Common Admission Test 2012 (CAT 2012-2013)
Indian Institutes of Management (IIM)
Indian Institutes of Management (IIM)
Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kashlpur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Raipur, Ranch!, Rohtak, Shillong, Tiruchirappalll and UdaipurCommon Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test given in India to test Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. It, according to Asian Survey of Exams, is considered to be toughest Exam in Asia and in India, followed by UPSC Civil Services Exam and IIT JEE. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) use the test as an important component in selecting students for the business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIM's based on a policy of rotation. In August 2011 it was announced that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) would use CAT, instead of the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), as part of the student selection process of their MBA and Masters in Management programmes from the academic year 2012-14.
Common Admission Test (CAT) 2012
The Indian Institutes of Management will conduct Common Admission Test 2012 (CAT 2012) during a 21-day testing window between October 11, 2012 and November 06, 2012. CAT 2012 will be conducted by llMs as a pre-requisite for admission to various management programmes ot IIMs. These programmes are:
A. Post Graduate Programmes in Management:
® IIM Ahmedabad PGP and PGP-ABM www.iimahd.ernet.in
® IIM Bangalore PGP, PGSEM and PGPPM www.iimb.ernet.in
® IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM and PGP-PGDCM www.iimcal.ac.in
® IIM Indore PGP and EPGP www.iimidr.ac.in
® IIM Kashipur PGP www.iimkashipur.ac.in
® IIM Kozhikode PGP www.iimk.ac.in
® IIM Lucknow PGP and PGP-ABM www.iiml.ac.in
® IIM Raipur PGP www.iimraipur.ac.in
® IIM Ranchi PGDM and PGDHRM www.iimranchi.ac.in
® IIM Rohtak PGP www.iimrohtak.ac.in
® RGIIM Shillong PGP www.iimshillong.in
® IIM Tiruchirappalll PGP www.iimtrichy.ac.in
® IIM Udaipur PGP www.iimu.ac.in
B. Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) [equivalent to Ph.D.] of MM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, HM Lucknow, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, RGIIM Shillong and IIM Tiruchirappalll
Separate advertisements will appear for the Fellow Programme of each institute as well as PGP-ABM of IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Lucknow, PGSEM and PGPPM Programmes of IIM Bangalore, PGDCM Programme of IIM Calcutta, EPGP of IIM Indore and PGDHRM of IIM Ranchi. Before a prospective candidate makes a decision to appear for CAT 2012, he/she must visit the websites and/or read programme advertisements of the concerned IIMs and specific programmes to ensure which programmes they want to apply for, eligibility requirements and admission processes. List of non-HM member institutions that have registered to avail the CAT 2012 scores is provided at www.catiim.in. CAT 2012 scores are restricted only for admission to IIMs and non-HM member institutions. A candidate can appear for CAT 2012 only once during the 21-day testing window.
CAT website: www.catiim.in
IVRS Number: 1800 102 2256
CAT 2012 ELIGIBILITY
The candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) (It may also referred to as Persons with Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor's degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained the bachelor's degree. In case the university/ institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate's CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if he/she submits a certificate latest by June 30, 2013 from the Principal/Registrar of his/her College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2013) stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website www.catiim.in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfillment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs.
Prospective candidates must maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the
How To Apply:
SALE OF CAT 2012 VOUCHERS:
The CAT 2012 Vouchers can be obtained from the branches of Axis Bank and their associated outlets during the period from Monday, 30 July 2012 to Monday, 17 September 2012 for Rs. 1600/- (Rs. 800/- for SC/ST candidates). Visit the CAT 2012 website (www.catiim.in) for exact locations of Axis bank branches and their associated outlets where voucher sale is arranged. Please note that a candidate needs to buy only one "CAT 2012 Voucher" irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. Note that the Voucher must be bought only in the name of the candidate as it appears in the school leaving certificate. If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, the candidate must produce the relevant document such as a marriage certificate and submit a photocopy at the time of the test, interview and at the time of joining a programme. SC and ST candidates must show a copy of their SC/ST Certificates at the time of obtaining the CAT 2012 Voucher from the Axis Bank branches.
Voucher once sold cannot be refunded under any circumstance including but not limited to loss of voucher, inability to read voucher number due to mishandling of the voucher by candidate, candidate being ineligible for taking CAT 2012, CAT 2012 not being a pre-requisite for a programme, and rejection of candidate registration due to incomplete and/or wrong information. If the voucher is lost, voucher number is not readable due to mishandling of the voucher by candidate, and/or candidate thinks he/she has made mistake(s) in filling-out information during the online registration, then the candidate can purchase a new voucher and re-register online.
REGISTRATION FOR CAT 2012:
On purchasing the CAT 2012 Voucher, prospective candidates must log on to the website www.catiim.in to register for CAT 2012. The registration window opens on July 30, 2012 and will close on September 19, 2012. Details of the registration process are provided at the website www.catiim.in. Candidates should view the CAT 2012 video which will be available on www.catiim.in from July 28, 2012 onwards. A short audio recording with key highlights from the video will be available on +91 124 451 7178 during the registration & scheduling period.
Visit the CAT 2012 website (www.catiim.in) for the choice of test sites spread across 36 Test Cities in the country for appearing for CAT 2012. IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test venue/centre and/or change the test window time and dates at their own discretion.
CAT 2012 SCORE:
A candidate's CAT 2012 score card will be available to the candidate at the website www.catiim.in from January 9, 2013. Candidates must retain a print-out of their score card. CAT 2012 score card is valid till December 31, 2013. The candidates will be able to download the score card from the website www.catiim.in till December 31, 2013. Subsequent to that date no queries related to issuance of CAT 2012 score cards will be entertained.
Please note that each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2012 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information you may refer the admissions policies of IIMs from their respective websites.Test Duration and Pattern:
There will be two separately timed sections in the test. Once a section ends, candidates can no longer go back to it. The sections are (a) Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (b) Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. Each of the sections will have 30 questions with a duration of 70 minutes. CAT Test Duration and Pattern
The pattern and duration of the test has seen considerable variations over the years.
The CAT, like virtually all large-scale exams, utilises multiple forms, or versions, of the test. Hence there are two types of scores involved viz. raw score and scaled score.
The raw score is calculated for each section based on the number of questions one answered correctly, incorrectly, or omitted. Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. There are no points for questions that are not answered. The raw scores are then adjusted, as necessary, through a process called equating. Equated raw scores are then placed on a common scale or metric to ensure appropriate interpretation of the scores. This process is called scaling.
Three scaled scores will be presented for each candidate: an overall scaled score and two separate scaled scores for each section. As the two sections evaluate distinct sets of knowledge and skills, scores do not correlate across... sections. A high score in one section does not guarantee a high score in another section. Percentile rankings are provided for each individual section as well as for the overall exam score.
Last date for Submission of Application Form: 19th September 2012
Common Admission Test (CAT) 2012: 6th November, 2012
For details on courses, application forms, eligibility criteria etc visit website www.catiim.in