Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular entrance exam for MBA admissions. It is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for the admission to the Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes in India including the IIMs. More than 100 B-Schools accept CAT score.
On the basis of CAT percentile score, eligible candidates are short listed and called for a Written Aptitude Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).
You have to first buy the CAT voucher. Registration is done online at iimcat.ac.in. You must have a valid email id as IIMs will do all the communications by that email id only.
The fee is ₹1700/- for general and NC-OBC candidates. For SC/ST/PWD (DA) category the applicable fee is ₹850/.
- Notification Date: July, 2016
- CAT Sale of Vouchers & Registration: 8 August to 22 September, 2016
- Download of Admit Cards: 18 October, 2016
- Computer Based Test Dates: 4 December, 2016
- Declaration of Results: 2nd week of January, 2017
CAT is conducted in two sessions on a single day.
You must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) categories).
If you are appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.
New Exam Pattern
The mode of CAT has changed from paper-pencil based test to computer based test. CAT has three sections:
- Quantitative Ability (QA)
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)
QA and VRC comprises of 34 questions, whereas DILR section has 32 questions, making total of 100 questions in the paper. The duration of the exam is 180 minutes (3 hours). Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen. Basic on-screen calculator will be available for computation.
You are allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and you cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
Marking: You will be awarded three marks for each correct answer. The test carries negative marking, one mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.