IIM-B: CAT to go online this year

The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has announced that the Common Admission Test (CAT) of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknow and Shillong is going to be a Computer Based Test (CBT) from this year onwards.

The test will be conducted in a window of about 10 days sometime at the end of the calendar year. CBT CAT will be a candidate-friendly test in terms of flexibility in the selection of test date, ease of registration process, better physical environment and test experience, and enhanced security in terms of biometric identification of candidates and video monitoring.

The CBT format also would improve communication between candidates and IIMs in terms of programme information, test delivery, receipt of admit cards, and receipt of score reports.  The new system is also expected to help the IIMs cope effectively with the increasing number of candidates every year. While around 95,000 candidates took CAT in 2003, the number rose to about 250,000 last year, reflecting a growth of over 163% and bringing the administrative system under severe pressure.

With growing student aspirations to undertake management education, the number of candidates appearing for CAT has been increasing manifold. To accommodate this massive increase, the IIMs have decided to undertake the CBT.  

More details will be available on the computerized CAT along with the advertisement for CAT later this summer. 

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