CAT 2024 Notification: Check and Download CAT Exam Notification PDF

Common Admission Test 2024 ( CAT )

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Vipra ShrivastavaSenior Manager - Content

Updated on Jan 17, 2024 15:35 IST

CAT 2024 notification will be released on July 30, 2024. The CAT 2024 registration process will begin in the first week on August and end by the third week of September 2024. The CAT 2024 notification will contain the CAT registration and exam dates.  

The official CAT 2024 notification will be released at iimcat.ac.in website and will include all the important information related to the MBA entrance exam, including the conducting IIM institute, CAT 2024 exam dates, eligibility, fees, syllabus and pattern, test cities, reservation policy, etc. Aspirants must go through the official CAT 2024 notification to be sure of the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam as  a single mistake in the form can lead to its cancellation and the the application fee is non-refundable.

Q:   What's new in CAT exam?

A:

There has been no change in exam pattern and syllabus of the CAT exam from last year apart from the fee amount which has been increased from INR 2,300 to INR 2,400 for General category candidates and from INR 1,150 to INR 1200 for Reserved category candidates. However, a few changes were introduced in the CAT registration process last year. Check the latest changes in CAT exam below:

  • Candidates have to mention their COVID-19 vaccination status in the CAT application form.
  • Eligibility criteria for CAT has been extended for FCAI degree holders. Now, they are also eligible to appear for the CAT.
  • If there will be any change in the exam structure like increase or decrease in the number of questions, it will be known with the release of official CAT mock test 2023.

Q:   Which IIM will conduct CAT 2024 exam?

A:

The top 6 Indian Institute of Management are given the responsibility to conduct the Common Admission Test exam. Each of the top Indian Institutes of Management conducts the exam rotation-wise after a gap of five years. The responsibility to conduct the CAT 2023 was given to IIM Lucknow. Professor Sanjeet Singh had been appointed as the CAT convener. For CAT 2024, IIM Calcutta is expected to be the exam convening institute. IIM Calcutta will be responsible for preparation and conduct of the exam without glitches, in collaboration with TCS  for test labs and centres. The institute will design the question papers, exam pattern and guidelines, as well as manage the conduct of exam and preparation of admit card, answer key and result.

CAT Conducting Indian Institute of Management Over the Years:

  • 2023: IIM Lucknow
  • 2022: IIM Bangalore
  • 2021: IIM Ahmedabad
  • 2020: IIM Indore
  • 2019: IIM Kozhikode
  • 2018: IIM Calcutta
  • 2017: IIM Lucknow
  • 2016: IIM Bangalore
  • 2015: IIM Ahmedabad
  • 2014: IIM Indore
  • 2013: IIM Indore
  • 2012: IIM Kozhikode
  • 2011: IIM Calcutta
  • 2010: IIM Lucknow
  • 2009: IIM Ahmedabad

For more information, you may visit the Shiksha Common Admission Test page. (https://www.shiksha.com/mba/cat-exam). I hope this will help you.

Q:   How can I apply for the CAT exam 2024?

A:

CAT (Common Admission Test) is a competitive exam conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (Iims) for admission to various management programs. The registration process for CAT 2024 will begin from the first week of August 2024. The last date to fill the CAT application form 2024 will be third week of September 2024. Here are the general steps to apply for CAT 2024:

  • Visit the official website of CAT (iimcat. ac. in) and click on the "Registration" link. 
  • Fill out the registration form with your personal and academic details.
  • You will also need to upload your photograph, signature, and other required documents.
  • Pay the registration fee online through the available payment modes.

After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing your registration details and application number.

You can download your admit card from the official website once it is released. The admit card contains important details such as exam date, time, and venue. Please note that the exact process and dates may vary slightly from year to year. It is advisable to regularly check the official CAT website for updates and notifications.

What is CAT Notification?

CAT notification is an official document released by the exam conducting institute ahead of the registration process to inform candidates all about the exam. The CAT 2024 exam notification contains all the information such as CAT 2024 exam date, conducting institute, registration start date, end date, exam pattern, exam fees, eligibility criteria, reservation, selection criteria, score calculation process, etc. 

CAT 2023 notification

CAT 2023 notification

Q:   What is the CAT application fee?

A:

The CAT application fee is INR 2,400 for General, EWS and NC-OBC candidates. For the SC/SCT/PWD candidates, the fee is INR 1,200. Applicants have to pay the fee at the time of form filling. The application form is not accepted without the payment of fees. Candidates must also keep in mind that the CAT application fee is non-refundable under any circumstances. Thus, candidates must fill their forms carefully as if they make a mistake they will have to fill the application form again and pay the fees again. There is a provision of form correction in CAT but only test centre, photo and signature can be edited in the already submitted form. In case, you, ve made a mistake in any other field, you will have to fill the form again. The CAT application form fee has been increased every year since 2020. Last year the fee for CAT application was INR 2,300 and INR 1,150 for General and SC/ST/PWD candidates respectively. Prior to that, the fee was INR 2,200 for General category and INR 1,100 for SC/ST/PWD candidates. In 2021, the exam fee was as INR 2,100 for General category and INR 1,050. In 2020, the CAT fee was INR 2,000 for General category and INR 1,000 for SC/ST/PWD candidates.

 

Q:   What is the marking scheme of CAT?

A:
CAT has a total of 66 question. Each section carries 3 marks for correct attempt and -1 marks for incorrect attempt. There is no deduction of marks for unanswered questions. Therefore, the total marks of CAT is 198. Till 2019, the CAT exam used to be of 300 marks as the total number of questions were 100. In CAT 2020, the number of questions was reduced to 76 and the total marks was 228. Since, 2021, the total marks of CAT is 198. Section-wise, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section has maximum weightage. Sectional marking scheme for CAT is given below: 1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: 72 (24x3) 2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: 60 (20x3) 3. Quantitative Aptitude 66 (22x3) Since CAT has sectional negative marking scheme, candidates must choose the questions to solve very carefully. If they are not sure of the correct answer, they should leave the question instead of taking a chance. Remember that 0 is greater than negative.
 

Q:   What is the sectional time limit in CAT?

A:
In CAT exam, each candidate gets 120 minutes to solve the paper. There are three sections in CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. For each section 40 minutes are allotted as sectional time limit. For PwD candidates, the sectional time limit is 53.20 minutes per section. Candidates have to complete each section within the given time limit. Since the CAT is an online mode exam, the test screen will move from first section to the next section automatically as soon as the time limit gets over. Thus candidates have to be mindful of the on-screen timer and pre-decide the number of questions to solve in each section. The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section of CAT has 24 questions, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section has 22 questions and Quantitative Aptitude section has 22 questions. It is not mandatory to solve all the questions in CAT so candidates can devise a strategy to use 40 minutes per section as per their strength and weakness.

CAT 2024 Exam Dates & Schedule

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of CAT 2024 exam

DatesPast Exam Dates

21 Dec '23

CAT 2023 result announcement

05 Dec '23 -

08 Dec '23

CAT 2023 answer key challenge

26 Nov '23

CAT 2023 exam

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024

CAT exam is conducted for PG management courses thus only those who have completed their bachelor’s degree or are in the final year of the course are eligible to appear for it. Check below CAT eligibility criteria as per the official notification:

  • The candidate must have completed Bachelor’s degree with required percentage from a recognised university
  • The candidate should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage
  • The candidate must have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/FCAI) with required percentage
  • There is no age bar on appearing for CAT. Candidates with work experience or without work experience can apply

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024 Highlights

Check the table below for category-wise minimum percentage required in graduation to apply for CAT exam 2024:

CAT Eligibility Criteria

Category

Percentage

Minimum percentage required in Graduation

General, EWS and NC-OBC

50%

Minimum percentage required in Graduation

SC/ST/PwD

45%

Minimum percentage required in First two years of Graduation

General, EWS and NC-OBC

50%

Minimum percentage required in First two years of Graduation

SC/ST/PwD

45%

Minimum percentage required in CA/CS/ICWA/FCAI

General, EWS and NC-OBC

50%

Minimum percentage required in CA/CS/ICWA/FCAI

SC/ST/PwD

45%

Also Read: CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024

Q:   What is the CAT eligibility criteria?

A:
CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national-level management entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (Iims) for admission to their postgraduate management programs. The eligibility criteria for CAT are as follows: Educational Qualification: Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institute. The minimum percentage required varies from institute to institute. Age Limit: There is no age limit for appearing in the CAT exam. Citizenship: Candidates must be citizens of India. NRIs and foreign nationals can also apply for the exam. Reservation Criteria: The reservation criteria for CAT are as per the regulations of the Government of India. Work Experience: Work experience is not mandatory to apply for CAT. However, some institutes may consider work experience as a selection criterion. It is important to note that meeting the eligibility criteria alone does not guarantee admission to the Iims or other participating institutes. Candidates must also meet the selection criteria set by the institutes, which may include factors such as academic performance, work experience, and performance in the CAT exam.

Q:   What are the facilities for PwD candidates in CAT exam?

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For PwD candidates, facilities in CAT exam include, relaxation of marks in graduation. The minimum score required by PwD candidate in graduation for appearing in CAT exam is 45 per cent aggregate. Apart from that, such candidates are provided scribe service at the exam centre. To avail the service such candidates have to fill the relevant form during registration process. The CAT exam authorities follow government rule viz. PwD candidate which is, 'Person with Benchmark Disability' means a person with not less than forty percent of a specified disability where the specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where the specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority, as defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities ACT 2016 (RPwD ACT 2016). The categories of disability are, blindness and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy, autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness, multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d), f) other 'specified disabilities' mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD ACT 2016.

Q:   What is the age limit to appear for CAT?

A:
There is no age limit to appear for CAT. The CAT exam is open for fresh graduates as well as working professionals. Since CAT is accepted by over 1300 B-schools across India for their full-time as well as executive MBA or online professional courses, a lot of working professionals appear for the CAT to pursue such courses. CAT score is accepted by Iims for full time MBA, executive MBA and FPM programmes. Other top MBA colleges in India also shortlist candidates for executive MBA or part-time MBA on the basis of CAT score. The minimum age limit for has to be 20 years as the minimum qualification for CAT exam graduation. Any candidate who has completed Graduation with 50 per cent aggregate (45 per cent for SC/ST candidates). Any candidate in final year of Bachelor's degree course can appear in CAT exam. Any candidate having a professional degree like CA/CS/ICWAI with a minimum of 50 per cent in aggregate.
 

CAT Registration and Fees 2024

CAT registration process is online. The CAT notification 2024 will explain the process of exam registration through a PDF document. The CAT registration and application process goes on for about 45 days. Check below, CAT registration cum application process 2024:

  • Log on to IIMCAT website and click on new registration
  • Enter name, nationality, phone number, email ID and date of birth
  • Click on submit to generate OTP
  • Authenticate the account with the OTP received on phone
  • After authentication, the user will receive an ID and password
  • Log in with the user ID and password to fill the application form
  • Enter personal details, academic details, preferred test cities and preferred IIIMs
  • Upload scanned photograph, signature, caste and other certificates (if required)
  • Pay CAT application fee via debit/credit card, net banking or mobile wallet

Also Read: CAT 2023 registrations

 CAT Application Fees 2024

The CAT 2024 notification has information of application fee to be paid by candidates for form submission. Given below is the CAT application fee for students belonging to General and Reserved categories for this year:

Category

CAT Application Fee

General and NC-OBC

INR 2,400

SC, ST and PwD

INR 1,200

 

Q:   Which documents are required for filling CAT application form?

A:
Candidates need the following documents while filling the CAT application form: 1. A recent passport size photo (color against white background) 2. Scanned signature with black pen on white paper 3. Any photo ID card like PAN card, Aadhaar Card, Voter ID, Passport 4. Class 10 marksheet 5. Class 12 marksheet 6. Graduation marksheet 7. Permanent address proof 8. Work experience documents Reserved category students need to upload Category Certificate along with the CAT application form. The Certificate is available on the CAT website. Candidates can download, fill it, get it attested by competent authority and upload it as PDF with the CAT application form. The PwD category students also have to fill the PwD form and Scribe affidavit along with the exam application form. This is necessary for getting scribe facility and PwD facility at the test centre. The CAT application form is same for students from all categories. Those belonging to a particular category (SC/ST/PwD) will be required to mention it in the relevant field of the CAT form.
 

Q:   Where can I fill CAT 2024 application form?

A:

CAT 2024 application form will be released on the official website - iimcat.ac.in. in the first week of August 2024. Candidates will be able to fill the CAT form and pay the application fee online by creating a log ID. The application process for CAT 2024 exam registration window will remain open until the third week of September 2024. The CAT exam date and registration schedule will be announced on July 30, 2024. Given below is the brief description of how to fill the CAT application form:

Step 1. Go to iimcat. ac. in website

Step 2. Click on 'new registration' 

Step3. Enter name, date of birth, nationality, country, phone number and email ID 

Step 4. Click on submit and use OTP received to generate CAT ID

Step 5. The ID and password will be shared in email

Step 6. Use the CAT ID and password to login and fill the application form

Step 7. In the application form, fill personal details, academic details, work experience, test city preference, courses and Iims.

Step 8. Upload recent passport size photo and signature

Step 9. Pay application fee via debit/credit card, net banking or UPI wallet to complete the form submission process.

 

Q:   For how long is CAT form correction window usually open?

A:

The CAT form correction window usually opens for 2-3 days. It opens a day after the last date of CAT registration. For example, if the CAT registration 2024 will end on September 21, the form correction window will open on September 24 and close on September 28, 2024.

Only registered candidates, who shall have paid the application fee will be able to access their CAT 2024 application forms to make changes. CAT form correction is a one-time activity so candidates must not miss the chance of updating their photo, signature and changing test city choices if required.

 

CAT Exam Pattern 2024

CAT exam pattern was last revised in 2021. The total number of questions were reduced from 76 to 66. CAT 2022 and CAT 2023 were conducted according to the same pattern. If there will be any change in CAT 2024 then it will be announced through a separate CAT notification in October. Have a look at the highlights of CAT exam pattern:

CAT exam pattern and syllabus 2024

CAT sections

VARC, DILR and QA

Duration of exam

40 minutes per section (Total 120 minutes)

Total number of questions

66

Section-wise number of questions

Total marks

198

Language of question paper

English

Number of answer choices

Four

Type of questions

MCQs and Non-MCQs

CAT marking scheme

  • 3 marks for every right answer
  • Negative marking of 1/3 (-1) for every wrong answer
  • No negative marking for wrong answer in non-MCQ 

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Q:   What is the CAT exam duration? Can I change my exam slot?

A:
The CAT exam is held for 2 hours. There are three slots of CAT exam. Every slot will have 40 minutes of sectional time limit. Which means candidates will have to finish solving each of the three sections of CAT question paper within 40 minutes. Candidates must take care of saving their answers at every step as the moment 40 minutes will get over, the screen will automatically move to the next section. PwD candidates will get 53 minutes for each section. The exam slot allotted by the exam authorities cannot be changed. There is no provision to apply for the same. Candidates will have to appear for the exam in the allotted slot only. CAT exam timings: Slot 1: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, reporting time: 7:00 AM, Last entry allowed: 8:15 AM Slot 2: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, reporting time: 11:00 AM, Last entry allowed: 12:15 PM Slot 3: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, reporting time: 3:00 PM, Last entry allowed: 4:15 PM.

Q:   What is the section-wise weightage of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Aptitude in CAT Syllabus?

A:
The CAT exam has three sections - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. Among these three sections, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension has the maximum weightage of 24 questions and 72 marks. The Quantitative Aptitude has second the highest weightage of 22 questions and 66 marks. The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section has the lowest weightage of 20 questions and 60 marks. Topic-wise, Reading Comprehension dominates the English section with about 14-16 questions. Rest of the questions are asked on parajumble, sentence completion, etc. In Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, the weightage of questions of both the sub topics is equal, I. e. 10 questions each. The questions are asked from Tables, Graphs, Pie Charts, Venn Diagram, Blood Relation, Seating Arrangement, Caselets and Syllogism. In the Quantitative Aptitude section, the maximum questions are asked from Algebra and Mensuration. Other topics from which questions are asked include Geometry, Number System Arithmetic and Modern Math.

Q:   From where can I download CAT question papers?

A:
CAT question papers are released within a week of the exam in the form of a PDF as a response sheet and answer key. Candidates who have appeared for the test are able to access the CAT question paper and answer key. The question paper of every slot is released on the same day along with candidate response sheet and official answer to all question. If any candidate needs previous year CAT question papers for preparation purpose, then they can download them from Shiksha website. We have hosted last five years' CAT question papers for aspirants to download and practice. These official CAT question papers are available for download free. You can download the CAT question paper PDFs at this link: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/cat-exam-question-papers Candidates must check and practice the latest CAT question paper to know the latest exam pattern and difficulty level.
 

CAT Test Centres 2024

CAT test centres are the designated locations having computer labs where candidates have to appear for the exam. If a candidates fails to be present at the allotted exam centre on time, on the exam day, they will not be allowed to appear for it in any other way. The CAT exam is administered at these exam centres by TCS in collaboration with IIM. The CAT exam is conducted at over 400 such test centres in 150 cities of India. The CAT notification contains the list of test cities.

How is a CAT Exam Centre Allotted?

  • The CAT exam centre allotment is based on candidate’s preferred choice of city. Here’s how:
  • Candidate gets the option of choosing four to six exam cities in order of preference in the CAT application form
  • The exam conducting body allots exam center in the first city chosen by the candidate
  • The CAT test centre is allotted to candidates on first come first served basis and availability of seats in a particular centre
  • The exam authority has the right to change the exam center. Any change in the exam center allotment is communicated with the candidate ahead of the exam

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Q:   In how many cities is CAT exam held?

A:

CAT exam is held in about 155 cities across India. Candidates can choose up to six cities as their preferred test location. The list of test cities for CAT is released with the application form. Candidates should choose the test city carefully as the request to change the test city later may or may not be accepted due to non-availability of seats at the centres in that particular city. Given below are the cities where CAT exam is usually held.

Port Blair, Hamirpur, Mumbai, Guntur, Jammu, Nashik, Nellore, Bokaro, Satara, Vijayawada, Dhanbad, Palghar, Kakinada, Hazaribagh, Ulhasnagar, Rajahmundry, Jamshedpur, Shillong, Visakhapatnam, Ranchi, Aizawl, Kurnool, Belagavi (Belgaum), Kohima, Tirupati, Bengaluru, Balasore, Vizianagaram, Hubballi (Hubli), Cuttack, Itanagar, Mysuru (Mysore), Sambalpur, Dibrugarh, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Berhampur, Silchar, Shivamogga (Shimoga), Dhenkanal, Guwahati, Dharwad, Bhubaneswar, Tezpur, Mangaluru (Bangalore), Rourkela, Jorhat, Udupi, Puducherry, Aurangabad-Bihar, Kannur, Pathankot, Darbhanga, Ernakulam, Ludhiana, Arrah, Kollam, Amritsar, Muzaffarpur, Kottayam, Bhatinda, Bhagalpur, Kozhikode, Patiala, Patna, Thrissur, Jalandhar, Mohali, Trivandrum, Sangrur, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Ajmer, Bhilai Nagar, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Bilaspur, Ujjain, Sikar, Raipur, Gwalior, Alwar, Delhi, Sagar, Jodhpur, Faridabad, Indore, Udaipur, Gurugram, Satna, Bikaner, Ghaziabad, Bhopal, Kotak, New Delhi, Jabalpur, Madurai, Greater Noida, Ujjain, Chennai, Noida, Gwalior, Salem, Meerut, Sagar, Trichy, Panaji, Indore, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Satna, Vellore, Mehsana, Amravati, Tirunelveli, Vadodara, Jalgaon, Hyderabad, Anand, Nagpur, Karimnagar, Rajkot, Pune, Warangal, Gandhinagar, Solapur, Allahabad, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Bareilly, Ambala, Ahmednagar, Kanpur, Hisar, Kolhapur, Muzaffarnagar, Karnal, Nanded, Agra, Kurushetra, Raigad, Gorakhpur, Panipat, Thane, Lucknow, Rohtak, Vasai, Varanasi, Shimla, Aurangabad, Aligarh, Jhansi, Moradabad, Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee, Asansol, Durgapur, Bankura, Burdwan, Kolkata, Hooghly, Kalyani, Siliguri, Srinagar and Imphal.

Q:   What is the process to select CAT test city for exam centre allotment?

A:

There are over 150 cities where CAT exam is held. These 150 cities are spread across India consist of metropolitan cities, capital cities, Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. Candidate can select up to six cities for allotment of test centre. The process of test city selection is a part of CAT application process. In the CAT application form, there is a field in which candidates have to select the cities. They need to select the city of preference in order of 1 to 6. The examination authorities will try to allot the test centre in the city of first preference. Thus, candidates must fill all the six cities carefully. They must choose their home city of city of current residence as the first preference. The test city option can only be changed during the form correction window. After that, the request for change of the city will not be accepted by the exam authorities.

 

Q:   How would I know my CAT exam centre?

A:

Candidates will know their allotted CAT exam centre only from the admit card. There is no way to know the test centre before the release of the CAT admit card. The examination authority allots a test centre to aspirants in the city of their first preference as mentioned in the city. So, candidates can atleast be assured that they will get a test centre in the city they had chosen as first preference in the CAT application form. However, the venue will be mentioned only on the candidate’s admit card. So as soon as the CAT admit card is released, candidates must check the test city and test centre details. In order to avoid any confusion, they must visit the centre at least once before the exam day.

Courses Offered by IIMs Through CAT

Here is the list of courses offered by the IIMs through CAT as mentioned in the official notification. Candidates who wish to pursue the following courses at the IIMs will have to clear the CAT 2024 exam.

IIM

Courses Offered Through CAT

IIM Ahmedabad

PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP, PhD

IIM Amritsar

MBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM, PhD

IIM Bangalore

PGP, PGPEM, PGPBA, PhD

IIM Bodh Gaya

PGP, PhD (FPM)

IIM Calcutta

MBA, PhD

IIM Indore

PGP, PGP-HRM, FPM

IIM Jammu

PGP, PhD

IIM Kashipur

MBA, MBA (Analytics), MBA (WX), PhD, EFPM

IIM Kozhikode

PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM, PhD, PhD (PT)

IIM Lucknow

PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM, FPM

IIM Nagpur

PGP, PhD

IIM Raipur

PGP, FPM/ PhD, EFPM

IIM Ranchi

PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics), PhD, EPhD

IIM Rohtak

PGP, EPGPX, EPGDSM, PhD, Part-Time FPM

IIM Sambalpur

MBA, PhD, E PhD

IIM Shillong

PGP, PGPEX, PGPWE, PhD, PhDWP

IIM Sirmaur

MBA, MBA (T&HM), PhD

IIM Tiruchirappalli

PGPM, PGPM-HR, PGPBM, FPM, E-FPM

IIM Udaipur

MBA, PhD

IIM Visakhapatnam

PGP, PGPEx, PGPDGM, PhD

Q:   What is the IIM selection criteria through CAT?

A:

IIM selection criteria for all the 21 campuses is same and includes selection of candidates through three stages. CAT score Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion GD and Personal Interview (PI) Academic record, work experience Academic and gender diversity CAT exam score is the first parameter on which candidates are shortlisted for admission. In the first state of IIM admission, the institutes shortlist candidates for WAT, GD and PI on the basis of their CAT score and class 10, 12 and graduation marks. The cut offs for shortlisting of candidates is between 95-100 percentile (for SC/ST/PwD candidates the cut offs are lower). These shortlisted candidates have to then appear for What, GD and PI round. Those who clear this round are considered for final admission. For the final selection, every IIMs takes into consideration the following aspects: CAT score What, GD and PI performance Class 10 and 12 marks Graduation marks Work experience Academic diversity Gender diversity.

Q:   What is the IIM WAT/PI process?

A:
Written Ability Test or WAT is a 30-minute essay-writing test on topics from fields like socio-political, economic and business affairs, sports, etc. PI refers to Personal Interview held on the same day as WAT. The WAT-PI round of all IIMs is conducted after CAT result declaration. The shortlisting for WAT-PI is done on the basis of CAT cut off, which is fixed by the institutes. The IIM cut offs range between 95-100 percentile, which means candidates scoring in this range get shortlisted for WAT-PI. The CAT cut offs for Reserved category students are lower. In the WAT round, candidate has to write a short essay of about 250 words on a given topic. The topics can be from any field. For example, one candidate at IIM Ahmedabad got 'writer was facing some health issues, he got cured because of laughing' as a WAT topic this year. The purpose of Written Ability Test is to assess the candidate's general awareness, clarity of ideas and ability to make a convincing argument. The Personal Interview or PI is all about personality assessment. In PI, a panel of professors and admission officials meet the candidates one by one. They assess the on their knowledge, confidence, communication skills, managerial skills and leadership qualities, etc.
 

Q:   Which courses are offered by IIMs through CAT?

A:
CAT is the common entrance test for a range of post management courses offered by the Indian Institute of Management. The CAT score is accepted for admission to PGP, MBA, Executive MBA, Ph.D. and FPM courses. Here is the list of courses offered by every IIM. IIM Ahmedabad: PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGD-ABA (post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Business Analytics), PhD IIM Amritsar: MBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM, EMBA, PhD IIM Bangalore: PGP, PGPEM, PGPBA, PhD IIM Bodh Gaya: PGP, Ph.D. (FPM) IIM Calcutta: MBA, PhD IIM Indore: PGP, PGP-HRM, MSDSM (Master of Science in Data Science and Management), FPM IIM Jammu: MBA, MBA (Hospital Administration & Healthcare Management, Executive MBA (Blended Mode), Ph.D. (Full-Time Mode), Ph.D. (Part-Time Mode) IIM Kashipur: MBA, MBA (Analytics), EMBA, EMBAA (Executive Master of Business Administration Analytics), PhD IIM Kozhikode: PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM, EPGP Kochi, PhD IIM Lucknow: PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-some, PGPWE, PhD IIM Nagpur: MBA, MBA (Executive), Ph.D. (Executive) IIM Raipur: PGP, FPM/PhD, EFPM IIM Ranchi: PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics), Ph.D. EPhD IIM Rohtak: PGP, EPGDSM, PhD IIM Sambalpur: MBA, Executive MBA, Ph.D. Executive PhD IIM Shillong: PGP, PGPEX, MBA (WE), Ph.D. PhDWP IIM Sirmaur: MBA, MBA (T&HM), ExMBA (Digital Transformation & Analytics), PhD IIM Tiruchirappalli: PGPM & PGPM-HR, DPM, E-DPM IIM Udaipur: MBA, MBA-DEM, MBA-GSCM, PGDBAWE, PhD IIM Visakhapatnam: PGP, PGPEx, PGPDGM, Ph.D.

CAT 2024 Result and Shortlisting for PGP/MBA 2025

The notification of CAT result announcement is not released beforehand. The CAT result notification is released along with the scorecard informing candidates that the result has been announced and candidates can download their marksheet. The final CAT answer keys are also released along with CAT result. The CAT 2024 result cum scorecard will be released on the official website most likely in the third week of December 2024. Earlier, the CAT result used to be released in the first week of January but for the past few years, it has been released in the third week of December. 

Post the declaration of CAT result, the IIMs will begin the shortlisting process for MBA/PGP courses. The list of candidates shortlisted on the basis of CAT score for the selection round is available on the website of the respective IIMs. Each IIM will send interview letters to participate in Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) to the shortlisted candidates directly.

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Q:   What is the difference between CAT score and CAT percentile?

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CAT score is the total marks obtained by a candidate in the exam which is a sum total of their correct/incorrect attempt and unanswered questions. It is important to understand the difference between CAT score and CAT percentile because Iims and all MBA colleges in India select candidates on the basis of their CAT percentile and not score. The CAT percentile is referred to as rank of a candidate against rest of the test takers. The percentile indicates the total percentage of candidates who scored less than or equal to a particular candidate in CAT. For example, if a candidate's CAT percentile is 97, it means their performance was better than 97 per cent of the total CAT test takers that year. To understand it better, let's take an example. Suppose, 1,0000 people take an exam and a candidate is ranked the highest. It will mean that 9999 candidates scored less than that candidate. Thus, their CAT percentile will be 9999/10000x100, I. e. 99.9. You can also read in detail here: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/articles/cat-score-vs-percentile-blogId-19573.

Q:   What after CAT result declaration?

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After the declaration of CAT results, Iims and other top MBA colleges start the candidate shortlisting process. The institutes fix CAT cut offs category wise and invite applicants to appear for Written Ability Test, Group Discussion GD and Personal Interview PI rounds for MBA Admission. In case of Iims, the institutes release PI shortlist form which the candidates have to fill before a certain deadline. In the PI form, candidates have to mention their personal, academic and professional details along with CAT score. Depending on the application received and the range of CAT scores the institutes the shortlist candidates for What-GD-PI. The What-GD-PI round is conducted by the institutes individually in March and April in online or offline mode. With the result of What-GD-PI and candidates' overall profile, the institutes finalise the list of students for admission. Offer of admission letters to selected candidates are sent via email in May.
 

Q:   What is the process of CAT result download?

A:
Candidates can check CAT result at the iimcat. AC. In website. To download their scorecards, they need to login and go to the student dashboard. The CAT result can be downloaded on any device - laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone. However, candidates must preferably download their CAT scorecards on a laptop or a desktop. Check the steps to download CAT result cum scorecard: 1. Open a IIMCAT website on a new browser 2. Click on the tab indicating CAT scorecard 3. Enter your application number and password 4. On the student dashboard click on the tab indicating scorecard 5. Click on the scorecard tab to open the document 6. Go to the download option given on the document to download the CAT scorecard 7. Once the CAT scorecard is downloaded in PDF format, save it in a folder or take print outs Candidates can download the CAT result any number of times till the time the result download link is available at the official website.
 

FAQs on CAT Notification 2024

Check below Frequently Asked Quesstions (FAQs) related to CAT notification 2024:

Q:   What is the syllabus for CAT exam?

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CAT syllabus includes all the important topics of subjects that are relevant for business aptitude. For CAT exam, candidates have to study, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension VARC Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning DILR and Quantitative Aptitude. Given below are the key topics included in the CAT syllabus. The VARC section of CAT exam syllabus includes various topics of English Grammar, Word Meaning, Vocabulary, Parajumbles, Paracompletion, Parasummary, Fill in the Blanks, Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. The Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT syllabus includes all the topics of Mathematics from Class 9 to 10 such as Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra Trigonometry Modern Math, Number System and Mensuration. The DILR syllabus of CAT exam includes topics that require analytical interpretation of data presented in the form of Puzzles, Pie Charts, Venn Diagram, Tables and Bar Graphs.

Q:   What is the CAT application fee?

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The CAT application fee is INR 2,400 for General, EWS and NC-OBC candidates. For the SC/SCT/PWD candidates, the fee is INR 1,200. Applicants have to pay the fee at the time of form filling. The application form is not accepted without the payment of fees. Candidates must also keep in mind that the CAT application fee is non-refundable under any circumstances. Thus, candidates must fill their forms carefully as if they make a mistake they will have to fill the application form again and pay the fees again. There is a provision of form correction in CAT but only test centre, photo and signature can be edited in the already submitted form. In case, you, ve made a mistake in any other field, you will have to fill the form again. The CAT application form fee has been increased every year since 2020. Last year the fee for CAT application was INR 2,300 and INR 1,150 for General and SC/ST/PWD candidates respectively. Prior to that, the fee was INR 2,200 for General category and INR 1,100 for SC/ST/PWD candidates. In 2021, the exam fee was as INR 2,100 for General category and INR 1,050. In 2020, the CAT fee was INR 2,000 for General category and INR 1,000 for SC/ST/PWD candidates.

 

Q:   Where can I get CAT 2024 registration link? What information is to be filled in the form?

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CAT registration cum application form link is activated at iimcat.ac.in.in website. The CAT 2024 registration link will be made live in the first week of August 2024.. Candidates will have to open this url: iimcat.ac.in to register for CAT 2024 and fill the application form before the registration deadline (third week of September 2024). The CAT application process includes uploading of relevant documents and payment of fees, without which the application will not be submitted. There will be six sections in CAT application form which candidates will be required to fill. They are - personal details, academic details, work experience, programmes, test city and fee payment. 

In Personal Details section, the candidates will have to enter details such as name, date of birth, father's name, category, gender, nationality, communication address, email ID, mobile phone number, etc.

In Academic Details section of the form, candidates have to enter class 10 and 12 exam scores, Bachelor's degree details and marksheet and details of other professional courses (if any).

In Work Experience section, candidates have to fill relevant work-experience if any, they need to fill in details such as name of the company, duration, etc.

In the programmes section, applicants have to select IIMs and MBA programmes of their choice. In the test city section candidates have to select test city for allotment of exam centre. Candidates can select up to six cities from the given list.

In the payment section, candidates have to pay the registration fee via Credit/Debit Card, Internet Banking or Paytm/PayU mobile wallets.

 

Q:   What is CAT exam pattern 2024?

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CAT is a computer based test which is conducted in three shifts. The CAT is conducted for two hours in which candidates have to solve 66 questions. These 66 questions are divided into three sections Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension VARC Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning DILR and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). The VARC section has 24 questions, the DILR section has 20 questions and QA section has 22 question. Each question carries 3 marks for correct entry and -1 for incorrect entry. There is no negative marking for unanswered question. A unique aspect of CAT is the sectional time limit. Each section has a time limit of 40 minutes (53.20 minutes for PwD candidates). Candidates have to complete the section within the time limit as the moment the onscreen timer shows 0 minutes left, the screen will automatically move to the next section. There is no option to go back to older questions. Also, candidates have to follow the question paper chronology. They have to first solve the VARC section, then the DILR section and then the QA section.

Q:   What are the qualifying CAT cutoffs for all the IIMs?

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Qualifying CAT cut off percentiles of Iims for Written Ability Test (What) and Personal Interview PI for the batch of 2023-25 are listed below. Candidates who MET the qualifying CAT cut off, were eligible for What-PI round. These qualifying CAT cut offs are for General Category. The cut offs for Reserved category students are lower: 1. IIM Ahmedabad: 85 percentile 2. IIM Bangalore: 85 percentile 3. IIM Calcutta: 85 percentile 4. IIM Lucknow: 90 percentile 5. IIM Kozhikode: 85 percentile 6. IIM Indore: 90 percentile 7. IIM Udaipur: 93 percentile 8. IIM Shillong: 75 percentile 9. IIM Trichy: 93 percentile 10. IIM Visakhapatnam: 80 percentile 11. IIM Rohtak: 95 percentile 12. IIM Nagpur: 85 percentile 13. IIM Jammu: 93 percentile 14. IIM Ranchi: 90 percentile 15. IIM Sirmaur: 92 percentile 16. IIM Bodhgaya: 93 percentile 17. IIM Sambalpur: 93 percentile 18. IIM Kashipur: 94 percentile 19. IIM Raipur: 93 percentile 20. IIM Amritsar: 90 percentile For complete details of IIM selection and admission process read this article: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/articles/iim-shortlist-selection-admission-criteria-blogId-18787.

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