Candidates Appeared for First Day CAT Exam

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CAT 2013 starts, 180 appear on day 1 in Gujarat

The first day of the Common Admission Test ( CAT ) 2013, on 16th October, 2013, saw close to 180 candidates from Gujarat taking the computer – based test.

B – school aspirants faced the first hurdle to the 13 Indian Institutes of Management ( IIM ) and other top institutes, at three test centres in Gujarat and 40 across the country. According to officials, the two testing centres in Ahmedabad – LJ Institute of Management Studies and Shanti Business School – saw 80 and 60 candidates appear for the test respectively, while Bhagwan Mahavir Education Foundation in Surat had around 40 candidates.

Alok Shah, the academic head at Career Launcher, said that the test was slightly easier compared to last year’s with more weightage for the reasoning section.

“Both the sections were moderate in terms of difficulty,” Shah said.

CAT scores are key to getting a place in a good business school in India. Apart from the 13 IIMs, over 100 management schools will accept CAT 2013 scores.

Palak Jha, who took the test on the first day, said, “There were no major surprises and the best part was that the test was glitch – free.”

Prometric, which conducts CAT, has confirmed that 4,066 candidates have appeared for the CAT 2013 across India. The next test will be on Friday, 18th October, 2013. The test will be conducted over a period of 20 days from 16th October, 2013 to 11th November, 2013.

“The first day of CAT 2013 testing has ended smoothly. Throughout the testing period, we will continue to focus on providing candidates with the best possible testing experience,” said Soumitra Roy, managing director, Prometric India.

  • The total registration of CAT this year is 1.94 lakh against 2.14 lakh last year.
  • Gujarat ranks at the 10th position in terms of CAT 2013 registration.
  • According to information shared by CAT 2013 convener and IIM Indore professor Rohit Kapoor, CAT registrations from Gujarat have dropped to 6,898 from around 7,500 in 2012 and close to 6,900 in 2011.