Exam Name CAT

CAT (Common Admission Test) is a Computer-based exam held in India, which becomes a per-requisite to enter management schools. CAT was started by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). They conducted the test every year to select students for various business administration programs.

Indian Management takes a Common Admission Test (CAT) for enrolling in the post graduate level of education in management studies in their as well as other well established institutions of India.

Every year CAT is conducted having a 21 day testing window during the months of October and November. The candidate has to appear once in the 20 days duration.

CAT is one of the key tests for getting admission into management course .The number of aspirants taking CAT exams are increasing every year.

Results and Selection:-

Result comprises of an overall score and scores of the candidate in separate sections. A high score in one section does not guarantee a high score in other section.

On the basis of the marks obtained by students, candidates are called for further process of Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) by top b-schools.

Further, the B-schools can also conduct their own tests as required.

CAT is a written exam to evaluate distinct set of skills and knowledge of the candidate whereas Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) are organized to check other inter-personal skills of the candidate.

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Following are the necessary criteria for any student taking up CAT examination:-

The first basic criteria for any student to take up CAT (Common Admission Test) is to have a minimum 50% marks aggregate in any discipline from a recognized UGC certified University. For candidates belonging to other SC/ST/DA/PWD casts the aggregate percentage should be 45%.

Candidates who are in the final year of Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent examinations and have completed degree requirements but are awaiting results can also apply.

There are two sections in CAT exam that are separately limited .The first section is Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second section is Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

Both the sections will have separate time limits. Total time duration for a CAT exam is 2hours and 20 minutes which is 140 minutes. Which means each of the sections will be 1 hour and 10 minutes (i.e. 70 minutes).

Total number questions are 60. Both Sections have 20 questions each.


Once the time limit for one section is completed, the candidate can no longer go back to it.

CAT has two stages:

  1. Written Test
  2. Group Discussion & Personal Interview (GD/PI)
The written test consists of questions that evaluate a candidate's quantitative, verbal, and logical & data interpretive abilities. The CAT 2011 will have only two sections.
Only students who qualify in the Aptitude test are eligible to appear for the GD/PI. To qualify in the Aptitude test you have to perform well in each section. There is a sectional cut-off as well as a combined cut-off. All the students are informed about their score through written communication.

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