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.

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

1. Educational Requirement

You must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. If you belong to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) or Differently Abled (DA) category, then you need 45% marks.

Bachelor's degree should be awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

2. Final Year Candidates

If you are appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree or if you are awaiting results, then also you can apply. You have to submit certificate latest by 30 June from the Principal or Registrar of your college stating that you have completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification.

3. Reservation of Seats

As per the Government of India (GoI) requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7½% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC).

As per the provision under section 39 of the PWD Act, 1995, 3% seats are reserved for Differently Abled (DA) candidates.

4. Appearing for Practice

If you are not eligible, you can not appear for CAT just for the sake of practice.

5. Age Restriction

There is no age bar for appearing in CAT.