CAT - Common Admission Test
Managing an organization requires expertise coupled with in-depth knowledge of various management principles. The lure of earning a handsome salary along with other perks draws many individuals to prepare for MBA entrances. Common Admission Test (CAT) is one such MBA entrance that paves the way for acquiring higher education in Management. CAT is a computer-based management entrance held every year by one of the IIMs. The premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) use CAT scores to enroll students for the MBA/ PGDM programs. There are 20 IIMs offering undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, and executive management education programmes.
CAT is the national-level management entrance test conducted by the Indian Institute of Management for admission into 20 IIMs and 100+ B-schools across India. Based on CAT scores, IIMs provide admission to almost 12000 candidates in various management programs. Around 2 lakh aspirants appear for the CAT exam every year aspiring to get admission in top B-schools.Top B-schools other that IIMs that accept CAT scores are MDI (Gurgaon), IITs, SP Jain (Mumbai), IMT(Ghaziabad), FMS(Delhi), KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies (Mumbai), Great Lakes Institute of Management(Chennai), Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar, to name a few.
CAT Exam: Important Features of CAT 2020 Exam Pattern explained
Note: Incase, there are other significant changes for instance, number of questions per section etc., the details will be announced by IIMs by 20th September. Students should visit the CAT official website to go through the mock tests/ tutorials and understand the new exam pattern. These mock tutorials will be uploaded in the month of October.
Generally, the CAT score is valid for one year except for the institutes offering deferred admission, taking into account the work experience of the candidate. The stated scores are a result of scaling and normalization based on the performance of candidates appearing in multiple sessions. Most of the institutes base their cut-offs based on CAT percentiles.
When is the CAT exam conducted?
CAT is conducted in November every year. The detailed notification is released around July/August on the official website (https://iimcat.ac.in). You will get to know about the important dates, application fee, MBA/PGP programmes and other essential information from the notification.
In 2020, the CAT exam will be conducted on 29th November.
Who can appear for the CAT exam?
? CAT aspirants should have a Bachelor’s/ equivalent degree with at least 50% marks (for general category) and 45% (for reserved category).
? Students in their final year of graduation can also appear for the CAT exam.
? There is no age bar to appear for CAT.
CAT 2020: CAT Exam Important Points
What’s the ROI of top MBA programmes?
The above data indicates that students of these premier IIMs will be benefitted in innumerable ways. Getting recruited by top multinational companies for varied managerial roles will enhance their learning and raise their career graphs.
Which colleges/institutes accept CAT scores?
In 2019, 115 B-schools accepted CAT scores, out of which 114 are in India and one is in Singapore. More than 100 B-schools in India and abroad are expected to register as CAT participating Institutes in the coming years. Apart from 20 IIMs, CAT participating Institutes include other public and private institutes.
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