CAT 2024: Exam Dates, Syllabus, Preparation Tips, Registration, Eligibility, Pattern

Common Admission Test 2024 ( CAT )

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CAT 2024 exam will be held on November 24, 2024. The exam will be held in three shifts in 155 cities across India. Candidates planning to appear for the CAT exam next year, must start planning now. Here’s all that you need to know for CAT 2024.

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CAT 2024 exam dates and process

CAT 2024 exam will be held on November 24, 2024 for admission to 20 IIMs and other to MBA colleges in India. The exam is conducted by one of the top six IIMs. CAT 2024 is most likely to be conducted by IIM Calcutta. Official announcement of the CAT 2024 convening institute will be done in May 2024. The CAT 2024 registration process will begin in the first week of August 2024 and go on till the third week of September 2023. The official notification for the same will be released on July 30, 2024.

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The CAT is a moderate to high difficulty level exam thus it is important to start preparing early. Aspirants should start CAT 2024 preparation at least nine months in advance. If you are planning to appear for the CAT 2024 exam, read this article for key details.

CAT 2024 Exam Highlights

CAT is the top MBA entrance exam in India. It is accepted by over 1300 B-schools in India for admission to MBA/PGDM courses. Check here key highlights of CAT 2024.

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CAT Exam Particulars

CAT 2024 Details

CAT Full Form

Common Admission Test (CAT) 

Conducting Institute for 2024

IIM Calcutta (to be confirmed)

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

CAT 2024 Exam Date

November 24, 2024

CAT Exam Timings

  • Session 1: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Session 2: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Session 3: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

CAT Exam Fees

INR 2,400 (General category) and INR 1,200 (Reserved category)

Number of Test Takers

3.30 lakh (in 2023)

CAT exam mode

Computer Based Test (CBT) with MCQs and non-MCQs

No. of test cities


CAT exam website

Exam helpdesk no.

1-800-210-1088 (Toll Free)

CAT 2024 Exam Dates

The CAT 2024 convening IIM will announce the dates on July 30, 2024. Check here tentative CAT 2024 exam dates and events.

CAT Exam Events

CAT Exam Date 2024

CAT 2024 notification release


CAT exam 2024 registration dates

03-Aug-2024 (10:00 AM) to  15-Sep-2024 (5:00 PM)

CAT form correction

Last week of September 2024

CAT admit card 2024


CAT exam 2024 date


CAT answer key release

First week of December 2024

Answer key challenge process

First week of December 2024

Declaration of CAT 2024 result

Last week of December 2024 or First week of January 2025

CAT Eligibility 2024

  • Candidate must have completed bachelor's degree with minimum 50 per cent aggregate or equivalent CGPA (45 per cent aggregate for SC, ST and PWD/DA category) from a recognised university.
  • Candidates in the final year of bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification or awaiting result can also appear for CAT 2024 exam.
  • Candidates having a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/FCAI) with the required percentage are also eligible.

Also Read: CAT eligibility criteria 2024

CAT Syllabus 2024

CAT syllabus comprises Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude. Check the table below for important topics that you need to prepare for CAT 2024.

CAT sections

CAT 2024 Syllabus topics

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Reading ComprehensionPara Jumbles, Para Summary and Odd Sentence Out

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Set Theory (Variables), Set Theory + Puzzles, Puzzles with Additional Data, Coding-Decoding and Series

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Number SystemAlgebra, Arithmetic, Geometry and Mensuration

Download CAT 2024 Syllabus PDF

CAT Exam Pattern 2024

CAT exam is an MCQ-based test of 120 minutes. In the exam, candidates have to solve 66 questions from VARC, DILR and QA. Given below are the key highlights of CAT 2024 exam pattern.

  • The CAT exam is held in three sessions
  • Each session is of 120 minutes
  • There is sectional time limit of 40 minutes per section
  • The CAT exam has three sections – VARC, DILR and QA
  • 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer
  • 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer
  • There is no negative marking for non-MCQs and skipping questions
  • Total number of questions are 66
  • Total marks is 198
  • It is not mandatory to attempt all the questions

Also Read: Are you ready for CAT 2024? Start your preparation now.

CAT Question Papers

The CAT question paper is unique for every session but the sectional weightage is the same. Due to uniqueness of every question in every session, one paper can be a bit tougher than another. However, overall, the difficulty level of CAT question paper is moderate to high, every year.

CAT Sections


Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)


Moderate to High

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)


Easy to Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


Moderate to High




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CAT Preparation 2024

To prepare for CAT exam, aspirants need to first decide how to go about it. Whether they want to join a coaching institute or whether they can prepare by themselves. Preparing through self-study will require more effort and early planning. If planning to do CAT 2024 preparation by self-study, the first thing you must do once you have decided to appear for the CAT is check its syllabus and analyse how much time would you need to cover it. The plan should be as per your hold on the subjects included in the CAT syllabus 2024. Check below some top CAT preparation article for assistance.

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CAT 2024 Registration

CAT 2024 registration form will be available at the IIMCAT website from the scheduled date. Candidates will be required to register for the exam by paying the requisite fee. Check below in brief, the process to fill the CAT application form 2024.

  • Go to the official website:
  • Click on 'new registration'
  • Enter name, date of birth, nationality, phone number and email ID
  • Fill CAPTCHA code and verify registration with OTP received
  • Log in with CAT 2024 ID shared via email to fill the form
  • Enter personal and academic details
  • Upload a recent passport size photo and scanned signature
  • Select preferred IIMs, courses and test cities
  • Pay CAT application fee via credit/debit card or net banking

CAT Admit Card 2024

CAT admit card is the mandatory document for appearing in the entrance exam. It is issued to registered candidates only. Those who will register for CAT 2024 will be issued the admit card in online mode. Check below the process to download CAT 2024 admit card:

  • Open the CAT website:
  • Click on 'login' tab
  • Enter CAT 2024 application number and password
  • Go to 'admit card' section
  • Click on 'download'

Also Read: CAT 2024 admit card

CAT Answer Key 2024

CAT answer key 2024 will be released three to four days after the exam. The answer key will be in the form of candidate response sheet. Check below the steps to download CAT 2024 answer key and response sheet:

  • Visit the official website of CAT 2024
  • Click on the 'login' tab
  • Enter CAT login ID and password
  • Click on 'CAT 2024 answer key' will appear on the screen
  • Click on 'download' icon to save it as PDF

The CAT answer key objection window will be opened for three to four days. If a candidate feels that the official answer key has errors then they can challenge it by filling an online form. The CAT answer key will be re-examined by the exam authorities and revised if required.

CAT Result 2024

CAT 2024 result will be announced at IIMCAT website within 20-30 days of the exam. The CAT scorecard will have sectional and overall marks as well as percentiles. Here’s the process to download CAT 2024 result:

  • Log on to CAT website
  • Click on 'CAT 2024 result/scorecard' tab
  • Enter CAT application number and password
  • Click on the scorecard section
  • Click on download option and save the PDF of CAT 2024 scorecard

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CAT Cut Offs 2024

Check the tabl below for qualifying CAT cut off percentiles of IIMs. The final CAT cut offs for PI shortlist will be higher.


Qualifying CAT cut offs

IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Bangalore


IIM Calcutta


IIM Lucknow


IIM Indore


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Amritsar


IIM Nagpur


IIM Sambalpur


IIM Trichy


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Kashipur


IIM Vizag


IIM Udaipur


IIM Bodhgaya


IIM Shillong


IIM Sirmaur


IIM Rohtak


IIM Nagpur


IIM Jammu


IIM Mumbai


Also Read: CAT cut offs- Previous years’ and expected

CAT Selection Process

The IIMs shortlist candidates on the basis of CAT score of MBA admission. The CAT score is valid for admission to several other IIM courses such as Executive MBA, PhD and FPM. For full-time MBA admission, candidates have to appear for WAT-PI round of the IIMs. Check below three stages of IIM CAT selection process for Regualt MBA.

  • Stage 1: Shortlisting of candidates on the basis of CAT score
  • Stage 2: Conduct of WAT-PI round
  • Stage 3: Final selection and offer of admission

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FAQs on CAT 2024

Q: When will CAT exam be conducted in 2024?

A: CAT exam in 2024 will be conducted on November 24, which is the last Sunday of that month. The CAT exam is always conducted on the last Sunday of November. Official announcement of the CAT 2024 exam date will be made by the convening IIM on July 30-31, 2024. The CAT exam will be held in three sessions and every session will be of 2 hours. It will be conducted in about 155 cities.  

Q: Who is eligible for CAT 2024?

A: Candidates who have completed their bachelor’s degree or equivalent from recognized university are eligible for CAT. The minimum score required for appearing in the CAT is 50 per cent aggregate or equivalent CGPA (45 percent for SC/ST/PwD categories). Candidates in final year or awaiting result are also eligible to apply for CAT 2024.

Q: Which IIM will conduct CAT 2024?

A:IIM Calcutta is expected to conduct CAT 2024. The official announcement will be made in July 2024 when the exam notification will release. The top six IIMs conduct CAT on rotation basis. IIM Lucknow was the convening institute for CAT 2023, it conducted the exam after a gap of 5 years. IIM Calcutta conducted the exam in 2018 thus, it is expected that it will be given the responsibility of CAT 2024.

Q: What is the CAT exam 2024 syllabus?

A: CAT 2024 syllabus includes Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. The topics included in these include, reading comprehension, parajumble, sentence completion, one-word substitution, bar graphs, charts, tables, coding-decoding, blood relation, family tree, numbers, number system, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, mensuration, etc.

Q: When will CAT 2024 registration begin?

A: CAT 2024 registration will begin in the first week of August 2024. The CAT exam 2024 registration dates will be announced along with the exam date announcement in July 2024. The CAT exam registration will go on until the third week of September 2024. In the online process, candidates will have to create a login ID, fill the CAT application form, upload documents and pay the requisite fees. All these activities will have to be done at website.

When should I start preparing for CAT 2024?

A: Ideal time to start CAT preparation is 9 months before the exam date. So, if CAT 2024 will be held on November 24, 2024, aspirants must start preparing for it from January 2024 onwards. Most of the candidates however, start preparing by March or May, so that they still have ample time to cover the syllabus and practice a good number of mock tests before the exam. You must choose and plan your CAT 2024 preparation, as per your knowledge of topics included in the CAT syllabus and availability of time as you would have to accommodate your academics or office work.

What is the CAT exam pattern?

A: CAT is a computer based test, conducted in three sessions. The exam is conducted at designated test centres where candidates have to take the test on a computer system. The questions are asked in MCQ  format. A few questions appear in TITA format also. The total time duration of CAT is 120 minutes. It is divided into three sections of 40 minutes each. The questions are asked from VARC, DILR and Quantitative Aptitude. For every correct attempt 3 marks are awarded and for every incorrect attempt 1 mark is deducted. There is no negative marking for TITA and unanswered questions.

Why is CAT exam tough to crack?

A: CAT is considered a tough exam because the questions are of high difficulty level. What makes CAT more difficult is the sectional time limit, i.e. the pressure to complete every section within 40 minutes. Since the exam is conducted by and for admission to IIMs, the top B-schools in India, the questions are naturally tough The VARC section of CAT is dominated by reading comprehension which poses a challenge to the majority of CAT aspirants as they belong to engineering or technical background. Another major reason for CAT’s high difficulty level is the high number of applicants. Every year over 2 lakh candidates apply for it.

Can I crack CAT in three months?

A: Cracking CAT in three months with a high score is not really possible, so it is advisable to not aim for it. It is somewhat possible to crack CAT in three months, only if you have appeared for it before and have a good practice of all the topics included in the syllabus, so that you can directly start solving practice questions and mock test to prepare in 3 months. However, you will need to put extra time and effort in preparation of CAT in such a short time.

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