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CAT 2016: IIM Banglore Introduces Changes in CAT Exam 2016 Application

Last Updated - September 28, 2016

Giving in to the demands of CAT aspirants, CAT exam convener added some changes in CAT Application Form. The major changes, which are modified by IIM Bangalore in CAT is the elimination of hidden age bar and adding Noida as an exam centre.

CAT applicants demanded these changes and has now been accepted by the authorities for the ease of candidates. 

CAT which is also tagged as Common Admission Test acts as a doorway to various management courses in IIMs. This entrance is computer based exam, which is for M.B.A admissions in 19 IIM’S and over 150 B’ schools. CAT entrance exam is organized on rotational basis by 19 IIM’s. CAT 2016 is being organized IIM Bangalore

Change in Graduation marks category

Earlier, there was much speculation among CAT aspirants consisting of professors, retired bureaucrats, PSU executives that whether they are eligible to take up CAT exam, since they attain a bachelor's degree in the old pattern from the universities that used to give two years duration bachelor's degree. Until last year CAT registration only accepted marks for graduation degree in the traditional three years format. The candidates who completed their graduation before 1980's faced issues while applying for CAT. So, in order to provide relief in this regard, a change in graduation marks category has been introduced.

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Now, the registration form asks for the commencement and completion of bachelor’s degree and provides category to fill-in marks as per the number of years taken to complete the graduation.

Noida declared as an Exam Centre

CAT aspirants had to face lot of problem in reaching Greater Noida (Suburb of Noida), which is one of the CAT Exam Centre. Noida was not on the exam centers list of CAT exam, since 2014. But, after the request of innumerable candidates to designate Noida as an exam centre in Delhi NCR, Prof. Rajendra K Bandi, faculty at IIM Bangalore accepted the demand and incorporated Noida as a designated test centre for the entrance examination.

Normally, CAT is conducted in the month of winters i.e. November-December, so it often gets difficult for the students/candidates to commute and each to the test centre. In order to eliminate this problem and keeping in mind the traveling problems faced by aspirants, IIM Bangalore gave a decision in favor of assigning Noida as a test center. 

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Other Minor Changes

Aspirants also demanded the change in CAT Exam Pattern, but that demand didn’t get accepted. Whatsoever, the current changes made to CAT registration form are meant to provide relief to the candidates and certainly is in the correct direction of improvising CAT Application Process.

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The registration process for CAT 2016 has been initiated from August 8th 2016, which will be ongoing till September 22, 2016. Candidates can apply for the registration between this tenure by following a registration procedure. CAT 2016 exam will take place on December 4, 2016.

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CAT 2016 Application Process

In the hustle bustle of exam preparation, candidate often tends to forget the track of important dates. You can refer to the following table and in order to get a proper idea of important dates.

EventDates
Beginning of CAT 2016 Registration Process8th August 2016
End of CAT 2016 Registration Process22nd September 2016
CAT 2016 Admit Card Download18th October, 2016
CAT 2016 Exam4th December 2016
CAT EXAMCAT RESULTCAT OFFICIAL NOTIFICATIONCAT ADMISSION

CAT Mandatory Documents

It is of no use to get yourself registered for CAT, when the required documents are not complete, because ultimately your application will get rejected. So, the candidate need to cross-check the following list of documents:

  1. Scanned colored photograph (35 mm x 45 mm) in .jpg or .jpeg format.
  2. Scanned image of candidate's signature (80 mm x 35 mm) in .jpg or .jpeg format.
  3. CAT 2016 candidate needs to download certificates from the official website and after filling it, get it signed by appropriate authorities. Self-attest them and submit them as a scanned PDF document.

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CAT: Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who are keenly looking for CAT Eligibility Criteria can have a look at the following:

  1. Graduation degree is a must, with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. 5% relaxation is given to SC/ST and PWD category i.e. they are eligible if they score 45% marks in their graduation marks.
  2. Students appearing in the final year of graduation or equivalent examination are also eligible to apply for CAT 2016.
  3. Also, the students who are awaiting their results for graduation may also apply.

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CAT Registration fee:

The deposit of registration fee is essential to complete the application process. Candidate can refer to the following information regarding the fee structure that will help them in completing the application process.

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Cat 2016 fee has been revised from the last year. This year fee is INR 1700/- for general and NC-OBC candidates and for SC/ST/PWD candidates, the fee is INR 850/-

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CAT: Registration Process

By following the below stated steps, an aspirant can get himself/herself registered for CAT 2016:

1. Eligible candidates can register for CAT 2016 by visiting the official website.

2. You will find the link of 'CAT Exam Registration Process', click on that link.

3. Candidate is required to fill the mandatory details.

4. Pay the required application/registration fee.

5. 'Submit' the application and download the same for your reference and future use.

6. The candidate has to select any four exam cities in accordance to their preference.

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