The Common Admission Test (CAT) from 2010 onwards is going to be a Computer Based test.
CAT exam for admission to prestigious Indian Institute of Management i.e. IIM’s is conducted every year in November. Starting 2010, CAT exam will be online on the patterns of GMAT, GRE.
CAT-CBT will be a candidate – friendly test in terms of flexibility in the selection of test date, ease of registration process, better physical environment and test experience, and enhanced security in terms of biometric identification of candidates and video monitoring.
CAT - CBT format would improve communication between candidates and IIM’s in terms of:
Receipt of admit cards
Receipt of score reports
It will be conducted on computer without internet through prometric centers in the month of November/December over a period of 10 days. The exam will not be computer adaptive as per official confirmation from IIM.
At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a writing pad with numbered pages for calculations.
After the test, candidate must leave the pad including all the pages in it, at the desk.
Rough-work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet as nothing will be allowed to be taken inside the test hall.
Thus CAT exam is no more a paper based test. Neither is it Internet based or Computer adaptive. In other words, instead of answering the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the circles on the answer-sheet, you will read the questions on a computer and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.
CAT 2011's time format has changed and so, once the first sections' time will end, test will automatically move to next section and candidate will not be able to go back.