CAT stands for Common Admission Test. The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an Online computer based test (CBT) for admissions into postgraduate courses in management (MBA or PGDM).
Who conducts CAT exam?
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) conduct this exam on rotation basis.
Admission into IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, IMT and over 1200 B Schools in India
Computer-based standardised test
What is the Exam Pattern for CAT?
The test comprises of three sections:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Quantitative Ability (QA).
Duration of the CAT Exam
2 Hours (120 Minutes)
Name of the Section
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
40 Minutes for Each Section (VARC, DILR, QA).
53 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates for each section.
Slot 1: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm (Morning Session)
Slot 2: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Afternoon Session)
Slot 3: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (Evening Session)
Number of Questions
76 Questions (54 MCQs and 22 Non-MCQs)
CAT exam total marks
Mode of the CAT exam
Computer-Based Mode (CBT)
For every right answer, +3 will be awarded
For every wrong answer in MCQs, -1 will be deducted
No negative marks for Non-MCQs
The candidate must have cleared bachelor's programme with minimum 50% aggregate or equivalent CGPA (45 per cent aggregate for SC, ST and PWD/DA category) from a recognised board or university. The candidate must have completed a professional degree (CA/ CS/ ICWA) with required percentage. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification or awaiting result are also eligible to apply for CAT