Entrance Examinations

CAT (Common Admission Test)

Common Admission Test commonly know as CAT is an examination which are conducted by the IIMs across the country. This exam is an all India management entrance examination. IIMs which are the premier management institutes in India are all established by an act of Parliament. They also provide various services in consultancy and research for business and management across the globe. It is one of the most competitive exam in the country. Apart from IIMs, some other institutes also offer admission to their postgraduate courses of business and management on the basis of candidate's CAT score.

Competitive Scores:

The marking system of the examination is also a bit tougher. Every correct answer will gain 4 marks and every wrong answer will deduct one mark (negative marking) from the correct answer. Candidates which secures the sectional cut-offs as well as the overall cut-offs in the written test are called for GD/PI by IIMs. Candidates must secure a minimum mark in each section to qualify for that section and eventually for the CAT. The minimum marks required to qualify varies upon the relative difficulty level of that section compared to other sections of the test. Sectional cut-offs varies mostly on the basis of the performance who appear for the exam in that year. A candidate must also secure a minimum total cut off for the entire paper to earn GD/PI calls from IIMs. It has been observed that different IIMs use different cut-offs to offer calls to selected candidates.

The CAT examination is divided into three sections

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Commercial Mathematics
  • Miscellaneous

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Data Interpretation, Sufficiency

Verbal Ability

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Logic
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar Correction

Prerequisite/Eligibility Criteria

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)/Differently Able (DA) category) 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.


The cost for the examination is Approx 25 USD for General and NC- OBC candidates, Approx 13 USD for SC/ST/PWD (DA), which has to be paid online at the time of registration.


Once a year.


The duration of the examination this year has been increased from 140 minutes to 170 minutes. Further, questions in each section - quantitative ability & data interpretation, verbal ability & logical reasoning - have been increased from 30 to 50.


2 hours 50 minutes

Test Location

The total test locations in the country has been increased to 40. Four new locations are added: Surat, Trivandrum, Vijayawada and Udaipur.

Test Preparation

Test Materials are always available in General Book Stores and online training materials are available as well.


CAT certification through entrance examination held by IIMs.




1 Year.

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