CAT or the Common Admission Test is conducted annually for admission to all the branches of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). The lucky candidates who get through seek admission in IIM branches located in Ahmedabad, Indore, Bangalore, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Shillong and Lucknow. However, it is just not the IIMs, hundreds of other management institutes depend upon the CAT score for screening admissions in their institute.
This year there has been a buzz about the CAT with the implementation of the proposed OBC quota to take place. Like every year, 2008 too saw the maddening rush for this examination as nearly 2,70,000 aspirants appeared for the examination in 230 centres located in 23 cities. The general view was that the data interpretation (DI) section was perhaps the easiest, while the verbal section though easy, was very lengthy. Most candidates said that the QUANT (quantitative analysis) section was the toughest this year.