|Common Admission Test (CAT) Origins (November - 2023)
The month of November has been synonymous with the CAT, the prestigious entrance exam for admissions to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). This year, the exam took place on November 26, spanning across 155 cities.
But have you ever wondered when the CAT was first introduced? It all began in 1976, when due to the inconvenience faced by applicants for admission to the management courses at IIMs as they had to appear separately for each of the three Management Institutes, a committee of Directors of the three Institutes at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta started examining the possibility of having the written test on a common basis, and after meticulous planning, the first CAT was held 46 years ago on January 2, 1977, across 14 centers.
As our featured document of the month, we are delighted to present a document that sheds light on the necessity of a common test, an article providing essential information and intriguing details about CAT for all IIMs, published in the IIMA Alumnus, an advertisement, the cover page of the question paper, and answer sheet from the inaugural CAT, as well as interesting details from the 15th Annual Report of the institute, which highlights about the admissions process through CAT, for the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) 1977-79.
If you are interested in learning about the admission process for the first PGP introduced in 1964, well before the inception of CAT, please see this link.
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