CAT 2024: Exam, Dates, Syllabus, Preparation Tips & Strategy

Intajur Rahaman
Intajur RahamanUpdated On: December 21, 2023 02:54 pm IST | CAT
The CAT 2024 exam is expected to be conducted on November 24, 2024, as per previous year trends. The CAT notification will be released by July 30, 2024 while the registration process is expected to begin in the first week of August 2024. Learn more about the CAT 2024 exam right here!
CAT 2024

The CAT 2024 will be held on November 24, 2024, which is the last Sunday of November 2024, by IIM Calcutta. However, the same will be confirmed later when the CAT 2024 notification is released. Notably, the registration process for CAT 2024 is expected to begin in the first week of August 2024.

CAT or the Common Admission Test is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management for admission to the flagship management programs at any of their 21 campuses across the country. The CAT result is also accepted by other top B-schools and management institutes in India including IITs, XLRI, and more. Candidates who wish to seek MBA/PGDM admission in 2025 must start preparing for CAT 2024 well in advance to secure a good score on the test. Find all the necessary details about CAT 2024 below.

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CAT 2024: Major Highlights

Before we get into the detailed information about the exam, let’s take a look at the major highlights of CAT 2024 mentioned in the table below:



Full Form

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Conducting Body

One of the top IIMs in India

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a Year

Mode of Registration


Registration Fees

  • INR 2,400 for General category
  • INR 1,200 for SC/ST/PwD

Medium of Examination


Number of Test Cities


Eligibility Criteria

Graduation with a minimum 50 % aggregate score (45 % for SC/ST Students)

Official Website

CAT 2024 Important Dates

Candidates will get to know the exact dates of all the important events related to CAT 2024 like the registration process, admit card release, exam dates, etc. once the CAT notification 2024 is released. Candidates can find the CAT 2024 important dates mentioned in the table below:



CAT 2024 Notification Release

July 30, 2024 (Tentative)

CAT Application Form 2024 Release

August 3, 2024 (Tentative)

CAT 2024 Registration Deadline

September 15, 2024 (Tentative)

CAT Application Form Correction Window 2024

Last week of September 2024

CAT Admit Card 2024 Release Date

October 25, 2024 (Tentative)

CAT Mock Test 2024 Link Activation

Fourth week of October 2023

CAT 2024 Exam Date

November 24, 2024

CAT Answer Key 2024 Release

First week of December 2024

CAT 2024 Answer Key Challenge Window

First week of December 2024

CAT Result 2024 Declaration

First week of January 2024

Also Read: CAT 2024 Exam Day Instructions

CAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The CAT eligibility criteria 2024 have not seen any major changes in the past few years and the eligibility requirements for the exam are also expected to remain the same. The CAT 2024 eligibility criteria are mentioned below:

  • Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree with at least 50% of the required total points (for General Category, EWS, and NC-OBC caste) to be eligible for the CAT. The minimum percentage needed is 45% for candidates who identify as SC/ST and PwD.
  • For candidates to be considered towards the CAT eligibility criteria, the University that has awarded their Bachelor's degree has to be recognized by the MHRD.
  • Candidates are also qualified for CAT if they have completed their professional degrees (CA, CS, or ICWA) with an aggregate score of more than 50% (45% for SC, ST, or PwD).
  • Applicants who are waiting for their bachelor's degree results or who are in their last year of a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification may also take CAT.

CAT 2024 Registration Process

The CAT 2024 application form will be released online shortly after the release of the notification. In order to register for CAT candidates must have a valid email address and a phone number. Candidates must follow the steps mentioned below in order to register for CAT 2024:

  • Candidates must visit the CAT official website - On the official website, applicants must visit the link for “New Candidate Registration”.
  • Applicants have to create a User ID on the official website by entering their Email ID, Phone Number, and other basic details.
  • Applicants will then have to log in to the official CAT 2024 website using their CAT login credentials to fill out the CAT application form with information like:
    • Personal Details
    • Academic Qualifications
    • Work Experience
    • Management Program Preferences
    • Test City Preferences
  • Subsequently, candidates have to upload documents during the CAT application process 2024 that attest to their academic and personal background.
  • Finally, candidates must pay the CAT 2024 application fee to complete the application process.

CAT 2024 Exam Pattern

The CAT 2024 exam pattern has seen numerous changes over the years. Candidates will be informed of any such changes in the CAT exam pattern in the CAT notification itself. The CAT 2024 exam pattern is mentioned below:


CAT 2024 Exam Pattern

CAT 2024 Sections

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

Mode of Examination

Computer Based Test

Total Exam Duration

120 minutes or 2 hours

Sectional Time Limit

40 minutes

Total Number of Questions


Section-wise Division of Questions

  • VARC - 24
  • DILR - 20
  • QA - 22

Total Marks


Question Paper Language


Type of Questions

MCQs and Non-MCQs (TITA)

Number of MCQ choices


Marking Scheme

  • +3 marks for every correct answer
  • -1 for every incorrect MCQ answer
  • No negative marking for wrong non-MCQ answers

CAT 2024 Syllabus

The CAT 2024 syllabus is vast and is divided into three broad categories, namely Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. Candidates can check out some of the most common topics covered by the three sections of CAT mentioned in the table below:

CAT Test Sections

No. of Questions

Important Topics

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)


Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Para Summary, Verbal Reasoning, and Odd Sentence Out

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)


Charts, Graphs, Arrangements, Blood Relations, Set Theory (Variables), Puzzles, Puzzles with Additional Data, Coding - Decoding, Series, etc.

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


Number System, Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, Linear Equations

Also Read: Important Topics for CAT 2024

CAT 2024 Preparation Tips & Strategy

Given that CAT is one of the hardest admission tests in India, preparing for it might be difficult, particularly for those taking the test for the first time. Aspirants who want to place in the top percentile must invest a significant amount of time and energy in their CAT preparation. With that in mind, candidates must follow the preparation tips mentioned below to enhance their CAT 2024 preparation:

  • Devise a Preparation Plan: Utilise the time you have for preparation by breaking the syllabus up into different sections and phases. Make an effort to study for the CAT by allocating a certain amount of time each day. Make sure adequate time is allotted for preparing each section of the CAT syllabus.

  • Strengthen Basic Concepts: Determine which concepts are more difficult and which are recent, and spend more time learning about these topics. Before starting your CAT preparations, take some time to review all of the topics in every section to increase your understanding.

  • Choose a Preparation Method Wisely: For CAT preparation, self-study and CAT coaching centers are both good choices. You can receive guidance on every stage of the preparation process from a coaching center. If you choose to study on your own, be sure to prepare by using the appropriate books and resources.
  • Practice CAT Mock Tests Regularly: Every CAT candidate should take mock tests seriously as they are an essential component of CAT preparation. By improving their time management abilities, mock exams assist applicants in both gauging their level of readiness and acclimating to the structure of the CAT exam.

Hopefully, candidates found this article about the CAT 2024 useful. Candidates must check out the links mentioned below to know more about the CAT exam!

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When will CAT 2024 be held?

The CAT 2024 exam will be held on November 24, 2024, as it is conducted every year on the final Sunday of November. The exam date will be formally announced in the CAT 2024 notification on the official CAT website. For CAT there will be three sessions as usual trends. The slots are allotted to registered candidates by the exam administering authority; candidates do not have a choice. 

Which IIM will conduct the CAT 2024 exam?

IIM Calcutta is anticipated to conduct the CAT 2024 exam. The CAT test is administered by one of the top six IIMs, which are IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, and IIM Indore, in turn. Since these IIMs are usually chosen to conduct the exam after five years, it is expected that IIM Calcutta will host the CAT 2024 exam.

Which are the top colleges that accept CAT?

Some of the top colleges that accept CAT are listed below:

  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Lucknow
  • FMS Delhi
  • MDI Gurgaon
  • SPJIMR Mumbai
  • SJMSoM IIT Mumbai
  •  DoMS IIT Delhi
  • IISc, Bangalore
  • IIT Kanpur

Who is eligible for CAT 2024?

CAT is open to candidates who have earned their bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited university. A 50% aggregate or equivalent CGPA is the minimum score needed to appear in CAT (45% for SC/ST/PwD categories). Candidates can apply for CAT 2024 even if they are in their last year or are awaiting their bachelor's degree final results.

When will the CAT 2024 notification be released?

The CAT 2024 notification will be released on July 30, 2024, tentatively. The official CAT authorities usually release the CAT notification during the final week of July. Shortly after the CAT notification announcement, the CAT 2024 application process will begin.

What is the exam pattern for CAT 2024?

CAT 2024 will be a computer-based test with three sections: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. The total duration is 2 hours, with a sectional time limit of 40 minutes for each section.

How many questions are there in CAT 2024, and what is the marking scheme?

CAT 2024 will have a total of 66 questions, and the marking scheme includes +3 marks for every correct answer, -1 for every incorrect MCQ answer, and no negative marking for wrong non-MCQ answers.

What are some important topics covered in the CAT 2024 syllabus?

The CAT 2024 syllabus includes topics in Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. Some important topics are Reading Comprehension, Charts, Graphs, Algebra, Geometry, etc.

How can I register for CAT 2024?

To register for CAT 2024, visit the official website (, create a User ID, and fill out the application form with personal details, academic qualifications, work experience, and other relevant information. Upload the necessary documents and pay the application fee to complete the process.

How can I prepare for CAT 2024?

Candidates can devise a preparation plan, strengthen basic concepts, choose a preparation method wisely (self-study or coaching), and practice CAT mock tests regularly. More detailed preparation tips are provided in the article.

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