CAT (Common Admission Test)

  • The Common Admission Test (CAT)is a Computer Based Test(CBT) for admission in graduate management programs. The test consists of three sections:
    • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension,
    • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and
    • Quantitative Ability.
  • The exam is taken online over a period of three hours, with one hour per section.
  • The Indian Institutes of Management started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs (MBA or PGDM).
  • The test is conducted every year by one of the Indian Institutes of Managements based on a policy of rotation.

Eligibility :

The candidate must satisfy the below specified criteria:

1.) Hold a bachelor’s degree, with not less than 50% or equal CGPA (45% for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Able (DA) classification)

2.) The degree should be granted by any of the universities consolidated by an act of the central or state statutory body in India or other instructive organizations built up by an act of Parliament or pronounced to be considered 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.

3.) Competitors appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and the individuals who have finished degree prerequisites and are anticipating results can likewise apply. If selected, such applicants will be permitted to join the program temporarily, only if they present a certificate expressing that the competitor has finished every one of the prerequisites for acquiring four-year or three-year college education/identical capability on the date of the issue of the certificate.

Paper Pattern :

The CAT exam is held in three sessions.
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability
    1. Each session lasts for a duration of 120 minutes.
    2. Candidates secure three marks for every correct answer. Additionally, for each incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.
    3. There is no negative marking for non-MCQs, and skipping questions incurs no penalty.

    Exam 2023 highlight :

    CAT official website
    Conducting body in 2023 IIM Lucknow
    Exam duration (per section) 2 hours
    CAT Exam Fee INR 1200 (reserved Categories)
    INR 2400 (other categories)
    Medium of Exam English
    Mode of Exam Computer Based Test (CBT)
    CAT Exam Question Type MCQ and Non MCQ questions
    SyllabusVerbal ability and reading comprehension
    Logical reasoning and Data Interpretation
    Quantitative Ability