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CAT – Common admission test


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The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). CAT (Common Admission Test) classes grow the interests in applying to various graduate programs. A candidate interested in pursuing management education (or equivalent) in India takes the CAT.


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) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the 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.

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. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as 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.

Test Pattern & Syllabus:

The skills tested on the three tests are those that the candidate has developed – especially skills developed during high school education. Hence, the skills tested on the three tests are by far the same, but the depth of understanding of concepts and the manner in which the concepts are tested varies from one test to the other.

  • Critical Reasoning:

    Critical Reasoning has not been a significant area in the CAT in recent years.

  • Sentence Correction:

    Sentence Correction questions that come in the CAT are of a different flavor.

  • Reading Comprehension:

    Reading Comprehension passages and question types in the CAT. The candidate may be asked to select on-screen a text in the passage that answers a particular

  • Vocabulary:

    Out-of-context vocabulary testing has more or less been eliminated in the CAT. Vocabulary is tested in context in ‘Fill in the Blanks’ question types or in identifying a synonym of a word in a Reading Comprehension passage.

Important Dates:

The registration window opens on 9th August, 2017 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on 20th September, 2017.
The candidates can download the admit cards from 18th October, 2017 till 26th November, 2017.

How to Apply

You can register for CAT 2017 from the official CAT 2017 website, between 9th August 2017 and 5:00 p.m. on 20th September 2017. Registration steps are as follows:

  • Register to get user Id and Password.
  • Log in with system generated User ID and Password
  • WSubmit Application after entering details and making online payment

For registering, you will need to verify your mobile number through OTP which will be sent to your mobile number. Your User ID will be sent to email and the Password shall be sent to the registered mobile number only when you have verified the OTP (it is not applicable for overseas candidates). Overseas candidates receive both User ID & Password on the registered email address. Using these credentials, you can log in as an Existing User to fill out the Application form. You need not complete the application in a single session. You can login multiple times to complete. You cannot edit any details on the Application form after you have made the online payment. However, after you submit the application, there will be a limited time window during which you can modify very limited details like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, and Programmes Selected etc. You will not be able to modify any of the following: any details entered in the Personal Details section, any details entered in the Academics section except the percentage marks scored, Exam Centre City Preferences. You can only view and print after this. Details are available on the application submission page.

  • 900 for SC, ST and PwD category candidates.
  • 1800 for all other categories of candidates.

Please note that a candidate needs to pay 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. Fee once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.