Common Admission Test (CAT)
IIMs are considered India’s premier national institutes
providing quality education in management and research. IIMs primarily offer
post graduate, doctoral and executive education programmes. The flagship
programme of IIM, is the two year post graduate diploma (PGDM) popularly known
as Master of Business Administration (MBA). These two year programmes are
residential in nature. The Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) is a fulltime
doctoral level programme in management and research equivalent to Ph.D. degree.
The Executive Post Graduate programmes are targeted for working professionals.
Admission to the two year PGDM programmes in IIMs are on
merit, based on a rigorous selection process comprising of Personal Interview,
Written Ability Test / Group Discussions, and scores in the Common Admission
Test which is commonly known as CAT. CAT is a management aptitude test conducted
by the IIMs primarily to evaluate and shortlist candidates for the post graduate
programme. It is a computer based exam available for eager and eligible
candidates to register and take once a year.
As per Government of India norms, IIMs reserve 15% seats for
SC candidates, 7.5% seats for ST candidates and 27% seats for NC-OBC candidates.
3% seats are also reserved for Persons with Disabilities. IIMs also provide
scholarships to deserving students who need financial support.
The Indian Institutes of Management are public establishments with autonomous
control over its day to today operations and curriculum. Today, there are 20
IIMs as public autonomous institutes in India.