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CAT Exam

CAT Test

The full form of CAT is Common Admission Test.

Conducted by the IIMs, CAT is the selection test for admission in twenty Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for post graduate courses. More than 100 management institutes in India consider the CAT score when it comes to post graduate admission process. Here is a list of important colleges/institutes in India who consider the CAT score during admission:

Faculty of Management Studies (FMS)

S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR)

Management Development Institute (Gurgoan)

International Management Institute (IMI)

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)

Institute of Management Technology (IMT)

Jamanlal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS)

CAT exam score is also considered by eminent B-Schools of the nation for admission purpose.

Every year, one of the IIMs conduct the national level CAT exam for students in rotational basis.

In 2016, 1.95 lakhs students appeared for the CAT exam.

The CAT exam is conducted across 138 locations.

The CAT score is considered for admission in Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) courses.

CAT 2017

The official website for reference of CAT exam is www.iimcat.ac.in.

If you are in plan to appear for the CAT exam 2017, then here are important dates that you need to note:

CAT notification : Last week of July 2017

CAT online registration : Second week of Aug’ 2017 – Fourth week of Sept’ 2017

CAT Admit Card download : Second week of October 2017

CAT Admission Test Date : First week of December 2017

CAT Result Declaration : Second week of Jan’ 2018

The official CAT exam notification that is released usually in July every year contains the following information:

Eligibility Criteria for CAT

Quota system in CAT exam

CAT Application Form

CAT Application Fees

CAT Important Dates

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Syllabus

CAT Test

The CAT exam pattern changes every year and is announced by the IIMs officially.

The CAT is an online computer based test (CBT). The online CBT version of CAT exam started in 2009.

The total number of questions in CAT exam is 100. The questions of CAT exam are both objective and descriptive type.

Since 2015, the CAT exam is managed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

The CAT exam is conducted in a single day but in two sessions.

CAT Exam Sections

Number of questions

Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension


Quantitative Aptitude


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning


There are three sections in the CAT exam, each allotted a total time span of 1 hour.

CAT Exam Result

The CAT exam results are usually declared in the month of January. The IIMs provide the CAT exam score online and does not send in physical mark sheets. In the online version of CAT score released by IIT students can see overall and section wise scaled scores along with percentiles. From the official website (https://cdn.digialm.com//EForms/configuredHtml/756/5055/login.html) , students can download their CAT exam result and take as many print outs they want.

To check the CAT results online, the student ID and password for the IIM official website is a must.

The CAT score card contains the following:

CAT Registration number / User ID

Candidate’s name

Candidate’s category

Candidate’s  Date of birth (DOB) and Gender

Date and time of CAT examination

Candidate’s contact details and email id

Scaled Score of Section 1 (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)

Percentile of Section 1 (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)

Scaled Score of Section 2 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)

Percentile of Section 2 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)

Scaled Score of Section 3 (Quantitative Ability)

Percentile of Section 3 (Quantitative Ability)

Overall Scaled Score of CAT exam

Overall Percentile of CAT exam

Instructions for post CAT Result 2016 activities

In 2016, 20 applicants secured 100% marks in CAT exam. These 20 were male examinees and engineers by profession.

Also, the CAT exam involves two scores: raw score and scaled score.

 CAT Raw Score

Candidates are marked +4 for every right answer and -1 for every wrong answer. Like this, the total score that is calculated in CAT exam is called CAT Raw Score.

 CAT Scaled Score

The raw score is then assessed on a common scale/metric and this process is called equating. After equating, the interpreted final score is called CAT Scaled Score.

CAT Exam Score

The total score of CAT exam is 360.

The table below explains the CAT score pattern section wise:

CAT Exam Sections


Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension


Quantitative Aptitude


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning


There is negative marking in CAT exam. For each wrong answer, there is negative marking of -1. Descriptive questions of CAT exam do not have negative marking.

There is no marks deduction for unanswered question in CAT exam.

For every right answer in CAT exam, a student secures 3 or 4 marks.

The CAT score is valid for the next one year only. Candidates can use the CAT exam score for admission in the next year only.

Candidates who get the sectional cut-offs set by IIMs in CAT exam are later called for Group discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI), also conducted by the IIMs. This is the last step in IIM admission procedure.

CAT Exam Timings

The total time duration of CAT exam is 3 hours. The exam has three sections namely Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. For each section of CAT exam, a total time span of one hour is allotted.

For more queries about CAT exam you can dial the below number:

CAT Helpdesk Number: 18002660207

In India the CAT exam is conducted in the following cities:























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