October 26, 2016


Common Admission Test (CAT) is national-level management entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). CAT scores are used for admission to various management courses across the country.

Common Admission Test (CAT) will be held for admission in MBA programs at 20 IIMs and over 200 top b schools in India.

The CAT Exam is scheduled on December 4, 2016. There is no change in exam pattern and questions will most likely be distributed in three sections Verbal Reasoning (34), Quantitative Ability (34) & Data Interpretation (32).
Selection process of IIMs and Top MBA Colleges start within 15 days of result declaration. Selected candidates will appear for Group Discussion & Personal Interview.

What is CAT?

Common Admission Test or CAT is only entrance exam for admission in MBA and PGDM programs in Institute of Management (IIMs) in India.

20 IIMs and More than 136 Management Institutes participate in CAT.

CAT is open for all graduates having more than 50% in graduation.
Duration of CAT exam is 180 minutes and consists 100 questions.

CAT 2016 will be conducted on December 4th and the last date for applying into IIMs is December 31st
Candidates need to apply for all the IIMs separately.

The admission into IIMs is based upon CAT Score Card, 10th Marks, 12th Marks and a Group Discussion and Personal Interview round conducted at respective IIMs.

CAT 2016 Selection Procedure

After the declaration of results and cut offs, shortlisted candidates appear in selection process which is held separately by each of the IIMs. The selection procedure through CAT EXAM may consist of a Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test round and, Personal

Interview. In recent years, IIMs have been known to prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion.
Personal Interview is also an important part of the selection procedure and can prove to be a decisive factor in selection to IIMs. The final selection is based on performance in CAT and selection procedure rounds.
Written Ability Test comprises of one or more topics on which a candidate is required to write a brief essay. The time duration assigned to write essay on the given topic varies from IIM to IIM and can be anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes.

Group Discussion round is less preferred these days but it is wise to prepare for this round as well. In this round a group of 8-10 candidates is given a topic to discuss. Through this round a candidate’s performance and group dynamics is assessed.
Personal Interview round is the final round. In this round a candidate has to appear before a panel of 4-8 interviewees who test the candidate on their academic background, work experience, hobbies, interests etc.

What is Syllabus of CAT?
This is the most frequent question asked when one starts preparing for CAT. CAT is a test with no predefined syllabus, however past trends suggest that CAT tests in general aptitude including Verbal Ability (English), Quant Ability (Mathematics), Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI) skills.
Similar to CAT, there are other admission tests – MAT, XAT, CMAT and SNAP. There are some B-Schools (like IIFT and IRMA) which conduct their own exam. And there are state level entrance tests for admission to colleges in respective states.

CAT English/Verbal Ability: Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, syllogisms, analogies, antonyms and synonyms, fill in the blanks, sentence correction, idioms, etc.

CAT Maths/Quant Ability: Number systems, geometry, trogonometry, probability, permutation combination, algebra, mensuration, time and work, averages, percentages, profit and loss, quadratic and linear equations, etc.

CAT Data Interpretation: Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, etc.

CAT Logical Reasoning: Clocks, calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement, etc.
CAT Paper Pattern

There are three sections: Quantitative Ability (QA, 34 questions), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR, 32 questions) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC, 34 questions). The duration of the exam is 180 minutes. There is no separate time limit on sections.