CAT (Common Admission Test) 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 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 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.
A few colleges which accept CAT score for their admission process are:
The candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/ Differently Able (DA) category) awarded by any of the universities incorporated by an act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or posses an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
Candidate appearing for the final year of Bachelor's Degree
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. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate latest a date specified by the CAT authorities from the Principal/Registrar of her/his 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.
The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained the bachelor’s degree. In case the university/ institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
Students in the final year of graduation and those who have completed graduation and are awaiting results can also apply.
Applicants should be careful in applying, as no change in category will be entertained after the closure of registration window.
The selection criteria during the second stage of selection process might vary from institute to institute.
As per the Government of India requirements, the reservation policy is as follows:
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||15%|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||7.5%|
|Candidates of Other Backward Classes belonging to ‘non-creamy’ layer (NC-OBC)||27%|
|Differently Abled (DA)||3%|
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:
CAT is a 180-minute online exam with no breaks in between. There are three sections - 1.Verbal Ability, 2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and 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. 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|
|Registration||August 9 - September 20 2017|
|Admit Card Download||October 18, 2017|
|Exam||November 26, 2017|
|Results||Second Week of January, 2018|