Common Admission Test (CAT)- The Definitive Guide

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an entrance exam used to shortlist candidates for the premier B-Schools of India- Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), Faculty of Management Studies, Management Development Institute, etc.

The CAT is conducted annually by one of the 13 IIMs on a rotating basis. The CAT is the most popular management entrance exam, with around 200,000 exam takers every year. The test is also the most widely accepted entrance by colleges- the IIMs, management departments of the Indian Institutes of Technology, IISc, FMS, MDI, SP Jain, NITIE, etc.

         | CAT Snapshot

ExamCommon Admission Test- CAT
Exam Format Computer Based
Registration Begins (CAT 2016) Not yet declared- Estimated August 2016
Registration Deadline (CAT 2016) Not yet declared- Estimated September 2016
Exam Date (CAT 2016) Not yet declared- Estimated November End 2016
Application FeesRs. 1600 (General Category) Rs. 800 (SC, ST, PWD and DA)
SectionsQuantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
Accepted ByIIMs, IITs, NITs, FMS, MDI, NITIE, SP Jain, etc.

         | CAT Eligibility 

1. Candidates must be a graduate from a recognized university or institute with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (relaxed to 45% for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Persons with Disability).
2. Candidates in the final year of bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification and candidates awaiting final results having completed degree requirements are also eligible to apply. Such candidates will have to supply certificate of completion of bachelor’s degree by 30 June of the next year.
3. Marks obtained by candidates in bachelor’s degree will be calculated on the same practice followed by institution where he/she obtain the degree. In case candidates are awarded grade/CGPA, conversion method described by the candidate’s bachelor’s institution will be followed. In case no conversion method is available, maximum CGPA will be considered as 100% and grades scaled accordingly.
4. IIMs may verify eligibility of candidates at various stages during the selection process.

         | CAT Application Process

1. Registration– Candidates must register themselves on to generate user ID and password. Upon registration, candidates will receive User ID via email and password via SMS
2. Application Form- Candidates must provide details on personal information, academics, work experience, programs applied to. While applying for the CAT, candidates also must select which IIMs and which programs they wish to apply to
3. Payment– Candidates can make payment through netbanking, credit card, debit card & American Express cards.
4. Confirmation– Upon successfully submitting all details, candidates will receive a confirmation mail.

         | CAT Associate Colleges

The top colleges accepting the CAT are

Indian Institute of Management Ahmadabad
Indian Institute of Management Bengaluru
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
Indian Institute of Management Indore
Indian Institute of Management Kozikhode
Faculty of Management Studies
Management Development Institute
National Institute of Industrial Engineering
SP Jain
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies

Along with these, the newer IIMs, IITs, NITs also accept the CAT. A full list of all colleges accepting the CAT can be found here

         | CAT Exam Pattern

The CAT exam pattern changes every year. Described below is the CAT pattern for CAT 2014. We will update this section for CAT 2015 as soon the details are out

Question Types: The CAT has objective multiple choice questions (MCQ) with 4 options.
Marking Scheme: Candidate is awarded 3 marks for each correct answer. There is negative marking of 1 mark for each incorrect answer. No marks are awarded for unanswered questions
Duration: The CAT has a duration of 2 Hours 50 Minutes
Sections:  The CAT has 2 sections of 50 marks each

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

         | CAT Syllabus

Quantitative Ability: Algebra, Time & Work, Averages, Profit & Loss, Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, Permutation & Combination, Percentages, Quadractic Equations, Mensuration

Data Interpretation: Interpretation of tables, graphs, text, charts, venn diagrams, etc.

Verbal Ability: Reading comprehension, sentence correction, syllogisms, analogies, antonyms and synonyms, idioms, etc.

Logical Reasoning: Seating problems, calendars, clocks, family tree, assumptions, logical sequences, liner and matrix arrangement

         | CAT Trends

As the economy has lost steam and placements have been average over the past couple of years, CAT applicants have decreased significantly.

CAT Applicants 2007-2014

However, this is good news for candidates still interested in pursuing a MBA. There are a total of 4265 seats (2455 general category) seats up for grabs in the country’s premier MBA institutes (IIMs, FMS, MDI, SP Jain and NITIE). Statistically speaking, 1 in 40 applicants will make it to a top tier B school


         | Previous Year’s CAT Question Papers

Previous Years CAT Papers with Detailed Answers

         | Recommended Books for CAT


Word Power Made Easy
By Norman Lewis

The bible for anyone looking to boost their vocabulary in a few short weeks. Use this book to improve your knowledge of the English language through short and interesting lessons. With over 300 five star reviews on Amazon, this is a must for any competitive exam aspirant with a verbal ability section.


How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT
By Arun Sharma

A definitive guide for CAT aspirants, this book features helps prepare students to for the verbal ability and reading comprehension sections of the CAT. With detailed explanations and practice questions, this is a valuable tool for anyone looking to brush up their VA & RC skills.


Previous Years’ Solved CAT Papers
By Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay 

A crucial tool for all CAT aspirants. This is a compilation of solved papers of CAT from 1999 to 2008 (Post 2009, the CAT went online). The book also has the latest IIFT & XAT papers.  Essential practice material covering a large swathe of the MAT syllabus.

1414916560_download_(3)How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
By Arun Sharma

A useful book to complement your QA preparation. Arun Sharma’ QA prep book has been a best seller for several field. Brush up your concepts and use the additional practice questions to ace the QA section.


         | Top Coaching Institutes for CAT

Check out our city wise recommendations on the top 10 CAT Coaching Institutes. As always Coaching Adda can help out find detailed information on all CAT coaching institutes

         | CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation Tips         

| CAT Result

You can get the result of the CAT through the CAT site

Hope we helped.

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