Cat exam

CAT Exam – Common Admission Test MBA Entrance Exam | Details

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the MBA entrance exam. After qualifying CAT exam candidates get admission to Indian Institutes of Management (IMMs) and other top MBA college in India.

It is computer based test held in India conducted by Indian Institute of Management for admission to 10 IIMs and more than 100 B – Schools across India. This test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.

More than 2 lakh candidates appear in CAT exam every year. So, it is considered as one of the top exam in India.

Not only IIMs, many other MBA colleges including IITs, IMT, IMI, JBIMS, SPJIMR Mumbai, XIMB and others also accept CAT scores as their admission criteria.

Candidates are increasing year after year for CAT exam. If you go through the data of candidate’s registration for CAT exam then you will see the high change of CAT applicant every year.

Number of registration in CAT over the year.

CAT Exam

Important Points

  • Name : Common Admission Test (CAT)
  • Aim of Test: For Admission to post graduate management program
  • Conducted by: One of the top IIMs (IIM Calcutta in 2018)
  • No. of Questions: 100
  • Time Limit: 3 hours
  • No. of Sections: 3
  • CAT exam has Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with 1/3 negative marking.
  • Rest other questions are of non-negative Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) type without negative marking.
  • Mode of test in online.
  • It is national level exam.

Following are the list of IIMs with their year of establishment.

Name of Institute Year of Establishment State located
IIM Ahmedabad 1961 Gujarat
IIM Calcutta 1961 West Bengal
IIM Bangalore 1973 Karnataka
IIM Lucknow 1984 Uttar Pradesh
IIM Indore 1996 Madhya Pradesh
IIM Kozhikode 1996 Kerala
IIM Shillong 2007 Meghalaya
IIM Raipur 2010 Jharkhand
IIM Rohtak 2010 Haryana
IIM Kashipur 2011 Uttarakhand
IIM Tiruchirappali 2011 Tamil Nadu
IIM Udaipur 2011 Rajasthan
IIM Amritsar 2015 Punjab
IIM Bodh Gaya 2015 Bihar
IIM Nagpur 2015 Maharashtra
IIM Sambalpur 2015 Odisha
IIM Sirmaur 2015 Himanchal Pradesh
IIM Visakha Patnam 2015 Andhra Pradesh
IIM Jammu 2016 Jammu and Kashmir


  • Candidates should hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized University or Institute.
  • For General and OBC percentage score should not less than 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA.
  • For Scheduled Cast (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Able (DA) the percentage score should be 45% marks.
  • The duration for the graduation programme should be minimum 3 years.
  • The final year graduation student are also eligible to apply for CAT exam.
  • There is no Age Limit for applying or appearing in CAT Exam.


Questions from Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehensive (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR).


Till 2008, CAT was a paper based test conducted on a single day for all candidates. The University changes the pattern, number of questions and duration several years.

On 1 May 2009, it was announced that CAT would be a computer based test starting from 2009.

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