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CAT 2014- Common Admission Test or CAT 2014 Day 1 has been conducted on November 16, 2014 and the CAT 2014 second day exam is scheduled to be conducted on November 22, 2014, in two slots from 9:30-12:20pm and 3:00- 5:50pm. The exam on Nov 16, in both the slots was of moderate to difficult level. Get the in depth analysis here. For the first time, CAT was conducted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) without any technical glitch. The total number of registered candidates for CAT 2014 is 1,96,915. Each day, 1 lakh candidates are appearing for the CAT 2014 exam. The CAT 2014 result has been declared on Saturday, December 27, 2014.

New : Candidates who wish to appear for CAT 2016 which will be conducted on November 29, 2016 (tentatively) can fill CAT 2016 Application form from first week of August.


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 CAT 2014 is being conducted by IIM Indore and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will be the online testing partner for the next 5 years. TCS has succeded Prometric India which was the CAT online testing partner of IIMs from 2009 to 2013. The CAT 2014 scores will be applicable to take admission in all the 19 IIMs and over 150 B-schools for the academic year 2015-17. The total number of seats in IIMs is 3,335 excluding the 6 new IIMs. 


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Exam Name: Common Admission Test

Commonly known as: CAT

Exam Type: National

Exam Category: PG Exam


Conducting Institute: IIM Indore

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CAT 2014 Convener: Prof. Rohit Kapoor, IIM Indore faculty

CAT 2014 Eligibility Criteria: The CAT 2014 Eligibility Criteria requires a minimum 50% aggregate mark in graduation from any discipline from a recognized institute. The candidates from SC, ST, OBC and DA category need an aggregate of 45% marks. Final year graduation students can also apply provided they can submit the graduation final marks to the institutes within the requisite time.


CAT 2014 Application Procedure: The candidates purchased CAT 2014 vouchers online or from the select list of Axis bank branches across India. Once the voucher is obtained candidates have to register online at the official CAT 2014 website. Candidates were asked to fill in personal, educational, contact details and work experience information required for the IIM programmes. The next step in the CAT 2014 Application Procedure was to schedule the test center, date and time slot. Once the online procedure is successfully completed an Admit Card and application summary will be received through email. The payment of the CAT 2014 application fee could be made online through Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking. Unlike the past years, there would be no provision of buying the CAT Voucher offline.


CAT 2014 Application fee: Rs. 1600 for General and NC-OBC category candidates and Rs. 800 for SC/ST.PWD(DA) candidates.


CAT 2014 Admit CardThe Admit Card could be downloaded by the registered candidates from the CAT 2014 official website from Sunday, October 19, 2014 till the exam day. Unlike past years, the CAT 2014 Admit Card will not be sent to the candidates' email ids after the registration.


CAT 2014 Exam Pattern: CAT 2014 is a computer based objective type test with multiple choice questions. The exam consists of two sections- Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning with 50 questions in each section. The duration of the exam is 170 minutes or 2 hours and 50 minutes. The sections are not time bound and the candidates can switch between sections any time during the test. For each right answer candidate scores 3 marks, and there is negative marking of 1 mark for questions answered incorrectly and 0 point for unanswered questions. The CAT 2014 exam pattern has changed a lot compared to the last few years. The number of questions in each section has increased from 50 to 30. Earlier the sections were time bound for 70 minutes each and switching sections was not possible which is not the case anymore. The duration has also changed by 30 minutes, from 140 minutes to 170 minutes.   


CAT 2014 Selection Process: The candidatesare first shortlisted by IIMs and other participating B-Schools on the basis of CAT cut off scores, followed by Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT). The B-schools conduct separate selection process, apart from the 6 new IIMs. Since last 3 years, the 6 new IIMs- Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy and Udaipur are conducting Common Admission Process (CAP) for the final admission through WAT and PI. However, the final admission offers are made on the basis of the institute specific admission criteria. The CAP rounds were headed by IIM Rohtak, IIM Ranchi and IIM Trichy for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.


CAT 2014 Important Dates:


The CAT 2014 dates are as follows

  • Announcement of CAT 2014 by IIMs: Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • CAT 2014 Exam Dates: Sunday, November 16, 2014 and Saturday, November 22, 2014
  • Sale of CAT 2014 Vouchers: Wednesday, August 6 2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Extended for 1 day, Friday, October 10, 2014.
  • CAT 2014 Admit Card Download starts: Sunday, October 19, 2014

CAT 2014 Test Centers: CAT 2014 is being conducted in 99 cities and 307 test centers across India. Last year it was 40 cities. During CAT 2014 registration, candidate has to give option of 3 preferred test cities out of which he/she will be allotted 1 test center.


CAT 2014 Result: Saturday, December 27, 2014, 5 pm.

CAT 2014 Participating institutes: 19 IIMs of India and over 150 B-schools across the country.

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