The Common Admission Test ’2013 (CAT ’2013) starts today, October 16, 2013. The first session starts at 10 am and the second session is expected to start at 3.15 pm. CAT ’2013 will be conducted over a 20 day period till Monday, November 11, 2013, in 40 cities in India, which is an increase from 36 cities in 2012.
The window for the registration process was from Monday, August 5 till Thursday, September 26, 2013. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) launched e-vouchers in 2013 as well, whereby students were able to make online purchase of vouchers directly from IIMs, apart from buying traditional registration/scheduling vouchers from specified branches of Axis bank.
In 2013, around 10,000 candidates are expected to appear for CAT on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in 2 separate slots. As per sources from the IIMs, candidates are needed to report at the test center one and a half hours before the test starts.
The Common Admission Test, popularly known as CAT, is an all-India test conducted by the IIMs as an entrance examination for the management programs offered by its business schools as well as other top Master of Business Administration (MBA) schools. IIM-Indore will be the convener of CAT ’2013.
As per sources, all test areas for CAT ’2013 are expected to be audio and video recorded. Any suspicious or unruly behavior might lead to a candidate’s test being cancelled by the IIMs. A technician is expected to be on standby at every location. Candidates may alert a test centre administrator in case there is any technical issue.
Only registered candidates carrying admit cards and photo identification will be allowed entry into test centers. Candidates need to keep small personal belongings in a plastic bag (which will be provided) and the bag needs to be kept away from the examination hall. Candidates are not allowed to bring bags, valuable items as well as large items to the test center.
As per the biometric check-in process, the digital image and fingerprint of candidates will be captured for the IIMs to verify their identity during any follow-up interviews. After the check-in procedure is completed, candidates will be directed to their allocated seats.
CAT entrance test 2013 is expected to have 2 sections. The main aspects of the first session will be data interpretation and CAT quant, whereas for the second session they will be logical reasoning and CAT verbal ability. The 2 sessions will be conducted sequentially with different time limits. The duration of the online CAT examination will be of 140 minutes. 70 minutes will be allotted to answer 30 questions in each section. An “on-screen countdown timer” has been arranged as well. Once the time for the first section lapses, students need to move to the second section, without the privilege of going back to the first section.
Before the CAT entrance test begins, candidates have been advised to carefully study a 15 minute tutorial that will be distributed before the CAT test begins. CAT online test will be of the total duration of 2 hours and 35 minutes which will include the tutorial, as well.
Candidates aspiring to appear for CAT’ 2013 from the Seemandhra region in Andhra Pradesh will be offered an option to choose a later date to write the examination, as per Prometric, the testing firm responsible for CAT’ 2013. This has been done to ensure candidates’ safety due to the ongoing political unrest in the region.
The total number of registrations for CAT ’2013 has dipped by almost 9% to a 5-year low of 1.94 lakh, down from around 2.14 lakh applications in 2012. However, the number of applications from women candidates for CAT ’2013 has witnessed an increase from 27% in 2012 to 29% this year.
This year, the state of Maharashtra has received the largest chunk of CAT registrations with Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh following.
CAT’ 2013 scores will be used by the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), to grant admission to the institute’s 2-year post graduate (PG) program in Rural Management, for the academic session of 2014-16.
As per successful CAT candidates, although there is no one formula to success, thorough preparation of fundamentals, revision, attempting mock-tests and enhancing verbal ability by reading newspapers as well as from other sources can enhance the prospect of success. Moreover, while writing the test, candidates need to focus on the number of questions that can be answered by them and not on the questions that they find difficult to answer.
Candidates are advised to remain calm, attempt as many questions as possible and give their best to the test. Minglebox wishes all CAT candidates the best of luck !
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