Common Admission Test (CAT) is a comprehensive, national level entrance test for admissions to the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) and the leading business schools in India. Business schools and institutions across the country accept the CAT scores to grant candidates admissions to MBA courses. The IIMs are responsible for conducting the CAT.
If a candidate is selected for interviews by any IIM, these are the criteria the candidate has to fulfill: Candidate must show all the original mark sheets and submit attested copies to prove eligibility at the time of interview. Also the original degree certificate and mark sheets of all the semesters/years with the attested copies must be submitted for verification at the time of joining the MBA programme.
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 final year of bachelor's degree must submit the original certificate from the Principal/Registrar/Director of the university/institution certifying that the candidate has obtained 50% marks or equivalent according to the latest grades/marks.
The CAT tests the following skills in the candidate: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. The questions are usually based on the high school level topics and test the basic skills & knowledge of the candidate in each of the topics.
The questions in the verbal ability are based on:
The test has the two sections as mentioned above:
CAT is a computer based test (CBT) which is conducted online. The questions are objective with multiple choice answers.
The candidates have to answer both the sections one after the other, and there are separate time limits for each section. The total time allotted for the test is 2 hours, 35 minutes. Candidates have to answer 30 questions in each section in 70 minutes. Once done with the first section of the test, the candidates cannot go back to the questions of the first section. Before the actual test starts, candidates are given a 15 minutes tutorial about how the computer based test works and how the candidates have to answer each question in each section. IIMs also make available a practice test to the selected candidates a few days before the actual test date.
For those candidates who are disabled, additional support will be provided as required.
The IIMs release CAT notification in a few business dailies and the official website of CAT - www.catiim.in
Candidates can acquire the CAT voucher from Axis Bank branches, and the registration for CAT has to be done online. All communication regarding the test is done via the email id provided by the candidate at the time of registration.
When candidates register for the test online, they also have the option to schedule their CAT test on one of the designated dates and at the designated centers.
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