT 2017 will be conducted in test centres spread across approximately 140 test cities.
The test will be in two sessions. Duration of the test is180 minutes and it will have three sections. Section I will have the verbal ability and reading comprehension; section II data interpretation and logical reasoning and section III will deal with quantitative ability. Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type and candidates will have to type direct answers online instead. The candidates can also use the basic onscreen calculator for computation. Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
Those who crack CAT 2017, their name and roll number will be made available on the website of the respective IIMs. Each IIM will send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly. The criteria for shortlisting vary for each IIM.
According to CAT previous years’ registration trends, in the year 2015, 218,664 candidates had applied for the exam which was more than a number of applicants registered in 2014. The number of applications received in the year 2014 was 196,988. While the number of applicants registered in 2013 and 2012 was 194,516 and 214,000 respectively.