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.
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 Duration||120 minutes|
|Type||Computer-based Test- Multi Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|Sessions||Morning & Afternoon|
|Sections||1. Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)|
2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
3. Quantitative Ability (QA)
|Section-wise duration||40 Minutes each|
|Total Questions||66 -(VARC: 24; DI & LR: 20; QA: 22) (Expected)|
|Scoring||+3 marks for each right answer|
-1 marks for each wrong answer
No marks for unattempted questions
|Date of Exam||Normally in the month of November|
|Managed by||Tata Consultancy Service (TCS)|
- 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 Grammar||Jumbled Paragraph|
|Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)||Meaning-Usage Match|
|Fill in the blanks||Analogies or Reverse Analogies|
|Sentence Correction||Summary Questions|
|Reading Comprehension||Verbal Reasoning|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus|
|Caselets||Number and Letter Series|
|Line charts||Seating Arrangement|
|Column Graphs||Binary Logic|
|Venn Diagrams||Logical Matching|
|Pie Chart||Logical Sequence|
|Other Basic Reasoning Questions||Logical Connectives|
|Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus|
|Number Systems||Set Theory & Function|
|Profit, Loss and Discount||Surds and Indices|
|LCM and HCF||Geometry|
|Speed, Time and Distance||Coordinate Geometry|
|Percentages||Simple and Compound Interest|
|Time and Work||Inequalities|
|Ratio and Proportion||Logarithm|
|Complex Numbers||Mixtures and Alligations|
|Quadratic Equations & Linear Equations||Complex Numbers|
|Sequences and Series||Permutation and Combination|
CAT Registration Fee
- Rs.1100 for SC, ST and PwD candidates.
- Rs.2200 for all other candidates.
- 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.
- 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