Common Admission Test, CAT
The Common Admission Test, or rather the more famous acronym CAT, happens to be the most important entrance exam for pursuing Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) degrees in India. This exam is the only gateway for entry in the prestigious Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) for pursuing a 2-year postgraduate degree in Management.
Many other premier management schools in India viz. MDI Gurgaon, S P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and various other college conduct their admission process based on the CAT scores of candidates.
About The CAT
- CAT exam is conducted every year by one of the IIMs on a rotation basis.
- This exam is only the first step of the screening process.
- Students are awarded percentile scores after the exam.
- Based on this percentile score, academic records of the candidate and work experience (if any), each IIM shortlists candidates for the second stage which is Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD/PI).
- After the first stage the selection process of every IIM become independent of each other.
- Final Selection list is published by each IIM based on their criteria of evaluation and due weight-ages given to different evaluation parameters decided by them.
Syllabus, Pattern & Format of CAT
- CAT is an Aptitude based exam.
- It tests candidates on 4 (four) broad sections viz. Verbal Ability (English), Quantitative Aptitude (Math), Data Interpretation (DI), and Logical Reasoning (LR).
- More recently it has clubbed Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning to form one section and Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation to form other section.
- The duration of exam is 170 minutes and total number of questions is 100, 50 questions each in both the sections. CAT is a Computer Based Online Test (CBT).
- There is no option of taking the exam in offline (i.e. Paper Pencil) format.
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