Common Admission Test (CAT)

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).

CAT 2015

Application Procedure

You have to first buy the CAT voucher. Registration is done online at You must have a valid email id as IIMs will do all the communications by that email id only.

Application Fees

The fee is ₹1600/- for general and NC-OBC candidates. For SC/ST/PWD (DA) category the applicable fee is ₹800/.

Important Dates

  • Notification Date: 26 July, 2015
  • CAT Sale of Vouchers & Registration: 6 August to 20 September, 2015
  • Download of Admit Cards: 15 October, 2015
  • Computer Based Test Dates: 29 November, 2015
  • Declaration of Results: January, 2016

CAT Official Website | CAT Notification


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:

  1. Quantitative Ability (QA)
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. 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 will be 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.

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#37 vishnu prasanth.g.s 2015-08-19 14:07
There is no centre in pondy that gurantees coaching for cat exam,but you can prepare through online courses.
#36 chadu 2015-08-16 01:07
sir now am doing my bsc final year,i want to do my mba in iim's so please suggest me when i have to take coaching for CAT,and when i have to attend for the exam ..pzzz replay sir
#35 ishtikhar khan 2015-08-14 08:19
Sir where is the placment in this coures
#34 Aruna.s 2015-08-07 15:47
Sir..I am in bba final year right now...can I apply for cat exam..can u suggest a cat exam institute in pondy
#33 deepshikha singh 2015-08-06 18:05
Quoting Jai Doley:
Sir; I had been scored in B.Com 54.93. Can I appeate for Cat/Mat or IIMs Institutions?

Quoting Jai Doley:
sir I had been scored in B.Com 54.93 can I appeared cat/mat with IIMs Institutions

Hello dear,
yes you can apply for CAT exams. you have got an average marks in graduation and i think they are good. But at once you are planning to give CAT and at one level you are planning to give MAT. you can easily distinguish that comparing CAT and MAT both stand at different levels. CAT is first level while MAT is considered third level. So try exams that contain same level as CAT because its no use of giving exams that are at so different level.

all the best
deepshikha singh
#32 snigdha pandey 2015-08-05 22:38
how to apply online cat paper and how to fill the form
#31 Manshi Tripathi 2015-08-04 21:39
how to prepare in cat exam
#30 raj 2015-07-31 14:58
sir iam bba (CDE) fianal year.can i apply CAT exam.
#29 #19 vivek kumar 2015-07-29 12:28
sir i m persuing, i m in final year. i m confuse that i have to do this november attempt or not because this attempt result is declared in january 2016 and my result is declared in june 2016. i have to do this attempt or next one. please help me
#28 sachin shivrao tale 2015-07-28 18:17
Sir i am entred in final yr b cmo i do mba in puna pleas give me some information
#27 YATAMSIVANAGARAJU 2015-07-28 14:19
#26 samatha 2015-07-24 15:50
Sir now I entered final year btech..and can I attend exam on this November 2015
#25 samatha 2015-07-24 15:48
Sir.. now i entered final year btech and can I attend exan on this November 2015
#24 samatha 2015-07-24 15:47
Sir.. now I entered to final year btech.. soo can I attend the exam on this Nov 2015
#23 Ishneet 2015-07-23 18:25
Sir,I havr got the results of my final sem.I have one backlog in last sem.No other back in all the three years of graduation.There is a provision in ip university that one subject can be dropped off.So will this back affect my selection procedure during interviews??As by the time i will join any college i will be able to clear that back subjct

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