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Common Admission Test (CAT)

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
Total 100 180 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.

Exam Centers

State/UT Cities
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada,Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Guwahati
Bihar Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chattisgarh Bhilai, Raipur
Delhi New Delhi
Goa Madagaon
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Haryana Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Rohtak
Himachal Pradesh Solan
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Jamshedpur, Ranchi
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
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
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
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Roorkee
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
  • Algebra
  • Numbers and its applications
  • Geometry and its applications

2. English or Verbal Section

Promiment topics in this section are:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Critical Reasoning (and its numerous applications)
  • Reading Comprehension

3. Analytical Reasoning Section

Important topics under AR are:

  • Blood Relations
  • Direction Sense
  • Puzzles
  • Arrangements
  • Data Structures
  • Series
  • Coding-Decoding
  • 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:

  • Table
  • Bar
  • Pie
  • Line graphs etc

Common Admission Test (CAT) Notification

Events Dates
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.

Test Fees

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

Admit Cards

CAT admit cards can be downloaded. The admit card will contain the following details:

  • Namw
  • 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.

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