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CAT 2012 Dates are announced by IIM Kozhikode

IIM’s Common Admission Test ( CAT 2012 ) will be conducted from 11th October, 2012 to 6th November, 2012 Coordinated by the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode.

The test comprises of two sections that are separately timed. Each of the sections will be held for 70 minutes ( 1 hour and 10 minutes ). It consists of 30 questions in each section.

The Sections are :

  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

Once a section ends, aspirants can no longer go back to it. Aspirants will be presented with the section on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation first, followed by Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. Candidates will be given 15 minutes tutorial before the commencement of the main exam.

The sale of application forms will start from 30th July, 2012 to 17th September, 2012. Candidates can register from 30th July, 2012 to 19th September, 2012. The CAT 2012 results will be announced on 9th January, 2012.

The CAT is an all India entrance test for admission to the IIM’s and other reputed institutions across the country. The new entries in 2011 included six IIT’s, Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar.

The test is designed to evaluate the management aptitude of a students by testing his analytical and communication skills. It demands up to three to four months of intense preparation. The test is open for all graduates.

Important Dates :

Group -I :1st, 3rd, 5th & 7th November, 2012
Group -II :9th, 11th, 16th & 18th November, 2012

Contact Details :

CAT Centre,
C / o Admissions Office,
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode,
IIM Kozhikode Campus, P.O. Kozhikode – 673570.
Phone : 0495 – 2809219.

IIMs to Release CAT 2012 Key Registration Data

The total number of 2,14,068 candidates registered for the CAT 2012 test, representing a 4.2% increase over last year. CAT 2012 has seen a sharp rise in the number of girls with an increase by 8.6% over last year as compared to the number of boys registering for CAT which has increased by 2.6%.

The category wise break – up of registration reveals a notable increase in participation from NC – OBCs which is 17.3%, SC which is 5% and ST is 7.4% indicating healthy growth from all categories. Candidates from an engineering background continue to dominate the total pool with 67.6%. As in past, a large number of the applicants are either fresh or have works experience less than 6 months, However there is a substantial increase of 43% in the test takers with 2 – 3 years of work experience.

The top 5 cities in which candidates have scheduled to test account for 40.7% of the total number of registrations, in which New Delhi have 21224 applicants, Bangalore have 19553 applicants, Mumbai have 16895 applicants, Hyderabad have 16138 applicants and Pune have 13368 applicants.

Maharashtra has the highest number of CAT 2012 registered candidates over 31040, followed by Uttar Pradesh with nearly 25270 candidates and Delhi with 21507 candidates.

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CATalyse to help crack CAT

“A language serves as a peg to hang our ideas,” said G.V.G.K. Raju, an alumnus of IIM B.

Addressing students of Koneru Lakshmaiah University ( KLU ) as part of CATalyse, an interactive session organised by the ‘Vachas Club’ ( speaking club ), one of the several wings operating under KLU Students’ Ordinate ( KLUSO ), Mr. Raju said a language served the purpose of a peg, a short cylindrical piece of wood, metal or plastic, typically tapered at one end, which is used for holding things together.

Close to 450 – odd students listened in rapt attention as Mr. Raju spoke about the importance of learning English language. Elaborating on what it takes to crack the Common Admission Test ( CAT ), he said time, speed and the urge to compete were key factors.

V.V. Kishore Kumar, founder of IEE, a CAT coaching institute, said it was essential for a student to take a definite stand on his / her career plans.

“Don’t allow your zeal to fade, prepare as per a well-thought out academic strategy and focus of quality rather than quantity,” he emphasised.

The students were made to realise that they were standing at the crossroads and it was important for them to seek right guidance from the right quarter to be able to chalk out a bright future.

This was followed by an interaction between the students and alumni members Sai Sandeep and V.V.K.V.S.C Kumar ( KLU ), Chaitanya ( BITS ), Bhavit Jain ( GITAM ) and Nikhilesh ( PVP Siddhartha ), who successfully cracked the CAT

President of KLUSO K. Keshav Ram coordinated the programme with the assistance of members Soujanya, K. Shiv Kumar, G. K. Chaitanya, Vineela, Vishnu and B.V. Sundeep.

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IIM Common Admissions Process for 2012 – 2014 Batch

For the admissions 2011 the new IIMs – IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Raipur and IIM Tiruchirapalli had held successfully the Common Admissions Process ( CAP ). To carry on the success story all the six new IIMs have announced the CAP for admissions 2012. While the 2011 process was coordinated by IIM Rohtak, the 2012 process will be coordinated by IIM Ranchi under the guidance of Dr. MJ Xavier, Director of the B school.

The six new IIMs which are going to participate in the CAP 2012 are IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Raipur, IIM Trichy, IIM Kashipur and IIM Udaipur.  The process will be hosted in five cities in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai. recently spoke to Dr. M J Xavier, Director, IIM Ranchi to know more about CAP 2012 of new IIMs. Dr. Xavier shared his thoughts on the process, which will be undergoing certain changes this time.

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IIM Admissions 2012 – 2014

In a welcome move by the IIMs, the admissions criteria for 2012 – 14 batch admissions are being rolled out in advance. This will be of great help to all the MBA aspirants who are preparing for the CAT 2011 MBA entrance exam as they can now view the target for themselves. The IIMs which have recently announced the admissions criteria for next year’s admissions are : IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Rohtak, IIM Raipur, IIM Indore and IIM Kozhikode. has started its special series on ‘IIM Admissions 2012 – 14 : Admissions Criteria’. We had brought to you recently the first article on the weightage that will be given by the IIMs to the CAT 2011 entrance exam score while preparing the final merit list for admissions 2012.

The admissions criteria document recently published by these IIMs mention the weightage that will be assigned to the CAT 2011 scores, GD, PI, Writing Ability Test ( WAT ), Past Academic Performance ( PAP ) and Work Experience ( WE ) for final selection. As we have already talked about the importance of CAT 2011 scores, today we will talk about the significance of the other elements of admissions criteria 2012 – 14.

Let us look today at the weightage that will be given by the IIMs to the Personal Interview, Group Discussion ( GD ), Written Ability Test ( WAT ) for admissions 2012 final merit list ( this list includes data of only 6 IIMs as other 7 IIMs are still to announce their admission criteria ) :

PhaseLast date for submitting application formGroup Discussion & Personal Interviews Date
I7th February, 201415th / 16th February, 2014
II28th February, 20148th / 9th March, 2014
III31st March, 20145th / 6th April, 2014
IV30th April, 20143rd / 4th May, 2014
V31st May, 20147th / 8th June, 2014
Commencement of Course : 1st July, 2014

From the above table we can see that IIM Calcutta is going to give a very high 40% weightage to Personal Interview alone. IIM Kozhikode and IIM Indore will also be giving high weightage of 35% to the PI alone. The new IIMs – IIM Rohtak and IIM Raipur – will give a combined weightage of 30% to PI and WAT.

Out of the 6 IIMs listed above, only two IIMs will be conducting the GD round for admissions 2012. These are IIM Lucknow and IIM Calcutta, which will give a weightage of 10% and 8% respectively to the GD score for final merit list.

The WAT is going to be a key deciding factor alongwith your CAT score and PI score. Almost all IIMs are going to make use of WAT for admissions 2012. IIM Kozhikode is going to give a high weightage of 20% to your score in WAT.

It is quite clear from the above table that each of the parameter is critical for your selection to the IIM. Although the weightage that will be given to GD, WAT is lower as compared to CAT score and PI, they have high significance as well, as the merit list will be based on your total score of all the parameters of admissions criteria 2012 – 14.

In the concluding article of this series we will share with you the weightage that will be given to the Work Experience and your Past Academic Performance profile.

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Common Admission Test  For IIMs, IITs and IISc 2012 – 2013

The Indian Institutes of Management ( IIMs ), the Indian Institutes of Technology ( IITs ) and the Indian Institutes of Science ( IISc ) on Friday announced that they would use common admission test ( CAT 2011 ) as part of the student selection process of their Masters in Business Administration ( MBA ) and Masters in Management programmes from the academic year 2012 – 13.

Those having taken this decision are the Indian Institutes of Technology at Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee, and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

The Joint Management Entrance Test ( JMET ) previously used for admission by the IITs and the IISc will be discontinued. A recent review revealed that the relatively young JMET is not too dissimilar from CAT, and that the effort to organise JMET each year seemed enormous in relation to the approximately 40,000 candidates who took the test each year.

“The intersection of candidates who take both CAT and JMET in a single year is quite large. The decision to use CAT for admission into the IITs and IISc will minimise the test preparation and financial burden on candidates,” said Professor L.S. Ganesh, former head of the department of the Management Department, IIT Madras. “CAT is an ideal fit for IITs as it is a well evolved, established, standardised and widely accepted entrance exam for admission into PG programmes in Management in India. It is also conceived and developed by the IIMs, which serve as the benchmark for Management education in our country and are highly regarded national institutions like the IITs,” he added.

Welcoming this move, Professor Janakiraman Moorthy, CAT 2011 convenor, said: “This is a major initiative that brings two premier higher education systems together. We anticipate that this will result in closer tie-ups and collaborative research work that will provide both sets of institutions a competitive edge in the long run.”

20-day window

CAT 2011 will be held over a 20-day window from 22 October to 18 November 2011 across 36 cities. Online registration, opened on 17 August, 2011 will be available until 28 September 2011. Prometric, a provider of market-leading test development and test delivery solutions, is IIMs’ partner in developing and delivering CAT 2011.


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