What is CAT?
Common Admission Test ( CAT ) exam is a common aptitude test which is a gateway to 20 IIMs and over 1200 B-schools in India. CAT is conducted by the IIM in the month of November in online mode in over 156 cities. The exam is held in two slots and the question paper comprises 100 MCQs from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Over 2 lakh candidates appear in CAT exam every year.
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs (MBA or PGDM). The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.
The CAT Exam is held as a Computer Based Test (CBT) with duration of 3 hours. Each section of the CAT exam is allocated one hour and there is no concept of carrying that time forward to other sections.
Number of Questions
|Verbal Ability||34||1 hour|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||32||1 hour|
|Quantitative Ability||34||1 hour|
|CAT Exam Topic
|Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)||Number Systems||Caselets and Tables|
|Grammar or English Usage||LCM & HCF||Bar Graphs and Column Graphs|
|Correction in Sentence||Profit, Loss & Discount||Venn Diagrams|
|Fill in the blanks||Percentages||Line Charts & Pie Chart|
|Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage||Speed, Time & Distance||Combination of two or more types linked to each other|
|Analogies and Reverse Analogies||Time & Work||Number and Letter Series|
|Meaning/Usage Match||Simple & Compound Interest||Calendars, Cubes and Clocks|
|Verbal Reasoning||Ratio & Proportion||Binary Logic|
|Summary Questions||Averages||Seating Arrangement|
|Reading Comprehension||Quadratic & Linear Equations||Matching|
|Facts Inferences Judgments||Complex Numbers||Logical Sequence|
|Binomial Theorem||Blood Relations|
|Sequences & Series|
|Surds & Indices|
|Probability, Permutation and Combination|
|Functions & Geometry|
|Mixtures & Allegations|
|Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration|
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. This criterion is relaxed to 45% in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], from recognized institutes or Universities.
Candidates currently appearing for the final year of their Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination or awaiting their final year results can also apply. However, these results are provisional in nature, and are subject to the candidate submitting his/her certificates within the deadline stipulated by the institute.