The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 will be held in three shifts, instead of two, and across more centres and cities on November 29, Sunday, to ensure the safety of the candidates.
The test, which is the gateway to the 20 premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and over 110 non-IIM B-schools, will be held at 430 centres in 159 cities — up from 376 centres in 156 cities last year.
The computerised entrance exam will be conducted in three shifts: 8:30 am to 10:30 am; 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm; and 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
‘Additional measures have been taken to minimise the travel needs of the candidates by increasing the centres for examination to 430 across the country,’ stated IIM Indore, which is conducting the exam this year on behalf of the IIMs.
The institute and its delivery partner, Tata Consulting Services (TCS), have taken these measures to ensure that the government’s advisory on social distancing and other preventive/protective measures at the examination centres are implemented.
The number of candidates who have registered for CAT 2020 is, however, down by over 15,000 as compared to last year.
Over 244,000 candidates had registered for CAT 2019 and eventually 209,926 took the test.
This year, just about 228,000 have applied.
The CAT convenor has approached the chief secretaries and DGPs of various states and UTs to allow candidates to travel using their admit cards as curfew pass in case of lockdowns or curfews.
The local authorities have also been requested to provide necessary facilities and security so that the exam is conducted smoothly.
The 180-minute computer-based entrance test is usually divided into three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning; and Quantitative Ability.
Last year, the paper was relatively easy compared to previous years, CAT takers and experts had observed.