IIM Entrance Exam 2021 - Every year more than two lakh candidates register themselves to take admission in Indian Institute of Management through IIM entrance exam. CAT or Common Admission Test is the entrance exam of IIM. Any candidate who wishes to take admission in any of the 20 IIMs will be required to first clear the CAT entrance exam.
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For the academic year 2022-23. IIM entrance exam 2021 registration will begin from first week of August. To register for IIM entrance exam, no age restriction is set by IIMs i.e. any candidate without any specific age limit can give the exam and take admission in IIMs. Candidates who will clear the entrance exam of IIM will be called for further selection rounds which will include WAT, GD-PI. CAT is a national level entrance test which is conducted by IIM Ahmedabad this year. In this article of IIM entrance exam, Careers360 will discuss about CAT exam, registration for the upcoming session, eligibility criteria, pattern of exam and what after the entrance exam of IIM.Also Check-Top 12 MBA Entrance ExamsIIM Call Cutoff Vs IIM Eligibility Cutoff: Why there is huge gap?
The entrance exam which is the gateway to India’s top MBA institutes i.e. any of the 20 IIMs or other top B-Schools than IIMs is Common Admission Test. CAT 2021 will be conducted in the last week of November in computer-based mode by IIM Ahmedabad. The exam is usually conducted in two sessions because of wide audience engagement and participation. Due to high no. of registration and execution of IIM entrance exam in two sessions, CAT normalization process is used by IIMs. Note that the CAT 2021 result shows both scaled scores and percentile scores, hence to scale the scores, the normalization process is important.
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To take admission in IIMs or any other top institute for the academic year 2022-23, candidates will have to register themselves for the IIM entrance exam i.e. CAT. The IIM entrance exam registration process will begin from August and will continue till September as per the exam dates of CAT 2021. IIM Ahmedabad will also provide the facility to correct the CAT application form tentatively in the last week of September. While filling the application form of CAT, candidates will have to select any four test cities whereby they are comfortable giving the entrance exam of IIM. These test cities will be the CAT 2021 exam centres.
Details related to the age limit, qualifying exams, marks required to appear, nationality etc., are included in the eligibility criteria of CAT 2021. According to the IIM entrance exam CAT, the eligibility criteria of CAT 2021 for every IIM is same. Complete details related to the CAT eligibility criteria 2021 will be mentioned in the notification released by IIMs for CAT later. Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before filling up the application form of IIM entrance exam. Given below is the eligibility criteria of IIM entrance exam which can be referred by candidates.
Educational Qualification - All candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree from any recognized or statutory institute/college as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India
Qualifying Marks - Candidates belonging to the General, EWS and NC-OBC categories must have an aggregate score of at least 50% or equivalent CGPA. While 5% relaxation is given to candidates belonging Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories every year for IIM entrance exam
Final Year - Candidates who are in their final year of college are also allowed to appear for the entrance exam of IIM i.e. CAT on the condition that they have to present their qualifying scorecards within the stipulated time
Age Limit - To appear for IIM entrance exam, no age limit is set by IIMs
Before starting the IIM entrance exam preparation candidates must have a look on the exam pattern of CAT 2021. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability will be the three sections of the IIM entrance exam which is to be solved by candidates in three hour time duration. As per the CAT exam pattern, for every correct answer three marks will be awarded and each wrong answer will lead to deduction of one mark. Entrance exam of IIM i.e. CAT 2021 will be conducted in computer-based mode most likely in two sessions.
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Sections - Three i.e. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability
Mode of Exam - Computer-based exam
Time Duration - Three hours i.e. 180 minutes
Sectional Duration - 60 minutes to each section
Marking scheme - 3 marks for every correct answer and -1 for every wrong answer
Qualified candidates of IIM entrance exam will be called for further admission rounds. The selection procedure of IIM requires candidates to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of combined activities i.e. IIM entrance exam, Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI), work experience, academic profile and much more. The result of CAT (IIM entrance exam) will contain complete details of the candidate’s performance. CAT percentile is calculated on the basis of scaled scores obtained by candidates. On the basis of the final result of IIM entrance test and selection procedure, candidates will be able to take admission in Master of Business Administration or PGP courses.
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