CAT - Common Admission Test


What is CAT?
  • The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India.

  • The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR).

  • The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs.

  • The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.

  • In August 2011, it was announced that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) would also use the CAT scores, instead of the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), to select students for their management programmes starting with the 2012-14 batch.
Eligibility
  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, 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. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate

  • Candidates in the second or higher year of Four-year integrated Master’s degree programs (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/ Technology.

  • Candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year integrated Master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programs in Engineering/Technology.

  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by iE(i), AMICE(i) by the institute of Civil Engineers (India)-iCE(i)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech.

Application Fees
Candidate Category Mode of Payment Application Fee
General & NC-OBC Net Banking, Credit & Debit Card Rs. 1700
SC/ST/PWD/DA Net Banking, Credit & Debit Card Rs. 850

Note:-

  • The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Bank charges will be applicable as per the norm.
CAT Syllabus

CAT English/Verbal Ability

  • reading comprehension
  • verbal reasoning
  • syllogisms
  • analogies
  • antonyms
  • synonyms
  • fill in the blanks
  • sentence correction
  • idioms

CAT Maths/Quant Ability

  • number systems
  • geometry
  • trogonometry
  • probability
  • permutation combination
  • algebra
  • mensuration
  • time and work
  • averages
  • percentages
  • profit and loss
  • quadratic and linear equations

CAT Data Interpretation

  • interpretation and analysis of data based on text
  • tables, graphs (line, area)
  • charts (column, bar, pie)
  • venn diagram

CAT Logical Reasoning

  • clocks
  • calendars
  • binary logic
  • seating arrangement
  • blood relations
  • logical sequence
  • assumption
  • premise
  • conclusion
  • linear and matrix arrangement
List of IIMs
Sr Name of Institute State Located Website
1 IIM Ahmedabad Gujarat www.iima.ac.in
2 IIM Calcutta West Bengal www.iimcal.ac.in
3 IIM Bangalore Karnataka www.iimb.ernet.in
4 IIM Lucknow Uttar Pradesh www.iiml.ac.in
5 IIM Indore Madhya Pradesh www.iimidr.ac.in
6 IIM Kozhikode Kerala www.iimk.ac.in
7 IIM Shillong Meghalaya www.iimshillong.in
8 IIM Raipur Chhattisgarh www.iimraipur.ac.in
9 IIM Ranchi Jharkhand www.iimranchi.ac.in
10 IIM Rohtak Haryana www.iimrohtak.ac.in
11 IIM Kashipur Uttarakhand www.iimkashipur.ac.in
12 IIM Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu www.iimtrichy.ac.in
13 IIM Udaipur Rajasthan www.iimu.ac.in
14 IIM Amritsar Punjab www.iimamritsar.ac.in
15 IIM Bodh Gaya Bihar www.iimbg.ac.in
16 IIM Nagpur Maharashtra www.iimnagpur.ac.in
17 IIM Sambalpur Odisha www.iimsambalpur.ac.in
18 IIM Sirmaur Himachal Pradesh www.iiml.ac.in/iimsirmaur
19 IIM Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh www.iimv.ac.in
20 IIM Jammu Jammu and Kashmir www.iiml.ac.in/jammu