Common Admission Test (CAT)
The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India 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 all over India. This test scores a person on the bases of quantitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning.
The CAT score along with other parameters like academic performance, work experience, group discussion, written assessment and interview performance, etc. are considered to select the final set of candidates. The weightage assigned to CAT score may differ for each institute.
To apply for CAT a 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. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.
CAT is a computer based test, conducted in multiple cities during a window of 3-4 weeks. A candidate can select his/her test date and slot as per choice and availability. CAT paper is divided into 2 sections. The candidate cannot choose a section to attempt first. The Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section is presented first, followed by Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. Each section is timed separately. Once a section ends, the candidates can no longer go back to it. An on-screen timer is made available for both the sections each counting down 70 minutes.
Three scaled scores will be presented for each candidate- an overall scaled score and two separate scaled scores for each section. Percentile rankings are provided for each individual section as well as for the overall exam score.
Common Admission Test is conducted on National level by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the top most B-schools of India to provide admission to the candidates into Post Graduate level Management Degree(PGDM)/Diploma programmes(PGDP) from world renowned IIM. Some of the other prestigious management institutes of India also consider CAT scores as the criterion to give admission to management aspirant Performance in Common Admission Test or CAT, followed by Group Discussions and Personal Interviews, serves as the basis for admission.
IIM’s providing Post Graduate Programmes in Management are:
S NO Name of the IIM Programmes
1 IIM Ahmedabad PGP and PGP-ABM
2 IIM Bangalore PGP, PGSEM and PGPPM
3 IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM and PGP-PGDMC
4 IIM Indore PGP and EPGP
5 IIM Kanshipur PGP
6 IIM Kozhikode PGP
7 IIM Lucknow PGP and PGP-ABM
8 IIM Raipur PGP
9 IIM Ranchi PGDM and PGDHRM
10 IIM Rohtak PGP
11 RGIIM Shillong PGP
12 IIM Tiruchirapalli PGP
13 IIM Udaipur PGP
CAT Exam Eligibility
The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks. In case of the SC and ST, a minimum of 45% mark is sufficient.
CAT Exam Syllabus
There is no defined syllabus for the CAT exam. It is designed to assess the natural ability of a person towards their preferred field. Mainly, the questions are asked from
1. Quantitative Aptitude
2. Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability
3. Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency