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All about CAT

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the mandatory entrance exam for flagship PGP programmes in IIMs and other top B-schools of India. The notification for CAT will be conducted by Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B) .

CAT shall be conducted in two sessions.

  • Two different Test Forms shall be administered in two Test 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. The Normalization process to be implemented shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalization across different forms the scores shall be further normalized across different sections and the scaled scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting. For purposes of reporting, Scaled Scores for each section (Section I: Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Section III: Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)) and Total along with the Percentiles shall be published. 
  •  It is estimated that over 200000 candidates will appear in CAT to explore admission opportunities in 20 IIMs, FMS - Delhi, SPJIMR, JBIMS, MDI, IMI, IMT, BIMTECH, TAPMI, Management courses at IITs and a host of other B-schools. IIM J&K is proposed to be added  as well. For purposes of reporting, Scaled Scores for each section (Section I: Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Section III: Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)) and Total along with the Percentiles shall be published.
  •  The process of normalization is an established practice for comparing candidate 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, we shall use a sort of percentile equivalence.

Course Stream: Management - BBA / MBA / Diploma

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Competition & Benefits

College Accepting Exam Count 889
Courses 5980
Total Number of Seats 135457

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Preparation

How to prepare

EXAM SYLLABUS

SUBJECT

TOPICS

QUANTITATIVE ABILITY

Number Systems

LCM and HCF

Averages

Profit, Loss and Discount

Interest (Simple and Compound)

Speed, Time and Distance

Complex numbers

Percentages

Ratio and Proportion

Linear Equations

Quadratic Equations

Time and Work

Logarithm

Progressions (Sequences & Series)

Binomial Theorem

Surds and Indices

Inequalities

Permutation and Combination

Probability

Mensuration

Set Theory

Mixtures and Alligations

Geometry

Co-ordinate Geometry

Trigonometry

Functions.

DATA INTERPRETATION

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.

Tables

Column Graphs

Bar Graphs

Line Charts

Pie Chart

Venn Diagrams

Caselets

Combination of two or more types linked to each other.

LOGICAL REASONING

Number and Letter Series

Calendars

Clocks

Cubes

Venn Diagrams

Binary Logic

Seating Arrangement

Logical Sequence

Logical Matching

Logical Connectives

Syllogism

Blood Relations

VERBAL ABILITY

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.

Syllabus Summary
No. Of Subjects No. Of Units No. Of Chapters
3 4 62

How To Prepare

EXAM SYLLABUS

SUBJECT

TOPICS

QUANTITATIVE ABILITY

Number Systems

LCM and HCF

Averages

Profit, Loss and Discount

Interest (Simple and Compound)

Speed, Time and Distance

Complex numbers

Percentages

Ratio and Proportion

Linear Equations

Quadratic Equations

Time and Work

Logarithm

Progressions (Sequences & Series)

Binomial Theorem

Surds and Indices

Inequalities

Permutation and Combination

Probability

Mensuration

Set Theory

Mixtures and Alligations

Geometry

Co-ordinate Geometry

Trigonometry

Functions.

DATA INTERPRETATION

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.

Tables

Column Graphs

Bar Graphs

Line Charts

Pie Chart

Venn Diagrams

Caselets

Combination of two or more types linked to each other.

LOGICAL REASONING

Number and Letter Series

Calendars

Clocks

Cubes

Venn Diagrams

Binary Logic

Seating Arrangement

Logical Sequence

Logical Matching

Logical Connectives

Syllogism

Blood Relations

VERBAL ABILITY

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.

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CAT Eligibility Criteria

1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post Diploma ) or B.E/B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers -India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers India).

2. Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities New Delhi, which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutions.

3. Cases not covered above equivalency certificate to be produced from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi.

Reservations 

As per the Government of India requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non - creamy” layer (NC - OBC).

 For all caste based reservations, the castes included in the Central Govt. list as on the last date of registration shall be used. For an updated central list of state - wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer, visit the website http://www.ncbc.nic.in.

 In case of NC - OBC category, the castes included in Central List (available at http://www.ncbc.nic.in) of NC - OBC by the National Commission of Backward Classes, Government of India as on last day of registration will be used. Any subsequent changes will not be effective for CAT  unless there is a change made by the Central Government or Judiciary with retrospective effect.

 As per the provision under section 39 of the PWD Act, 1995, 3% seats are reserved for Differently Abled (DA) candidates. The three categories of disability are: a) low vision blindness, b) hearing impairment and c) loco motor disability/cerebral palsy. This provision is Applicable if the candidate suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40%, as certified by a medical authority as prescribed and explained in the said Act.

 The candidates belonging to categories for which seats are reserved need to note and read the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavour of IIMs that the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD/Non - Creamy OBC categories join the Programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance in the admission process

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