Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for the admission to the Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes in India including the IIMs. On the basis of CAT percentile score, eligible candidates are short listed and called for a Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GDPI).

CAT 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 Differently Abled (DA) categories), awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT will have two sections:

(1) Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
(2) Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

There were total 60 questions in the paper, 30 in each section. The duration of the test will be 140 minutes (2 hour 20 minutes) plus 15 minutes tutorial. Time limits for two sections are separate with 70 minutes to each section. Aspirants will be presented with the section on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation first, followed by Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning’s.

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