SEC gave go-ahead to IIM Lucknow to conduct CAT exam amidst urban bodies’ election

The urban bodies’ election in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh coincides this year with the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017. The exam is being conducted by Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow on November 26, 2017. The urban bodies’ elections are also supposed to be held in three phases -November 22, 26 and 29. So, that the most prestigious management exam does not get postponed the institute has been given the go-ahead to conduct the exam.
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On Wednesday, IIM-L director Prof Ajit Prasad met state election commissioner SK Agarwal, seeking permission for the districts of Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura and Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida and Greater Noida). Following discussions with officials of the home department, principal secretary and ADG, law and order, it was decided that IIM-L be given the green signal for conducting the exam.

On November 26, the day of CAT, 25 districts go to polls of which seven are those where the exam was to be held. Most of the exam centres are outside municipal limits. Also, IIM-L didn’t ask for any security arrangements.

When it comes to the number of candidates who have registered or will appear for Common Aptitude Test (CAT) 2017, it is 2,31,067. This figure is little down as against the 2,32,436 registrations done last year. However, the fairer sex has done fairly well this year. Meaning, number of women candidates who have registered for CAT 2017, has marginally increased from 76,704 in 2016 to 78,009. Moreover, as many as 31 transgender candidates have applied for the exam. 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.

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.

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