Common Admission Test
Common Admission Test (CAT) is national-level management entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). CAT scores are used for admission to various management courses across the country.
There was no change in CAT exam pattern this year.
The CAT question paper consisted of the following sections:
|Section||Number of Questions||Allotted Time|
|Quantitative Aptitude (QA)||34||60 minutes|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)||32||60 minutes|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)||34||60 minutes|
Candidates were given 180 minutes to answer the questions. Each section was allotted 60 minutes. The candidates could not choose any section to start with or switch from one section to another. They had to follow the question paper chronoligically, from section 1-3.
Last year, the exam pattern was restructured to bring diversity in terms of students.
|Andaman & Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Andhra Pradesh||Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada,Visakhapatnam|
|Bihar||Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna|
|Gujarat||Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara|
|Haryana||Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Rohtak|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Jammu|
|Karnataka||Bengaluru, Belgaum, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi|
|Kerala||Kochi, Kasaragod, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Madhya Pradesh||Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar|
|Maharashtra||Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Solapur|
|Odisha||Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur|
|Punjab||Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur|
|Rajasthan||Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur|
|Tamil Nadu||Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli|
|Telangana||Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam|
|Uttar Pradesh||Agra, Allahabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater, Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi|
|West Bengal||Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kolkata, Siliguri|
Syllubus for Common Admission Test
Common Entrance Test or CAT analyses the skills of the aspirant in four sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. It is also a test of time management.
1. Mathematics or Quantitative Section
Some of the core concepts in maths and quant subjects are:
- Percentages and its applications
- Ratio and its applications
- Numbers and its applications
- Geometry and its applications
2. English or Verbal Section
Promiment topics in this section are:
- Critical Reasoning (and its numerous applications)
- Reading Comprehension
3. Analytical Reasoning Section
Important topics under AR are:
- Blood Relations
- Direction Sense
- Data Structures
- Clocks and Calenders
4. Data Interpretation Section
Problems related to organised and unorganised data are quite common in this section. Core topics are as follows:
- Line graphs etc
Common Admission Test (CAT) Notification
|Registration starts||8th August 2016|
|Last date for registration||27th September 2016|
|Admit card release||24th October 2016|
|Exam date||4th December 2016|
Eligibility for Common Admission Test
Here are the eligibility criteria for CAT
The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category).
Percentage obtained in bachelor’s degree would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the concerned university/institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion would be based on the process defined by the concerned university/ institution.
In absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply for CAT.
Common Admission Test (CAT) Application
The IIMs mainly offer Postgraduate, Doctoral and executive programmes. The two-year flagship programme of IIMs - Post Graduate Diploma - is also popularly known as MBA. Admission is based on merit and a rigorous selection process that consists of Group Discussions (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), Personal Interview (PI), CAT scores and other factors.
CAT Application Procedure
The application form was to be submitted online with payment of application fee through Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking.
CAT registration process is a three-step online process. The three step registration process involves – registration, log in and filling the application form. After registering, applicants have to fill the application form on the official website.
As per the rules:
Candidates will have four options to select the test cities in order of preference. Candidates do not need to rush during the initial registration days to block slots.
Candidates will be given their first preferred city. In case, they do not get the first preference, the same process will be repeated for the second, third and fourth preferred city. It will be allotted by CAT Centre on random basis. Candidates do not have the option to choose.
The registration fee is Rs 1700 for General and NC-OBC candidates (Rs 850 for SC/ST/PWD (DA) categories). Additional charges are applicable on the final amount.
Mode of Payment
The test fee can be paid via Debit/Credit cards or through internet banking
CAT admit cards can be downloaded. The admit card will contain the following details:
- Exam date
- Time (Forenoon or Afternoon Session)
- Exam centre address
- User ID No./Registration Number
- PWD/DA status
* Admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam centre along with a secondary photo ID proof.