Introduction to the CAT
CAT | // Apr 21, 2018

CAT is a computer-based entrance test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) for admissions into PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) programs at 20 IIM campuses. CAT is the biggest B-school entrance test in the country, often attracting the highest number of test takers.

When is the IIM CAT conducted?

CAT is generally taken in the last week of November. The registrations for CAT begin in the month of August and end in September.

What is the eligibility criteria for IIM CAT 2018?

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.

How many students appear for the CAT every year?

Around 2,00,000+ students register for the CAT every year. Out of these, more than 1,70,000 students appear for the test.

How many institutes accept IIM CAT scores?

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.

Which foreign universities/colleges accept CAT scores for MBA?

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.

Which are the top institutions accepting CAT scores in Gujarat?

IIM Ahmedabad, Nirma University, IRMA and MICA accept CAT scores. These are considered top institutions in Gujarat currently.

What is the format of CAT exam?


What is the duration of CAT exam?

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.

What is the syllabus of IIM CAT?

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.

What is the scoring system on CAT?

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.

What are the question formats on CAT?

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.

What is the exam registration fee?

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.

Which documents must a candidate carry on the exam day?

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.


Where can you find the latest updates about CAT exam? 

Refer to the official CAT website for the latest updates  regarding CAT:


How can Logic Academy help you  in cracking the CAT?

Refer to our CAT Programs page to know more about our awesome CAT prep programs:


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