All that you need to know about CAT

What is CAT and how can help you?

CAT 2017 (Common Admission Test) is a selection test held by the Indian Institute of Management. This computer-based test is a prerequisite that you will require in order to apply to colleges for business studies. For top colleges like IIMs, IITs, and IISc, CAT score is a very important criterion. The important dates of the examination are usually announced during August every year.

What are the eligibility criteria?

A Bachelor’s degree with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA is required. For SC, ST, PWD and DA categories, 45% marks or equivalent CGPA is required.

Your Bachelor’s degree should be awarded by a university, which is recognized by the central or state legislature under Section III of the UGC Act, 1956 or the Indian Government’s Ministry of HRD.

Applicants who are in the final year or have already graduated are eligible to take this test. Proof of graduation will be required.

What is the pattern of the test?

There are three sections of the exam.

  1. Verbal reasoning and reading comprehension– a total of 34 questions will be there and the time allotted is 60mimutes.
  2. Quantitative Aptitude– With time duration of 60, there is a total of 34 questions.
  3. Data Interpretation and logical reasoning– there are 32 questions with a time limit of 60 minutes.

What follows after the test?

If you are short-listed for the next step, which is the interview, you have to take a list of required documents and appear for the interview. The details of the documents are listed on the official website of CAT. If you fail to bring along a single document, your application will be canceled.

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