INFORMATION ON CAT EXAM!

 

ABOUT CAT EXAM:

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India. This test is conducted to select students for the Post Graduate Programmes by “The Indian Institute of Management (IIMs)”. In addition, some of the top management institutes use CAT score for their admissions. This test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Nationality:

All permanent residents of India are eligible to appear for the test.

 

In addition to it, all foreign nationals who have a Bachelor’s degree with minimum of 50% (candidates of the SC/ST categories must have a minimum of 45%) can appear for the Common Admission Test.

 

2. Age Limit:

There is no age limit for the candidates for appearing in CAT test.

 

3. Educational Qualification:

The candidate must be a graduate with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC/ST/DA/PWD) or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the ministry of HRD, Government of India.

 

The Candidates appearing for final year of bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree and are waiting for results are also eligible to apply for this test.

 

4. Test Pattern and Duration:

The CAT will have only two sections. First section comprises of Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and the second section comprises of Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning.

  

S. No

Section

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

1

Tutorial

15 mins

2

Section 1

30

90

1 hr.10 mins (70 mins)

3

Section 2

30

90

1 hr.10 mins (70 mins)

Total

60

180

2 hrs. 35 mins (155 mins)

 

•  Section 1 – Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

•  Section 2 – Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

 

Note:

- The Candidate cannot choose a section to attempt first.

- The section 1 is presented first, followed by the section 2.

- On-Screen time is available for both the sections.

- Each section is timed separately. Once the section 1 ends after 70 mins, the candidate can no longer go back to it.

- The candidate cannot end the first section before 70 mins. However, the candidate can end the second section before 70 mins.

 

Marks Format:

Candidates are given 3 marks for each correct answer.

penalty of 1 mark will be levied, if any wrong answer has been given.

No marks are given for the questions that are not answered.

 

5. Reservations:

 

S. No

Category

Seats Reserved in terms of %

1

OBC

27%

2

SC

15%

3

ST

7.5%

4

DA (Differently Abled)

3%

5

General Category

Remaining

 

6. Cut-Off Score:

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test. Depending on the number of seats available, cutoffs will be decided and cutoffs will vary year to year based on the marks scored by the candidates.

 

7. Interview:

List of shortlisted candidates for the next level of selection will be available on the individual IIM website. IIM will send interview letters to the candidates. The criteria for short-listing vary from IIM to IIM.

 

The candidates are further called for the group discussions, personal interview and written ability test.

 

The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated may vary across IIMs. So, as per the selection criteria of each IIM, a candidate will be called up for the next level of screening.

 

8. How to apply:

- Buy the voucher from selected branches of Axis bank.

- Voucher cost will be Rs.1600 (General/NC-OBC) and Rs.800 (SC/ST/DA/PWD).

- Register through online at CAT website.

- A candidate can select his/her test date and slot as per the choice and availability (session can be either 10 a.m. or 3.30 p.m.). Test is conducted in multiple cities for a period of 3 – 4 weeks.

 

Following are the IIM Management Institutes across India:

 

IIM – Ahmedabad

IIM – Raipur

IIM – Bangalore

IIM – Ranchi

IIM – Calcutta

IIM – Rohtak

IIM – Indore

IIM – Shillong

IIM – Kashipur

IIM – Tiruchirappalli

IIM – Kozhikode

IIM – Udaipur

IIM – Lucknow