CAT – Common Admission Test – Why and for What?

Common Admission Test (CAT), is a management aptitude test conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) largely to evaluate and select the candidate for the two years Flagship Programs viz., PGDM (Post Graduate Programs), Fellow Program in Management (FPM), an equivalent Ph.D, Degree in research and Executive Post Graduate Program offered by them.

CAT is a Computer Based Exam and will be conducted once a year tentatively in November. This exam has the module of Written Ability Test (Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) Group Discussion.

As per the Government of India Norms, IIMs reserves

SC 15 % of the total seat
ST 7.5% of the total seat
Non Creamy OBC 27% of the total seat
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities 05% of the total seat
General 45.5% of the total seat
   

IIMs are the Public Establishments under Autonomous Nature in Operation and Curriculum. As of Today (2017, November) we have 20 IIMs in India.

S.No

Name of the Institute

Short Name

Year of Establishment

Location

District

Website

1

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

IIM-C

1961

Kolkata

West Bengal

iimcal.ac.in

2

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

IIM-A

1961

Ahmedabad

Gujarat

iima.ac.in

3

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

IIM-B

1973

Bangalore

Karnataka

iimb.ac.in

4

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

IIM-L

1984

Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh

iiml.ac.in

5

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

IIM-K

1996

Kozhikode

Kerala

iimk.ac.in

6

Indian Institute of Management Indore

IIM-I

1996

Indore

Madhya Pradesh

iimidr.ac.in

7

Indian Institute of Management Shillong

IIM-S

2007

Shillong

Meghalaya

iimshillong.ac.in

8

Indian Institute of Management Rohtak

IIM-R

2010

Rohtak

Haryana

iimrohtak.ac.in

9

Indian Institute of Management Ranchi

IIM-Ranchi

2010

Ranchi

Jharkhand

iimranchi.ac.in

10

Indian Institute of Management Raipur

IIM-Raipur

2010

Raipur

Chhattisgarh

iimraipur.ac.in

11

Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli

IIM-T

2011

Tiruchirappalli

Tamil Nadu

iimtrichy.ac.in

12

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur

IIM-Kashipur

2011

Kashipur

Uttarakhand

iimkashipur.ac.in

13

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur

IIM-U

2011

Udaipur

Rajasthan

iimu.ac.in

14

Indian Institute of Management Nagpur

IIM-N

2015

Nagpur

Maharashtra

iimnagpur.ac.in

15

Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam

IIM-V

2015

Visakhapatnam

Andhra Pradesh

iimv.ac.in

16

Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya

IIM-BG

2015

Bodh Gaya

Bihar

iimbg.ac.in

17

Indian Institute of Management Amritsar

IIM Amritsar

2015

Amritsar

Punjab

iimamritsar.ac.in

18

Indian Institute of Management, Sambalpur

IIM Sambalpur

2015

Sambalpur

Odisha

iimsambalpur.ac.in

19

Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur

IIM Sirmaur

2015

Sirmaur district

Himachal Pradesh

iimsirmaur.ac.in

20

Indian Institute of Management, Jammu

IIM Jammu

2016

Jammu

Jammu and Kashmir

iiml.ac.in/jammu

Eligibility

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
  • Candidates applying for CAT should fulfill any one of the following conditions:
    Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks*
    Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage*.
    Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*.
    SC / ST / PWD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, minimum is 50%.
  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.
  • IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website www.iimcat.ac. in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.

Read the Selection Process of IIM

Exam Pattern

 Exam Pattern (2017)

Section Name Number of Questions Duration
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 60
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) VA: 10

60

RC: 24
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) DI: 16

60

LR: 16
Total 100 180 (3 hours)

Examination Syllabus (2017)

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning

Number Systems Tables English Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss and Discount Caselets Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
LCM and HCF Bar Graphs Fill in the blanks
Speed, Time and Distance Line Charts Sentence Correction
Percentages Column Graphs Cloze Passage
Time and Work Venn Diagrams Jumbled Paragraph
Ratio and Proportion Pie Chart Meaning-Usage Match
Averages Logical Reasoning Analogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear Equations Calendars Summary Questions
Complex Numbers Number and Letter Series Verbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound Interest Clocks Facts-Inferences-Judgments
Logarithm Venn Diagrams Reading Comprehension
Sequences and Series Cubes  
Inequalities Seating Arrangement  
Probability Binary Logic  
Surds and Indices Logical Matching  
Set Theory & Function Logical Sequence  
Permutation and Combination Syllogism  
Mixtures and Alligations Logical Connectives  
Trigonometry Blood Relations  
Coordinate Geometry    
Geometry    
Mensuration

 

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