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.

IIM-Indore has partnered with Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS) to conduct the exam. TCS has conducted examination like GATE, JEE, AIPMT, JIPMER etc. IIM Indore is holding the CAT exam for the second consecutive time.

Course Stream: BBA / MBA / Management

Available Online Sample Tests

Important Dates for CAT Exam

Registration begins onAugust 6, 2014 (Wednesday)
Last date of registrationSeptember 30, 2014 (Tuesday)
Download of Admit CardOctober 16, 2014 (Thursday)
CAT exam dates (Forenoon & Afternoon Sessions)November 16, 2014 (Sunday) & November 22, 2014 (Saturday)
ResultsThird week of December 2014

Details of CAT Exam

In order to make the exam more student-friendly, IIM Indore has introduced some major changes to the pattern this year:

1. Exam duration has been increased by 30 minutes – from 140 minutes (2 hours 20 minutes) to 170 minutes (2 hours 50 minutes).

2. Purchase of offline vouchers has been discontinued.

3. Number of questions in each section quantitative ability and data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning sections has been increased to 50 from the existing 30 questions.

4. The window period of holding CAT exams has been cut down by IIM-Indore. Now, the test will be held only on two days. Earlier, the exam was conducted over a period of 22-days.

5. This year, CAT tutorials will not be available before the start of the exam. Candidates are, therefore, advised to go through the tutorials from the website well in advance.

6. Aspirants are required to pay CAT registration fee through online mode (Credit Card, Debit Card and Net Banking) only.

7. Candidates will be able to control how they want to distribute exam time across various sections. This means candidates can switch from one section to another as they like.

8. CAT 2014 will be conducted across 99 cities. The number of examination centres has been increased to 354 – from just 45 test sites last year.

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria

For general candidates the eligibility criteria for taking the CAT exam is atleast 50% or equivalent CGPA in graduation. For SC/ST candidates it is atleast 45% or equivalent CGPA in graduation. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can 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 analyse 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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