Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT 2015

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).

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

Important Dates

  • Notification Date: July, 2015
  • CAT Sale of Vouchers & Registration: August to September, 2015
  • Computer Based Test Dates: November, 2015
  • Declaration of Results: December, 2015

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

From the year 2009, the mode of CAT has changed from paper-pencil based test to computer based test. CAT has two sections:

  1. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  2. Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

Each section has 50 objective type questions, making total of 100 questions in the paper.

The duration of the test in 2014 has been increased to 170 minutes (2 hours and 50 minutes). Earlier it was 140 minutes. There is no sectional time limits. There is also negative marking in the paper.

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