Common Admission Test (CAT) is organized every year for admission to Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and few other Management Institutes of India. Here we will get to know CAT Eligibility Criteria, CAT Exam Pattern, CAT Exam Paper format, CAT exam question details etc. You will also get to know other Management Entrance Examinations of India that are similar to CAT.
Common Admission Test (CAT) Exam Details
• Eligibility Criteria for appearing in CAT (Common Admission Test): - Who can seat in the Common Admission Test (CAT) examination? What is the minimum educational qualification required to seat CAT exam? Candidates who have passed their Bachelor Degree (Graduation) at least with 50% marks [45% marks for SC/ST candidates] are eligible to appear in CAT exam. Candidates appeared in the final examination of degree level or waiting for the result of their final degree level examination are also eligible to seat Common Admission Test (CAT) examination.
• CAT Application Process: - Do you want to know how to apply for CAT exam? Are you looking for CAT Exam Registration process? Let me tell you that Candidates should visit www.catiim.in website to complete Online Application Process of CAT. Applications are also available at all Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) & selected Bank branches across India. Please check official website of IIM-CAT www.catiim.in for upcoming CAT exam schedule & application schedule.
• CAT (Common Admission Test) Exam Pattern & CAT Question Paper Details: - CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computerized examination, where candidates not required answering on Answer-sheet. The total examination is taken on online method on computer. CAT Examination has two parts – (1) Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and (2) Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. Total time given for CAT (Common Admission Test) is 2-hours & 35 minutes that includes a tutorial session of 15 minutes. Tutorial session will help the candidate to understand the CAT exam software platform & will help to understand what buttons to click like ‘next’, ‘previous’, ‘mark’, ‘review’ etc . Because, once the CAT Exam starts there will be no ‘Break’ in between of two papers and automatically ‘system timer’ will start working. Candidates will be getting only 2 hours & 20 minutes to answer two papers (parts) – 1 hour & 10 minutes for each paper (section). It’s mandatory to answer the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section first and then the 2nd section i.e., Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning section. There will be total of 30 Questions in each of two sections of CAT exam papers. In case of CAT Exam Paper-1 (Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation) – approximately 21 to 24 questions come from Quantitative Aptitude part and rest (6 to 9) questions come from Data Interpretation part [Total 30 questions]. In case of CAT Exam Paper-2 (Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning) – Normally questions come from three sections (a) Reading Comprehension [10 questions], (b) Verbal Ability [11 questions] and (c) Logical Reasoning [9 questions]. Negative marking for answering wrong is applicable in CAT – right answer will fetch 3 marks and wrong answer will deduct 1 mark.
CAT qualified candidates required to appear in GDPI (Group Discussion & Personal Interview) for admission to Management Institutes. This GDPI session conducts by Management Institutes only as per their norms. Normally, a group of candidates [total 7/8 candidates] are required to discuss on a given topic for around 15 minutes in the Group Discussion round. Then a Personal Interview session of 10-20 minutes is conducted by Management Institutes. In some Management Institutes (B-Schools) also organized a written test. So, to get admission to best Management Institutes of India, one has to seat CAT exam followed by GDPI.
• CAT alternatives for Management Study in India: - Do you want to know what are other examinations conducted for Admission in Management Institutes of India? Are you looking for other examinations that are similar to CAT (Common Admission Test)? There are few more Management Entrance Examinations taken in State level & All India level for admission to various Management courses in India. Let’s check out few Management exams similar to CAT –
- Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi & Kolkata conducts a Written Test for admission to International Business course every year. Please visit www.iift.edu.
- Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP Test) is organized for admission to PG courses under Symbiosis International University. Please visit www.snaptest.org.
- Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) Test is organized for admission to Post Graduate Diploma & Fellowship Programmes. Please visit www.irma.ac.in.
- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT Test) is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council for admission to top ranked Management Schools of India every year. Please visit www.gmac.com/gmac/thegmat/.
- JEMAT Test West Bengal – West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT) conducts JEMAT for admission to MBA / MMA / MHA courses in WBUT affiliated Management Institutes of West Bengal and also for AICTE approved PG Diploma courses. Please visit www.wbut.net.
- AIMA-MAT Test (Management Aptitude Test) is conducted by Centre for Management Services [department of All India Management Association] every year for Management admissions in India. Please visit www.aima-ind.org.
Wish you all the best for the upcoming CAT (Common Admission Test) Exam and you all please don’t forget to carry your CAT Admit Card, CAT Voucher, SC/ST Certificate [if applicable], Photo-ID Proof [Driving License / Passport / PAN Card / Voter ID etc] at the CAT exam venue. Remember, Wrist Watch, Pen, Mobile phone, and Calculator are not allowed during CAT Examination.