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About CAT

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for admission to the Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India including the IIMs. 

The CAT score is used separately by each institute along with other parameters i.e. academic performance, work experience, group discussion, written assessment and interview performance etc. to select candidates. The weightage assigned to CAT score may differ for each institute. Candidates are advised to read the weightage, process and breakup for each institute on its respective website.


The candidate must be a graduate with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC/ST/DA/PWD) or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the ministry of HRD, Government of India.

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. (Candidate if selected needs to submit a certificate latest by 30th June 2015 from the Principal/Registrar of College/Institute stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.)

15.00% Scheduled Caste (SC)
7.50% Scheduled Tribe (ST)
27.00% Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer
3.00% Differently Abled (DA)
Test Duration & Pattern (CAT 2015)
Section No. of Questions Duration
1. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 34  
2. Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning 34  
3. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32  
Total 100 3 hrs.
Significant changes in CAT 2015:
  • CAT will have a new section called Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning (DILR).
  • QA and VA&LR will have 34 questions each, and DILR will have 32 questions.
  • No switching to other sections while answering questions in one. Section will shift to next one after candidate spends 60 minutes on it.
  • Candidates can select four test cities in order of preference. Allotment of sessions will be random.
  • Test duration has also been increased from 170 minutes to 180 minutes.
  • Written answers will be introduced along with multiple-choice questions (MCQ)
  • Test will be held at 650 centres across 136 cities on November 29.
  • Tutorials to understand new exam format will be available on CAT website from October 15.
Exam Format:

CAT is a computer based test, conducted in multiple cities during a window of 3-4 weeks. A candidate can select his / her test date and slot as per choice and availability.