Know CAT evolution over the years
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Know CAT Evolution Over the Years - Common Aptitude Test (CAT) is among the most premiere management entrance exams and it has evolved over the years in terms of pattern , type of questions that are asked in it. It is pertinent to know CAT evolution over the years as it will assist the candidates to know all the aspects of the entrance exam. It has been observed over the past few years that the respective IIM which conducts CAT introduce some or the other changes. It could be either in terms of number of questions that are asked in each section or the marking scheme. Go through the complete article on “know CAT evolution over the years” and know the changes that have taken place.
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2009: Shift from Offline mode to Computer-Based Test

The year 2009 saw one of the biggest transformations in Common Admission Test. It was in this year that for the first time that the exam was conducted in computer based mode. Before that the exam was held in pen and paper based mode. The biggest challenge before the test takers was to get more familiar with the way the exam was being conducted in computer based mode.

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Duration of time -2009

In 2009, the exam duration was also changed to 2 hours 15 minutes. Since, there was a huge shift in the pattern, the first year of the Computer-based CAT saw many technical glitches which resulted in the re-test.

2011: Shift from 3 Sections to 2 Sections

CAT-2011, conducted by IIM Calcutta, also witnessed a big change in the pattern of exam where instead of three, there were only two sections, namely (1) Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, (2) Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability. Basically, four subjects were combined into two for the comfort of test takers. Though, the number of questions was same i.e. 60 questions (both sections consisting of 30 questions each).

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Two section structure with section-wise time limit

The changes were not only made of exam but there was a time limit for attempting each section as well. Section wise time limit of an hour was not only welcomed by the experts but also by the candidates as they believed that imposing time restrictions per section, the IIMs have made the decision making for them easier.

2014: 50 Questions In Both the sections

The year 2014 also saw evolution of CAT in terms of exam pattern. CAT-2014 was conducted by IIM Indore with a completely new pattern of the examination, where, there were 50 questions in each of the sections. Whereas, CAT 2013 had only 2 sections with 30 questions each.

Know CAT Evolution Over the Years-2015: Introduction of On-screen calculator and non-MCQs

In CAT-2015, the examination conducting authorities introduced on-screen calculator and non-MCQs. The paper consisted of three sections instead of two. Duration of the entrance exam was also increased in CAT-2015 from 170 to 180 minutes

Change in terms of schedule

The Common Aptitude Test (CAT), throughout the years, has evolved not only with the changes in its pattern but with the change in its schedules as well. Going by the past years trends, CAT used to be held in November every year. However, in 2016, IIM Bangalore announced that the CAT-2016 would be held on December 4 in two slots. 2016 was the first year in which CAT was held in December for the first time.

CAT Evolution over the years - New Elements in 2019

  • The registration fee was increased to Rs 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. Before 2018 the amount of CAT application fee was Rs 1800 and 900.

  • Seven new exam cities were introduced to the list of 140 cities.

  • Mode of paying CAT registration fee- CAT 2018 new payment partners were PayU, BillDesk and Paytm.

  • In 2018, CAT authorities announced, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi will also accept CAT score card for admission to MBA programme offered by the School of Management and Entrepreneurship.

CAT Pattern changes over the years

Year

Number of Questions

Sections

Marking Scheme

Duration

Conducting Body

Other Element

2019

Total 100 questions (32 in one section and 34 in other two sections)

Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude

3 positive marks for each correct answer and minus 1 mark for each wrong answer

180 Minutes

IIM Kozhikode

-

2018

There were a total of 100 questions (32 in one section and 34 in other two sections)

Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer (No negative marking for non-MCQs questions)

180 Minutes

IIM Calcutta

-

2017

Total number of questions were 100 (32 in one section and 34 in other two sections)

Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer (No negative marking for non-MCQs questions)

180 Minutes

IIM Lucknow

-

2016

Number of questions were 100 divided into three sections (32 in one section and 34 in other two sections)

Quantitative Ability , Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

3 Marks for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer (No negative marking for non-MCQs questions)

180 Minutes

IIM Bangalore


2015

Total number of questions were 100 (32 in one section and 34 in other two sections)

Quantitative Ability , Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer (No negative marking for non-MCQs questions)

180 Minutes

IIM Ahmedabad

Introduce On-Screen Calculator/ Induction of Non-MCQ

2014

Total 100 Questions (50 per sections)

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (Not in order)

+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer

170 Minutes

IIM Indore

Test was divided into two sections

2013

Total 60 Questions (30 per section)

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI), Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

3 Marks for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

140 Minutes

IIM Indore

-

2012

Total 60 Questions (30 per section)

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI), Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

3 Marks for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

140 Minutes

IIM Kozhikode

-

2011

Total 60 Questions (30 per section)

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI), Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer

140 Minutes

IIM Calcutta

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CAT Test Taking Window Over the Years

Year

Test taking window

Slots

2019

1 day

2 slots

2018

1 day

2 slots

2017

1 day

2 slots

2016

1 day

2 slots

2015

1 day

2 slots

2014

2 days

4 slot

2009-13

20 days window

40 slots

CAT Registration trend over the past 13 years

From past ten years CAT 2019 is marked with highest ever applications recorded with two lakh forty four thousand one hundred sixty nine. Registrations for CAT 2019 have increased by 3000+ over last year.

Year

No. of Applications

2019

2,44,169

2018

2,40,338

2017

2,31,000

2016

2,32,434

2015

2,18,664

2014

1,96,988

2013

1,94,516

2012

2,14,000

2011

2,05,000

2010

2,04,000

2009

2,41,000

2008

2,90,000

2007

2,50,000

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your score is good until now. You have did your best all the way. For CAT exam, IIM Consider 90% to get an admission.

For IIM Kozhikode:- 75% for CAT,Sectional Cutoff:- 65% for  10th:- 60% and for 12th 60%.

For IIM Trichy:- 78% for OBC-NC

for IIM Indore :- 80% for OBC-NC

for OBC category there will very less relaxation. But there is high competition but number of seats available is very less.

So you have to prepare accordingly and get an admission.

CAT exam score hold a 45-50 % weightage for admission at IIM Kozhikode. You have so good qualification in the rest. If you put more effort into it then you can get it.

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Application forms were available from 07 Aug, 2019 - 25 Sep, 2019.


Aspirants seeking admission to the MBA course have to appear for entrance exams such as CAT/XAT/MAT/SNAP/etc. After the entrance test, candidates have to apply to colleges for admission.

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In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. Now based on your Category, to be shortlisted for an IIM, you should score atleast 85 and more percentile.

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Dear Aspirant,

If you are planning to get your details corrected in the form of CAT 2019, then now you don't have any option as it is now too late. The exam is scheduled for 24th November, 2019 which is just a week away.

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