Common Admission Test (CAT)

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular entrance exam for MBA admissions. It is national level test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for admission to the Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes in India including the IIMs.

CAT - Common Admission Test

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular entrance exam for MBA admissions. It is computer-based national level entrance test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission to to MBA/PGDM courses at 20 IIMs as well as more than 500 B-Schools across India.

Common Admission Test (CAT) Eligibility Criteria

You must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50 percent marks or equivalent CGPA. Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for the exam. There is a relaxation of 5 percent in graduation marks for SC, ST and PwD candidates.

CAT Duration, Pattern and Online Tips

The actual time duration of the test is 3 hours (180 minutes). Each section has a time limit of 60 minutes (1 hour). You cannot switch over from one section to another section at any point. An on-screen timer is available for you to check how much time you have left.

CAT Registration and Application Process

The step by step procedure to apply for CAT is:

  1. Step 1 - CAT Registration: Generate User ID and Password

  2. Step 2 - Login to CAT website with generated User ID and password

  3. Step 3 - Fill up CAT application form and pay the application fee

CAT Cutoff

The cutoff of CAT is the minimum marks or percentile you must obtain in order to qualify for the next round of selection process. IIMs and other participating institutes release the CAT cutoff to shortlist the candidates for the selection procedure.

How to Prepare for CAT

Does Common Admission Test (CAT) make you nervous? Are you confused about where to begin your preparations? These are the normal feelings for anyone who has just started to prepare for CAT for pursuing management education.

Following Non-IIM Member Institutions use CAT scores for admission.

CAT Exam Centres

Common Admission Test or popularly known as CAT is a national-level management entrance test conducted by IIMs. More than 2 lakh candidates write the CAT exam every year for admission to 20 IIMs and 100 other B-schools in India. The exam centres of CAT are located in around 140 cities.

CAT Admit Card

CAT admit card is available in online mode only for those candidates whose application form has been accepted. To download the admit card, you need to login to the official website using your CAT user ID and password received at the time of registration.

Though Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are the best institutes that accept Common Admission Test score, there are many other premier B-schools in India that are almost equivalent to IIMs. This list (in no specific order) is compilation of such B-schools that accept CAT score.

CAT Exam Analysis

CAT 2017 exam was held on November 26 in 2 slots as a computer based test of 3 hours duration for each slot. The pattern of the afternoon slot of was similar to that in the morning slot and very much on the lines of CAT 2016. There were no surprises in the paper in terms of the pattern.

CAT Result

The CAT result is available online for download. You check the CAT result using user id and password provided at the time of registration. CAT result is in the form of scorecard displaying the percentile and section wise & overall scaled scores.

In 2018, more than 2.40 lakh registered for CAT exam and as many as 2.09 lakh candidates appeared.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for the management programmes. A number of other colleges also opt in to use the CAT Score for admissions.