Exam pattern changed for CAT 2014

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national level entrance test held in India. The exam aims to test the aptitude of the student on the basis of quantitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is taken by MBA aspirants to get admission in b-schools.


However, this year the board decides to change the exam pattern. Till now, the exam was conducted within a window of 22-days i.e a candidate can select any day between the 22 day duration. This year it will be held on two separate days. Hence, this year, candidates do not have the option of selecting their preferred slots. Also, aspirants will be given three options to select their test cities.  Candidates hence need not rush in the initial registration days for blocking their slots and sites. Candidates will be given their first preferred city across the four sessions on random basis as far as possible.

CAT, the common admissions test for MBA aspirants dates are out for the session 2014 is scheduled to take place on two days – November 16 and November 22. CAT 2014 will be conducted in 99 cities comprising of 354 test sites, details of which will be published later. Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS), which has conducted examination like GATE, JEE, AIPMT, JIPMER etc will be in charge of conducting CAT too this year.

CAT (Common Admission Test) 2014 is conducted by the 13 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). This year CAT 2014 is being conducted by IIM Indore. IIM Indore Director Professor Rishikesha T Krishnan would act as CAT 2014 Chairman while Professor Rohit Kapoor as the CAT-2014 Convener. IIM-Indore will be conducting the test for the second consecutive time.

Changes to be followed-

  • Firstly about the date and the location. Both will be allotted to the student, restricting the option to select the date and place by the student.
  • The test duration has gone up by half an hour i.e from 140 minutes to 170 minutes (two hours 50 minutes in total).
  • Time Duration: – 170 minutes; 2 hours and 50 minutes
  • Questions in each section have been increased to 50 in each section from the existing 30 questions.
  • Candidates have the flexibility to devote more or less time to each section according to their ability. One can switch over from one section to another section at any point during the examination timing.The tutorial will not be available before the start of the examination and the candidates are advised to do the tutorials from the website well in advance.
  • There’s been no change in the exam syllabus. Candidates will receive questions in four sections: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.


Important Dates-

  • Registration for CAT 2014 remains open from 6th August 2014
  • Registration for CAT 2014 closes on 30th September 2014
  • Admit cards will be available from 16th October
  • Results will be declared in the third week of December 2014




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