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Common Admission Test (CAT)

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the entrance exam conducted by the IIMs. From the year 2009, the mode of CAT has changed from paper pencil test to computer based test. Last year the number of non IIM B-schools which were accepting CAT scores has increased to more than 120. Some of the B-schools which have been added in the list include SPJIMR Mumbai, Indus Business Academy Bangalore, Department of Business Administration, Tezpur University, Assam, School of Business Studies, Sharda University, Department of Business Management and University of Calcutta among others.

CAT Exam:

Exam
Sections
No. of Questions
Duration
Marking Scheme
Difficulty Level


CAT

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI)
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR)

QA & DI –30
VA & LR –30

Total - 60

70 minutes for each section. 140 minutes in total
Total marks – 240.

4 marks for correct answer.
¼ negative marking.

Moderate to Difficult


The first section which will appear on your screen will be Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) followed by Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR). These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits.

The examination will be for 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second section and will no longer be able to go back.

A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main examination. The total duration will be two hours and 35 minutes including the tutorial.

CAT Syllabus:
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CAT Eligibility:
The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA [45 per cent in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) categories. (It may also referred to as Persons with Disability (PWD) 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