CAT Entrance Exam

CAT (Comman Admission Test)

What is CAT (Common Admission Test)?

CAT is the entrance exam conduct jointly by IIMs across India to accept admission in Post Graduation programmes in all IIM colleges.

Participating Colleges in CAT are IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Banglore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kashipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Raipur, IIM Rohtak, RGIIM Shilong, IIM Udaipur and IIT Tiruchirappalli. Some colleges other than IIMs also accept CAT Score. See List of Colleges that accepts CAT Score for admission.

CAT Eligibility:

The candidate applying for CAT must have a Bachelor’s Degree from a UGC recognized university/college, with minimum 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. For SC, ST and Persons with Disability (PWD or DA) minimum required percentage or CGPA is  45%.

Candidates with result awaiting and who are in final year can also apply. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the CAT selection process.

Applying Candidates must have a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.

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CAT Exam Pattern:

CAT Exam is fully online exam and each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal. The CAT exam paper is divided into two sections, the first section is Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and the second section is Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.  The total Exam duration will be two hours and thirty five minutes including 15-minute tutorial provided before the start of the test.

  • Section I: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
    Total Time: 70 minutes
    Total Questions: 30 questions
    Total Marks: 90 marks
  • Section I: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
    Total Time: 70 minutes
    Total Questions: 30 questions
    Total Marks: 90 marks

For each correct answer candidate will be awarded three (3) points and for each incorrect answer one (1) point will be deducted. There will be neither positive nor negative points for unanswered questions.

CAT Notification:

CAT Voucher (Application form) can be obtained from major branches of Axis bank..

  • If a candidate have registered for Session 1 (morning session), he/she must arrive at the test centre by 8:30 AM for security checks, identity verification and checking in. Testing will begin at 10 AM. If he/she have registered for Session 2 (afternoon session), tnen he/she must arrive at the test centre by 1:45 PM. Testing will begin at 3:15 PM.
  • Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if valid photo identification or Admit Card is not presented.
  • Valid Identification cards are: Driver’s license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID (this must be supported with a valid ATM/Debit/Credit Card with your name), Employee identification card, UID card or a notarised Affidavit (in English) with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address.
  • SC/ST & DA (or PWD) candidates will also need to bring along a valid document as proof of SC/ST eligibility or DA eligibility.
  • Candidate will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations (after test candidate will leave that paper at the desk).
  • No breaks will be given during the test.
  • Once the time ends for the first section, candidate will move to the second section and will no longer be able to go back.

CAT Syllabus:

Quantitative Ability Syllabus:

Logical Reasoning Syllabus:

Verbal Ability Syllabus:

  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Passage
  • Analogies or Reverse Analogies
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Summary Questions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts / Inferences / Judgements
  • Reading Comprehension

CAT Test Centres:

There will be total 36 CAT test centres (sites) across country. See list of CAT Exam centres with Full Address.

CAT Admission Process:

Second stage of selection process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). IIMs may also use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs.

If a candidate is short-listed for interviews by any IIM, he/she has to comply with the following eligibility verification:

  • Mark sheets and Degree Certificate: original degree certificate and mark sheets of all semesters/years along with their attested copies must be submitted for verification at the time of joining the programme.
  • Reservation Category Requirements: SC, ST, NC-OBC, and DA candidates must show the original caste / class / disability certificate and submit a photocopy at the time of interview.
  • Candidates in the Final Year of Graduation: these candidates need to submit certificate latest by June 30, from the Principal/Registrar of his/her College/Institute stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.

IIM CAT Result:

CAT result announced on the CAT website.

List of Colleges accepts CAT Score:

IIM accepts CAT Score:

  • Indian Institute of Management – Ranchi
  • Indian Institute of Management – Indore
  • Indian Institute of Management – Rohtak
  • Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
  • Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management
  • Indian Institute of Management – Udaipur
  • Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Management – Trichy
  • Indian Institute of Management – Lucknow
  • Indian Institute of Management – Kozhikode
  • Indian Institute of Management – Calcutta
  • Indian Institute of Management – Kashipur

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Indian Institute of Science
P. O. Central University, Bangalore-560 012 Karnataka
Ph: 080-22932378 /22933272

IIT Madras
I.I.T. Post Office, Chennai-600 036 Tamil Nadu
Ph: 044-22574550

IIT Delhi
Vishwakarma Bhavan, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, New Delhi -110 016
Ph: 011-26591171

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Faculty of Management Studies
University of Delhi, Delhi-110 007
Ph: 011-27667877

IIT Kanpur
Room No: 109, New IME Building, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur,
Kanpur-208 016 Uttar Pradesh
Ph: 0512-2597553 / 2597858

IIT Roorkee
Roorkee-247 667, Uttarakhand
Ph: 01332-285014 / 285617

Faculty of Management Studies
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221 005, Uttar Pradesh
Ph: 0542-6701409 /2307430-1

IIT Kharagpur
Kharagpur-721 302, West Bengal
Ph: 03222-282269/70/283612

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Birla Institute of Technology & Science
Vidya Vihar, Pilani – 333 031 Rajasthan
Ph: 01596-242205
Website :

National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences & Management, P.O. Srinivasanagar, D.K. Dist., Mangalore-575 025, Karnataka
Ph: 0824-2474047

Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai Mumbai-400 076 Maharashtra
Ph: 022-25767781

Delhi School of Economics
Univesity of Delhi, Delhi-110 007,Delhi
Ph: 27667891/27667725 Ext. 1630
Website :

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National Institute of Bank Management
NIBM Post Office, Kondhwe Khurd Pune-411 048, Maharashtra
Ph: 020-26716000

Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad
Allahabad -211 004, Uttar Pradesh
Ph: 0532-2271117,2271157

School of Management, Pondicherry University
RV Nagar, Pondicherry-605 014, Pondicherry
Ph: 0413-2654305 /5244

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology
Ratapur Chowk, Rae Bareli – 229 316 Uttar Pradesh
Ph: 0535-2217427 /2211666

Management Development Institute
Mehrauli Road, Sukhrali, Gurgaon-122 007, Haryana
Ph: 0124-4560000 /2340173 /2340153

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Vinod Gupta School of Management
IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur-721 302, West Bengal
Ph: 03222-282295 /97 /09932571129

National Institute of Technology Calicut
NIT Campus P.O., Calicut-673 601, Kerala
Ph: 0495-2286075 /2286076

National Institute of Technology
Department of Management Studies, Tiruchirappalli-620 015, Tamil Nadu
Ph: 0431-2503000-1 /2500370

Indian Institute of Forest Management
Nehru Nagar, Post Box No. 357, Bhopal-462 003, Madhya Pradesh
Ph: 0755-2775716, 2773799

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