Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) announce the registration of the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013).
The registration will be open from 5 August through 26 September 2013. New this year, CAT candidates can buy vouchers online directly from IIMs, from 5 August to 24 September. Physical vouchers can be purchased from designated Axis Bank branches also.
Date of the exam:
16 October to 11 November 2013 — in Prometric test centres across 40 cities. This is an increase in 4 cities from last year’s 36 cities.
Candidates can register and schedule for CAT 2013 on the website www.cat2013.iimidr.ac.in or https://iim.prometric.com.
Across all IIMs, 115 seats have been added for B-School admissions this year, a total of 3,335 seats.
The “toughest” b-school entrance exam in the world” had 2,14,000 candidates last year. 60,000 were women.
The 13 IIMs include Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Shillong, Tiruchirappalli and Udaipur. Besides the IIMs a host of top b-schools also accept the CAT score.
You can get GD/Interview calls from 13 IIMs only if you are in the top 1-2% percent. Final admission criteria includes strong and consistent academic results in class X, XII and graduation.
Exam pattern for 2013:
Similar to last year’s exam, the CAT 2013 will have two sections. The first section will focus on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second on Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be for 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second and will be unable to go back.
A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through it carefully before starting the main examination. The total duration will be two hours and 35 minutes including the tutorial. A practice test to provide candidates with a feel of the timed sections, as well as navigation and functionality of the actual test will be made available on www.cat2013.iimidr.ac.in in the coming weeks. Candidates are advised to go through the practice test carefully to familiarize themselves with the screens, layout and navigation.