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In this article we share the basic information that you must have, if you have decided to take CAT 2012, and how MBAUniverse.com will guide you in every step of this journey to cracking CAT 2012.
The time has arrived to brace yourself for the eventful journey of CAT 2012. With the MBA dream fuelling among the aspirants over various age groups, educational and professional backgrounds, the interest to take the major MBA entrance exams are abuzz in their minds. Common Admission Test or CAT, conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management is the most popular exam, taken by around two lakh candidates every year.
Tapomay Sanyal from Kolkata asks MBAUniverse.com, “I want to take CAT 2012. Please tell me the procedure to apply. How much time is necessary to prepare for the exam?” If you are planning to go for CAT 2012, this is just the right time to get started.
MBAUniverse.com starts the exclusive series of CAT 2012 preparation for you to guide you throughout the journey, right from providing you all the necessary information to preparation strategies. In this article of MBAUniverse.com, we will share the basic information that you must have, if you have decided to take CAT 2012, and how MBAUniverse.com will guide you in every step of this journey to cracking CAT 2012.
CAT was initiated by IIMs. Among all the management exams, CAT is considered to be one of the toughest nuts to crack. Good performance in CAT ensures chances to get admission offers in the 13 IIMs and over 100 other top B schools in India. CAT, which was held every year on the third Sunday of November in a paper pencil format has been changed to computer based test since the year 2009.
After facing heavy technical snags in the year 2009, which was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad, CAT was conducted in a much stable and successful manner in 2010 and 2011 under IIM Lucknow and IIM Calcutta respectively. Prometric is the partner organization which conducts the computer based CAT.
CAT tests you broadly on four areas - Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Till 2009, CAT had three sections, Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. But CAT 2011 saw a major change in the pattern where instead of three sections the test had two sections, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.
Unlike the past two years, the CAT takers were no more allowed to spend the entire duration of 2 hours and 15 minutes on all the three sections. The two sections were made time bound, with 70 minutes each, resulting the total duration to 140 minutes.
The computer based CAT is conducted in a 10 day window. Barring CAT 2009, CAT 2010 and CAT 2011 were conducted in 10 consecutive days, in two slots. CAT 2011 was conducted from Saturday, October 22, 2011 to Wednesday, November 18, 2011.
CAT 2011 was taken by 1.85 lakh candidates, though the total number of registration was around 2.05 lakh. The number saw a dip compared to the past three years. While CAT 2010 registration was 2.06 lakh, CAT 2009 had seen 2.42 lakh candidates register for the test. The total number of registration for CAT 2008 was 2.45 lakh.
The announcement of CAT 2012 is likely to be made by the IIMs by the third week of July. The official announcement of CAT 2012 is likely to be made on the third Sunday of August 2012. The exam is likely to be conducted in a window of 10 days between last week of October and mid November, 2012.
MBAUniverse.com - Your companion in the CAT 2012 journey
Now that there are just four months left for the CAT 2012, this is the high time you start preparing for the exam. But you are not alone in this journey; MBAUniverse.com will guide you in every step of your journey to make it easier.
MBAUniverse.com will provide you regular updates on the development of CAT 2012, analysis and trends of the past years CAT, preparation tips from top CAT experts and toppers of past years through articles, interviews and Live Expert Chats.
MBAUniverse.com has also launched a special initiative on offering you online classes for CAT 2012 preparation where you can avail video classes, e-books by CAT gurus.
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