CAT-2012 kicks off

AHMEDABAD: The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2012 begins and  Prometric, a provider of test development and test delivery solutions, has said it has completed preparations for the fourth computer-based CAT. Top B-Schools of the country, including 13 IIMs, follow CAT score for admission.

The registration for CAT-2012 ended on September 19 and a total of 2,14,068 candidates have registered for the test. Also, there is a marginal increase in the number of female candidates at 28% as compared to 27% last year, said CAT coaching institute Triumphant Institute of Management Education (T.I.M.E.).

CAT 2012 will be conducted between October 11 and November 6. The test will be conducted at 61 test centres across 36 cities. IIM-Kozhikode is conducting CAT-2012 and the test pattern has not been changed this year.

Like CAT-2011, the 2012 test will have two sections — quantitative ability & data interpretation and verbal ability & logical reasoning. The duration of the exam will be 140 minutes with students getting 70 minutes to answer each section without the option of switching sections midway. Experts say CAT has higher emphasis on knowledge and accuracy rather than aptitude.

Till 2010, the CAT paper would have three sections like data interpretation & logical reasoning, quantitative ability & verbal ability and comprehension, for which students used to get 135 minutes without any section-wise time limit.

IIMs first introduced computer-based Test in 2009, doing away with tradition of paper-pencil test. In the very first year of the computer-based test, 13% of the 637 centres got affected with virus for which the IIMs received much flak. Post the fiasco, the number of registered candidates decreased to 2.06 lakh in 2010 from 2.42 lakh in 2009. In 2011, approximately 2.05 lakh candidates had registered for the CAT.