CAT means “The Common Admission Test”. It is an entrance exam to get admission for Post-graduation and other Programs in management courses all over India including the IIMs and other several management institutes. The test is defined on the basis of Verbal Ability (VA), Quantitative Ability (QA), Reading Comprehension (RC), Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI). This CAT test is used for selecting students for the business administration programs by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).


CAT takes place just once year usually in the month of October or November. 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)/Differently Able (DA) category) 

- 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.

Format :

Number of Questions:

CAT exam

Time for each section: 60 Minutes.


Scoring Pattern:

Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. No points are given for questions that are not answered.

CAT 2015 Analysis:

Section wise analysis:

VA-RC: A total of 34 questions. Easy to moderate with hardly any difficult or tricky questions, except for the parajumbles. With 24 questions (and 4-5 passages) in RC and 10 questions in Verbal area (all non-MCQs), the section was initially intimidating. However, the RC passages as well as the questions were easy and hence there were a lot of students attempting upwards of 25 questions.

DI-LR: Total of 32 questions. Moderate to Difficult; non-MCQ tricky. The section was toughest among the three sections. Many questions were tricky and time consuming, especially the non-MCQs. The DI sets were clearly demarcated from the LR Sets. There were 4 sets of each type. Every set had 4 Questions.

QA: Total of 34 questions. Easy to Moderate; Calculator was of little use as it was time consuming to use it through mouse. The section was marginally tougher that the CAT 2014.

Tentative Date 2016:

Will be held in the month of November this year.