Last year, while CAT registrations stood at 232,436, final test takers ended up at 195,680, due to absentees.
Registrations for the entrance test into IIMs and over 110 non-IIM B-schools who use CAT scores, opened on August 9, 2017. On Sunday, November 26, CAT will be conducted in centres spread across roughly 140 cities, as against 138 test cities last year.
IIMs will offer candidates the option to select four test cities in order of their preference, with test cities and centres being assigned to candidates only after the last date for CAT 2017 registration.
"Hence, candidates need not rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration. We will try our best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted to an alternate city. However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly," Dwivedi had stated earlier.
The test will be divided into three sections, including Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA).
The duration of 180 minutes will be divided into three, with candidates being allotted 60 minutes for answering questions in each section which cannot be switched to another while answering questions in a particular section.
Last year, total registrations for CAT 2016 had risen by six per cent over 2015, which had seen registrations close at 218,664. However, 83.6 per cent of total registrations finally took CAT 2016, which was marginally up from 82 per cent for CAT 2015.