Monday, August 30, 2010

CAT dates are out: October 27 to November 24

The countdown for Common Admission Test 2010 (CAT 2010), which will determine admissions of MBA aspirants to various Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top B-schools across the country, starts from Monday with the sale of vouchers for registration. While the sale of vouchers will continue till September 27, registration will be on till September 30.

CAT 2009 has been rather controversial, as widespread technical snags in the first ever computer-based test marred it. In order to make CAT 2010 glitch-free, the testing window has been extended to 20 days this year. Last year, the exam also witnessed a dip in the number of students, whereas, in the preceding years it registered a steady 15-20 % increase in the number of applications. While last year 242,000 aspirants registered for the test, it was a decline from the peak 276,000 registered in 2008.

CAT 2010 has been advanced by over a month, starting from October 27. Giving the dates for CAT 2010, its convener Professor Himanshu Rai of IIM, Lucknow, said, "The exams will be conducted from October 27 to November 24, 2010, while the results will be declared on January 12, 2011".

Apart from the seven IIMs, this year, 144 other B-schools have registered for use of CAT 2010 scores. The vouchers can be obtained from select Axis Bank ( branches for Rs. 1400, while for SC/ST candidates the cost of vouchers is Rs. 700.

Source: The Times of India, August 30, 2010

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