Nearly 3 lakh try 'belling the CAT'

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New Delhi, Nov 16 (UNI) Three lakh students from across the country, including nearly 50,000 in National Capital Region (NCR), today attempted belling the CAT -- Common Aptitude Test -- for nearly 1,800 seats at nation's top management institutes.

In all 270,000 students took the exams this year, as compared to 2.12 lakh last year, at 230 centres in 23 cities, including 60 in the NCR, according to the IIM-Ahmedabad.

More than 7,000 forms were rejected due to 'filling errors', it said.

Successful candidates of CAT go through the rigours of viva, group discussion and interview before claiming the high portals of the seven IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknow and Shillong.

Several other private business schools also track CAT scorers for admission to their institutes, and well known ones like the Kirloskar Institute of Management, Mudra Institute of Communication (MICA) Ahmedabad, Nirma Institute of Management, SP Jain Institute, TA PAI and over three dozen others are some of them.

Beginning 2009 six new IIMs will start functioning thereby increasing the number of seats and drawing larger number of aspirants.

Considered as the most important standards for getting into top management institutes of the country, the CAT exam is an annual test conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

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