The step by step procedure to apply for CAT is:
Step 1 - CAT Registration: Generate User ID and Password
Step 2 - Login to CAT website with generated User ID and password
Step 3 - Fill up CAT application form and pay the application fee
Step 1 - CAT Registration
Visit the official website of CAT - iimcat.ac.in.
Click on ‘New Candidate Registration".
Enter the following information
Name - Should be same as in Class X or SSC Certificate. If the name has been changed due to marriage or any other reason, candidates need to submit a valid document like court affidavit or marriage certificate to support the same.
Date of birth - Use the virtual calendar to enter date of birth to ensure that it is correctly entered.
Email address - Enter a valid email id during registration. CAT User ID will be sent to this email address. For overseas candidates, both User ID and Password will be sent through email. Hence, candidates must make sure that the information provided is correct.
Mobile number - Enter a valid mobile number since the password will be sent through SMS at this number itself. The number should be Indian and must contain 10 digits. Mobile numbers which are not Indian should be prefixed with area code.
After filling these details, click on "Generate OTP button", enter the captcha or retype the special characters displayed on the screen. Check the box which says 'I Agree' and click 'Submit' button. This will verify and authenticate CAT registration form. Details entered cannot be altered once submitted.
After successful registration, you will receive the login credentials through Email and SMS.
Step 2 - Login to fill application form
The next step after CAT registration is to log in using the "Registered Candidate Login" button given. You have to enter the User ID and Password to continue filling the CAT application form. Only candidates who have completed their CAT registration can log in to fill the application form.
Step 3 - Fill and Submit CAT Application Form
After logging in, the personal details of the candidate will be displayed on the screen or dashboard. Candidates can click on 'Go to Application Form' button on top right to continue filling CAT online application form. The application form will be divided into six sections:
- Personal Details
- Work Experience
- Test City
Section 1 - Personal Details
Father’s/Husband’s/Guardian’s Name and Mother’s Name
Select Category – Candidates who do not belong to the General category have to select the applicable category among Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Serial Number, State or Union Territory and Name of Caste and Tribe.
Aadhaar Card Number is asked for; however, it is not mandatory to mention the Aadhaar card number
Select Gender- Male / Female / Transgender
Click on Yes or No for Person With Disability (PWD) field. In order to apply under the PWD category, the Disability Percentage should be equal to or more than 40 per cent.
Communication address - Enter full postal address along with alternate email and mobile number which will be used for further communication by IIMs.
Documents to be Uploaded
Candidates must upload a certain set of documents as specified in support of the information provided by them. The documents are:
Passport size photograph and signature: Applicants have to upload a scanned image of their passport size photograph. The dimension of this image file should not be more than what is prescribed by exam authorities. Refer to the below table for photograph and signature dimensions. The photograph and signature should be clearly visible and legible.
Category and PwD certificates if applicable
Section 2 - Academic Details
Enter past academic records in this section:
Class X/SSC/Equivalent Exam Scores
Class XII/HSC/Equivalent Exam Scores
Bachelor’s Degree Details
Master’s Degree Details
Other Professional Course Details
Under each section, candidates have to enter the Board, Subjects, Aggregate marks or CGPA. Once all the academic details are filled, click on 'Save & Continue'.
Section 3 - Work Experience
Now, candidates need to fill the work experience. If the applicants have prior work experience or are working professionals, they have to enter the work experience in the number of months completed. Candidates have to also enter the industry type. Only full-time work experience pursued after the completion of Graduation will be applicable. Internship, part-time job, articles, pre-graduation experience should not be entered.
Section 4 - Choose Programmes
Candidates have to select the IIMs and the full-time management programmes where they wish to seek admission into a postgraduate management programme. They also need to select the interview city from the drop-down menu provided under this section.
Note that candidates applying to IIM Indore will also be considered for the Mumbai campus of IIM. The final selection will depend on the respective admission criteria of the institute.
Candidates applying for PGP or PGDM programmes at the below given IIMs are requested to choose the same interview city for all the selections:
- IIM Udaipur
- IIM Tiruchirappalli
- IIM Raipur
- IIM Ranchi
- IIM Rohtak
- IIM Kashipur
Section 5 - Exam Centre City
Candidates can select any four cities from the given list of CAT exam centres. After the completion of the online application process, candidates will be allotted test centre in one of the four preferred cities.
Section 6 - Pay Registration fees
After completing the CAT application form, submit it along with the application fee. First, choose one of the payments mode given below and then the respective payment gateway will be enabled. After selecting the payment gateway, candidates need to enter the Captcha given in the box provided and check the declaration box given. Candidates must choose the preferred payment mode for paying the application fees.