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.

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 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. The percentage of marks obtained is calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University or Institution.

The actual time duration of the test is 3 hours (180 minutes). Each section has a time limit of 60 minutes. 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.

Registration for the Common Admission Test and filling of the application form is divided into 5 pages and is to be completed online. CAT online registration remains open for about one and a half month.

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. You must qualify the sectional as well as the overall cutoff in order to get shortlisted for the next rounds of the selection process - WAT-GD and PI.

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. Irrespective of getting admissions to IIMs or not, you must aim to score high percentile in CAT. For achieving this, you definitely need a sound preparation strategy.

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

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 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 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. Total number of questions were 100. VARC section was of 34 questions, DILR with 32 questions and Quantitative section had 34 questions.

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. No hard copy is sent to the candidates. Based on the CAT result, candidates are shortlisted for further selection rounds by IIMs and other participating institutes.

Last year in 2017, more than 2.31 lakh registered for CAT exam and as many as 1.99 lakh candidates appeared. In 2016, registrations for the Common Admission Test for admissions to IIMs and other leading B-schools shot up to a 7-year high with 2,32,434 candidates applying for the admission test. Out of 2.32 lakh total registered candidates, 1.95 lakh test takers appeared in CAT 2016 exam.

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. On the basis of CAT result, the eligible candidates are short listed and called for a Essay, Group Discussion (GD) or Personal Interview (PI).