Common Admission Test- CAT 2014

The Common Admission Test was started by Indian Institute of Managements. They use the test for selecting students for their management courses. The IIMs conduct the exam every year in a round robin basis. From 2012, Indian Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Science also have announced that they will use CAT for their student selection instead of JMET.

About the exam

CAT, conducted by IIMs is like any other high rated examination. They have lot of versions of exams. The scores are considered in two different ways like raw score and scaled score. The exam has both positive and negative markings. Scaling score means adjusting these added and deducted scores to come out with a final score. There are two sections in the exam. They are

  • Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Once the exams get over, the candidates are given a group of three scores. One score being an overall score and other two scores given represent the section-wise scores. The candidate is also given the percentile score for each section and for the exam as a whole.


The eligibility criteria for the CAT given exam are below.

  • The candidate applying must have a Bachelors degree.
  • The candidate should have scored 50% marks or should have the equivalent score in CGPA.
  • The candidate must hold an email id and a valid contact number throughout the process.
  • If the candidate is SC, ST, Differently Abled or a Person with Disability, the percentage eligibility is relaxed to 45%.

Candidates must remember that mere eligibility is not enough for getting an admission in IIMS. There are also reservations in the IIM seats. Around 50% of the seats go into reservation.

Other information

The selected candidates must be at the test centre at least one and half hour before the exam. This time is to ensure every student goes through security, identity and other checks and gets into the exam hall on time. If the candidate’s exam is in the morning session, then he/she should be present there by 8.30 AM. If the exam is in the afternoon, the candidate should be present in the exam centre by 1.45 PM. The candidate must bring the following without fail.

  • CAT admit card
  • Original ID proof

The candidates will not be permitted to take the test if the ID proof is not valid. Candidates will not be allowed to take anything to into the exam hall except a few items.

The CAT registration fee is Rs.1600 for everyone and its Rs.600 for SC, ST and disabled categories. The exam is conducted only once in a year in the month of October or September.