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CAT (Common Admission Test) Examination : Detailed Information

 

Introduction

 

CAT is a national level management entrance exam for admission into IIMs and other top B-schools. The candidates are eligible for admission to management courses like PGP, PGDM, PGPEM, EPGP, PGPBM, PGPEX at various IIMs across the country after qualifying the CAT exam. There is no stipulated number of attempts for qualifying CAT. As per Government of India norms, IIMs reserve 15% seats for SC candidates, 7.5% seats for ST candidates and 27% seats for NC-OBC candidates. 5% seats are also reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. IIMs also provide scholarships to deserving students who need financial support.  The Indian Institutes of Management are public establishments with autonomous control over its day to today operations and curriculum. Today, there are 20 IIMs as public autonomous institutes in India.

 

Exam Pattern

 

CAT Examination Pattern:

CAT exam is conducted through CBT (Computer Based Test). Online CBT test is generally held in between November to January. Questions are of Objective Type (Multiple Choice) and are provided in English. Every correct answer candidate gets 3 marks whereas for every incorrect answer one mark will be deducted. 

 

Subjects

      Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

Quantitative Aptitude

34

102

 

 

180 Minutes (Total)

 

Data interpretation and logical reasoning

32

96

English Comprehension and learning

34

102

Total

100

300

 

 

SYLLABUS

 

SYLLABUS of CAT Entrance Exam

 

Quantitative Aptitude: Percentages, Ratio and proportions, LCM and HCF, Algebra, Number system, Complex numbers, Quadratic equations, Linear equations, Time and distance, Profit and loss, Discounts, Averages, Simplification, Mixtures & Allegations, partnerships, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Work & Time, Surds and indices, Mensuration, try, Coordinate geometry, Trigonometry, Permutation and combination, Inequalities, Probability, Set theory and functions.

English Comprehension: Verbal Ability, Fill in the blanks, Sentence correction, Cloze test, Reading Comprehension, Multiple Meaning, Parajumbles, Analogies, Summary questions, Facts, Judgments.

Data interpretation and logical reasoning: Coding and decoding, Venn diagrams, Syllogism, Logical connectives, Blood relations, Caselets, Cubes, Logical reasoning, Coded Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Calendars, Clocks, Tables, Bar graphs, Column graphs, Line charts, Pie charts.

 

Eligibility Criteria

CAT Eligibility Criteria:

(A) Essential Academic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government with minimum 50% marks or equivalent CGPA & 45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category. 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.

 

(B)  Age Limit: Not below 20 years of age or above that.

 

Cut off:

 

CAT minimum percentile cutoff for various sections is listed below. However candidates need to score high to get into prestigious colleges.

 

Category

English Comprehension

Data interpretation and logical reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude

Overall

General

70

70

70

80

OBC

65

65

65

75

SC

60

60

60

70

ST

50

50

50

60

PWD

60

60

60

70

 

Dates

 

CAT tentative entrance examination dates schedule is given below. Dates will be updated after release of official notification.

 

Events

Dates

Online registration starting date

1st week of August 2018

Last date for registration

3rd to 4th week of November 2018

Application correction

Last week of September 2018

Date of uploading  Admit Cards on website

Last week of October 2018

Exam date

25th November 2018

Result

January 2019

 

Fee Details: Candidates are required to pay the requisite application fee. The payment can be made online through credit/debit/net banking methods. For General and OBC category candidates will have to pay Rs 1900/- and those belonging to SC/ST/PWD/ will have to pay Rs 1000/-.


Application Process

 

CAT How to Apply:

 

Log on to the website   http://www.iimcat.ac.in  and Register with a valid Email ID and Phone number.

 

  • Candidate should provide all the required details while filling up the Online Registration/ Application Forms. Mandatory fields are marked with * (asterisk) sign.

 

  • On submission of the Registration Form, you will receive your User ID on the registered email address and Password as an SMS on the registered mobile number from the Administrator with the subject line CAT 2018 Login Details. Ensure that you check your mailbox immediately and that it is not considered as spam mail.

 

  • Using the system generated User ID and Password received, you can login as “Sign In for Existing User” on the website and fill up the Application Form which is divided into Personal Details, Contact Details, Academic Details, Work Experience, Selecting IIMs to apply for Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities.

 

  • Upload the latest Photograph , signature and certificates in jpeg format.

 

  • Candidate should check all the entries filled in the online application form once, before final submission. In case of any discrepancy, relevant entry may be corrected/ edited. After final submission of online application, no change in any particular shall be allowed.

 

  • After filling online application, the candidates are required to make fee. Fee can be paid through Visa/ Mastercard/ Maestro Credit/ Debit card.

 

For detailed information go through the website http://www.iimcat.ac.in

 

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