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).
Test Series for the CAT Online
CAT Application Procedure
You have to first buy the CAT voucher. Registration should be done online at www.catiim.in. You must have a valid email id as IIMs will do all the communications by that email id only.
CAT 2014 Important Dates
- Notification Date: July, 2014
- CAT Sale of Vouchers & Registration: August to September, 2014
- Computer Based Test Dates: October to November, 2014
- Results: January, 2015
The candidate 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), awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained the bachelor's degree. In case the university / institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
Candidates 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.
CAT Exam Pattern
From the year 2009, the mode of CAT has changed from paper-pencil based test to computer based test. CAT has two sections:
- Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
- Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
Each section has 30 objective type questions, making total of 60 questions in the paper. The duration of the test is 140 minutes (2 hours and 20 minutes) plus 15 minutes tutorial. Time limits for two sections are separate with 70 minutes to each section. You will be presented with the section on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation first, followed by Verbal Ability and Logical Reasonings. There is also negative marking in the paper.