Common Admission Test (CAT)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Common Admission Test (CAT)

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the basis of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.


CAT Exam Pattern is unpredictable and it changes every year. Since last two years, the structure of the test has undergone a few changes. As per the notification released by IIM Lucknow, there is no such change introduced in CAT 2017 Exam Pattern. CAT is a computer-based test which consists of 100 objective type questions. There are 3 sections in the test:

-Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

-Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

-Quantitative Ability (QA)

The Quantitative Ability and Verbal & Reading Comprehension sections consisted 34 questions each, whereas the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section had 32 questions. This distribution of questions was same for CAT 2015 and CAT 2016. Before this, the distribution of questions was different. In CAT 2017, it is expected that a number of questions in each section may vary as compared to the previous year.

For CAT 2017, IIM Lucknow has released some points related to CAT Exam Pattern such as-

-A few questions in each section of CAT may be of non-MCQs type questions (TITA- Type In The Answer). Exactly 60 minutes will be allotted for answering each section.

-Each question carries 3 marks and there is negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer.

-No negative marking for non-MCQ type questions.

-A virtual calculator (on-screen calculator) will be available throughout for the purpose of calculation.

The test takers cannot switch between the sections and have to attend the test in a particular order. The order of the sections is same for all the applicants-


-DI & LR


Four scaled scores will be presented for each candidate: an overall scaled score and three separate scaled scores for each section. As the three sections evaluate distinct sets of knowledge and skills, scores do not correlate across sections. A high score in one section does not guarantee a high score in another section. Percentile rankings are provided for each individual section as well as for the overall exam score.

The entire pedagogy is crafted to be your complete guide for preparation to get into top B-Schools. The course takes care of your preparation for the written exam as well as your preparation for the subsequent stages of Group Discussions, Written Ability Test and Interviews.

-Study Material: Updated annually by our faculty, who take the CAT exam year after year and tailor it to any changes in pattern and difficulty level.

-Revisit Program: The ultimate revision tool. Practice over 10,000 questions covering all sections with difficulty levels ranging from easy, moderate, advanced and expert level.

-Test Series: Experience the "Actual Test" before the test with a professionally compiled test series comprising Area-wise, Sectional & Full-length tests for a true learning experience.

Our commitment to helping you propel in your career does not end with CAT. Rather, it is merely a starting point. Our training programme for MBA entrance prepares you not only for CAT but also for various other MBA entrance tests such as XAT, IIFT, SNAP, CMAT, TISSNET etc. At the same time, the preparation would also help you with the campus placements, job interviews and developing a better-rounded personality in general.

Our CAT Classroom programme offers:

-Concepts training: Helps you develop basic knowledge and skill levels for various areas that are tested in CAT and other management entrance tests. The fundamental concepts are taught in great detail using ample handouts and test papers.

-Section-wise Testing: Helps you achieve thoroughness in individual areas. It comprises of around 50 sectional tests across Verbal, Logic Reasoning, DI, and Quantitative areas. The tests are classified into the following:
1. Foundation
2. Intermediate
3. Advanced

-Comprehensive Testing: Helps you identify your strengths and areas of improvement for your CAT test. You are tested and evaluated with a large number of test papers based on recent CAT papers.

-Training for Other Exams: Our CAT Course also prepares you for various other management entrance tests like XAT, SNAP, IIFT, ATMA, MAT conducted by various B-schools across the country.

Q. I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?

A. As per CAT 2017 eligibility criteria, you must submit the percentage according to your university norms.


Q. I have not completed my Bachelor’s Degree/I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks do I need to enter in the Application form?

A. As per the CAT 2017 eligibility criteria, you must provide the Aggregate Percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.


Q. I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., Am I eligible to appear for CAT 2017?

A. As you are not appearing/ completed any Bachelor Degree or not completed any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2017


Q. Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam?

A. No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT exam.


Q. What is the fee for the CAT exam?

A. The fee is Rs. 1800 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD category, the applicable fee is Rs. 900.


Q. Where can I pay the CAT exam fee?

A. You can pay the CAT exam fee during online registration. Use a valid credit card, debit card, or net banking facility.


Q. When and how do I register for CAT 2017?

A. Online registration for CAT 2016 has begun from Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. onwards and will close on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 05:00 p.m. Additional instructions for online registration and the application process are available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website.


Q. Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT?

A. No. You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2017 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.


Q. I have done 5 years integrated course of B.Tech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.Tech and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA. How do I enter my marks?

A. As per your University norms, you will enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and remaining 1.5 years under Master’s degree.


Q. I have completed 5 year dual degree course (BTech+MTech, BS+MS, BTech+MSc etc.)? How do I enter my marks for bachelor degree?

A. As per your university norms, you must enter the aggregate of marks that are equivalent to Bachelors’ Degree under the Bachelor’s Degree section and the equivalent Marks for the Masters’ degree under the Master Degree section.


Q. I have completed dual Bachelors’ degree courses (BCom+LLB, BPharm+BTech etc.). How do I enter my marks for two Bachelor degrees?

A. On the CAT application form, you must select the option indicating that you have dual Bachelors’ Degrees. You can then enter the details of both qualifications.


Q. When will CAT 2017 be held and can I choose an exam date?

A. The CAT exam will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2017, with two sessions (forenoon and afternoon). Based on your selection of preferred test city, you will be allotted the session slot, test city, and test centre, subject to availability.


Q. Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2017?

A. You cannot appear for more than one slot. It will be deemed as a fraudulent activity if you attempt to appear more than once for CAT 2017. To ensure that candidates have only one attempt, Admit Cards, photo IDs, candidate pictures, and biometric information will be verified. Candidates who attempt to take the test more than once will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.

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