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CAT Entrance Exam

CAT - Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Application Form, Cutoff
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OVERVIEW

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 2017 was conducted sucessfully on November 26, 2017 (Sunday). The exam was conducted by IIM Lucknow.

EXAM LEVELPost Graduate
CATEGORYNATIONAL LEVEL EXAM
CONDUCTING BODYIIM (Indian Institute of Management)
FREQUENCY OF EXAM1 Year
VALIDITY SCORE1 Year
Websitehttps://iimcat.ac.in/
CONTACT1-800-266-3549 (Toll Free)

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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 :

CATEGORYMINIMUM PERCENTAGE OF MARKS
GENERAL50% 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

APPLICATION PROCESS

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
Event Important Dates
Notification Release  29th July 2018
 Online Registration Starts  8th August 2018
 Last date for Registration  26th September 2018
 Image Correction  27th – 30th September 2018
 Admit Card Downloading Starts  24th October 2018 onwards
Mock Test 17th October 2018
CAT Aptitude Test 25th November 2018
Responses released 1st December 2018
Answer Key Release 10th December 2018
Result Announcement 5th January 2019

(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 correctedWork Experience, percentage of marks scored, program selected
Details Which cannot be correctedAcademic session, exam center preference, personal details

EXAM SYLLABUS

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.

QUANTITATIVE SECTION
LogarithmsInequalitiesSurd and Indices
Time speed distanceTrigonometryNumber System
Partnership(Accounts)AlgebraGeometric Progression
AveragesMensurationpercentage
HCF- LCMProfit and LossWork and Time
GeometryIn equations quadric and linear equationsRatio and Proportions
CalculusGeometryPermutation and combination
Sequence seriesAge CalculationNumber 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 usagesFill in the blanksPara completion and inference
Reading comprehensionVerbal LogicPara jumbles
AntonymssyllogismsSentence Correction
Different uses of the same wordVerbal reasoningForeign language word used in English
AnalogiesOne word SubstitutionJumbled paragraphs
Contextual usagesIdiomsSentence completion
Binary LogicsLine GraphCombination of Graphs
SetsLogical matchingSeat arrangement

The above mentioned are some of the important topics

DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING
TablesBarsLine Graphs
CaseletsData SufficiencyBlood  Relations
Direction SenseSeriesVenn Diagram
PuzzlesCoding -Decodingproposition
Data ArrangementsClocks and CalendarAssumption
Data StructuresFamily TreeStatements

SELECTION PROCEDURE

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.

RatingLevel (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)
AI (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:

PGDMPost Graduate Diploma in Management
PGPEXPost Graduate Programme for Executives
PGPWEPGP for Working Executive
PGDHRMPost Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
PGP-UAEPost Graduate Programme at UAE
PGPBMPost Graduate Programme in Business Management
PGPSMPost Graduate Programme in Securities Markets
PGPPost Graduate Programme
EPGPMExecutive Post Graduate Programme
PGPEMPost Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management
PGP-FABMPost Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management
PGPPMPost Graduate Progamme in Public Policy and Management

STUDY MATERIAL

DomainBOOKS
Quantitative AbilityQuantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha and Published by Tata McGraw-Hill
Quantitative AbilityHow to Prepare for the CAT Common Admissions Test by Muhamed Muneer, published by Om Books.
Quantitative AbilityArun Sharma’s The Complete CAT Digest, by Tata McGraw-Hill.
Quantitative AbilityArun Sharma’s ‘How to prepare for Quantitative Ability for CAT Published by Tata McGraw Hill.
Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningArun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT
Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningTrishna’s Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA
Verbal and Reading ComprehensionBarron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary
Verbal and Reading ComprehensionHow to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Verbal and Reading ComprehensionWord Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
Verbal and Reading ComprehensionNishit Sinha’s The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

TOP COLLEGES

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

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