This year, IIM Bangalore is holding the CAT 2016 exam and the schedule is expected next week.
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore is expected to announce the dates of the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 by July-end i.e., in upcoming 15 days. For the year 2016, IIM Bangalore will conduct CAT 2016 exam with Professor Prof Rajendra K Bandi as the convener. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will continue to be the test-taking agency. The registration process for the exam will begin in the first week of August 2016.
CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national level examination conducted by the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) based on the policy of rotation. This is a computer based test comprised in the quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning. The exam is proposed in the 2nd or 3rd-week end in the month of November 2016 across the country. CAT is the mandatory entrance exam for admission to all the 20 IIMs and other top rated B-schools like FMS, IMI, IMT, JBIMS, MDI, SPJIMR amongst others.
Quite a few changes were introduced in the examination pattern in CAT 2015- In Brief
The CAT 2015 test pattern was changed in a bid to create a level-playing field between the engineering and non-engineering candidates. Aspirants were asked to attempt 100 questions in 180 minutes. On-screen calculators and direct answer questions (type-in-questions) were also introduced. The CAT exam pattern is still evolving and IIM Bangalore is expected to further introduce some changes in the test.
Will CAT 2016 offer the same good opportunity as last year to attract more Non-engineers and women candidates to improve diversity in IIM classrooms as it offered last year? In all probability yes! IIM Ahmedabad who convened CAT last year overhauled the exam structure and content with the sole objective to have more non-engineers, women and candidates from diversified background to improve academic and gender diversity in IIM classrooms.
Lets us hope!! IIM Bangalore, the CAT 2016 convener may further modify the structure and pattern of CAT 2016 to make it more appealing to aspirants hailing from the non-engineering background and for female candidates.
CAT 2016 to offer level playing field for all
Going by the trend and commitment of IIMs as reflected in their respective admission policy, it is expected that CAT 2016 will also have the vision to bring about holistic improvement at an operational and content level in the exam. CAT 2016 will create a level-playing field for all candidates, no matter what educational background they come from.
Dominance of engineers fading in IIMs
Since top rated IIMs and other B-schools have majority students from Engineering background, CAT 2016 may bring about the innovative changes in the computer-based CAT 2016 to provide equal opportunity of scoring high to all the test takers.
More weightage to academic & gender diversity
The admission policy of almost all IIMs has undergone several modifications. As of now the significant weightage is being offered to the academic and gender diversity and less weightage to CAT score in the final round of the admission. Presently, the vision of CAT convener is to offer more opportunities to Non-engineers and women in class rooms of IIMs, which might further result in higher percentage increase in PGP 2017-19 batch at IIMs.