The Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L) extended the last date to register for India’s biggest MBA entrance test, the Common Admission Test, from September 20 to 25 “to accommodate more candidates”, convener of CAT 2017 Prof Neeraj Dwivedi said on Wednesday.
After the submission of application, candidates will be permitted to download their admit card from October 18 till the test date. The registration for CAT 2017, which will be conducted by IIM-L, opened on August 9.
Dwivedi said a tutorial to understand the format of the test will be available on the CAT website from October 18. Candidates may work on the tutorials well in advance, he added.
CAT scores are accepted by the 20 IIMs and more than 100 business schools across the country. Around 4000 seats are offered through IIMs.
The test, to be held on November 26 in two sessions in 180 minutes, will have three sections. Section I will have verbal ability and reading comprehension; section II data interpretation and logical reasoning and section III will deal with quantitative ability, Dwivedi said.
Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type and candidates will have to type direct answers online instead. The tutorials will explain this.
“Also, we will allow the use of 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,” Dwivedi said.
CAT 2017 will be conducted in test centres spread across approximately 140 test cities. Candidates will be given the option to select four test cities in order of preference.
“We will try our best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted to an alternate city,” Dwivedi added.
However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly. They will also have to pay the registration fee through online payment modes only with credit cards, debit cards and through net banking.
In 2016, registrations for CAT shot up to a seven-year high, with 2,32,434 candidates applying for the entrance test to IIMs and other prominent B-schools. Men comprised a majority of the candidates (67%), the percentage of female candidates marginally increased by 1% compared to 2015.
September 25: Last date of registration
October 18: Candidates can begin downloading admit card till the date of test
November 26: CAT 2017 to be held in two sessions.