Niti Aayog’s School Education Quality Index: Kerala tops, UP worst performer


Niti Aayog School Education Quality Index: Niti Aayog has released the ‘School Education Quality Index’ (SEQI) report. In this index, the quality of school education of 20 states has been ranked by number. In this list, Kerala is in the first place, Rajasthan second while Karnataka secured third place.

NITI Aayog has prepared this index based on the data of 2016-17. The index emphasizes the efforts of schools to increase the learning ability of students. Punjab and Jammu Kashmir are at the 18th and 19th position in the list.

States/UTs Best 3 States
Large States 1.       Kerala

2.       Rajasthan

3.       Karnataka

Small States 1.       Manipur

2.       Tripura

3.       Goa

Union Territories 1.       Chandigarh

2.       Dadra and Nagar Haveli

3.       Delhi

Key Highlights

• The list has been categorized into three parts – Large States, Small Sates and Union Territories.
• Top 3 states are Kerala, Rajasthan and Karnataka. And, top 3 bottom states are Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.
• The smaller states which have been ranked separately include eight states – Manipur, Tripura, Goa, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
• Uttar Pradesh is one of the largest states in the country but its performance in the field of education is unfortunate.

The names of 20 states with rankings

Kerala (1), Rajasthan (2), Karnataka(3), Andhra Pradesh (4), Gujarat (5), Assam (6), Maharashtra (7), Tamil Nadu (8), Himachal Pradesh (9), Uttarakhand (10), Haryana (11), Orissa (12), Chhattisgarh (13), Telangana (14), Madhya Pradesh (15), Jharkhand (16), Bihar (17), Punjab (18), Jammu Kashmir (19) and Uttar Pradesh (20).

Objectives of SEQI

SEQI aims to drive policy reforms that will improve the quality of school education. The index seeks to institutionalise a focus on enhancing education outcomes by driving improvements in learning levels, access, equity, infrastructure and governance processes. The index recognises that school education is a subject on the Concurrent List and that State-level leadership is crucial for improving outcomes in a cost-effective manner. The index will serve as a regular and transparent review of the status of school education quality across the States and UTs.

CAT 2019: Image correction window to close on 30th Sept – Know how to edit images



CAT 2019 Registration: CAT Exam aspirants are informed that 30th September is the last day to make changes in the online CAT Application form. The Image correction window is open till 5:00 p.m. This is the last chance to make amends in the CAT registration form in case you have uploaded an incorrect image.

Post the CAT registration process, IIM Kozhikode allowed the candidates to make changes in the online CAT application form. Therefore, IIM-K opened the CAT 2019 Image correction window from 28th September 2019, 10:00 a.m. onwards. Candidates who have registered for the CAT 2019 exam successfully can edit their photograph and signatures in the online CAT 2019 application form. The image correction window allows candidates to make requisite changes in the photograph and signature being uploaded incorrectly.

Here  is the official notification that flashed on

The CAT 2019 registration window closed on 25th September 2019 at 5:00 p.m. IIM Kozhikode, the conducting body of CAT 2019, had previously extended the deadline for the CAT 2019 exam registration which was earlier supposed to close on 18th September. As per the revised deadline, the CAT registrations are open till 25th September for the interested and eligible candidates. So candidates, if CAT 2019 is what you are aiming for, apply before 5 PM today.

Take a look at the official notification:

To register for the CAT exam, candidates need to visit the official website i.e. Eligible and interested candidates can apply for the CAT exam by filling the online CAT application form. However, before applying for the exam, do read the CAT eligibility criteria carefully. Candidates are also required to pay CAT application fee through online mode.

After the release of CAT notification on 28th July, all the important dates related to CAT exam events were released. Aspirants planning to appear in the CAT exam are informed that CAT 2019 will be conducted on 24th November in two sessions. CAT exam is conducted for admission to postgraduate courses i.e. MBA/PGDM offered by the IIMs. There are other non-IIM institutes that accept CAT score for admission to MBA courses. You can apply for the non-IIMs through

Here are the instructions that will help you during the CAT registration process. Read them carefully to apply for the MBA entrance exam:

CAT 2019 Registration Process

IIM Kozhikode opened the registration window on 7th August 2019. Before registering for the CAT exam, candidates have to register to generate a User ID and Password. CAT User ID is an important element using which candidates will be able to register for the CAT exam, make fee payment, download the CAT admit card. Like previous year, CAT registration form is expected to be a single document divided in 5 pages. Applicants would be required to provide their personal details in the 1st part of CAT registration form. The 2nd part will be about academic information, so if this year, the CAT registration form followed the same pattern, keep the documents ready to fill the marks scored in the 10th, 12th and graduation. The 3rd part is generally about work experience and finally aspirants are required to choose programmes and IIMs in the order of their preference.

CAT 2019: Exam Registration Guide

The CAT website i.e. is made available for the purpose of exam registration. The exam conducting body i.e. IIM K has released a registration guide and video that aids the candidates in understanding how to fill the form and make fee payment. Before you register for the CAT exam, it is recommended that ‘do watch the video and read the registration guide’ which talks about the forms that you would need at the time of CAT exam registration. Any discrepancy at the time of registration can cost you re-registration and payment of fee again. This process might seem time taking but would help you avoid blunders during registration.

How to Register for CAT 2019

Read the instructions mentioned below before you fill the CAT application form:

Before filling CAT application form

Here are a few instructions that you must keep in mind before getting registered for the CAT 2019 exam.

1) The registration process begins with the ‘New Candidate Registration’ where you will receive a new User ID and Password to apply for the CAT exam.

2) You will receive the CAT User ID on your registered email address and Password on your registered mobile number (via SMS). Fill the online CAT application form using the registered CAT User ID and Password.

3) Provide correct information pertaining to Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number and Email Address. Double check before submitting the CAT application form because these information cannot be changed at a later stage when the CAT application correction window is opened.

You can click on the image below, to directly reach the ‘New Candidate Registration’ page:

1. Visit the official website of IIM CAT i.e.

2. Click on the ‘Registered Candidate Login’ option which is provided on the right side of the homepage.

3. You will be redirected to another window.

4. Provide your geneated CAT User ID and Password to fill the CAT application form 2019

5. Create your Profile with true and correct information. In the CAT application form, there are five windows in which details such as: Personal Details, Academic qualifications, Work Experience, Programmes, Test City of preference, are to be filled.

6. Submit the CAT Application form after providing all the necessary details.

7. The final step is to make online payment through Net banking/Credit card/Debit card. The CAT 2019 application fee payment partners are Bill Desk and PayU. The fee payment window will appear like this:

CAT Exam Application fees

Another crucial aspect of CAT registration is the CAT Application fee. Te good news is that the CAT registration fee remains same this year. IIM Kozhikode has not raised the CAT application fee:


Registration Fee(s)

General / NC-OBC

Rs. 1900/-


Rs. 950/-

In 2017, IIM Lucknow decided the CAT application fee to be Rs. 1800/- in comparison to the CAT registration fee that was to be paid in 2016. For the other reserved category aspirants the application fee for CAT exams was Rs. 900/- only.

CAT exam conducting body has also stated that once the fee is paid, it will not be refunded under any circumstances. So, candidates are advised to fill the CAT registration form carefully.

Perks for Women Candidates

CAT exam will be conducted in 156 test cities; however, female candidates will get an opportunity to take the test in their domicile city. This move is aimed at encouraging the female candidates take the test eagerly and would also invite more participation from both the genders without a bias.

This perk is also aimed at enhancing the gender diversity in the IIMs. It is expected that after this announcement the absentee ratio among the female candidates to take the exam will gradually reduce. When the first time this initiative commenced in 2015, it became a hit and an increase in the attendance of females was quite evident.

For other candidates, CAT will provide an opportunity to choose up to 4 test centers depending upon the convenience of the candidate. The final decision to allot the test center is reserved with the exam conducting body i.e. IIM Calcutta.

Rectification of errors in CAT Registration form

Caution! Once you press the ‘SUBMIT button’ after filling all the details, you will not be able to make any changes in the CAT application form. Rectification of errors is not welcomed so it is advisable that you double check the filled in information or else you might end up re-registering and paying application fee. Do not submit your CAT registration form unless you are sure of all the details put in the form.

For further assistance, candidates can contact at the CAT helpdesk in [email protected] and can also use the toll-free no. – 18002090830.