What is CAT?
Conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management, this exam gives candidates an opportunity to pursue a course in management from the IIMs. A point to be noted is that different IIMs give different weight age to the CAT score and also consider other parameters like work experience, performance in group discussion and personal interview to determine the results.
Every year this exam is conducted by one of the IIMs on a rotational basis. For the year 2017, the test paper was set by IIM Lucknow. Additionally, the Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science have also started using the CAT score for admission into their university.
Over 2,30,000 aspirants applied for this examination in 2017. The CAT score is valid for one year only.
Below is a gist of the important details of the exam.
||Common Admission Test
|Commonly Known As
|Type of exam
|Level Of Exam
||9th August 2017
||26th November 2017
||Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)
Pattern of the exam
The subjects, number of questions in each subject and the allotted time for each section is as follows:
|No. of questions
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension
Each section has a time limit and it is important that the candidates finish the particular section in the allotted time as they will not be able to go back to the section once the timer runs out. The candidates cannot switch between sections and have to answer the sections in the prescribed order.
However, it is possible that some of the questions asked in the CAT exam are not of the MCQ type. They are “Type in the answer (TITA)” type questions where a candidate will have to type in the answer to the questions with no options being provided. For these kinds of questions, there will be no negative marking.
The exam does not contain any subjective questions. Rather it evaluates a candidate’s aptitude and language skills. The exam is held in two sessions on the given day, the first session from 10 AM to 1 PM and the second session from 2 PM to 5 PM. For every right answer the candidate will be awarded 3 points and for every wrong answer, 1 point will be deducted for the MCQ type questions. Candidates can also access the mock test to assess their preparation level.
Eligibility for the exam
- Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university and should have scored the minimum required marks.
- CA, CS, and ICWA degree holders can also apply.
- In the Bachelor’s course, the candidate should have scored a minimum of 50%. For candidates belonging to SC, ST and PwD groups, the minimum score is 45%.
- Students in their final year can also apply for this exam.
Application and submission procedure
Interested candidates should go to the official site and fill up the application form. The application form will be available at the official website iimcat.ac.in.
- First and foremost the candidates have to register themselves by providing their official email id and mobile number.
- Once this is done, the candidate will be given a username and password that can be used to login to their id.
- Next, with the use of the provided credentials (username and password); they need to login to their account and fill up the application form. Specifically, the application form is divided into 5 sections – personal details, academics, work experience, programs, and payment.
Usually, the application form is released in the month of August and remains open until September. The candidate will be asked to fill in some basic information like their name, age, gender, guardian’s information etc. The candidate also has to select the city where one will be taking the exam. The exam is conducted in almost 140 cities with multiple test centers in a single city and the candidate can select the city that suits them the best.
Additionally, the candidate has to select 4 test centers. This is done so that the candidates can be accommodated in other test centers if there is no availability in their first choice of test center. Once the candidate fills in these details, he/she will have to upload a few documents.
The following are the necessary documents:
- Scanned image of photograph
- Scanned image of the signature
- Scanned image of the SC/ ST/ PwD certificate
Once the candidate finishes uploading the required documents, he/she will be taken to the payment page for the exam fee. For candidates belonging to the general and NC – OBC category, the application fee amounts to Rs. 1800. For SC/ ST/ and PWD candidates, the fee amounts to Rs. 900. The application fees can be paid through online mode only, either using a debit card, credit card or net banking.
Once all the above steps have been completed, the candidate has to submit the application form. The IIMs also provide ways to correct any mistakes that the candidates make while filling up the form. Usually, once the application closes, candidates are given three to four days to make any changes or correct any unintentional mistakes made while filling up the form. It is recommended that the applicant should be extremely careful while filling up the form and provide correct and accurate details. Additionally, they are also recommended to take a printout of the application form for future reference.
The admit cards for the exam are usually released on 25th October and candidates have a month, until 26th November to download the admit cards. It is important that the candidate carry the admit card while appearing for the exam. Admit card has the following details about the candidate:
- Test date
- Timings of the exam
The admit card contains the necessary details required by the candidate to gain entry into the exam hall and hence it is an important document. The candidates have to be present at the test center 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to the exam with a copy of the admit card and a photo identity proof. The identity proof can either be an aadhaar card, pan card, the passport or any government issued photo id.
Securing an admission into the IIMs is seen to be a tedious and a drawn-out process. The selection procedure and the ranking depend on the cut off marks decided by the conducting institutions, namely the IIMs. Usually, this is calculated using a lot of variables like the number of seats available, number of students appearing for the exam, exam difficulty etc.
Cut off marks is different for different IIMs. Additionally, the cut off also varies based on the categories like SC, ST, NC-OBBC etc. The results will be announced during the 2nd week of January 2018 and is published on their official website.
Each IIM has its own rules and regulations when it comes to admissions. CAT is just the first step in the admission process. Candidates, who clear the online exam, have to go through numerous interviews and group discussions to secure a place at the IIMs. Some IIMs also conduct a written ability test to filter out students.
CAT score is an important factor in determining the level of difficulty for the next rounds. Once a candidate clears these rounds, he/she can proceed through with the payment of fees for the course that they have chosen.
The Common Admission Test (CAT exam) is an annually conducted management examination. The notification of the exam for 2018 has not yet been published. It is usually published on the official site of the examination which is www.iimcat.ac.in. The notification for CAT examination 2017 was released on 30th July 2017.
The CAT examination does not have a fixed or defined syllabus but it is divided into 4 sections mainly quantitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning. The contents of the CAT examination are based on general or basic knowledge of the subjects that the candidates have studied.
- Quantitative ability or mathematics usually contains the topics from 10th and 12th level standard and fundamental mathematics.
- Data interpretation contains problem which the candidate has to solved through accuracy and understanding the data given.
- Verbal ability and English contains the Standard English grammar and comprehension questions.
- Logical reasoning basic reactions or test to know how a candidate reacts to the given situation.
The detailed syllabus of the examination is as follows:
||Verbal ability and English
||Graph (line, area)
||Interpretation and Analysis of data based on text
||Antonyms and synonyms
||Clocks and calendars
||Chart (column, bar, Pie)
|Quadric and linear equation
||Fill in the blanks
||Critical thinking and reasoning
|Time and work
|Profit and loss
|LCM and HCF
||Linear matrix arrangement
|Ratio and proportions
The date for the CAT 2018 has not yet published. Below are last year’s exam dates.
|Notifications regarding the exam
||30TH JULY 2017
|Application form availability
||9TH AUGUST 2017
|Last date of correction of applications
||27TH – 30TH SEPTEMBER 2017
|Last date for submission of applications
||30TH SEPTEMBER 2017
|Availability of the admit card
||25TH OCTOBER – 25TH NOVEMBER 2017
||30TH OCTOBER 2017
|Date of Exam
||26TH NOVEMBER 2017
|Availability of Answer key
||7TH DECEMBER 2017
|Date of Result
||(EXPECTED BY) 9TH JANUARY 2018
The important days and events for CAT examination 2018 may be as follows.
The dates provided for the examination for the year 2018 are tentative.
The registration for the examination may commence from the second week of August 2018. Registration for the same may end by the second or third week of September 2018. Admit cards will be available to students by the third week of October 2018 and its distribution may end by the fourth week of November 2018. The CAT examination will be held around the third week of November 2018. The results will be declared by the second week of January 2019.
List of Exam Centers
The CAT examination is conducted in across around 140 cities of India.The name and address of the test centers will be printed on the admit card of the candidate. The candidates can check their test centers or exam cities from the official site by clicking on the following link: https://iimcat.ac.in/per/g01/pub/756/ASM/WebPortal/1/[email protected]@[email protected]@1#
Some of the examination centers are in the following cities:
The cat 2018 contact information is as follows:
Official website: www.iim.ac.in
C/o admissions office,
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore,
Bannerghatta Main Road, Bilekhalli,
Phone number: 0522-6696676
Email: [email protected]
Phone number or Helpdesk number (toll-free number): 1800-266-3549(Monday to Saturday from 9:00AM TO 5:30PM)
Helpdesk email: [email protected]
Colleges accepting the Exam Scores
The top ten colleges accepting CAT exam scores are as follows:
- Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
- Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
- Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
- Department of management studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
- Department of management studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
- Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
- Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
- Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
- Indian Institute of Management Indore
- Vinod Gupta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
The result will be available on the official website of the examination i.e www.iimcat.ac.in
The result for the CAT examination 2017 is likely to be released on 9th January 2018.
About 2.31 lakh candidates registered for the CAT examination 2017.
Gyayak Jain from Indore who is currently studying in IIM Ahmedabad scored 100 percentile in CAT 2017 examination and securing the top position.
Pranjal Agarwal student of IIM Ahmedabad 2016-2018 batch was the topper of CAT examination, by cracking CAT with 100 percentile in the year 2016.
The cutoff has been published by various IIM institutes of the country.
The cutoff is the minimum marks which the candidate has to secure in the examination to qualify for the same. The cutoff depends on various factors such as availability of seats, number of candidates, marks secured by the candidate in the examination, the difficulty level of the exam etc.
The CAT cutoff is expected to go high this year as the difficulty level will increase. Usually, the top IIMs and business schools have CAT cut off over 99 percentile but new IIMs and other business schools have cut off ranging from 90 percentile or above. Whereas the business schools belonging to the second and fourth tier of the examination can range the cutoff from 50 to 80 percentile.
The CAT 2017 cut off for various IIM institutes, in general, is as follows:
||DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING
||70 – 85
||75 – 85
||70 – 85
||80 – 90
||60 – 75
||60 – 80
||60 – 75
||75 – 80
||40 – 75
||50 – 80
||40 – 75
||50 – 75
||50 – 75
||40 – 72
||40 – 75
||50 – 75
||40 – 60
||35 – 70
||35 – 65
||45 – 75
*The scores are in percentile rank.
The cut-off the some of the top business schools are as follows:
||CAT Cutoff (expected)
|Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (FMS, DU)
|DMS IIT, Delhi
|SJMSOM IIT, Bombay
|Department of management studies IIT, Madras
|Management Development Institute, Gurgaon (MDI)
|SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai (SPJIMR)
|Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB)
|Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (IMT)
|National Institute of industrial engineering, Mumbai (NITIE)
|T A Pai management institute, Manipal (TAPMI)
|Loyola Institute Of Business Administration, Chennai (LIBA)
The CAT examination score is generally valid for one year. The CAT 2017 score is valid until 31st December 2018.
Reservation / Seat distribution
The reservation seat distribution percentage is fixed by the central government. No change will be done unless there is a change made by the central government. 47.5% of the seats are for the general and other category candidates.
|SEAT DISTRIBUTION FOR ADMISSION
|SC (SCHEDULE CAST)
|ST (SCHEDULE TRIBE)
|NC- OBC (OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES BELONGING TO NON- CREAMY LAYER)
|Total percentage of reserved seats
The CAT counselling is conducted by various IIM institutes starting from the third week of June 2018. The counselling starts soon after the results are declared online at the official site.
The candidates must register themselves for the web counselling at the official website of the examination. The qualifying candidates will be personally called by the Institute for counselling.
The counselling session may have spot admission as an extension.
Around 19 (Indian Institute of Management) IIMs participate in the counselling session.
|CAT COUNSELLING BEGINS
||Third week of January 2018
|REGISTERING AND CHOICE LOCKING
||Third week of January 2018
|REPORTING TO IIM
||Fourth week of January 2018
Candidates can check the cat answer key of the examination by visiting the official website of cat 2017 and login with their ID and password.They can download the PDF form of the answer key and check the correct options.
Solving the mock question papers will give the candidates a brief idea about the paper pattern and types of questions.
Candidates can apply for mock test from the official website of the examination which is https://www.digialm.com//OnlineAssessment/[email protected]@M7.
Aspirants can also buy sample paper online here.
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