CAT

CAT is a management aptitude test. It is conducted by the IIMs to evaluate and shortlist candidates for management post graduate programme. CAT scorecards are accepted by 100s of colleges, including IIMs. It is a computer-based exam conducted over a couple slots in on a day. Approximately 2 Lakhs candidates appear for the exam every year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must hold the Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized institution.
  • The applicant must have secured a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate (45% marks for SC/ST and PwD candidates).

Official website: CAT Website

Exam Schedule for 2018


The following table gives a tentative schedule of CAT in 2018:
Event Tentative Schedule
Issue of notification 29th of July 2018
Online application starting 8th August 2018
Online application closing 19th September 2018
Exam date 25th November 2018

Admit Card

Admit Card for CAT 2018 can be downloaded from Oct 24, 2018 to Nov 25, 2018.

Result

CAT 2018 exam results will be released in the second week of January, 2019 (Tentatively).

CAT Exam Pattern

The pattern of CAT has remained the same over the last four years. Questions in CAT come from areas like Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. The area-wise break-down of questions in the exam is shown in the table below:
Section Number of questions Duration (in minutes)
VARC 34 60
DI & AR 32 60
QA 34 60
Total 100 180

CAT exam Syllabus

Quantitative Ability
  • Number system; Roots; Indices; Surds
  • Ratio, Percentage, Profit, Loss and Discount; Partnership; Simple & Compound Interest; Averages; Mixture and Alligation; Time, Speed and Distance; Time and Work
  • Polynomial; Linear & Quadratic Equations; Log; Series/Progression; Maxima & Minima; Functions and Graphs; Coordinate Geometry; Trigonometry
  • Geometry: Lines, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilateral, Polygons, Circles; Mensuration
  • Permutations & Combinations; Probability; Set theory
General English
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para jumble; Para completion
  • Summary
  • Grammar: Error Spotting; Phrase Replacement/Sentence Correction
  • Antonyms and Synonyms; Analogy- Vocab; One Word Substitution; Odd One Out
  • FIJ
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
  • Linear and Circular Arrangement; Distribution/Matrix Arrangements; Grouping; Binary Logic
  • Blood Relation; Directions; Venn Diagram-AR; Clock; Calendar
  • Number/Letter Series; Odd man out; Coding & Decoding; Symbol Based
  • Table (Calculation Based); Table (Logic Based); Bar Graph (Calculation Based); Bar Graph (Logic Based); Pie Chart (Calculation Based); Pie Chart (Logic Based); Line Graph (Calculation Based); Line Graph (Logic Based); Mixed Graph (Calculation Based); Mixed Graph (Logic Based); Set Based; Case let; Venn Diagram
  • Data Sufficiency

Sample CAT Entrance Exam Questions

Q1


What are the last two digits of 72008?

Q2

The no. of common terms between 17, 21, 25,…, 417 and 16, 21, 26,…, 466 is

Q3


f(x)f(y) = f(xy) for all real x, y. If f(2) = 4, f(1/2) is

Q4

The no. of distinct terms in the expansion of (a+b+c)20 is

Q5

Fear of being enclosed in a small closed space :

Q6

Severely abusive writing in journals:

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Frequently Asked Questions About CAT

  1. Q1. What is CAT?
  2. Common Admission Test (CAT) is a management aptitude test. It is conducted by the IIMs to evaluate and shortlist candidates for management post graduate programme. CAT scorecards are accepted by 100s of B-schools, including IIMs. It is a computer-based exam conducted over a couple slots in a day. Approximately 2 Lakhs candidates appear for the exam every year.

  3. Q2. When notification for CAT registration is released?
  4. The notification for CAT registration is usually released in July.

  5. Q3. When CAT is conducted?
  6. CAT is generally conducted in the last week of November.

  7. Q4. When results of CAT are releases?
  8. The results of CAT are usually announced in the month of January.

  9. Q5. What are eligibility criteria for appearing for CAT?
  10. The following are eligibility criteria for CAT:

    • The applicant must hold the Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized institution.
    • The applicant must have secured a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate (45% marks for SC/ST and PwD candidates).

  11. Q6. What is exam pattern of CAT?
  12. The pattern of CAT has remained the same over the last four years. Questions in CAT come from areas like Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. The area-wise break-down of questions in the exam is shown in the table below:

    Section Number of questions Duration (in min)
    VARC 34 60
    DI & AR 32 60
    QA 34 60
    Total 100 180