CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024: The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will issue the CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024 along with the notification at the official website The CAT eligibility criteria 2024 is a list of conditions for attempting and passing the CAT exam. Educational qualifications, past academic achievement, CAT age limit, and other related criteria are all part of the CAT qualifying requirements.

The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a renowned national-level management aptitude exam organized by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). It serves as the entry gate for MBA programs across 21 IIM campuses and more than 1,200 other business schools in India.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024

Candidates preparing for the CAT 2024 should understand the eligibility requirements before applying for it. Candidates can check all the factors regarding CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024 below.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024: Age Limit

As per the official notice, there is no age limit for candidates applying for the CAT 2024 exam. Regardless of age, all individuals are eligible to apply and appear for the CAT exam 2024.

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024: Educational Qualification

The educational qualification as per the CAT eligibility criteria 2024 is given below. Candidates should have the CAT education qualification 2024 below applying for it.

  • Candidates should have completed a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
  • Candidates should have scored a minimum aggregate of 50 per cent or equivalent Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) from a recognized university. For candidates belonging to the SC, ST, and PWD/DA categories, the minimum aggregate required is 45 per cent.
  • CAT eligibility criteria 2024 says that candidates with a bachelor's degree earned by distance study are also eligible if it is completed within three years.
  • Candidates who have earned a professional degree such as CA, CS, ICWA, or FCAI with the requisite percentage can also take the CAT exam 2024.
  • Candidates in their final year of a bachelor's degree, or who are awaiting the results, are also eligible to take the CAT 2024 exam.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024: Reservation Policy

According to CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024 there are no specific reservation criteria apart from a 5 per cent relaxation of marks in graduation for SC/ST/PwD candidates.

However, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) adhere to the reservation criteria established by the Government of India. Candidates can check the table below for seats reserved for SC, ST, and NC-OBC candidates:

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024: Reservation Policy



A person with Benchmark Disabilities (PWD)

5 per cent

Other Backward Classes (non-creamy)

27 per cent

Scheduled Caste

15 per cent

Scheduled Tribe

7.5 per cent

Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)

Up to 10 per cent

CAT Reservation Policy for Person with Disability (PwD)

PwD candidates must bring a certificate issued by a competent authority. According to CAT eligibility criteria 2024, candidates can only receive the PwD benefit if they submit a PwD certification issued by a competent authority. The following sections provide information on the various forms of disabilities permitted under the PwD reservation:

  • Low vision/ blind candidates.
  • Candidates with hearing impairment.
  • Candidates with a locomotive disability or cerebral palsy.

CAT Reservation Policy for EWS Category

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024 reads that persons who are not covered by the programme of reserving for SCs, STs, and OBCs and whose family's gross annual income is less than Rs 8 lakhs are identified as EWS and are eligible to receive reservation benefits.

If the candidates' families' gross income is less than 8 lakhs but satisfies any of the conditions listed below, the candidate shall not fall under this group.

  • If the candidates' families own 5 acres of agricultural land or more.
  • Candidates who own a residential unit of 1,000 square feet or more.
  • Candidates whose parents own a home plot measuring 100 square yards or more in notified localities.
  • Candidates whose parents own a home plot measuring 200 square yards or more in locations other than the notified municipalities.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Which IIM will conduct CAT 2024?

Ans. IIM Calcutta will most likely organise the examination, which is scheduled on November 24, 2024. The CAT 2024 enrollment session will begin in August and last more than 45 days.

Q2. What is the CAT exam for MBA 2024?

Ans. The exam will take place in three shifts at over 400 exam sites in 137 cities throughout India. The CAT is a national-level MBA entrance exam for admission to India's 21 IIMs and over 1,200 business schools.

Q3. How many CAT attempts are allowed?

Ans. There is no limit on the number of times you can take the CAT, and there is no maximum age. However, to take the CAT, you must have a bachelor's degree from a recognised institution or its equivalent. Students in the last year of their degree programmes are also eligible to take the CAT.

Q4. What is the age limit for CAT 2024?

Ans. There is no upper age limit, thus working professionals can apply for CAT 2024.

Q5. Is CAT conducted twice a year?

Ans. No, the CAT exam is given only once a year in India. It is a computer-based exam used for admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

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