CAT-MBA > CAT

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for admission to the Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India including the IIMs. CAT is a computer based test (CBT) which is conducted on line around October/November every year in multiple cities. WAT/GD-PI rounds are conducted from February to April.

ELIGIBILITY:

• The candidate must be a graduate with minimum 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC/ST/DA/PWD) 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.

Test Duration & Pattern:

The makers of CAT do not want it to become predictable, so they keep on changing its pattern. Analysis of  the last few years' papers reflects that allotted time for the paper has gone up significantly. For example in CAT 2000, there were 165 questions to be done in 120 minutes, while in CAT 2015 there were only 100 questions to be done in 180 minutes. Thus the real challenge in CAT is not the time constraint, it is the difficulty level of the paper. Apart from change in allotted time CAT has also undergone numerous changes in number of sections, marking scheme and question types. For example a significant feature of CAT 2015 was non MCQs in which correct answer had to be typed in the given space.
Here is a detailed analysis of the CAT papers over the past 8 years.

 

Year Questions Time Sections Description  Questions 
2016 100 180 m 3 Quantitative ability 34
Data Interpretations and Logical Reasoning 32
English 34
2015 100  180 m 3 Quantitative ability 34
Data Interpretations and Logical Reasoning 32
English 34
2014 100  170 m  2 Quantitative ability and Data Interpretations 50
English and Logical Reasoning 50
2013 60  140 m  Quantitative ability and Data Interpretations 30
English and Logical Reasoning 30
2012 60  140 m  2 Quantitative ability and Data Interpretations 30 
English and Logical Reasoning 30 
2011 60 140 m 2 Quantitative ability and Data Interpretations 30 
English and Logical Reasoning 30 
2010 60  150 m 3 Quantitative ability 20
Data Interpretations and Logical Reasoning 20
English 20
2009 60 150 m 3 Quantitative ability 20
Data Interpretations and Logical Reasoning 20
English 20
2008 90 150 m 3 Quantitative ability 25
Data Interpretations and Logical Reasoning 25
English 40
 2007  75 150 m   3 Quantitative ability 25 
Data Interpretations and Logical Reasoning  25
English  25

 


 

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