The registration window will be open from 5 August through 26 September 2013. From this year (2013) onwards, CAT candidates can buy vouchers online directly from IIMs.
Candidates can also purchase traditional vouchers for registration and scheduling from designated Axis Bank branches from 5 August to 24 September.
This year 30 more Axis bank branches have been added to provide CAT 2013 candidates with greater convenience.
"IIMs enable students with an opportunity to pursue their career options through a personally and professionally enriching experience. During their IIM journey, if they develop the right skill sets and if they are able to put their best foot forward then there will be promising career choices. The CAT is their first step to achieving their goals," said Professor Rohit Kapoor, Common Admission Test (CAT) 2013 Convenor.
"New to this year's CAT is the option to purchase vouchers electronically. Details about payment of fees online will be made available on CAT 2013 website from 5PM on Saturday, August 3, 2013. We hope this new point of purchase brings added convenience to the registration process."
Similar to last year's exam, the CAT 2013 will have two sections. The first section will focus on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second on Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.
These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be for 140 minutes.
Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on‐screen countdown timer. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second and will be unable to go back.
CAT will be conducted over a period of 20 days - from 16 October to 11 November 2013 - in Prometric test centers across 40 cities. This increase in locations (up from 36 cities last year) provides candidates with greater flexibility and convenience for choosing a suitable test day. For candidates who are differently abled, additional support will be available.
A 15‐minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to carefully go through the same before starting the main examination. The total duration will be two hours and 35 minutes including the tutorial.