IIM admissions: 2.15 lakh CAT forms sold

NEW DELHI, Sept 18:
Despite sluggishness in global economy, sale of forms for Common Admission Test (CAT) for business administration programme this year stood at a high of 2.15 lakh.
“According to preliminary figures available, 2.15 lakh CAT vouchers for admission to prestigious IIMs and other B-schools in the country were sold on the last and final day yesterday as compared to 2.06 lakh forms sold last year,” said Prometric, which is partnering with IIMs in holding the test.
As many as 6,000 forms were sold yesterday, which was 33 per cent higher than last year, it said.
The demand also reflected a survey conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council, according to which there has been a “renewed growth” for graduate business and management education programme across the world.
The annual survey, which charts year-to-year application changes at the program level, shows that specialised master’s programs in management, finance and accounting continue to show robust growth with an overall improvement in MBA programme.
CAT 2012 will be held between October 11 and November 6.
Meanwhile, Prometric said candidates who have purchased the CAT vouchers and are yet to register can complete their registration and scheduling till 11:59 PM tomorrow.
Similar to the previous year, the test will have two sections. The first section will focus on quantitative ability and data interpretation and the second on verbal ability and logical reasoning.
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 section and will no longer be able to go back, Prometric said.
A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main examination.
The total duration of the test, including the tutorial, will be of two hours and 35 minutes. (PTI)


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