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1. What is CAT?

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based selection test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for their business adminisulation programs. The CAT exam is an important prerequisite for admission into more than 100 management institutes across India. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIM's based on a policy of rotation.

2. What is the Educational qualification required?

  • Candidates must have a graduation degree in any discipline

  • Candidates should have managed a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for reserved categories and differently abled)

  • The candidates studying in the final year of graduation are also eligible for CAT 2016 but they have to qualify the same with given eligibility criteria

  • Click here to view the eligibility criteria.

3. What is the exam pattern?

There are following sections in a CAT exam.

  • Section
    Number of Questions
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
    60 minutes
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
    60 minutes
  • Quantitative Ability
    60 minutes
  • Total
    180 minutes
  • Individual cut-off marks for each section

  • 3 Marks for each correct answer

  • Minus 1 for a wrong answer

  • No penalty for a question is left blank

4. What is the syllabus?

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension - Consists of Questions on Reading comprehension, Grammar, Para Jumbles, Error identification.

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning - Analogies, Similarities, Decision Making, Seating arrangement, Logical reasoning questions

  • 3 Marks for each correct answer

  • No penalty for a question is left blank.

5. What is the selection process followed?

Each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2016 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors like previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs.