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Common Admission Test (CAT)

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About CAT

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is India's premier MBA entrance exam for admission into the 13 Indian Institutes of Managements. The CAT exam is conducted by the IIMs in a Computer Based Test (CBT) format once every year between October and November. Over 2 lakh candidates write the test from all over India. Apart from the IIMs, a number of other Indian institutes also consider CAT scores for admission.

CAT Syllabus

The IIMs have never defined a syllabus for CAT but since it has always been an aptitutude test, the following is a good guide for the CAT syllabus.

  • Quantitative ability
    • Number Systems, HCF/LCM, Averages, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Simple/compound Interest, Equations, Inequalities, Complex numbers, Functions, Probability, Permutation & Combination, Mensuration, Geometry, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Mixtures, Set Theory, Speed & Distance, Work & Time, Progressions, Surds & Indices, Logarithms, Ratio & Proportion.
  • Data Interpretation
    • Data tables, Pie Charts, Lines, Columns, Bar graphs, Other Chart types, Data Sufficiency.
  • Verbal Ability
    • Reading Comprehension, Parajumbles, Cloze Test, Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary based, English Grammar, Sentence Correction, Analogies, Meaning-Usage match, Verbal/critical reasoning, Facts/Inference/Judgment.
  • Logical reasoning
    • Cubes & Dice, Blood Relations, Number & Letter Series, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagrams, Clocks & Calendars, Analytical Reasoning, Syllogism.

Exam Format

CAT is a computer-based test (CBT). A candidate reads the questions on a computer terminal and chooses an answer by clicking on the correct option. Click here to launch the free CAT test.

  • CAT Test Dates : October 16, 2013 to November 11, 2013
  • Type : Multiple - choice
  • Number of Sections : 2
Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 30 90
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. 30 90

Duration of exam : 70 minutes | 3 marks allotted for every correct answer
*For each wrong answer 1 mark is deducted

Note: One cannot move onto Section 2 until the allocated 70 minutes for Section 1 has run out. You cannot revisit Section 1 after moving to Section 2.


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