Common Aptitude Test (CAT) Preparation

What is CAT Exam?

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the centralized entrance exam for admission to various postgraduate management courses offered by IIMs. Besides, IIMs several top notch management colleges and state level institutions also accept CAT score for admission to their respective management programs. There is no stipulated number of attempts for qualifying CAT. The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation. Take a tour of syllabus and pattern for CAT Preparation with our Best Online CAT Study material, Ebooks, Video Lectures, Notes etc. and also give a mock test to test youself.

    Eligibility Criteria

    There are certain eligibility criteria to appear for CAT.
    Candidates must meet these criteria before they decide to fill the application form.

    Age Limit:
    Candidate must be 20 years of age or above that.

    Education Qualification:
    1. The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

    2. 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. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.

    3. Candidates applying for CAT 2017 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:
    Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks*
    Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage*.
    Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*.
    SC / ST / PWD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, minimum is 50%.

    4. The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.

    5. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.

    Examination Pattern

    The question paper is divided into 3 parts Quantitative Aptitude Data interpretation and logical reasoning Verbal comprehension and learning.

    Sections Questions Time Allotted Marks Allotted
    Quantitative Aptitude 34 60 minutes 102
    Data interpretation and logical reasoning 32 60 minutes 96
    Verbal comprehension and learning. 34 60 minutes 102
    Total 100 180 Minutes 300
    The entire scheme of examination is detailed in the table below:
    Mode of Examination Offline Computer Based Test
    Number of Questions 100
    Maximum Marks 300
    Duration of Exam 180 minutes
    Sections on Paper 3 Parts- Quantitative Aptitude Data, interpretation and logical reasoning, and Verbal comprehension and learning

    CAT Exam Centers

    The expected list of CAT 2018 Exam Centers is tabulated below:

    Exam State Exam Cities
    Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
    Andhra Pradesh Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
    Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
    Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati
    Bihar Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea
    Chandigarh Chandigarh
    Chattisgarh Raipur, Bhillai
    Delhi New Delhi
    Goa Madgaon, Verna
    Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
    Haryana Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipath, Rohtak, Sonipath
    Himachal Pradesh Shimla
    Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
    Jharkhand Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
    Karnataka Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikballapur, Davanagere, Hasan, Kolar, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi
    Kerala Kasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Trivandrum
    Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar
    Maharashtra Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane
    Meghalaya Shillong
    Odisha Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur
    Puducherry Puducherry
    Punjab Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur
    Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
    Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli
    Telangana Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam
    Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Noida, Varanasi
    Uttarakhand Dehradun, Roorkee
    West Bengal Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

    CAT Syllabus

    Although there is no pre-defined syllabus for CAT which has been prescribed by the conducting authorities, however, on the basis of previous year trends, we have tabulated below the important topics which must be focused upon while preparing for each given section.

    Section Topics
    Mathematics or Quantitative Section Percentages and its applications
    Ratio and its applications
    Numbers and its applications
    Geometry and its applications
    English or Verbal Section Grammar
    Critical Reasoning (and its numerous applications)
    Reading Comprehension
    Analytical Reasoning Section Blood Relations
    Direction Sense
    Data Structures
    Clocks and Calendars
    Data Interpretation Section Table
    Line graphs etc

    Important Dates

    CAT 2018 Exam Dates

    IIM announces the important dates for CAT 2018. Here are a few important dates for the same:

    Events Dates
    Notification released 1st week of August 2018
    Registration Process
    1st week of August 2018
    Last date for registration 3rd to 4th week of November 2018
    Application correction 27th – 30th September 2018
    Admit card release date 25th October – 26th October 2018
    Mock Test Release Last week of October 2018
    Exam date November 25, 2018
    Answer key's question paper release 2nd week of December 2018
    Last date to submit objection 2nd week of December 2018
    Result announcement First week of January 2019

    How To Apply?

    CAT 2018 Application Form can be filled in online mode only.
    In order to apply for CAT, candidates have to visit the official website of CAT and register themselves first. Post registration, candidates can simply follow the steps discussed below to fill and submit their form:
    1. Log onto the official website of Indian Institute of Management Register yourself with a valid Email ID and Phone number.
    2. IIM will send the login credentials to the candidates through SMS and email.
    3. After receiving the login credentials, candidates have to log into the application window and fill up the online application form which is divided into the following areas- Personal Details, Contact Details, Academic Details, Work Experience, Selecting IIMs to apply for Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities Candidates are advised to review the application form once filled.
    4. Make sure to upload the necessary attachments with the form Candidates Photograph- jpeg format Candidates signature- jpeg format Photograph should be clear and the signature should be legible enough in order to be eligible.

    CAT Application Fee

    Candidates have to pay the application fee through online mode after completing the application form:
    Application fee can be paid by credit card or debit card.
    After completing the application form, click on the PAY option after saving the filled form.

    Category Application Fee
    General INR 1900
    SC INR 1000
    ST/PWD INR 1000

    CAT Admit Card

    The CAT 2017 hall ticket is available only in online mode and the exam conducting body won't be sending any hard copy of the admit card via mail or courier.
    Steps to download CAT 2018 Admit Card:

    1. Log onto the Official website of Indian Institute of Management.
    2. Click on download ADMIT CARD 2018 from the options on the notice board.
    3. Fill in your user ID and password.
    4. After you fill your details, you will be redirected to your Admit card. Review all your details in it.
    5. After reviewing all your details, click on Download Admit Card option.
    6. Download and save it for future use.
    The CAT 2017 admit card will provide the following details
    1. Name and Date of Birth of Candidates.
    2. Candidates Registration Number.
    3. Category of the Candidates.
    4. Address of the Examination Venue.
    5. Date and Timing of the Test.
    6. Test System Number.

    CAT Selection Procedure

    Each participating institute has its own selection process. The candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT cut-off scores.
    Apart from the CAT percentiles, some top IIMs also consider the candidates’ performance in the Bachelor’s degree as well the 10th as well as the 12th standards. The scores of these standards are categorized and according to these categories, the candidate is tested.
    1. The Written Ability Test
    2. Group Discussions
    3. Personal Interview

    CAT Previous Year Cutoff Marks

    CAT Cutoff 2017 for IIM Ahmedabad

    Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
    General 70 70 70 80
    NC-OBC cum Transgender 65 65 65 75
    SC 60 60 60 70
    ST 50 50 50 60
    PWD 60 60 60 70
    CAT Cut off 2017 for IIM Bangalore
    Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
    General 85 80 80 90
    NC-OBC 75 70 70 80
    SC 70 65 65 75
    ST & PWD 60 60 60 75

    CAT Cut off 2017 for IIM Calcutta

    Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
    General 80 80 80 90
    NC-OBC 75 75 75 85
    SC 65 65 65 70
    ST 60 60 60 70
    PWD/DA 60 60 60 70

    CAT Cut off 2017 for IIM Lucknow

    Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
    General 85 85 85 90
    NC-OBC 77 77 77 82
    SC 55 55 55 70
    ST 50 50 50 65
    PwD 50 50 50 65

    CAT Cut off 2017 for IIM Indore

    Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
    General 80 80 80 90
    NC-OBC 70 70 70 80
    SC 55 55 55 60
    ST 45 45 45 50
    PWD 45 45 45 50

    How To Prepare?

    Follow the below given preparation tips:
    Prepare a proper study plan.
    Try to review all topics which will asked from four section(QA,VA & DILR).
    Select the best study material for preparation.
    Try to solve maximum 10 set of sample papers.
    Try to manage your time table for study various section accordingly.
    Revision. Stay healthy.

    Practice Paper

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