Computer-based CAT from this year at IIMs

Computer-based CAT from this year at IIMs

“CAT of the IIMs is going to be a computer aided test from this year onwards, and shall be conducted in two sessions (morning and afternoon) each day, in a span of about ten days,” IIM-A officials said.

According to the IIM-A website, CAT will be held during November 28, 2009, to December 7, 2009. A candidate can choose the test date, session (morning/afternoon), and venue across thirty centres (cities) all over India, subject to availability. IIM’s till now have been conducting CAT in paper and pencil format for the last 33 years.

According to the website, a prospective candidate has to buy a scratch-voucher from the designated bank branches, and later register online for CAT 2009. “Sale of vouchers and registration for CAT will start from September 9 and end on October 1, 2009,” IIM-A official said.

“The IIM has selected Prometric ETS as their partner in conducting the computer assisted CAT from this year, the official said. About 95,000 candidates took CAT in 2003, the number of candidates rose to about 250,000 in 2008 indicating a rise of whopping 163 per cent compelling authorities to opt for paperless examination model,” he added.

CAT is now poised to take a CBT format comparable to the existing tests such as GMAT, GRE and TOEFL, but at a substantially lower cost, the official said.

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