A short introduction to CAT – Common Admission Test

CAT Common Admission Test, popularly known as CAT, is a national test held generally in the month of November every year, for admission to the management courses in the premier institutes of the country.

The exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) every year by a rotation policy.The percentile of a candidate determines the institute in which he will get admission.

Let’s have a look at the details of the test

Duration of the test   :     The test is of 3 hours duration.
Pattern of the test      :     CAT is quite unpredictable at times. It does not have a fixed exam pattern, unlike most of the other national level entrances.

Sections in the test

The test consists of 3 sections

  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation
  • Quantitative Aptitude

Four scaled scores will be presented for each candidate.

An overall scaled score and three separate scaled scores for each section. As the three sections evaluate distinct sets of knowledge and skills, scores do not correlate across sections.

A high score in one section does not guarantee a high score in another section. Percentile rankings are provided for each individual section as well as for the overall exam score.

Eligibility for CAT

The candidate must satisfy the below specified eligibility criteria’s to write CAT :

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with no less than 50% or equal CGPA.
  2. The degree should be granted by any of the Universities consolidated by an act of the central or state statutory body in India.
  3. Final year studenets of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply for CAT.

The fee for writing CAT is Rs. 1800 for General Category Students and Rs. 900 for SC/ST/DA Category students.
Website : iimcat.ac.in

Popular business schools accepting CAT scores are,
FMS, Delhi.
SP Jain, Mumbai.
Narsee Monjee Institute, Bangalore.
Management Schools in various IITs.

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