CAT - Common Admission Test

What is CAT?
  • The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India.
  • The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR).
  • The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs.
  • The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.
  • In August 2011, it was announced that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) would also use the CAT scores, instead of the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), to select students for their management programmes starting with the 2012-14 batch.
  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s 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) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India 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 Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate

  • Candidates in the second or higher year of Four-year integrated Master’s degree programs (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/ Technology.

  • Candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year integrated Master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programs in Engineering/Technology.

  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by iE(i), AMICE(i) by the institute of Civil Engineers (India)-iCE(i)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech.

Application Fees
Candidate Category Mode of Payment Application Fee
General & NC-OBC Net Banking, Credit & Debit Card Rs. 1800
SC/ST/PWD/DA Net Banking, Credit & Debit Card Rs. 900


  • The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Bank charges will be applicable as per the norm.
CAT Syllabus

CAT English/Verbal Ability

  • reading comprehension
  • verbal reasoning
  • syllogisms
  • analogies
  • antonyms
  • synonyms
  • fill in the blanks
  • sentence correction
  • idioms

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

CAT Data Interpretation

  • interpretation and analysis of data based on text
  • tables, graphs (line, area)
  • charts (column, bar, pie)
  • venn diagram

CAT Logical Reasoning

  • clocks
  • calendars
  • binary logic
  • seating arrangement
  • blood relations
  • logical sequence
  • assumption
  • premise
  • conclusion
  • linear and matrix arrangement

List of IIMs
Sr Name of Institute State Located Website
1 IIM Ahmedabad Gujarat
2 IIM Calcutta West Bengal
3 IIM Bangalore Karnataka
4 IIM Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
5 IIM Indore Madhya Pradesh
6 IIM Kozhikode Kerala
7 IIM Shillong Meghalaya
8 IIM Raipur Chhattisgarh
9 IIM Ranchi Jharkhand
10 IIM Rohtak Haryana
11 IIM Kashipur Uttarakhand
12 IIM Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu
13 IIM Udaipur Rajasthan
14 IIM Amritsar Punjab
15 IIM Bodh Gaya Bihar
16 IIM Nagpur Maharashtra
17 IIM Sambalpur Odisha
18 IIM Sirmaur Himachal Pradesh
19 IIM Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
20 IIM Jammu Jammu and Kashmir