Computer-based CAT from Nov 28

Scratch voucher system for paperless application process


Taking a huge leap from paper and pencil to computer-based test, CAT will also don a paperless application process with a new ‘scratch voucher system,’ More than three lakh candidates are expected to appear for CAT this year.

Across the country, CAT will be held in 30 cities, spread over ten days, with a session each in the morning and afternoon. However, the candidates will have to take the test based on the availability of the session.

Professor Satish Deodhar of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, Convener, CAT 2009, said, “The maximum number of candidates who can take the test on a day at a centre and other modalities are being worked out. The CAT advertisements will be out in newspapers on August 30 across the country, enlisting the details about the application process and the computer-based test format.”

Scratch voucher

Aimed at a paperless application process, the IIMs have introduced an innovative method called the ‘scratch voucher system.’ A prospective candidate will have to buy a scratch voucher from designated banks and register online for CAT 2009. The sale of vouchers and online registration for the test will begin on September 9 and will continue till October end. Prof Deodhar added that details of online registration will be put up on the CAT website on August 30.

IIMs have been conducting CAT, which is known as one of the toughest entrance tests, in paper-pencil format for the last 33 years. As many as 95,000 candidates appeared for CAT in 2003, while the number catapulted to a whopping 2.50 lakh in 2008. This indicated a rise of 163 percent in five years, causing a severe strain on the administrative system of IIMs. After an elaborate discussion, the IIMs selected US-based Prometric Testing system to transform CAT to computer-based test format, for the present year.

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