CAT 2024

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test for admission to a graduate management program. The test consists of three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs (MBA or PGDM). The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.

CAT 2024 Notification

CAT, or the Common Admission Test, is a big test for getting into IIMs (fancy business schools) for MBA or PGDM programs. IIM Calcutta will likely do the CAT 2024 on November 24, 2024. The CAT 2024 exam notification is expected to be released on 30-July-2024. CAT is on a computer, takes 2 hours, and happens in different places in India. You can learn about who can take it, when it is, what the test is like, and some tips for preparing in this article.

CAT 2024 Notification – Overview

The CAT 2024 exam overview is given in the table below.

CAT Exam ParticularsCAT 2024 Details
CAT Full FormCommon Admission Test (CAT) 
Conducting Institute for 2024IIM Calcutta (to be confirmed)
Exam LevelNational
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
CAT 2024 Exam DateNovember 24, 2024
CAT Exam TimingsSession 1: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AMSession 2: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PMSession 3: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
CAT Exam FeesINR 2,400 (General category) and INR 1,200 (Reserved category)
Number of Test Takers3.30 lakh (in 2023)
CAT exam modeComputer Based Test (CBT) with MCQs and non-MCQs
No. of test cities155
CAT exam website
Exam helpdesk no.1-800-210-1088 (Toll Free)

CAT 2024 Notification – Important Dates

The CAT 2024 exam is expected to be conducted on 24-Nov-2024, the last weekend of November. It will be conducted in three sessions across 300 test sites in 155 cities throughout India. CAT is the most popular entrance exam for MBA/PGDM programs in India. If you’re planning to take the CAT exam in 2024, make sure to note the important dates for registration, admit card release, answer key release, and result declaration.

CAT Exam EventsCAT Exam Date 2024
CAT 2024 notification release30-July-2024
CAT exam 2024 registration dates03-Aug-2024 (10:00 AM) to  15-Sep-2024 (5:00 PM)
CAT form correctionLast week of September 2024
CAT admit card 202425-Oct-2024
CAT exam 2024 date24-Nov-2024
CAT answer key releaseFirst week of December 2024
Answer key challenge processFirst week of December 2024
Declaration of CAT 2024 resultLast week of December 2024 or First week of January 2025

CAT 2024 Notification – Download PDF

CAT 2024 is coming up! The notification for CAT 2024 exam will be released on 30-July-2024. You can start registering from 03-Aug-2024 (10:00 AM) to  15-Sep-2024 (5:00 PM). The direct link to download the notification will be given below.

CAT 2024 Notification – Apply Online

The exam notification is expected to be released on 30-July-2024. The CAT 2024 registration starts from 03-Aug-2024 (10:00 AM) to  15-Sep-2024 (5:00 PM) and the link will be shared below once its released.

CAT 2024 Notification – Application Form

The CAT exam form for 2024 might come out in early 03-Aug-2024 (10:00 AM) to  15-Sep-2024 (5:00 PM). If you want to take the CAT 2024 test, you can fill out the form online on the official website, To finish signing up, you have to pay a fee. It’s around Rs 2300 for general category and Rs 1150 for reserved categories. But remember, these fees might change.

CAT 2024 Notification – Steps to Fill Application Form

  1. Visit the Website:
    • Go to the official CAT website:
  2. Start Registration:
    • Click on “New Candidate Registration” to begin.
  3. Enter Personal Details:
    • Fill in your info: name, birthdate, email, country, phone number, and the captcha code.
  4. Verify Email and Phone:
    • Get a code (OTP) and use it to check your email and phone number are correct.
  5. Create Login:
    • Use the CAT ID and password you made to log in.
  6. Fill in Your Details:
    • Provide your personal, address, and emergency contact information.
  7. Upload Documents:
    • Follow the rules to upload your documents in the right size and format.
  8. Educational Details:
    • Put in your school info starting from Class 10.
  9. Work Experience (if any):
    • If you have worked, tell them about it.
  10. Choose Exam Cities:
    • Pick up to six cities where you want to take the test.
  11. Pay the Fee:
    • General category pays Rs 2300; SC/ST/PwD pay Rs 1150.
  12. Print Application:
    • Print a copy of your filled application for your records.

CAT 2024 Notification – Application Form Correction

  1. Visit the CAT 2024 Website:
    • Go to the official website for CAT 2024, which is
  2. Log In:
    • Use your user ID and password to log into your account.
  3. Access Your Application:
    • Find and open your application form. It might be in your account dashboard.
  4. Edit as Needed:
    • Make any changes that are required. This could be fixing mistakes or updating information.
  5. Save Changes:
    • After making the changes, be sure to save the updated application form.

CAT 2024 Notification – Guidelines

The revised duration of the test will be 120 minutes. There will be three sections:

Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Quantitative Ability

  • Candidates will be allotted exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
  • Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen. Also, they will allow the use of a basic on-screen calculator for computation.

The relevant sections of the CAT website will be updated later to reflect changes as per the above announcements and the candidates are advised to check it regularly for further details

CAT 2024 Notification – Application Fees

  • ₹1100 for SC, ST, and PwD candidates.
  • ₹2200 for all other candidates.

Please note that a candidate needs to pay the registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC, ST, and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fees once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

CAT 2024 Notification – Exam Pattern

The likely exam pattern for CAT 2024 is as follows

  1. Online Test:
    • The CAT exam is done on a computer. So, you should be familiar with using a computer.
  2. Two Types of Questions:
    • There are two kinds of questions in all three parts. One where you pick an answer from choices (MCQ), and the other where you write your answer (non-MCQ).
  3. Penalty for Wrong Answers (MCQ):
    • If you get the multiple-choice questions (MCQs) wrong, you lose a fraction of your score (⅓ marks). But if you get the other type wrong, it’s okay.
  4. No Negative Marking for Non-MCQs:
    • For the questions where you write the answer, there’s no penalty for getting it wrong, based on past patterns.
  5. Time Allotment:
    • Each part of the test gets 40 minutes. You have to answer all the questions in that time.
CAT 2024Details
Mode of ExaminationOnline (Computer Based)
Medium of ExaminationEnglish
Total Questions66
Questions Per SectionVARC: 24
DILR: 20
QA: 22
Time Allotted120 minutes
Time Allotted per Section40 minutes each
Type of QuestionsMCQs and TITA (Type in the Answer)
Marking Scheme+3 for every right answer and -1 for every wrong answer
TITA has no negative marking

CAT 2024 Notification – Exam Syllabus

CAT is a test for business skills. It checks how well you think and solve problems. The test has three parts: one about reading and understanding, one about interpreting data and thinking logically, and one about math.

SectionsNo of QuestionsTime Allotted (in min)Important Topics
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)2440Reading comprehension, para jumbles, para summary, verbal reasoning, etc
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)2040Charts, graphs, arrangements, blood relations, puzzles, etc
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)2240Algebra, arithmetic, number systems, geometry, permutations, and combinations, mensuration, etc.

CAT 2024 Notification – Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must full fill certain eligibility in order to attempt CAT 2024 exam. The eligibility criteria for CAT exam is given in the table below.

Eligibility CriteriaDetails
Education QualificationBachelor’s Degree
Minimum Marks RequiredAt least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
Relaxation for Reserved Categories45% marks or equivalent CGPA for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories
Recognition of University/InstitutionThe degree must be awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of 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
Calculation of Percentage of MarksThe percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to the percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If the University/Institution doesn’t have a scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence will be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result by 100
Eligibility for Final Year CandidatesCandidates appearing for the final year of the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply
Provisional Admission for Final Year CandidatesSuch candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date 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
Verification of EligibilityIIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process

CAT 2024 Notification – Selection Process

After successfully passing the CAT exam and meeting the required cutoff, candidates get invited for the selection process by different institutes, including IIMs and non-IIMs. The admission procedures can vary, usually involving CAT scores, Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interviews (PI). Here’s a breakdown:

  1. Written Ability Test (WAT):
    • Candidates might have to take a written test to showcase their ability to express ideas.
  2. Group Discussion (GD):
    • Some institutes conduct group discussions where candidates discuss a given topic.
  3. Personal Interviews (PI):
    • Personal interviews are also a part of the selection process, where candidates answer questions about themselves.

CAT scores are accepted by various institutes, not just IIMs. This includes other prestigious institutions like IITs, IISc Bangalore, NITs, JNU, IMT Ghaziabad, IPU, MDI Gurgaon, and SPJIMR Mumbai.

To increase their chances of getting in, candidates should thoroughly research and understand the selection criteria and process of the institutes they’re interested in.

CAT 2024 Notification – Admit Card

The CAT 2024 exam admit card is really important for MBA hopefuls, and they must have it on the exam day. Here are the key points to know:

  1. Eligibility to Download:
    • Only those who signed up for the CAT 2024 exam can get their admit card.
  2. Official Website Access:
    • To get the admit card, candidates should go to the IIM CAT official website – and log in using their ID and password.
  3. Admit Card Contents:
    • The admit card includes important details like the test center, exam date, and other crucial information about the exam.
  4. Essential on Exam Day:
    • Having the CAT admit card is a must on the exam day; don’t forget to bring it.
  5. Information Accuracy Check:
    • Candidates should make sure all the info on the admit card is right. If something seems off, they should contact the authorities right away.

CAT 2024 Notification – Exam Guidelines

The revised duration of the test will be 120 minutes. There will be three sections:

Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Quantitative Ability

  • Candidates will be allotted exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
  • Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen. Also, they will allow the use of a basic on-screen calculator for computation.

CAT 2024 Notification – Booklist

Learning resources like books are a great way to stay involved while preparing for CAT. Here is the CAT 2024 Booklist

CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:

Book TitleAuthorKey Features
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma– Offers 3 levels of difficulty for each topic to gradually build concepts.
– Simple and easy-to-understand language, making it popular among CAT aspirants.
– Popular choice for CAT preparation.
– Recommended for candidates seeking a structured approach to learning.
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CATSarvesh Verma– Comprehensive content tailored for CAT aspirants.
– Suitable for both students with and without a strong mathematical background.
– One-stop book that covers all essential topics for the CAT exam.
– Lucid explanations for easy understanding.
Quantitative Aptitude for CATNishit Sinha– Covers crucial topics for building a solid basic and advanced understanding.
– Authored by a CAT trainer and coach from IIM Lucknow, adding credibility.
– Published by Pearson, known for its quality study materials.
– Recommended for aspirants seeking well-structured content from an expert.

Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

Certainly! Here’s a proper table comparing the three popular books for preparing Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT exam:

Book TitleAuthorsKey Features
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CATArun Sharma, Meenakshi Upadhyay– Covers three major topics: Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Verbal Reasoning.
– Provides practice papers and mock exams for self-assessment.
– Aims to improve verbal and reading comprehension skills for CAT aspirants.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CATNishit Sinha– Exhaustive resource for verbal ability preparation.
– Includes numerous tests for practice.
– Provides problem-solving techniques and approaches.
– Highly recommended book for CAT preparation in the verbal section.
High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and MartinWren and Martin– Focuses on improving grammar skills.
– Useful for those who need to strengthen their grasp on verbal abilities.
– Helps in understanding and conceptualizing different aspects of grammar.
– Considered a must-have book for grammar improvement.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

Book TitleAuthorKey Features
A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningR.S. Agarwal– Best for starting with basic reasoning tasks due to easy-to-understand language.
– Covers logic, statements, inferences, arguments, assumptions, conclusions, action plans, logical puzzles, etc., in different sections.
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CATArun Sharma– Topics covered for CAT and other entrance exams.
– Solved examples for each topic followed by challenging problems for practice.
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma– Discusses all aspects of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency.
– Emphasizes the importance of developing calculation skills for gaining an advantage in DI.
– Contains past test papers, sample test papers, and questions from previous years.
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit Sinha– Six sections covering various logical reasoning and data interpretation topics.
– Each subject explained with examples, case studies, and exercises.
– Can be used for other exams as well.
Data Interpretation by Nishit SinhaNishit Sinha– Ample practice for interpreting data for CAT and other MBA entrance exams.
– Sharpens data interpretation skills.
– Useful for various competitive exams such as NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.

In addition, previous years’ CAT papers can prove to be useful in preparing for the CAT as you become familiar with the questions asked in the CAT, giving you an edge. They can be used as mock examinations, and their analysis can give you a lot of insights into your preparation.

CAT 2024 Notification – Programs Offered

A. Post Graduate Programs in Management (PGP)

InstitutesProgrammesWebsite Addresses
IIM AmritsarMBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics,
IIM BangalorePGP, PGPEM,
IIM Bodh
IIM IndorePGP,
IIM KashipurMBA, MBA (Analytics), MBA (WX)
IIM KozhikodePGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F,
IIM RanchiPGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics)
IIM SirmaurMBA, MBA (T&HM)
IIM TiruchirappalliPGPM, PGPM-HR,
IIM VisakhapatnamPGP, PGPEx,

B. Fellow Programs in Management (FPM) [Doctoral]

IIM AhmedabadPhD
IIM AmritsarPhD
IIM BangalorePhD
IIM Bodh GayaPhD (FPM)
IIM CalcuttaPhD
IIM JammuPhD
IIM KozhikodePhD, PhD (PT)
IIM LucknowFPM
IIM RanchiPhD, EPhD
IIM RohtakPhD, Part-Time FPM
IIM SambalpurPhD, E PhD
IIM ShillongPhD, PhDWP
IIM SirmaurPhD
IIM TiruchirappalliFPM, E-FPM
IIM UdaipurPhD
IIM VisakhapatnamPhD

CAT 2024 Notification – Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. When the CAT 2024 exam notification will be released?

Ans. The CAT 2024 exam notification has been released on 30-July-2024.

Q2. What is the Application Fees for CAT 2024 exam?

Ans. The application fees for CAT 2024 is ₹1100 for SC, ST, and PwD candidates. ₹2200 for all other candidates.

Q3. When does the online registration starts for CAT 2024 exam?

Ans. The online registration started from 03-Aug-2024 (10:00 AM) to  15-Sep-2024 (5:00 PM).

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