CAT - Syllabus, Eligibility, Application form, Notification


CAT or Common Admission Test is the entrance examination organised by the Indian Institute of Management for admission in their 18 autonomous institutes over India. This test is conducted once a year usually in the month of November using the policy of rotation. The exam was initially a pen-paper based exam that was then switched to computer-based format since 2009.

Exam Structure:

The Exam consists of a total of 100 questions to be answered in 180 minutes. According to the new CAT examination pattern, the question paper is divided into three sections:

  1. Quantitative Section - 34 Questions
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning - 32 Questions
  3. Verbal and Reading Section - 34 Questions

From this year onwards the students will be allowed to use the basic on-screen calculator. Also, from this year onwards the students are not allowed to switch between sections.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates who wish to appear for this test must atleast possess a Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 50 % in their final year examination. This percentage has been relaxed to 45% for the SC/ST/OBC. Final year students can also apply for the examination provided that they can present the certificate of completion before June 2016.

How To Apply

The candidates who wish to appear for the CAT 2014 need to make sure that they have computer and good internet connection at home. To start with your application process you need to visit and then click on Register Now tab.

After you click on the Tab you will be asked to create your basic profile with details such as your name, contact number etc. Once finished you will receive a log in ID and password that will be used in to log in to your account of CAT and fill in your application form.

Then log in again and start filling up your details and make sure that you have scanned copy of all your documents such as Marksheets, work experience certificate etc.

After you complete filling in your application form you would then be required to make payment of Rs. 1600/- (Rs. 800/- for SC/ST/OBC) through any of the online payment modes.

Once done you will receive confirmation mail regarding succesful submission of your application.

Admission Procedure

Once the registration for this program is complete the student will be required to appear in various stages that are:

  • Appearing for CAT on the mentioned date and chosen location.
  • Based on the scores obtained the candidate would be alloted institutes in the CAP rounds.
  • Once the institute has been alloted the candidate would be required to appear at the institute in person for GD and PI rounds.
  • If he or she clears the round and is selected the candidate would then submit all his document for final verification.
  • After all the documents are verified the candidate would be awarded admission to the institute.

Syllabus For Examination

CAT is an objective type computer based test conducted once a year. The candidates are judged based on their analytical and verbal skills. The syllabus for CAT is mentioned as under:

  • Verbal And Communication Skills: The section is designed to see how well is a candidate familiar with the English language. These sections tests the candidates knowledge of word meaning and secondary shades of meaning. Questions are primarily asked based on high school grammar and are based on Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning wherein the students are required to identify patterns within sentences, syllogisms, analogies, antonyms and synonyms, fill in the blanks, sentence correction, idioms, etc.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: This Section is designed to test the quantitative skills of a candidate. Objective types questions asked from this section include topics such as Number systems, geometry, trigonometry, probability, permutation combination, algebra, mensuration, time and work, averages, percentages, profit and loss, quadratic and linear equations, etc.
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation: This section has been primarily designed to test the decision making ability of the students and how well can he find out the best solution to a problem. Questions in this round are based on Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, etc. Questions are objective types and hints are provided after analysing which the students are required to answer the questions.

Important Dates:

CAT examination is conducted once a year for admission to the 18 IIM institutes across India. The examination is generally held in the month of November and the result is declared two to three months after.

  • Releae of CAT Notification - 26th July 2015
  • Commencement of Registration 6th August 2015
  • End of Registration Process 25th September 2015
  • Examination Date 29th November 2015
  • Declaration of Result January 2016

Any further updates or change in examination schedule should be checked on the college site.

Contact Details

Students can get their queries and doubts resolved by calling on the Toll Free Number 079-66324633/34. One can also contact the concerned authority by sending a mail on [email protected]. In case anyone facing issues with the uploading of documents or payment they can call on 1800-266-0207.

You can also send in any sort of written query at the address CAT Centre 2015
CAT Centre 2015, C/o Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad , Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 015, Gujarat, India.


The results of the examination are usually declared after two months of examination. The students receive individual percentile in each section plus, they also get an overall percentile which determines their national rank. The students can check their result on the official website

Score Validity

CAT has the score validity of one year. There is no limitation on the number of attempts that you can take.

Reservation and Seat Distribution

The CAT has various reservations as specified by the Government of India. It has 15% of is seasts reserved for the Schedule Caste and 7.5% of its seats reserved for the Schedule Tribes. Apart from these it has 27 per cent of its seats reserved for the other backward classes for the candidates that belong to the non creamy layer OBC.

Participating Institutions

Although CAT was originally introduced for admission to the 18 IIM’s located across India. But some of the prominent institutes that take score of this examination are:

  • University of Hyderabad
  • GITAM School of International Business
  • Insitute of Public Enterprise
  • Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi
  • Fore School of Management
  • Goa Institute of Management
  • Amrut Mody School of Management
  • National School of Business, Karnataka
  • CMS Business School etc.

Counselling and Admission Procedure

Once the result of CAT is declared the students are then alloted institutes based on percentiles obtained. As per the cut-off released the students get call from the respectiv IIM’s to appear for the next round of counselling. The students are then required to appear for the next round alongwith all the requested documents. Then they are made to go through Group Discussion round which is followed by a Personal Interview. Based on all the parameters final admission letter is handed over to the students.

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