IIMs to hold Common Admission Test 2017 on November 26

IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Ahmedabad
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) today announced that they  would conduct their computer-based Common Admission Test 2017 (CAT 2017) on November 26, 2017 in two sessions.
CAT 2017 is a pre-requisite for admission to various post-graduate and fellow programmes of the IIMs.
Prof. Neeraj Dwivedi, Convener, CAT 2017, said the registration window for CAT 2017 will open on August 9 and will close at 5.00 pm on September 20. 
At the time of registration, the candidates have to select any four Test Cities as per their preference from the drop down menu. After the last date of registration, candidates will be allotted one among the four preferred cities and either of the two sessions. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted a nearby city, the bulletin said.
Candidates can download the admit cards from October 18 till November 26. CAT will be conducted in centres spread across around 140 test cities. Details about the test centres in the test cities will be available on the IIM CAT website from October 18 and the name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card.
The post-graduate programmes (PGP) in management are offered by the following IIMS: IIM Ahmedabad (PGP,PGP-FABM, ePGP); IIM Amritsar (PGP); IIM Bangalore (PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM); IIM Bodh Gaya (PGP); IIM Calcutta (PGP, PGDM); IIM Indore (PGP (Indore, Mumbai) (EPGP, PGP-HRM); IIM Jammu (PGP); IIM Kashipur (PGP, EPGP); IIM Kozhikode (PGP); IIM Lucknow (PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM); IIM Nagpur (PGP); IIM Raipur (PGP, PGPWE); IIM Ranchi (PGDM, PGDHRM); IIM Rohtak (PGP, EPGP, EPGPX); IIM Sambalpur (PGP); RGIIM Shillong (PGP, PGPEX); IIM Sirmaur (PGP); IIM Tiruchirappalli (PGP, PGPBM); IIM Udaipur (PGP) and IIM Visakhapatnam (PGP).
The Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) [equivalent to Ph.D.] are offered by the following IIMs: IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM lndore, IIM Kashipur, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, RGIIM Shillong, IIM Tiruchirappalli and IIM Udaipur.
Separate advertisements may appear for the Fellow Programme of each institute as well as for PGP-FABM & ePGP of IIM Ahmedabad, PGPEM & PGPPM Programmes of IIM Bangalore, EPGP of IIM Indore, EFPM & EPGPM of IIM Kashipur, PGP-ABM & PGP-SM of IIM Lucknow, PGPWE of IIM Raipur, PGDHRM of IIM Ranchi, EPGP of IIM Rohtak, PGPEX of RGIIM Shillong and PGPBM of IIM Tiruchirappalli.
The CAT 2017 Scores are also allowed to be used by some non-IIM member institutions. The IIMs have no role in the selection process of non-IIM institutions.
According to the CAT 2017 Information Bulletin, candidates 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 Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India 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 would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. 
If any University/institution confirms that there is no 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. Hower, such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/ institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. 
As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC), 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, 27% of seats for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).
The registration fee of CAT 2017 is Rs. 900 for SC, ST and PwD category candidates and Rs. 1800 for all other categories of candidates. A candidate needs to pay registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC, ST and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. 
"We will try our best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted to an alternate city. However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly," Prof. Dwivedi said.
Candidates must pay the registration fee through online payment modes only, which include credit cards, debit cards and net banking.
The duration of the test will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections:  Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning; and o Section III: Quantitative Ability.
"Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen. The tutorials will clearly explain this. Also, we will allow use of basic onscreen calculator for computation," Prof. Dwivedi said in a press release.
Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section. Tutorial to understand the format of the test will be available on the CAT website from October 18. 
"Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials, available on the website, well in advance," he said.
The website contains a section on Frequently asked Questions (FAQ), which addresses candidates’ queries regarding CAT 2017. Candidates may also contact the CAT helpdesk over email or phone. 
CAT 2017 results are likely to be declared by the second week of January, 2018. The score card will be made accessible at the CAT website. Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS. 
CAT 2017 score is valid only till December 31, 2018 and will accordingly be accessible on the website. 
The bulletin clarified that each IIM is independent to mandate its own eligibility criteria (including academic cut-offs and relative weights) and follow different selection processes. 
"Performance in CAT 2017 examination is an important component for consideration in the selection process. IIMs may also use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short-listing of candidates at various stages of the selection process," it said.
"Instances of any incorrect information or process violation detected at any stage of the selection process will lead to immediate disqualification of the candidate from the selection process and he/she will not be allowed to appear for CAT in future. If such instances go undetected during the current selection process but are detected in subsequent years, such disqualification will take place with retrospective effect," the bulletin added.


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