NEW DELHI :
The Indian Institutes of Management on Tuesday extended the registration deadline by a week for their admission entrance –Common Admission Test (CAT) to accommodate students who missed out due to unseasonal rains and floods in several states.
“In response to disruptions caused by natural calamities during the Common Admission Test 2019 (CAT 2019) registration period and the continuing difficulty of candidates to procure the necessary documentation for timely registration, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) decide to extend the CAT 2019 registration deadline to September 25, 2019," Shubhasis Dey, a professor of IIM Kozhikode said.
IIM Kozhikode is in charge of conducting CAT 2019 and Dey is the professor in charge of the entrance.
Several states including Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttarkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Assam and Bihar have suffered significantly due to floods over the past couple of months.
CAT 2019 will be conducted on November 24 in two sessions spread across 374 centres in 156 cities. CAT is considered as one of the most difficult B-School exams in the country where over 200,000 aspirants via for around 5000 seats at IIMs. In 2018, 241,000 candidates had applied for CAT exam.
In CAT 2019, candidates can give option of four cities in order of preference of which one will be assigned. The duration of the test will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability.
Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead candidates will have write the answers directly but these will not be subjective answers. Candidates will be allotted 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another.
The admission process of each IIM is separate through CAT score remains a common binding factor and once the results are declared, candidates apply to B-Schools separately.