MBA ENTRANCE EXAMS
CAT (Common Admission Test)
- Common Admission Test (CAT) ,the Guru of all MBA entrance examinations, is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to enroll students for Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India including the IIMs.
- The CAT score is used separately by each institute along with other parameters i.e. academic performance, work experience, group discussion, written assessment and interview performance etc. to select candidates. The weightage assigned to CAT score may differ for each institute. Candidates are advised to read the weightage, process and breakup for each institute on its respective website.
- The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
- Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
- IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website www.iimcat.ac.in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.
Test Duration & Pattern
CAT is a computer based test, conducted in multiple cities. A candidate can select his / her test date and slot as per choice and availability.
CAT Examination consist of 100 marks and duration 3 hours.The Test has 100 questions spread over 3 sections i.e Quantitative Ability(34 questions), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension(34 questions) , Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning(32 questions).
CAT Syllabus & Exam Format
In order to get admission in any of the IIMs, you will have to attempt the CAT (Common Admission Test). This exam in conducted every year in India by one of the IIMs on a rotation basis. Along with admission in IIMs, it is also a qualifying exam for MBA studies in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and a few other institutions as well. There will be a lot of students preparing for this exam and it is not going to be really easy for all the IIM aspirants to qualify for this exam with best score. In order to stand out of the crowd and get admission, you need to understand the exam pattern and syllabus first. The CAT syllabus has three sections namely quantitative aptitude, verbal reasoning and data interpretation & logical reasoning. There is no specific portion in each part that can be expected in the exam. You will have to make sure that you are mastering all three parts of the CAT exam. At first you should know the basic after that you can move to second level and then to the last level i.e advance level. After all the levels are completed you should know the shortcut keys and easy tricks to solve the questions as early as possible. You should solve more and more papers so that you can get the result where you are standing and how much you need to work hard.