The official notification regarding the CAT 2015 examination would be released on July 26. Single day CAT 2015 exam is proposed to be held on November 29, 2015 in 2 sessions and as per the reports the registration for CAT 2015 the largest management entrance exam is proposed to begin on August 6, 2015. The notification that would be released on Sunday will contain every detail regarding the exam, including the changes in the test pattern that have been introduced this year.
Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015 is being convened by IIM Ahmedabad and the top B school of India plans to conduct the exam in the shortest test window of one day as it used to be held prior to its computerized system. No change in the time duration for the test takers to take CAT 2015 is proposed as the exam will offer 170 minutes to solve 100 questions. For each correct answer, the candidate would be given 3 points and negative marking would be done for wrong answers. If any question is left unanswered, no marks would be deducted.
An application fee of Rs 1,600 and Rs 800 needs to be paid by the general and SC/ST candidates for the registration process. The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the written test, group discussion and interview.
IIM Ahmedabad and testing agency TCS may not be able to conduct CAT 2015 before November 2015 due to other constraints and hence the exam is scheduled for November 29, 2015 in 115 testing cities in 400+ test venues across the country.
CAT 2015 also proposes to reduce the weightage on Quant section to improve academic diversity in IIM class rooms and the CAT Centre 2015 would announce the scoring pattern in due course after releasing the exam notification on July 26, 2015.
At present 19 IIMs have become functional and the 6 new IIMs that were proposed in Union Budget 2014 have also started their admission process for the PGP batch 2015-17 based on CAT 2014 scores. Another IIM, the IIM J&K is also proposed from academic session 2016-17 and will offer admission on the basis of CAT 2015 to its flagship PGP batch 2016-18. The 20 IIMs in 2016 will include both the old and new IIMs.
The candidate must possess minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks in graduation in any discipline from a recognized institute. Students who are in the final year of graduation can also apply provided they submit the graduation final marks to the institutes.