The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for admission to the Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses. It is a computer based test divided into two sections, with each section comprising of 50 multiple choice questions.
The first section consists of questions from quantitative aptitude and data interpretation while the second section is designed to test your logical skills and verbal knowledge. There is no sectional timings and you are allowed to shuffle between the sections and devote timings to each section as per your convenience. The duration of the test is 170 minutes.
Candidates are advised to view the tutorial from the official CAT website before appearing for the exam.
2. What types of questions are asked in CAT?
The CAT tests you in three areas.
It comprised of three sections that span across the domains of arithmetical problem solving, geometry, statistics, data interpretation, logical reasoning, puzzles, and English language skills.
3. How to apply for CAT?
To apply for CAT you need to follow these simple steps:
Registration Process: First of all, you need to register on the official CAT website with your basic details to get a user id and a password. After that, you can login with the generated user-id and password and complete the form by filling remaining details. Finish the registration process by making online payment through net banking or Debit/Credit card.
Appointment selection: The candidates can choose their three preferred cities from the list of the options given. After that the CAT authority allocates the city and the center to the candidates on the basis of availability. Candidates are allotted the date of examination randomly from the given dates, by the CAT authority.
4. What are the colleges that accept the CAT scores?
Apart from the 13 IIMs,
Some of the more prominent colleges which accept CAT scores for admission are:
S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai
K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR), Mumbai
University Business School (UBS), Chandigarh
Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad.
Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI),Manipal.
5. What is the eligibility criterion for appearing in CAT?
The eligibility criteria for taking the CAT is that the student should either be a graduate with minimum 50% marks or should be in the final year of graduation.(45% for Category).
6. Is there any age limits for appearing in CAT?
No, there is no upper limit of age for appearing in CAT.
7. Is there any limitation on the number of trials that one can give?
No, there is no such limitation.
8. Which are the other exams that I can appear for, after preparing for CAT from CATgurus.com?
After preparing for CAT, you can appear for exams like :
9. When is CAT conducted?
The Common Admission Test is conducted across two days, in the month of November every year.
10. When are the CAT results so that I can fill out forms for different colleges?
Generally the CAT results are available around mid-December. For the form filling procedure you need to keep a close eye when the college forms are available and when do you need to submit them. For this our notification center will come in handy because it contains all the information on college form filling dates, submission dates, result links, notifications regarding different colleges' admission criteria etcetera. Since last year most of the colleges these days provide the students time till after the results to think and then fill up the forms once they get their results, BUT some of the colleges do close their application processes before the results are announced. So you should keep yourself updated accordingly for the colleges you want to get in to.
11. What is the new format of CAT?
According to the new format of CAT, which is introduced in 2014, there will be two sections namely, Quantitative Ability &Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.
Each section has 50 multiple choice questions. The duration of the exam is 170 minutes. There is no sectional timings and you can distribute your time as per your convenience. There will be an on screen timer to determine how much time is left for the exam.
You will be awarded 3 marks for every correct answer and 1 mark as a negative marking for every wrong answer. However, no marks shall be deducted or given for unanswered questions. However the score which you see on the CAT result will be a normalized score which reflects your score on a common scale for all the different tests taken by all the test takers.