30 Aug : The Common Admission Test (CAT), which is being conducted through computers for the first time, will be held over a period of ten days from 28th November this year, an official notification said.
The CAT is being held through computers and the IIMs have hired a US-based firm to conduct the competitive exam across the country for candidates seeking admission to the prestigious B-schools.
The test will be conducted at 30 centres including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, New Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad, it said.
There are about 1,800 seats in the existing seven IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknow and Shillong.
Besides IIMs, about 50 other reputed B-schools in the country give admission to students from the CAT merit list.
The results of the test will be announced on 22nd January and can be accessed from the CAT website www.catiim.in.
About 2.5 lakh students had appeared in the CAT last year.
Looking into the demand for more B-schools, the government has decided to set up another seven IIMs in the country, four of which are expected to be operational from next year.