IIM Bangalore to conduct CAT 2022; Prof Ashis Mishra expected to be CAT Exam Convener

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MBAUniverse.com News Desk |
June 25, 2022
After IIM Ahmedabad successfully holding CAT 2021, IIM Bangalore (IIMB) is expected to conduct CAT 2022 on November 27, 2022. Prof Ashis Mishra, long serving faculty in marketing at IIMB, is expected to be CAT 2022 Convener. He has earlier taught at XLRI Jamshedpur and TAPMI Manipal. IIM Bangalore had earlier conducted CAT exam in 2016
Prof Ashis Mishra of IIM Bangalore appointed CAT 2022 Convener

IIM Bangalore is expected to conduct CAT 2022 on November 27, 2022. This is the second time in last ten years that IIMB is conducting CAT exam. Earlier, IIM Bangalore last conducted CAT in 2016. Professor Ashis Mishra, faculty in Marketing Area and Chairperson Admissions at IIM Bangalore is expected to be the Convener of CAT 2022 exam. Last year IIM Ahmedabad conducted the CAT 2021 exam with many changes.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore is the top management institute in India, and is Ranked #2 in NIRF Ranking 2021. TCS which has been conducting IIM-CAT since 2013 in close association with IIMs, will continue to be the CAT 2022 testing partner agency.

Prof Ashis Mishra to be CAT 2022 Convener
Highly Qualified Academician & Marketing Expert, Dr. Ashis Mishra is a member of the Marketing area at IIM Bangalore since 2004. Prior to this, he worked as faculty in marketing at XLRI Jamshedpur and TAPMI Manipal.

He is also the Chairperson admissions & Financial Aid at IIM Bangalore for PGP and PGP-Business Analytics programmes. Recently, welcoming the new 2022-24 batch at IIM Bangalore on June 13, he said, “Out of the total 480 PGP students, 81.7% are from Engineering background, followed by students from other streams and there is one lawyer. A total of 15% of the engineers are from IITs and 24% from NITs; 75% come with work experience, the average work experience is about 22 months, and the average age is 24 years.”

A pure educationist by choice, Dr Mishra has been involved with teaching and research in marketing field all his professional life. A fervent teacher, Dr Ashis receives high ratings both from young MBA students and industry practitioners attending Executive Education Programmes. Dr. Ashis has trained teams at various organizations including TESCO India, TRENT group, FUTURE group, LENOVO, DELOITTE etc.

Dr Ashis has competed M.B.A. from Utkal University (1992) and Ph.D in Business Administration from Utkal University (2000).

Past CAT Exam Conveners from Top Six IIMs
Common Admission Test (CAT) is the mandatory MBA entrance exam and going by the tradition, one of the six older IIMs conducts CAT on behalf of 20 IIMs for admission. In 2015, CAT witnessed many changes when it was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad and since then, the exam has seen various changes till 2021. The process of change is likely to continue this year also. Below is shared the details of CAT conveners since 2015

CAT Convener
CAT Conducting IIM
CAT 2022
Dr Ashis Mishra
IIM Bangalore
CAT 2021
Dr M P Ram Mohan
IIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2020
Dr Harshal Lowalekar
IIM Indore
CAT 2019
Dr Shubhasis Dey
IIM Kozhikode
CAT 2018
Dr Sumanta Basu
IIM Calcutta
CAT 2017
Dr Neeraj Dwivedi
IIM Lucknow
CAT 2016
Dr Rajendra K Bandi
IIM Bangalore
CAT 2015
Dr Tathagat Bandyopadhyay
IIM Ahmedabad

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Role of CAT Convening IIM and CAT Convenor
The largest annual MBA entrance exam with 2.30 to 2.50 lakh applicants and more than 1.90 lakh actual test takers every year, CAT, conducted by IIMs offers MBA admission to more than 50000 candidates not only in 20 IIMs but also in other top B-schools including FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, NITIE among others.  CAT exam notification is released by the CAT exam conducting IIM in the last week of July and the registration process for the exam begins in the first week of August. This all is done by CAT conducting IIM in consultation with the CAT committee which consists of other IIMs as well.

The CAT conducting IIM assigns the responsibility to convene CAT exam to one of its designated faculty members, preferably admission chair to smoothly conduct the exam in partnership with test conducting agency. The CAT exam convener not only has to convene the exam successfully but also has to explore the possibilities of improving the exam standard and functions as a bridge between 2.5 lakh CAT aspirants, all IIMs, Non-IIM B-schools like FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, Exam execution agency – TCS, Media and other stake holders. Some of the key initiatives taken by CAT conveners in the past are:

  • In 2014, CAT Convener, Dr Rohit Kapoor, faculty at IIM Indore, increased the CAT exam time duration to 3 hours, increased the number of questions to 100 and reduced the testing window to two days
  • In 2015, CAT Convener Prof Tathagat Bandyopadhyay, faculty at IIM Ahmedabad reduced the CAT testing window to single day and two slots of 3 hours each. The number of CAT exam sections were increased to three from earlier two. TITA questions with No penalty of negative marking were introduced for the first time. This pattern is still followed.
  • In 2020, due to Covid pandemic, CAT Convener Prof Harshal Lowalekar, Faculty at IIM Indore, reduced the number of questions to 76, reduced the CAT time duration to 2 hours and increased the testing slots to 3 from earlier 2.
  • In 2021, Prof M P Rammohan, CAT Convener and faculty at IIM Ahmedabad found that the number of 76 questions for a 2 hour CAT exam was high and reduced the number of questions to 66 to allow more time for the test takers to attempt the test. No change in test duration of 2 hours was made.

With the increased number of intake in IIMs and other B-schools, it is expected that more candidates may apply for CAT 2022.

With a few months remaining for CAT 2022 and official notification for the exam likely to be released in July last week, the experts have suggested to begin CAT exam preparation without further delay. Despite all the changes in CAT, the basic structure and exam syllabus of CAT 2022 is not expected to change 

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more updates on CAT 2022