The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore is expected to announce the dates of the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 by July-end.
The IIM Bangalore spokesperson told Catch that the institute is currently ironing out the details of the national-level management test. "We are currently in the process of finalising the CAT 2016 notification, which may be released in newspapers by July-end," said Kavitha Kumar, Head-Communication, IIM Bangalore.
On 4 May, Catch was the first to report that IIM Bangalore will conduct CAT 2016 exam with Professor Prof Rajendra K Bandi as the convener. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will continue to be the test-taking agency.
The institute refused to comment on the CAT 2016 examination date. The online exam has traditionally been held in the months of October and November.
CAT 2015 introduced quite a few changes in the examination pattern. The CAT 2015 test pattern was changed in a bid to create a level-playing field between the engineering and non-engineering candidates. Aspirants were asked to attempt 100 questions in 180 minutes. On-screen calculators and direct answer questions (type-in-questions) were also introduced.
The CAT exam pattern is still evolving and IIM Bangalore is expected to further introduce some changes in the test.
The exam tests the aspirant's skills in Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical and Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. CAT scores are used for admission to top business schools and MBA colleges such as IIMs, XLRI, SP Jain and so on.