CAT (Common Admission Test) How to Apply?

CAT is an entrance exam conducted by the Indian institute of Management (IIMs), within India to test the skill of various students and to select them for their business administration programs. Qualified students are selected for management programs. Besides the CAT qualification, some of the institutions also conduct Written Test Ability (WTA), Group Discussion (GD), and Personality interview in order to find the best candidate among. IIM’s provides about 60% to 80% weightage for CAT scores and the rest will be considered for candidate’s academic and work file.
The syllabus, exam pattern and cut off’s May change in the respective years. The cut off’s for the exam are decided based on the difficulty level of the paper, No of seats available, No of candidates appeared for the exam. The rules and regulations should also change according to the conducting organization of CAT.
There is no age limit is prescribed for CAT Entrance Examination in 2016. It may or may not change for CAT 2017. Many of the engineering students are also appearing for the CAT entrance exam now a day.


The basic qualification for CAT is Bachelor’s degree in any specialized area with 50% of marks or with equivalent CGPA from any of the recognized university within India. In the case of SC/ ST/ PwD candidate there will a concession in the minimum mark in their degree.
A candidate can appear for CAT examination, from any recognized university within India where they have been attained their bachelor’s degree. The candidates who are appearing for the final year/semester exam or those who have been waiting for their results can also apply for CAT exam. Like all most common entrance exams, CAT is also computer based test i.e, online test.
The eligibility criteria are same for years and it’s also expected to be same in the coming years. Sometime it may vary according to the category of candidates appearing for exam.


Most of the government institutions and IIM’s reserve some of their seats for backward categories. i.e, for Scheduled casts 15% of seats are reserved, for scheduled Tribunal 7.5% seats are reserved, for  other backward category (OBC) 27% seats are reserved and for Person with Disability 3% of seats are reserved.
The candidates belong to reserved category must have a minimum percentage of cut off’s and proper eligibility criteria as per CAT rules of the respective year.


Candidates can apply for CAT entrance exam through the link At the time of registration candidate need to update the copy of their certificates, recent photo and signature. The candidates, whom are appearing for their final year exam, may need to upload a sanction letter which is signed by principal of their respective college or from registrar of university/institution, in order to indicate that the student belongs to that particular college or university and will obtain the equivalent degree qualification on the date in the coming year.
The registration fee for GENERAL candidates are Rs.1700/-. In case of reserved catagories such as scheduled cast (SC)/ Scheduled Tribunal (ST)/ Person With Disability (PwD) candidates the registration fee is reduced to Rs.850/-. The candidate can pay their respective fees through internet banking either via credit card or debit card. The final exam fee can also vary.
 Candidates can preferably choose the nearby exam centres for their ease of travelling. The exam centres are available throughout the India.
During the month of October admit card for every registered student will be available from the CAT examination home site , by logging with their information given at the time of registration. The exam date and session will be published in their respective admit card.
All candidates are also requested to bring their id proof at the time of examination. In case of admit card loss and without id proof, the candidates are not allowed to enter for their test.


The exam consists of 100 objective type questions, each of which carries +3 marks for the right answer and -1 mark for the wrong answer. If a candidate leaves questions without answering for it, then it will not cost any positive or negative marks. So the maximum mark for the examination is 300.
The exams are conducted by two sessions which are morning section and after noon section in a day. Majority of the questions are multiple choice questions (MCQs), while there are some non multiple choice questions (Non-MCQs). For Non-MCQs candidate have to enter the answer in the respectively given box, after clicking it with mouse pointer.

The duration of the test is 3 hours. There are of 3 sections in the question paper. Each section is allocated with 1 hour of time. A candidate must have to answer each section in the allocated time and can’t answer for questions randomly from each section. i.e, a candidate is not allotted to switch between the 3 sections.
The 3 sections are: Verbal and reading comprehensive, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. In which the first two sections consists of 34 questions each and the 3rd section will consists of 32 questions.
The marks are calculated in two ways i.e, based on the candidate’s nature how many questions he/she had been answered correctly, incorrectly and left unanswered in each of the section of question paper. Also the distribution of overall marks a candidate attained from answering the question paper.
The Cut off marks for CAT exam will change depending on various IIM’s. Some institutions considers 70% as cut off and some as 85% or above and etc.  A candidate who secure 90% or above in CAT exam, can secure a seat at IIM’s. So that the candidate need to score about 90% or above in each of the 3 sections. Less weightage is given to verbal & logical reasoning.
After publishing CAT results, qualified candidates can download their score card from the link given by CAT home site for further admission procedures in business management sections within India.
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