CAT Score Validity May be Extended to 5 Years

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 28 Sep 2017

The validity of Common Admission Test (CAT) score, which is just one year as of now, may be extended for up to five years. Read more.

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CAT Score Validity - Good news for CAT aspirants! IIM-Ahmedabad is considering extending the validity of the CAT (Common Admission Test) score for up to five years.

(LATEST: The Common Admission Test (CAT) is your passport to enter the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top-B-schools of the country. This year, CAT 2016 is likely to be conducted by IIM-Bangalore. In 2015, IIM-Ahmedabad had conducted CAT exam on November 29. The official notification for the announcement of CAT 2016 dates will be released somewhere in the month of August this year.)

Also, candidates can check their expected CAT scores 2016 post examination via CAT 2016 Percentile Predictor. This tool by helps candidates to check their results after answering some standard questions about CAT exam.

CAT 2017 to be held on November 26, 2017. Check Details on CAT 2017

Right now, the validity of CAT score is just one year. However, the IIM-Ahmedabad committee will soon take a decision on increasing the validity period. They are contemplating this move to ensure that the students who take admission have some work experience before joining the Institute.

Dr Ashish Nanda, director of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, says the students who take admission in the institute are brilliant but most of them lack work experience. He also pointed out that aspirants appear for the CAT exam right after their graduation and want to be enrolled because their score is not valid for the next year.

The proposed move is in line with the pattern of GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), which is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council. The score for the GMAT exam is valid for five years, and it is usually taken by students planning to go abroad to pursue their management education at foreign universities.

Lately, a lot of students are opting for the GMAT exam because its scores are not just accepted abroad but a lot of Indian institutes have started giving admission on the basis of this exam.

Another important change that the IIM-A is considering is regarding the pattern of the CAT exam, which has very tough data interpretation and logical reasoning questions.  

In an interaction with Businessworld, Dr Nanda said he feels that the level of questions asked in CAT seems like the exam is testing a student’s capability of being a rocket scientist instead of being a leader. He emphasized rocket scientists are good at Math but all of them do not have leadership qualities and have a question paper that looks like it is meant for rocket scientists don't make any sense.

CAT is considered to be one of the most difficult management exams all over the world. It is conducted annually for admission to the prestigious IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) and other leading business schools in the country.

Also See - IIFT 2018 Official Notification

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