Common Admission Test (CAT - 2015)

Online | National Level Exam

Q - What scores will be presented to me on results day?

A -

Since CAT will be conducted in two sessions, two different Test Forms shall be administered in both of the Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization.For details, refer to the

How to Prepare





Number Systems



Profit, Loss and Discount

Interest (Simple and Compound)

Speed, Time and Distance

Complex numbers


Ratio and Proportion

Linear Equations

Quadratic Equations

Time and Work


Progressions (Sequences & Series)

Binomial Theorem

Surds and Indices


Permutation and Combination



Set Theory

Mixtures and Alligations


Co-ordinate Geometry




Data is given in form of tables, charts and graphs. In this section it is tested that how can you interpret the given data and answer the questions based on it.


Column Graphs

Bar Graphs

Line Charts

Pie Chart

Venn Diagrams


Combination of two or more types linked to each other.


Number and Letter Series




Venn Diagrams

Binary Logic

Seating Arrangement

Logical Sequence

Logical Matching

Logical Connectives


Blood Relations


Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)

English Usage or Grammar

Summary questions.

Fill in the blanks

Cloze Passage

Analogies or Reverse Analogies

Jumbled Paragraph

Meaning-Usage Match

Sentence correction

Verbal Reasoning

Facts / Inferences / Judgments

Reading Comprehension

Vocabulary: Vocabulary questions test the candidate’s knowledge of the primary meanings of words, secondary shades of meaning, usage, idioms and phrases, antonyms, related words, etc.

Grammar: Grammar-based questions test the candidate’s ability to spot and correct grammatical errors. CAT generally tests knowledge of high school level grammar and includes areas like subject-verb agreement, use of modifiers, parallel construction, redundancy, phrasal verbs, use of articles, prepositions, etc.

Verbal Reasoning: Verbal reasoning questions are designed to test the candidate’s ability to identify relationships or patterns within groups of words or sentences.

CAT 2015 Question Paper Format

questions 100
of Questions
duration 3.0 Hr
online Online
Exam Type
marks 300
Total Marks

CAT 2015

Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. The exam is taken by lakhs of management aspirants in India every year for admission to flagship PGP programmes in the IIMs and other top B-schools of India. The notification for CAT 2017 is yet to be released. In 2016, CAT was conducted in two sessions on a single day in the month of December.

CAT 2015 Conducting Body

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) every year on a rotational basis. Last year, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (also known as IIMB) was the CAT conducting body. Founded in the year 1973, IIM Bangalore is ranked as one of the best business schools in India and the Asia Pacific region year after year. It was the third IIM to be established, following IIM Calcutta and IIM Ahmedabad. At IIM Bangalore, students can pursue Post Graduate, Doctoral and executive training courses.The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) is IIMB's flagship programme, which is a two-year, full-time residential MBA programme. Apart from its main academic programmes, IIM Bangalore is also involved in facilitating research, offering consultant services, carrying out seminars and academic conferences and publishing journals.

CAT Contact Details

Address Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru, India Pin Code : 560 076
Phone no 080-2699 3388
Type National
Mode Online


1) What is online CAT? What is the difference between CBT & IBT?

COMMON ADMISSION TEST (CAT) is a computer-based test (CBT) and not an Internet-based test (IBT). Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.

2) How is CAT administered?

The test cannot be taken from just about any computer. A candidate will have to take the test on a pre-assigned workstation. Students will not have a choice to choose their workstation.

3) What does a CBT test look like?

To familiarize yourself, you should have a look at the practice test which is available on the official CAT website. You can familiarize yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT Mock Test link shall be available by the end of October .

4) When and how do I register for CAT?

Online registration for CAT is between the period of Thursday, 8th August 10:00AM and Sunday, 22nd September 11:59 PM. Additional instructions for the online registration and application process are available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website .

5) What is the fee for the CAT exam?

The fee is Rs.1600 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD (DA) category the applicable fee is Rs.800.

6) Where do I pay my fees?

The CAT exam fee is payable at the time of online registration via a valid credit, debit card or online net banking facility.

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

No, you need to have a valid and unique email address. All correspondence until CAT and during the selection stage will be communicated using this email address.

8) From where can I get the list of exam centers?

List of exam centers will be available on the website in from second week of October . This list will be updated as more exam centers are allocated for CAT . Currently, you may view all the exam cities where CAT exam can be given.

9) When will CAT be held and can I choose an exam date?

CAT will be held on Sunday, 4th December  with two sessions (forenoon and afternoon): Based on your selection of preferred exam city, you will be allotted the session slot and exam center, subject to availability.

10) What are the time slots for CAT Exam?

CAT will have 2 sessions, Forenoon and Afternoon, on Sunday, 27th November. Candidates will be assigned to anyone of the two sessions, subject to availability and city preference.

11) Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT ?

No. You cannot appear for more than one slot. It will be deemed as a fraudulent activity if one attempts to appear more than once for CAT. To ensure this, Admit Cards, photo IDs, candidate pictures and biometric information will be checked. Candidates, who attempt to take the test more than once, will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.

12) When will I get my Admit Card?

Admit card will be available for view and print from Thursday, 18th October , 1:00 PM onwards. You will have to log onto the CAT website with your registered User ID. You will be eligible for an Admit Card only upon submission of online application form. You will receive an automated email confirmation upon successful submission.

13) What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card?

The admit card will contain the following details: Name of the candidate Test date Test City & Centre address User ID / Registration Number PWD/DA status .

14) Will the Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy or by mail?

No. The admit card will be only available on the CAT Website when you log on using your CAT User ID. Note: Admit Card is a mandatory document required to take the exam. You must bring a print out of your Admit Card to the exam center.

15) If I have made any mistake(s) while registering for CAT , can I make changes later to rectify?

You may select “Existing User Login” on CAT website to make changes to your personal details, such as address, educational information or exam city preferences. For security reasons, editing of candidate’s full name, date of birth, email id, mobile no, State and Country will not be allowed. However, if you have genuinely made a mistake in entering your Date of Birth, State, etc., you will have to show evidence of the correct data at the time of examination/interview/admission else your candidature will be nullified.

Note: The ability to edit application profile will be available only until you have not submitted the Application Form. Once you have submitted and made the exam fee payment, you will NOT be allowed to make any more changes. You may only view and print thereafter.

16) I have made mistake(s) in entering Percentage of Marks/Category/Gender/Work Experience/etc., what should I do now?

If you have made a mistake in filling out details for those fields which will affect selection process, such as Percentage of Marks, Category, Gender, Work Experience, etc. then you are advised to re-register with a new email ID. Your CAT application will be considered for the latest registration and Admit Card issued for the same.

Note: You will not receive a refund or Admit Card for your earlier registration. Failure to re-register in such circumstances may lead to nullification of your candidature.

17) If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?

The Admit Card needs to be directly printed from the CAT website using your User ID and Password. It will be available for printout from Thursday, 18th October 1:00 PM onwards. The admit card will not be mailed to your postal address. If you are unable to view your Admit Card post log in, refer to the help desk details given below.

Toll free: 1-800-266-0207


18) In case the website does not work and I am unable to complete my application, what should I do?

If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close your Internet browser and try again. Also, ensure you are using the correct version of the Internet browser recommended: Browser Versions Supported Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 Mozilla Firefox 14 to 28 Google Chrome 20 to 33 The Registration/Application form is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. You may also refer to the help desk details given below for instructions:

Toll free: 1-800-266-0207


19) What screen appears once a candidate logs into the website post registration?

Post successful registration, you will use the system generated User ID and Password to log into the website. Upon logging in, you will first see the Registration Summary page and then click on Go to Application Form. This will direct you to the application form page.

20) What should I do if I have not received the password or have lost the SMS?

In the event of not receiving or lost the system generated password SMS, simply click on Forgot Password on the Existing User login page. You will be prompted to enter a Captcha string and post which, new password will be sent to you on your registered email address. Please note, regenerated passwords will not be sent as an SMS.

21) I am unable to view my Application Summary or Download Application Form tabs.

You will see the two tabs, Application Summary and Download Application Form, only if your application has been submitted with successful online payment of examination fees. Else, upon login, you will continue to see the five tabs of the Application Form.

22) Who is eligible to take the exam?

  • A candidate: Holding 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 Differently Abled (DA) categories], awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.
  • Possessing an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India (including the Associate Membership Examination (AMICE) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) as an equivalent qualification).
  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from the candidate has obtained the degree.
  • In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage

23) What is the eligibility to take the test under the PWD category?

  • The IIMs strictly follow the reservation norms of the Government of India.
  • To be eligible to appear for the test under PWD category, the candidates must suffer from the following listed disabilities –
  1. Low vision/Blindness
  2. Hearing Impairment
  3. Locomotive Disability/Cerebral Palsy The candidates must suffer from the above-mentioned disabilities, more than or equal to 40%, as certified by a competent medical authority.

24) What are Testing Assistive devices?

The testing Assistive devices or TA devices are the technical aids designed to directly enabled candidates to successfully perform a particular task.

25) What is the duration of CAT ?

CAT exam will be held for 180 minutes on 4 December .The candidate will have three sections of 60 minutes each and they cannot shift from one section to another in each 60 minutes.

26) What is the reporting time for CAT ?

Students should reach their venue at least one and a half (1.5) hours prior to the test time. If the test begins at 10 AM, the students must reach the test centre no later than 8:30 AM. If the test begins at 3:15 PM, students must reach the test centre no later than 1:45 PM.

27) Does CAT have a syllabus for exam preparation?

No, the CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test. For your benefit, check topics covered in CAT( ) .

28) How is the CAT shift and test date decided?

The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application.

29) What is the reporting time for CAT ?

Students should reach their venue at least one and a half (1.5) hours prior to the test time. If the test begins at 10 AM, the students must reach the test centre no later than 8:30 AM. If the test begins at 3:15 PM, students must reach the test centre no later than 1:45 PM.

30) What are the permitted materials I can bring with me to the test centre?

None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test centre, including but not limited to wristwatch, pen, cellphones, calculators, etc.

31) What is the marking/ grading scheme for CAT? Is there negative marking for a wrong answer?

For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt'.The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:

  • Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
  • An incorrect answer fetches -1 .No marks are awarded or deducted for un-attempted questions.

32) I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree, do I need to give overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?

As per CAT eligibility criteria you have to give percentage according to your university norms.

33) 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?

As per CAT eligibility criteria you have to give Aggregate percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.

34) I have not completed any graduation course but I am in the final year of a professional course, am I eligible for CAT?

NO, for applying CAT you should full fill any one of the following conditions: Completed Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*. Completed professional degree (For example, CA) with required percentage*. Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*. *For SC/ST and PWD (DA) candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates minimum is 50%. .

35) 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 ?

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 .

36) I have completed my 10th/12th standard from CBSE Board. Do I need to enter marks mentioned on Mark list?

As per CAT Criteria you have to mention Aggregate percentage of marks for all subjects irrespective of your Board regulations.

37) Can I appear CAT for practice purpose, though I am aware that I am not eligible?

No, this is not permitted.

38) Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam?

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

39) Are there any special provisions for Differently Abled candidates?

Yes. Please refer to the FAQs for PWD/DA Candidates for more details.

40) I am a General category candidate and got 49% in the Bachelor’s degree. I have also completed Master’s degree with 51%, am I eligible to apply for CAT ?

NO, as per CAT eligibility you should have obtained 50% or more in the Bachelor’s degree.

41) I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June but have back log, am I eligible to apply for CAT .

Yes, as per CAT eligibility, candidates who are completing their degree by May 2017 are eligible. However, the candidate should select yes to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree”

42) I have done 5 years integrated course of Btech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA, how do I enter my marks?

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 (if desired).

43) I have completed 5 year dual degree course (Btech+Mtech, BS+MS, Btech+MSC etc.). How do I enter my marks for bachelor degree?

As per your university norms you have to enter the aggregate of marks which are equivalent to bachelor degree and if any marks are there for master degree you enter the same in master degree.

44) I have SC/ST certificate in the format uploaded on the CAT website, can I use this certificate or do I have to download certificate template from CAT website and fill again?

If your certificate fulfils the following conditions, then the same can be uploaded: The certificate should have been issued by competent authority. The name of the caste and caste number should appear in the certificate The Ministry's resolution/order number should be available The certificate should be in Hindi or English only .

45) Is there a validity for NC-OBC Certificate?

Refer the Government of India website for details.

46) Who is the authority that issues NC-OBC certificate?

Refer the Government of India website for details.

47) I have changed my name with due procedure after completing my degree, do I enter the name as per the degree certificate or the changed name?

You have to enter your changed name but you have to produce supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview and admission.

48) Can I bring a calculator to the testing centre?

Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. You may use the onscreen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.

49) Can I move back and forth between the two sections?

No, each section will be timed separately. Once a section ends, candidates cannot go back to it.

50) Can I choose which section to attempt first?

No, candidates will be presented with the section on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation first, followed by Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

51) What is the concept of non-MCQ type questions?

CAT has some questions that are Non-MCQs (multiple choice questions) in which, a student has to respond on their own. Aspirants are suggested not to miss answering any of the non-MCQ, as there is no negative marking in it.

52) Are there negative marks for questions other than MCQs?

No, there are no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions.

53) Does the non-MCQ type questions carry equal marks as MCQs?

Yes, all questions carry equal marks. However, for non-MCQ type questions, you must type the answer.

54) What scores will be presented to me on results day?

Since CAT will be conducted in two sessions, two different Test Forms shall be administered in both of the Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization.For details, refer to the

55) What is the process of Normalization?

The process of Normalization is an established practice for comparing a candidate’s scores across multiple Forms and is similar to those being adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India, such as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). For normalization across sections, the percentile equivalence will be used.

56) What is Percentile Ranking?

A percentile rank is the percentage of scores that fall below a given score. For example: a 75 percentile would imply that your score is greater than or equal to 75% of the total CAT test-takers.

57) How will my initial raw scores be calculated?

Your raw scores will be calculated for each section based on the number of questions you have answered correctly, incorrectly, or omitted. You will be given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. There will be no points for questions that are not answered. This scoring methodology ensures that candidates are only awarded points for what they know. Get detailed information here.(

58) Who has a better chance of success at CAT/ Entrance exams – a fresher or a person with work-experience?

There is no factor that determines the success of either a fresher or a working professional. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. A fresher is more in touch with the academic requirements and prepared for intense learning mode. Whereas, a working professional brings along the real world knowledge and reasoning that is a key requirement to succeed in the entrance exams.

59) What is a cut-off?

The cut-off is the minimum required marks that a student needs to score to secure a call for the second round of selection process.

60) Will I be required to clear the cut-offs in all the sections?

Yes. Every college releases its own cut-offs for individual sections as well as for the overall test. A student has to clear both the sectional as well as the overall cut-offs set by the Institutes to receive a call for the second round of selection. The cut-offs vary for every institute.

61) Do a different people have different cut-offs?

Yes. To maintain the academic as well as the professional environment of learning most institutions have a slight relaxation in cut-offs for Working professionals, women and other reservations. This is done to give the students a multi-level-knowledge and interactive learning environment.

62) Which field should I specialize in?

Most of the MBA/PGDM programs offer the following specializations – Finance, Marketing, Operations, Human Resource Management, and Systems. There are a few others who offer International Business or Strategy/ Project Management as well. Some colleges offer dual specialization. Mostly, the first year of the course is general because students from varied background such as Medicine, Engineering, Commerce, and Arts pursue this course. The second year consists of the elective units that one wants to specialize. A student must choose the specialization based on his / her interests and abilities. Our faculty and mentors assist you in this process, as ideally you should be choosing the specialization before you start the course. But, you can choose mid way through your first year of study. Our prospectus gives information on the recommended abilities to pursue these specializations.

63) What career options will I have after MBA?

An MBA is a general qualification that develops overall understanding of business side of any organization. It offers a wide range of professional / career options. From Manufacturing to Services all industries requires Management professionals at all levels starting from Management trainees, Floor / Departmental / Branch Head, Senior Managers to Vice President and so on. Depending on the undergraduate qualification acquired, the students can choose to specialize in a specific field of study within the MBA and acquire skills that complement the previous qualification or acquire a general management program that is more popular abroad. For example: An IT professional can decide to specialize in Operations or Project Management; A Doctor or a Dentist can specialize in Health Management; To start an own venture, a person can specialize in Entrepreneurial Development program and so on.

64) What are the timings to contact the Candidate helpdesk?

The FAQs, online guides and videos are designed to enable self-service. You are requested to use these tools which can guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you are still facing issues, then CAT Candidate Helpdesk is available by phone, Monday to Saturday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. CAT Candidate Helpdesk will be closed on Sundays and on National/Public holidays .

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