CAT (Common Admission Test) is the most sought after and most glamorous entrance examination for MBA/PGDM admission in India. CAT started in 1950 and is conducted by IIMs for Admission to their 2-year post-graduate management programs. The test is offered once a year and has one year validity. A number of other top B Schools in India accept CAT score as admission criteria.
It is considered as the most competitive entrance exam in the world and the acceptance rate in IMMs is around 2%, which is the lowest in the world. The highest CAT score so far is just below 100% and well above 99%. The 100 questions in total, with +3 -1 scoring, will give a maximum score of 300.The medium of language for the test is English.
CAT is of 3 hours duration and has three sections.
Candidates can apply for the exam in the site iimcat.ac.in and the test is held in 99 cities all over India in November/December.
The admission fee is:
Any University graduate with 50% marks (45% for reserved categories) can apply for the test. Final year degree students are also eligible to apply but should pass the degree with minimum marks at the time of interview. There is no age limit to apply for the test.
|Name of Exam||CAT (Common Admission Test)|
|For admission to||MBA & PGDM/PGP programmes|
|Level of exam||National|
|Conducted by||Indian Institutes of Management (IMMs), on rotation|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Mode of application||Online|
|Medium of Exam||English|
|Validity of score||One year|
|Periodicity of exam||Once a year|
|Number of chances||Unlimited|
|Official notification of exam||August 8|
|Date of Exam||November 24|
|Date of result||2nd week of January|
|Eligibility||Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with 50% marks (45% for reserved categories).
Final year undergraduate students also eligible.
No age limit
|Duration of exam||3 hours|
|Website / helpline||www.iimcat.ac.in / 18002090830|
|Other information||*Dates are tentative|