The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based selection test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for their business administration programs. The CAT exam is an important prerequisite for admission into more than 100 management institutes across India which includes reputed institutions like Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Management Development Institute (Gurgaon), International Management Institute (IMI), National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Jamanlal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) and maany others. This exam is conducted every year by IIMs on rotational basis. CAT Exam Dates are generally declared in the month of August every year.


The candidate must fulfill the below mentioned criterias:

  • Hold a Bachelors 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)/Differently Able (DA) category)
  • The degree should be awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament 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.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelors degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.
  • IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website .For more details on reservations and eligibility please download.


CAT exam tests the skills of the aspirant in four main sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. It is also a test of time management.

  • Mathematics or Quantitative Section

      Some of the core concepts in math and quant subjects are:

    • Percentages and its applications
    • Ratio and Its applications
    • Algebra
    • Numbers and its applications
    • Geometry and its applications
  • English or Verbal Section

      Prominent topics in this section are as follows:

    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Critical Reasoning (and its numerous applications)
    • Reading Comprehension
  • Analytical Reasoning Section

    • Important topics under AR are:
    • Blood Relations
    • Direction Sense
    • Puzzles
    • Arrangements
    • Data Structures
    • Series
    • Coding-Decoding
    • Clocks and Calenders
  • Data Interpretation Section

      Problems related to organised and unorganised data are quite common in this section. Core topics are as follows:

    • Table
    • Bar
    • Pie
    • Line graphs etc

Test Duration & Pattern (CAT 2015)

Section No. of Questions Duration
1. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 34  
2. Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning 34  
3. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32  
Total 100 3 hrs.


15.00% Scheduled Caste (SC)
7.50% Scheduled Tribe (ST)
27.00% Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer
3.00% Differently Abled (DA)