OVERVIEW CAT Entrance Exam
Common Admission Test (CAT) is national-level management entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). Apart from 20 IIMs, CAT scores are used for admission to various management institutes across the country. CAT 2019 was conducted sucessfully on November 26, 2017 (Sunday). The exam was conducted by IIM Lucknow.
|EXAM LEVEL||Post Graduate|
|CATEGORY||NATIONAL LEVEL EXAM|
|CONDUCTING BODY||IIM (Indian Institute of Management)|
|FREQUENCY OF EXAM||1 Year|
|VALIDITY SCORE||1 Year|
|CONTACT||1-800-266-3549 (Toll Free)|
Anyone can take the CAT entrance test. But there are some of the prerequisites which must be fulfilled by the aspirant which are provided below :
|CATEGORY||MINIMUM PERCENTAGE OF MARKS|
|GENERAL||50% or equivalent CGPA|
|Schedule Caste (SC)||45% or equivalent CGPA|
|Schedule Tribe (ST)||45% or equivalent CGPA|
|Person with Disability(PWD) Differently Abled (DA)||45 % or equivalent CGPA|
- The minimum educational qualification for the candidate who is attempting CAT is bachelor degree.
- The final year students or the students waiting for their final results can also fill this form.
- There is no age limit for the Common Admission Test
Though the filling of any entrance exam form is not difficult, all you must take some of the precautions while filling the application form. Filling of the CAT application form is not as difficult to climb the Himalaya! All you need to do is:
- Visit the official IIM website and look for the CAT registration link to fill all your name, address, date of birth, country and all the other necessary details.
- After filling all the details correctly click on “I Agree” and fill the correct CAPTCHA.
- As soon as you submit the necessary details you will get the login credentials (login Id and Password) through SMS and Email on your registered mobile number and mail ID respectively.
- By Clicking on the “Existing User” tab login on the website with the help of your login credentials.
- As soon as you login, fill up the application form by providing the correct personal details, educational qualification, work experience, programmes, Academics and all other which are essential.
- Upload your latest passport size colored photograph and your valid signature as per the given dimensions on the website.
- Upload all the necessary documents
- Select the desired IIM and desired program
CAT Entrance Exam Dates
|Notification Release||28th July 2019|
|Online Registration Starts||7th August 2019|
|Last date for Registration||25th September 2019|
|Image Correction||28th – 30th September 2019|
|Admit Card Downloading Starts||23rd October 2019|
|Mock Test||17th October 2019|
|CAT Aptitude Test||24th November 2019|
|Responses released||1st December 2019|
|Answer Key Release||10th December 2019|
|Result Announcement||5th January 2020|
(The dates are proposed and may vary. Kindly check the IIM official website for the update.) The proposed entrance exam application fees for the CAT 2018 (Kindly check the official website for the update)
The students will not be able to make any changes in the application form once the final payment is done. However, the conducting authority provides the provision of changes in some of the details.
|CAT Correction provision|
|Details which can be corrected||Work Experience, percentage of marks scored, program selected|
|Details Which cannot be corrected||Academic session, exam center preference, personal details|
As it is one of the most popular tests to get admission in one of the most prestigious colleges of management, there is no as such syllabus for this exam. Yet, the analysis of the last 5 years question papers will help the candidate to know about the exam and its pattern. Here, in this table, we try to summarize the topics based on the last year’s questions asked.
|Logarithms||Inequalities||Surd and Indices|
|Time speed distance||Trigonometry||Number System|
|HCF- LCM||Profit and Loss||Work and Time|
|Geometry||In equations quadric and linear equations||Ratio and Proportions|
|Calculus||Geometry||Permutation and combination|
|Sequence series||Age Calculation||Number system, simplification, Average|
The above mentioned are the core subjects. Questions may be asked apart from these.
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (English)|
|Grammar and usages||Fill in the blanks||Para completion and inference|
|Reading comprehension||Verbal Logic||Para jumbles|
|Different uses of the same word||Verbal reasoning||Foreign language word used in English|
|Analogies||One word Substitution||Jumbled paragraphs|
|Contextual usages||Idioms||Sentence completion|
|Binary Logics||Line Graph||Combination of Graphs|
|Sets||Logical matching||Seat arrangement|
The above mentioned are some of the important topics
|DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING|
|Caselets||Data Sufficiency||Blood Relations|
|Direction Sense||Series||Venn Diagram|
|Data Arrangements||Clocks and Calendar||Assumption|
|Data Structures||Family Tree||Statements|
The candidates who passed the CAT exam will be selected for the next level by the IIM. The candidates are selected by the different IIMs and the B schools based on their CAT cut off Score. The shortlisted candidate will send the call letters directly to appear for the written Ability test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), group Activity (GA) and personal interview rounds. Each IIM have the different admission criteria. There is a certain weightage to the Academics and the other factors, but these may vary from college to college and from year to year.
|Rating||Level (Approx. CAT cut-off Percentiles for General)||Institutes|
|A+||I (CAT Percentile 98.5+)||IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-L, IIM-I, IIM-K, IIM-S, FMS, MDI-PGPM, IIT- B, JBIMS|
|II (CAT Percentile 96.5+)||SPJIMR, IIT-D, NITIE-PGDIM, MDI-PGP HR/IM, IIM-RH, IIM-RN, IIM-RP, IIM-KS, IIM-UP, IIM-T|
|III (CAT Percentile 94.5+)||IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-M, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-BG, IIM-N, IIM-V, IIM-Asr, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, MDI-M, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-L (ABM)|
|A||I (CAT Percentile 90+)||MICA, IMT-G/N, IMI-D, FSM, IRMA, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA, PUMBA|
|II (CAT Percentile 87+)||WIMDR-M, LBSIM, LIBA, IMI-K/B, GLIM, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H|
|III(CAT Percentile 85+)||MISB, ISBM-P, AJKMCRC, WIMDR-B, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, MBE-DU|
COURSES UNDER CAT
CAT is the national level entrance exam to which opens the door to the MBA or the PGPM courses in the IIMs or the top B schools. These are the courses offered by the IIMs:
|PGDM||Post Graduate Diploma in Management|
|PGPEX||Post Graduate Programme for Executives|
|PGPWE||PGP for Working Executive|
|PGDHRM||Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management|
|PGP-UAE||Post Graduate Programme at UAE|
|PGPBM||Post Graduate Programme in Business Management|
|PGPSM||Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets|
|PGP||Post Graduate Programme|
|EPGPM||Executive Post Graduate Programme|
|PGPEM||Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management|
|PGP-FABM||Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management|
|PGPPM||Post Graduate Progamme in Public Policy and Management|
|Quantitative Ability||Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha and Published by Tata McGraw-Hill|
|Quantitative Ability||How to Prepare for the CAT Common Admissions Test by Muhamed Muneer, published by Om Books.|
|Quantitative Ability||Arun Sharma’s The Complete CAT Digest, by Tata McGraw-Hill.|
|Quantitative Ability||Arun Sharma’s ‘How to prepare for Quantitative Ability for CAT Published by Tata McGraw Hill.|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Arun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Trishna’s Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension||Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension||How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension||Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension||Nishit Sinha’s The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning|
Based on the previous results and placements here we are trying to mention some of the top management colleges.
- IIM, Bangalore
- IIM, Gujarat
- IIM, West Bengal
- IIM, Kozhikode
- Faculty of Management Studies (FMS Delhi)
- National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai