Common Admission Test for getting admission in India’s Top B-schools

Yash Agarwal   January 10, 2022

What is CAT?
CAT Exam (Common Admission Test) is a computer-based selection test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as a prerequisite for admissions to their business administration programs(like MBA). Apart from the IIMs, the CAT is also a prerequisite for admissions into numerous other prestigious management colleges across India which includes institutes like S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Management Development Institute (Gurgaon), Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), International Management Institute (IMI), National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) and several others. About 2.4 lakh candidates register for the CAT exam every year.

Eligibility for the CAT?
1.The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in the case of candidates belonging to the 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 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.
2.Candidates appearing for the final year of the 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 program 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 issue of the certificate.

CAT pattern
The paper pattern for the CAT exam has changed many times in the past. For the last 2 years, the pattern had remained the same for the total marks and no. of sections. Last year due to COVID-19, IIM Indore announced a major change. Instead of 2, 3 slots were there to make sure social distancing at all centers. The total time duration has also had been reduced to 2 hours instead of 3 hours.

Study Material
For Quant
a)How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma (8th Edition).
b)Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh Kumar.
c)Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha.

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For VARC
a)How to Prepare for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for CAT by Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharma (9th Edition).
b)The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Nishit Sinha.
c)Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.

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For DI/LR
a)A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S.Agarwal.
b)How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma (2011).
c)Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation by Nishit Sinha (2020).

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Every candidate should also solve previous year papers to get an idea about the pattern, difficulty of the exam.

IIM admission process
CAT selection procedure for all the IIM’s includes the following:
1.Screening of candidates based on their CAT score
2.Written Ability Test/Group Discussion/Personal Interview (WAT/GD/PI)
3.Computation of composite score followed by final selection.

Official website: https://iimcat.ac.in/

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