What is CAT?

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test for admission into graduate management programs in b-schools across India. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs (MBA or PGDM). Many other b-schools in India consider CAT for the first level of their admission processes.The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.

Am I eligible for CAT?

The minimum eligibility criteria for CAT is graduation. You need to fulfil any one of the following conditions:

  • You hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with the required marks, awarded by any recognized University or educational institution.
  • You are appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination.
  • You have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results.
  • You have completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)) with the required marks.

Required Marks:

  • 50% if you belong to General, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) or Other Backward Castes – Non Creamy (NC-OBC) category.
  • 45% if you belong to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) or Persons with Disability (PwD) category.

Each college that considers CAT as its admission test / one of its admission tests has its own eligibility criteria. Candidates must check the eligibility criteria of individual colleges before applying to them through CAT.

When can I take the test?
  • July – August
  • August – September (generally September 15)
Test Date
  • Last Sunday of November
Results Declaration
  • Second week of January
What is the pattern of the test?
Overall Duration
  • 2 hours
Overall Marks
  • 198
Marking Scheme Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

  • +3 for each correct answer
  • -1 for each incorrect answer
  • 0 for unanswered question

Type In The Answer (TITA)Questions

  • +3 for each correct answer
  • 0 for each incorrect answer
  • 0 for unanswered question
Sequence-wise Sections
  • Verbal Ability (VA)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
Section Information Verbal Ability (VA)

  • No. of Questions: 24
  • Duration: 40 minutes

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • No. of Questions: 20
  • Duration: 40 minutes

Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • No. of Questions: 22
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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