Notification Date: July Last Week
CAT Exam Date: Last Week, November 2019
CAT 2019 Results: 7-10th January 2020
Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as entrance exam to select candidates for admission to various management programmes. Along with IIMs, many other institutes like Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Management Development Institute (MDI), Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), IMT Ghaziabad, IIT-MBAs etc use CAT score in their admission process.
CAT is usually the first stage in the selection process. The institutes prepare a shortlist of candidates based on the CAT score and several other criteria like 10th class percentage, 12th class percentage, Graduation percentage and work experience. The selection criteria and weightage assigned to each criterion, including CAT score might vary from institute to institute.
CAT 2018 was conducted by IIM Calcutta. Around 2.1 lakh students appeared for CAT 2018.
|CAT 2019 Notification||July Last Week, 2018|
|CAT 2019 Registration starts||August First Week, 2018|
|CAT 2019 Application last date||September 3rd Week, 2018|
|Release of Admit Card||October Last Week, 2018|
|CAT Exam date||Last Week, November 2018|
|Results||January 2nd Week, 2019|
The eligibility criteria has not changed. The applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
1) The applicant should be a graduate or must be in the final year of graduation.
2) The applicant must have a minimum of 50% in graduation (45% for SC/ST/PWD categories) or an equivalent CGPA.
CAT is a 180-minute online exam with no breaks in between. There are three sections -
2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
3. Quantitative Ability
The first and third sections consist of 34 questions each while the second section consists of 32 questions. Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks and each wrong answer carries a penalty of -1 marks. Some questions are Type-in-the-answer (TITA) questions. The marking scheme for TITA questions is +3 marks for correct answer and no negative mark for wrong answer. No marks are awarded for unattempted questions. There is a sectional time limit of 60 minutes for each section and candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections. Candidates are expected to perform well in all the sections and most of the institutes accepting CAT score for admission have sectional cut-offs in additional to overall cut-off.
|SECTION||DURATION||NUMBER OF QUESTIONS|
|Verbal Ability||60 minutes||34|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||60 minutes||32|
|Quantitative Ability||60 minutes||34|
CAT does not have a defined syllabus. 2 sections out of the 3 do not require you to memorise even basic formulae.
The CAT exam consists of three sections:
The first section can be broadly divided into the following topics:
The second section can be broadly divided into the following topics:
The third section can be broadly divided into the following topics:
Cracku students did exceedingly well in CAT 2018 with over 220+ IIM A, B, C and L calls, 580+ other IIM calls. 59 Cracku students scored over 99%ile and 312 scored over 95%ile.
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