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    How to apply for CAT Test Examination being a final year BE student?

    How to apply for CAT Test Examination being a final year BE student?

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    Re: How to apply for CAT Test Examination being a final year BE student?

    Hello Friend,

    Being a final year B.E student the time is right for you to prepare for the Common Admission Test or CAT. The following is the full information of CAT.

    CAT-Common Admission Test:-

    The Common Admission Test, popularly known as CAT is the gateway of India’s 13 prestigious 13 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top B-Schools like Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (JBIMS), Management Development Institute, Gurgaon (MDI), S. P. Jain Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (SPJIMR), Institute of Management & Technology, Ghaziabad (IMT), Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA).
    CAT is the admission test for top B schools two year full time Post Graduate Programmes in Management and Ph.D programmes of IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi and IIM Trichy.

    CAT History:-

    Till year 2009, CAT was conducted a paper-pencil based test on a fixed date for all CAT takers. CAT has become a computer based test in year 2009. The responsibility to conduct online CAT was given to US-based agency - Prometric. Since then IIMs and Prometric has been conducting the computer based test. CAT 2009 had some technical glitches but after that the CAT had concluded successfully in last three years.

    CAT Exam Patterns:-

    Broadly, the CAT tests the candidate’s performance on 4 sections which include Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
    The CAT 2011 had two sections. The first section was Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second section was Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. The duration of whole exam was 140 minutes. Candidates had 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Within the 70 min provided for the section, candidates could review the answers. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second section and will no longer be able to go back.

    CAT has a 15-minute tutorial before it starts. The total duration will be two hours and thirty five minutes including the tutorial.
    The scoring of CAT has three steps which include - calculation of raw score, equating raw scores and scaling of equated raw scores. The raw score is calculated for each section based on the number of questions one answered correctly, incorrectly, or omitted. Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. There are no points for questions that are not answered.
    A high score in one section does not guarantee a high score in another section. Percentile rankings are provided for each individual section as well as for the overall exam score.

    Eligibility for CAT:-

    According to the official announcement by IIMs, the candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA), recognized by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

    CAT Application Process:-

    CAT is generally announced in the last week of August every year. IIMs release CAT notification in few business dailies and the official website of CAT – www.catiim.in.
    To appear in CAT, candidates are required to purchase the CAT voucher form any branch of Axis Bank and then they need to register on CAT website. Kindly note that applicant should keep a valid email ID as all communications will be sent by IIMs to the same.

    An Analysis CAT of the year 2010 & 2011:-

    Year Sections Total questions Level of Difficulty
    CAT 2011 Section 1: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
    Section 2: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
    60 Moderate to difficult
    CAT 2010 Section 1: Verbal Ability
    Section 2: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
    Section 3: Logical Reasoning
    60 Moderate to easy


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