CAT is generally taken in the last week of November. The registrations for CAT begin in the month of August and end in September.
Applicant must be a citizen of India.
Graduates in any discipline can apply for CAT exam.
Final year students of graduate courses (10+2+3) whose results will be declared before commencement of admission for 2019-20 can also apply for CAT 2018. However, the student needs to have minimum 50% (45% for reserved categories) in order to be eligible for the test.
Around 2,00,000+ students register for the CAT every year. Out of these, more than 1,70,000 students appear for the test.
All the 20 IIMs accept the CAT scores. Along with these, there are more than 500 programs, including the management programs offered by IITs, that accept CAT scores – nationally and internationally.
Before answering this question, one needs to understand that MBA, MIM and PGDM are viewed as different programs. The PGDM programs offered by IIMs are recognized as MIM (Masters in Management) programs internationally. Hence, with CAT scores, you can get admissions to MIM (and not MBA) programs of these reputed institutes: HEC, EM Lyon, Audencia, ESCP, SKEMA, EDHEC.
Note that most of these universities are located in France.
NHH in Norway is another school that accepts CAT scores.
You will have to get competitive CAT scores to get admissions into these institutions – typically 97 %ile and above.
IIM Ahmedabad, Nirma University, IRMA and MICA accept CAT scores. These are considered top institutions in Gujarat currently.
Duration of the test is 3 hours.
As we have seen, there are three sections on the CAT and there is a sectional time limit of 1 hour per section apart from the overall time limit of 3 hours. The sections will appear in the same order as listed above.
There is a misconception among so many students that CAT is a test of Mathematics & English. Well, if that would have been the case, then why would CAT name its sections Quantitative Ability (QA) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)?
All questions that candidates find on QA & DILR sections are conceptually below class X. However, the level of logic and common sense tested on these questions is way higher. Similarly, VARC section does not test your English skills; it tests whether you can process mountains of drab English prose to find answers to the questions asked. It also tests critical thinking ability.
In short, if a student is focused on cramming English vocabulary, grammar rules and tons of tricks and formulae, the chances of him succeeding are less.
Each question on the CAT carries 3 points irrespective of its difficulty level.
If the candidate’s answer is incorrect, then he loses 1 point. However, there is no penalty for skipping questions.
The questions asked on the CAT are of Multiple Choice Question and Type in the Answer (TITA) formats.
In MCQ format, a candidate has to select from among the given four options, whereas in TITA format, a candidate has to type the answer in the space provided.
In 2018, the fee for General / OBC candidates appearing for CAT was INR 1900 + Bank charges as applicable; whereas for SC/ST/PWD category candidates, fee was INR 950 + Bank charges as applicable.
Candidates must carry a self attested copy of admit card and at least one of the following ORIGINAL and VALID photo-identity proofs: Driving License, Aadhar Card, PAN Card and Passport.
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