Indian Institutes of Management are expecting an increased number of registrations for the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013) due to increase in the number of seats. 115 seats have been added taking the total seats across 13 IIMs to 3,335. The organizers are also expecting a bigger participation by women candidates as IIMs have started giving extra point during admissions to women candidates.
From this year, CAT has introduced e-vouchers. However, sale of physical vouchers will also continue. Moreover, four more cities have been added to the list of 36 where CAT 2013 is to be conducted.
After gradual decline in the number of CAT takers for over five years, last year the number of registration increased marginally with a total registration of 2,14,068. Due to increase in number of seats as well as the gradual increase in interest for MBA, IIMs are expecting a 10% increase in registration. “The Indian Institutes of Management is preparing for more students to appear for CAT 2013 as students will have greater chances for admission into the IIMs,” said Rohit Kapoor, CAT 2013 convenor.
Going by the trend and IIMs initiative to give extra points to women candidates, their number is also expected to increase this year. The number of women appearing for CAT has been steadily increasing — from 53,700 in 2010 to 56,000 in 2011. For 2012, more than 60,800 women appeared for the CAT.
The registration window for CAT 2013 would start from August 5. “New to this year’s CAT is the option to purchase vouchers electronically. Details about payment of fees online will be made available on CAT 2013 website www.cat2013.iimidr.ac.in from 5 pm on August 3, 2013. Candidates can also purchase traditional vouchers for registration and scheduling from designated Axis Bank branches from August 5 to September 24,” said Kapoor. The results will be declared on January 14, 2014. Similar to last year’s exam, CAT 2013 will have two sections. The first will focus on quantitative ability and data interpretation and the second on verbal ability and logical reasoning.
These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be for 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section, which will have an on-screen countdown timer.