Common Admission Test (CAT)

Common Admission Test

The Common Admission Test or CAT is conducted every year for admission in Postgraduate management programs of 20 Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and other leading B-schools in the country.

From 2012 onwards, CAT Score Grade is also used by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for admission of students for their management programmes. Earlier, these organizations were depending on the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) for admission purposes.

As a practice, CAT is conducted by one of the top IIMs on a rotation basis annually.

Around 2 lakhs candidates participate in Common Admission Test each year.

Admission Process

IIMs are following independent eligibility criteria for admission. Nonetheless, the CAT score is an important factor for consideration. Ceratin IIMs developed their own selection process with elements such as short-listing based on applicants’ previous academic performance, relevant work experience etc.

Eligibility Criteria for Common Admission Test

The following are the basic eligibility conditions for CAT

  • Bachelors Degree with at least 50% marks
  • 45% marks for Reserved category candidates
  • Final year students and those awaiting results can also apply (with conditions)


  • 15% of the seats are reserved for SC candidates,
  • 7.5% for ST candidates
  • 27% for OBC NCL
  • 10% for EWS candidates
  • 5% for PwD Candidates

Common Admission Test Pattern

(Pattern varies annually)

CAT Duration120 minutes
TypeComputer-based Test- Multi Choice Questions (MCQs)
SessionsMorning & Afternoon
Sections1. Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
3. Quantitative Ability (QA)
Section-wise duration40 Minutes each
Total Questions66 -(VARC: 24; DI & LR: 20; QA: 22) (Expected)
Total Scores198
Scoring+3 marks for each right answer
-1 marks for each wrong answer
No marks for unattempted questions
Date of ExamNormally in the month of November
Managed by Tata Consultancy Service (TCS)

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  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

CAT Exam Syllabus

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
English Usage or GrammarJumbled Paragraph
Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)Meaning-Usage Match
Fill in the blanksAnalogies or Reverse Analogies
Sentence CorrectionSummary Questions
Cloze PassageFacts-Inferences-Judgment
Reading ComprehensionVerbal Reasoning
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus
CaseletsNumber and Letter Series
Bar GraphsClocks
Line chartsSeating Arrangement
Column GraphsBinary Logic
Venn DiagramsLogical Matching
Pie ChartLogical Sequence
Other Basic Reasoning QuestionsLogical Connectives
CalendarsBlood Relations
Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus
Number SystemsSet Theory & Function
Profit, Loss and DiscountSurds and Indices
LCM and HCFGeometry
Speed, Time and DistanceCoordinate Geometry
PercentagesSimple and Compound Interest
Time and WorkInequalities
Ratio and ProportionLogarithm
Complex NumbersMixtures and Alligations
Quadratic Equations & Linear EquationsComplex Numbers
Sequences and SeriesPermutation and Combination

CAT Registration Fee

  • Rs.1100 for SC, ST and PwD candidates.
  • Rs.2200 for all other candidates.

Test Centers

  • CAT is conducted across around 158 test cities in India
  • Test cities will be mentioned in the CAT website
  • The name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card.

CAT Score

  • Candidates’ CAT scorecards will be made accessible on the CAT website.
  • Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS.
  • The CAT results are likely to be declared by the second week of January
  • The CAT score is valid only untill December 31

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