All about CAT

CAT is conducted by Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) for seeking admission to the prestigious management colleges in India. The candidates aspiring to get admission to IIMs and other leading management schools need to appear for the Common Admission Test.

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad or IIM-A will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015. The Convener for CAT 2015 is Prof. Tathagata Bandyopadhyay, IIM Ahmedabad. 

CAT is taken by candidates seeking admission in the Post-Graduate and Fellow Programmes in management courses of several management institutes in India including the IIMs. As of today, well over 100 B-Schools in India accept the CAT score.

The CAT exam is a 3 pronged process. The first is the online exam, which will be conducted on November 29, 2015. Basis the CAT percentile score, eligible candidates are short listed and called for the Written Aptitude Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) round.

Course Stream: BBA / MBA / Management

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Important Dates for CAT Exam

Release of Advertisement 26th July 2015 (Sunday)
Online Registration for CAT06th August to 20th September 2015
Admit Card Download Window15th October 2015, 1:00 PM till Exam Day
Test Date29th November 2015 (Sunday)
Release ofResults Second week of January 2016

Details of CAT Exam

While there no drastic changes in the CAT 2015 question paper format, however, candidates for CAT 2015 are in for some pleasant changes & benefits.

  • CAT 2015 will be conducted in two sessions in one day. The exam will be held on 29th November, 2015 (Sunday)
  • The exam will be conducted in 136 cities comprising of 650 Test sites
  • Candidates will be given the option to select 4 CAT test cities in order of preference and hence need not rush to block slots and sites in the initial days of registration
  • In case assigning candidates their first preferred city is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference
  • Candidates will, however, not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly
  • Candidates must pay the registration fee through online mode only, including Credit Card, Debit Card, and Net Banking
  • After submission of application, candidates will be permitted to download their Admit Card from October 15, 2015 onwards, till the date of examination
  • Duration of the examination has been increased to 180 minutes instead of 170 minutes.
  • The first CAT section includes - ‘Quantitative Aptitude (QA)’ with 34 questions in this section
  • The second CAT section includes - ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)’ with 32 questions in this section
  • The third CAT section includes - ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)’ with 34 questions in this section
  • Some questions in each section MAY NOT be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen. Also, use of basic on-screen calculator for computation will be allowed.
  • Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section
  • Students cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  • For SC/ ST/ DA students – 45%
  • Students appearing for final college exams may also apply

IMS Director on how CAT is different from other MBA entrance exams

How to Prepare for CAT Exam ?

You must be on the lap of your CAT preparation. What you need now is a few more days of concentration and focus to crack CAT and get admission opportunities from top B-schools. We have jot down some quick tips to gear up your preparations.

Take Mock Tests in Online Environment

In the last few months of preparation for CAT exam, you must take computer-based mock CAT so that you are familiar with the actual test environment. Taking the mock CAT in real environment will make you completely prepared to take the computer based test on your CAT day and save any wastage of time on understanding the mode of test. You can also join CAT test series to take a few mock CAT online. Also, you must practice previous year CAT paper and solve it to have an actual feel of the test. Putting yourself to the actual testing environment will help you to take CAT on the test centre on your D-day.

Analysis is must

After every CAT mock test, you must analyze your performance and evaluate your scoring areas based on CAT question pattern. The analysis of your mock CAT paper will bring clarity on your strengths and weaknesses. Analysing the number of questions not attempted and reasons for the same can help you improve your performance with every mock test.

Focus on Strength

Going by your own evaluation, you must focus on your strong areas and build on the same. As most of the questions in CAT paper are based on the application of basic concepts, learning both concepts and application at this stage is not advisable. Instead, you should put all your efforts towards the areas which you have nearly been able to control and solve questions on the same. In the last countdown of months you should not touch new topics just before a few days of your CAT day.

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