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What is CAT ?

Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the popular MBA entrance exams in India. CAT exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management as a pre-requisite for admission to the postgraduate and fellow programs in management offered by the premier institutes. Over 100 B-schools accept CAT scores to carry out their admissions....

Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the popular MBA entrance exams in India. CAT exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management as a pre-requisite for admission to the postgraduate and fellow programs in management offered by the premier institutes. Over 100 B-schools accept CAT scores to carry out their admissions. About 2 Lakh candidates give the exam every year. About 4000 seats are offered for admission in 20 IIMs. 

The CAT 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on November 25, 2018.  

CAT 2018 Registration has following highlights-

  • The registration is completely online and there would be no availability of an offline facility.
  • The application form which requires a candidate to fill in his personal details and uploading of signature including photograph would have a complete description of programs offered by 20 IIMs out of which the candidate would be having an opportunity to select programs of their choice for a Personal Interview round.
  • Common Admission Test 2017 was conducted by IIM Lucknow last year. This year the examination conducting authority is yet to be announced. 

CAT Exam

 

 
The CAT Eligibility criteria have no particular age limit for getting admission. However merely suiting the eligibility requirements of the Common Admission Test does not guarantee admission into the IIMs. CAT Syllabus is very wide and does not leave any aspect untouched. As per past exam trends and exam pattern, the Common Admission Test is divided into the following sections - Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
 
In order to ensure that CAT Preparation is up to the mark, consistency and practice are the keys. In the initial phase of your study, try to make your accuracy perfect more than speed. Solve questions pertaining to various sections to ensure perfection. Do not focus only on one section. Preparation needs to be well-rounded. CAT Admit card would be available once the test is completed. You must ensure that you reach the venue at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled time. If a candidate does not reach on time, his candidature stands canceled.
 
CAT result would be announced in the second week of January 2019. Candidates would be able to check their percentiles and scaled scores once the results are announced. The candidate can download his scorecard and save it for future use until the admission process gets complete. The cutoff is the minimum marks a candidate must score to qualify for the next round of selection process. If the difficulty level of CAT 2018 is high, the cutoff would be low. The cutoff set would depend on the difficulty level of the exam, the number of institutes and number of seats.
 
The Selection Procedure would be based on the cutoff scored by candidates, wherein they would be shortlisted for Group Discussion, Written Ability Test and Personal Interview.Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most sought after MBA entrance exam in India. CAT exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management as a pre-requisite for admission to the post graduate and fellow programs in management offered by the premier institutes. Apart from the IIMs, over 100 B-schools accept CAT scores to carry out their admissions. For more IIM CAT updates, you may refer to latest developments.
 
About 2 Lakh candidates give the exam every year. About 4000 seats are offered for admission in 20 IIMs. Common Admission Test 2017 is slated to be conducted by IIM Lucknow this year. 
 
The registration for CAT 2017 had started on 9th August 2017 and would be ending on September 20.  CAT 2017 Registration has a couple of highlights- The registration would be completely online and there would be no availability of an offline facility. The application form which requires a candidate to fill in his personal details and uploading of signature including photograph would have a complete description of programs offered by 20 IIMs out of which the candidate would be having an opportunity to select programs of their choice for a Personal Interview round.
 
The CAT 2017 Eligibility criteria prescribe "No age bar" for all its candidates in line with the IIM MBA eligibility criteria which has set no particular age limit for getting admission. However merely suiting the eligibility requirements of the Common Admission Test does not guarantee admission into the IIMs. 
 
CAT Syllabus is very wide and does not leave any aspect untouched. As per past exam trends and exam pattern, the Common Admission Test is divided into the following sections - Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
 
In order to ensure that CAT Preparation is up to the mark, consistency and practice are the keys. In the initial phase of your study, try to make your accuracy perfect more than speed. Solve questions pertaining to various sections to ensure perfection. Do not focus only on one section. Preparation needs to be well-rounded.
 
CAT Admit card would be available once the test is completed. You must ensure that you reach the venue at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled time. If a candidate does not reach on time, his candidature stands canceled.
 
CAT result would be announced in the second week of January 2018. Candidates would be able to check their percentiles and scaled scores once the results are announced. The candidate can download his score card and save it for future use until the admission process gets complete.
 
The cutoff is the minimum marks a candidate must score to qualify for the next round of selection process. If the difficulty level of CAT 2017 is high, the cutoff would be low. The cutoff set would depend on the difficulty level of the exam, the number of institutes and number of seats.
 
The Selection Procedure would be based on the cutoff scored by candidates, wherein they would be shortlisted for Group Discussion, Written Ability Test and Personal Interview

CAT Latest News & Updates

CAT 2018: Exam will be conducted on November 25

11-May-2018
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CAT 2018: T.I.M.E Scholarship Test Details

22-Feb-2018
Triumphant Institute of Management Education Private Limited is conducting a scholarship examination to offer scholarships to MBA Aspirants on courses relating to CAT. The candidate can also get a 100% waiver on the fees depending ... Read more

IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria

18-Jan-2018
IIM Ranchi has announced the admission criteria for Post Graduate Diploma in Management for the year 2018-2020. Admission to IIM Ranchi would be based on the performance of the candidates in the Written Ability Test and Personal ... Read more

CAT Selection Procedure: IIM Shillong Admission Criteria

18-Jan-2018
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CAT 100 Percentiler Saipraneet Reddy : Did not expect, wanted to top in Chennai

12-Jan-2018
Sai Praneet Reddy, a B.Tech graduate in his final year from IIT Madras scored 100 percentile and he says he did not quite expect to make it this big. In an exclusive interview with CollegeSearch, read on to know what more he has to tell ... Read more
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What's New ?

The CAT exam structure is reviewed on a year on year basis. IIMs have also ensured that CAT Questions, content and the question type are not repeated. This is one reason why CAT in specific has no syllabus.Topics which are questioned in a particular year may go missing in the next few years and then the same may arise after a couple of years.

CAT was earlier a pen paper based test until 2009 when it was Computer Based with IIM-A being the convenor of the CAT Exam that year. The first and second computerized CAT exams had 3 sections on Quantitative, DI, LR and VARC. A total of 60 questions with 20 from each section was given.With the partnership of Prometric, CAT was conducted in a testing window of about 22 days with 2 sessions each day making it about 44 sessions. Candidates were given the option of choosing their venue, time and date.

CAT 2017 aspirants keeping track of earlier changes can expect the following:

  1. The testing window for the Common Admission Test could go up to 2 days instead of one day since it is being demanded.
  2. A possibility of withdrawing the sectional time limit to ensure candidates make a focussed attempt.
  3. There could be a change in the number of non-MCQs or they could be completely removed.

Courses Under CAT 2018

Common Admission Test is usually an entrance exam on a national level for entrance into MBA and PGPM courses. Candidates interested in doing their post-graduation can apply for this exam.

 

Along with CAT scores, a lot of candidates give importance to the academic performance of the candidate, work experience that has been gained, written assessment and performance in the interview in order to select the candidates. Apart from IIMs, there are a lot of A Grade institutions who accept this score.

 

MBA is a Post Graduation course for which a candidate needs to complete graduation in any discipline of your choice from a recognized university. Along with that, 50% needs to be scored at the Graduation level. For SC/ST, the percentage that needs to be secured is 45%. Final year students who are about to sit for the exam or awaiting the result of the exam can also sit. A certificate to the extent that all necessary formalities have been completed has to be submitted by the candidate.

Following are the courses offered by different IIM's

  • PGP– Post Graduate Programme
  • PGP-FABM- Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management
  • PGPBM- Post Graduate Programme in Business Management
  • PGP-UAE- Post Graduate Programme at UAE
  • PGPEM- Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management
  • PGPWE- PGP for Working Executive
  • PGDM- Post Graduate Diploma in Management
  • PGPPM- Post Graduate Progamme in Public Policy and Management
  • PGPSM- Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets
  • EPGPM- Executive Post Graduate Programme
  • PGDHRM- Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • PGPEX- Post Graduate Programme for Executives
PGPABM- Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business ManagementCommon Admission Test is usually an entrance exam on a national level for entrance into MBA and PGPM courses. Candidates interested in doing their post-graduation can apply for this exam.
 
Along with CAT scores, a lot of candidates give importance to the academic performance of the candidate, work experience that has been gained, written assessment and performance in the interview in order to select the candidates. Apart from IIMs, there are a lot of A Grade institutions who accept this score. 
 
MBA is a Post Graduation course for which a candidate needs to complete graduation in any discipline of your choice from a recognized university. Along with that, 50% needs to be scored at the Graduation level. For SC/ST, the percentage that needs to be secured is 45%.
 
Final year students who are about to sit for the exam or awaiting the result of the exam can also sit. A certificate to the extent that all necessary formalities have been completed has to be submitted by the candidate.
 
 
PGP– Post Graduate Programme
PGP-FABM- Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management
PGPBM- Post Graduate Programme in Business Management
PGP-UAE- Post Graduate Programme at UAE
PGPEM- Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management
PGPWE- PGP for Working Executive
PGDM- Post Graduate Diploma in Management
PGPPM- Post Graduate Progamme in Public Policy and Management
PGPSM- Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets
EPGPM- Executive Post Graduate Programme
PGDHRM- Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
PGPEX- Post Graduate Programme for Executives
PGPABM- Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management

CAT 2018 Important Dates

The Common  Admission Test Dates for 2018 have been announced. The table below illustrates the important deadlines for application, admit card issue and declaration of result. The candidates are also expected to ensure if they fulfill the requirements of CAT Eligibility criteria. Before applying for Common Admission Test, the candidates must ensure that the following documents are kept ready:

1) Mark sheets of 10th, 12th Bachelor's degree and Higher education

2) Certificates that are required to be uploaded

3) Passport size photo scanned copies which are not more than six months old having a white background.

4) IIM Programs that can be applied

Important Events for CAT 2018:

CAT 2018 Notification

Fourth Sunday of July 2018

Application opens

the First week of August 2018

Admit Card

Third week of October 2018

 Examination

November 25, 2018

CAT 2018 Result

First week of January 2018


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CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

The CAT 2018 Exam Pattern did not go through many changes. The test duration is 180 minutes (3 hours) and the number sections are three, namely - Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC). Sections QA and VRC will have 34 questions each, while DILR will comprise of 32 questions. Each correct answer will award 3 marks to the candidates while there is a negative marking of 1 mark for every incorrect answer.

As per CAT 2018 Exam Pattern, each section will be allotted 60 minutes and a candidate can not switch from one section to the other while answering questions.

CAT Exam Pattern

The pattern can be explained as below sections & topics:

The Quantitative Ability section will comprise of questions on topics like:

  • Mathematics
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration

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CAT 2018 Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for CAT 2018 will be declared by the Board, conducting the exam for the current year. The eligibility conditions determine if the candidate is eligible to write the Common Admission Test or not.

The basic eligibility criteria for CAT 2018 are as follows:

  1. A Candidate should have passed graduation with a minimum of 50% marks.
  2. For Graduates belonging to PwD/Reserved category, a relaxation of 5% marks has been provided.
  3. There is no age limit to appear for the exam and no limit in terms of a number of times a candidate can attempt the exam.

CAT Eligibility

Bachelors Qualification

The CAT eligibility is as follows:

  1. A candidate should have completed their Bachelor's degree from a recognized university or an equivalent recognized by the MHRD.
  2. The minimum percentage in CAT 2017 is 50% for General and 45% for other categories.
  3. candidates who are awarded CGPA or grades, the conversion of grades would be according to the process as set in place by the Institute.
  4. Candidates in their final year of graduation can apply by submitting a certificate issued by the Registrar/Principal latest by June 30, 2018.
  5. Some of the Bachelor degree equivalent cases are as follows:
  • Engineering degree completed for a period of 4 years after 10+2 or Post B.Sc or Diploma.
  • Degrees recognized by the MHRD/AICTE/AMIE by Institute of Civil Engineers.
  • Qualification equivalent recognized by Association of Indian Universities, Delhi
  • Additionally, in the case of any other degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree, a candidate can get an equivalency certificate issued by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.

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CAT 2018 Application Procedure

Last year IIM Lucknow, the convening body of Common Admission Test released the CAT Application Form on August 9, 2017. This year the forms for the application will be available from the month of August 2018. The application form will be available only in the online mode. Candidates can register for the CAT 2018 until September 2018. The application procedure consists of - Registration, Form submission, and Fee Payment
 
The candidate is required to select Four test centres while registration according to their preference. Once the application procedure completes, the candidate will be provided one examination centre from the provided 4 options. The test centre allotted and the venue of the exam would be communicated to the candidates on the admit card. The application fee is INR 1800 for General/OBC Candidates and SC/ST/PWD. The aspiring candidates for CAT 2018 should save up to their login details for use in future.
 

The application procedure is detailed as below:

  1. The Candidates would be required to visit the official website to register by filling up information like Name, Date of Birth, Email ID and mobile number.
  2. Captcha must be entered and "I Agree" should be checked.
  3. Login credentials would be received through SMS and email.
  4. You can login by clicking on existing user tab.
  5. Fill up the form with Personal Details, Academic, Work Experience, and Programs.
  6. Passport size photo needs to be uploaded.
  7. Attested certificates would need to be uploaded.
  8. Select your choice of programs and cities in terms of preference.

For details, refer to CAT Application procedure.

  • The application fees can only be paid in online mode through Debit/Credit Card/Net banking. 
  • It is necessary to click on the 'I have reviewed this application form' and check mark the "I Agree' in the declaration section before proceeding to the payment option.

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Applicants

Common Admission Test is the most popular MBA entrance exam and has crossed the 2 Lakh mark in terms of the number of applicants. The number increased by 13,000 in the last year. Only about 25% of the examinees make it to the CAT every year.

Over this period since inception, CAT exam has made a lot of changes in terms of the exam attempt and applicants, a major dip was seen in 2009 when a decision was taken to go paperless. Technical issues arose and the exam was rescheduled for a lot of applicants.

CAT Applicants

Following features were introduced:

1) On-screen calculator

2) Increase in 10 mins by 180 mins.

3) A perfect balance between speed and accuracy is required to ace Common Admission Test.

The past applicant trends reflect and direct the future course of CAT exam pattern and the applicants.

Application Fees

The application procedure for Common Admission Test will begin from the month of August 2018. About 1.5 months of time is being given to the candidate to complete the application procedure which is mostly online. The fees for the same can be paid either by Cash, DD or online ( Credit/Debit/Net Banking). In case the candidate pays by cash or DD, he is required to update the same on his login credentials.

The candidate also should check his eligibility criteria before considering to apply for the Common Admission Test. He must have completed 3 years of graduation or should be in his final year of graduation in order to be eligible to write the same. There is no age limit for the candidates writing the CAT 2018 this year in line with the IIM Eligibility criteria.

Category Fees
General Rs. 1700
NC-OBC Rs. 850
SC/ST/PWD (DA) Rs. 850

CAT 2018 Study Material

Books

  • Arun Sharma's Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit Sinha

Business Magazines

  • Business Line by the Hindu Group
  • Business Today by India Today Group
  • Business World
  • Management Compass Career Launcher
  • Competition Success Review

Newspapers

  • The Hindu
  • Economics Times
  • The Statesman.

Top Colleges accepting CAT 2018

Course: MBA
Fees: Rs. 13,49,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: MBA
Fees: Rs. 19,65,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: MBA
Fees: Rs. 18,50,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: MBA
Fees: Rs. 21,00,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: MBA
Fees: Rs. 20,960 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: MBA
Fees: Rs. 11,87,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: MBA
Fees: Rs. 7,10,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: MBA
Fees: Rs. 14,91,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: MBA
Fees: Rs. 15,41,000 /-
Duration : 2 years

CAT 2018 Selection Procedure

Candidates are first shortlisted by the IIMs and other participating B-schools on the basis of CAT cut off scores. Cut offs form the basis of CAT selection process. The IIMs select the shortlisted candidates on the basis of Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT). The B-schools conduct separate selection process, apart from the 6 new IIMs.

Institute- Wise Admission Criteria:

IIM- Ahmedabad IIM- Indore Mumbai Campus IIM- Raipur IIM- Sirmaur
IIM- Bangalore IIM- Kozikhode IIM- Rohtak IIM- Nagpur
IIM- Calcutta IIM- Shillong IIM- Udaipur IIM- Vishakhapatnam
IIM- Lucknow IIM- Trichy IIM- Kashipur IIM- Amritsar
IIM- Indore IIM- Ranchi IIM- Bodhgaya IIM- Jammu
IIM- Sambalpur      

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CAT 2018 Admit Card

CAT 2018 Admit Card will be available for download once the registrations are completed by mid-October. Registered candidates can procure their admit cards by visiting the official website. Last year, the CAT admit cards were supposed to be made available in the month of October, but there was a delay of a week and they were published on 24th October 2017.

Important details about CAT Admit Card

The admit card will contain the following details:

  1.          Name of the candidate
  2.          Test date
  3.          Test City & Centre address
  4.          User ID / Registration Number
  5.          PWD/DA status

The admit card will not be sent as hard copy, it would be only available on the CAT Website when candidates log on using their credentials.


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CAT 2018 Preparation Tips

With about 6 months left for CAT 2018, one could be still surrounded by the aura of confusion regarding what to study and what to skip, which topics are more important etc. Here are some preparation tips that will help one to crack CAT:

1. Analyze your Strengths and Weakness.

In order to start the thorough preparation, one must be aware of the areas where they need to work really hard. Analyzing the strong as well as the weak areas is very important. They also give you a perspective of how well you are prepared.

2. Steps to begin with
 

After identifying the areas you need to work hard on, one can start the preparations as soon as possible. One may start targeting the topics by:
⇒ Begin with the solved examples in the book, then move on to the unsolved questions
⇒ Refer to different books and solve all the questions, even if they are repetitive
⇒ Take mock tests. They are easily available online.
⇒ Don't forget to resort to previous year's CAT papers

Documents to be Carried

Candidates would be required to carry the following documents at hand with them:

  1. 10th and 12th-grade mark sheets, Bachelor's degree certificate, Higher education certificate
  2. Applicable certificates that are required to be uploaded
  3. Scanned passport images, signatures and photo which would be recent and not more than 6 months having a white background
  4. The list of IIM Programs that need to be applied for.

Test Centres

The Common Admission Test is conducted to determine admission into 20 IIMs or 100 B-schools all over India. CAT was conducted in 136 cities in the previous year. The list of the exam centers will be announced in the notification which scheduled to be released in the month of July 2018.

Candidates would have to choose 4 cities in the order of preference to get allotted a particular test center. While filling the CAT Application Form, candidates are advised to go through the instructions and the detailed procedure to fill the form without any discrepancy.

The application procedure will begin from August 2018.

 

State Centers
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
 
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Guwahati
Bihar Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh  Bhilai, Raipur
Delhi New Delhi
Goa Madgaon
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Haryana Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Rohtak
Himachal Pradesh Solan
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Ranchi
Karnataka Bengaluru, Belgaum, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi
Kerala

Kochi, Kasaragod, Kollam, Kozhikode, Mallapuram,

Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram

Maharashtra

Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad,Jalgaon, Kolhapur,

Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Solapur

Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur
Rajasthan Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli Telangana
Hyderabad Karim Nagar, Khammam
Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Allahabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida,

Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi

Uttarakhand

Dehradun, Roorkee

West Bengal Hooghly,Howrah, Kolkata, Siliguri

CAT 2018 Syllabus

CAT 2018 will comprise three sections - Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Verbal and Reading Comprehension. 

It is crucial for aspirants to know about the complete syllabus of CAT exam and prepare strategically to obtain a good percentile. Students tend to overlook the syllabus in detail and therefore are unable to attempt all the questions. Here are section-wise  topics and sub-topics that need to be prepared for each section:

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus 

#1. Arithmetic

Sub-Topics

Number System HCF LCM Ratio & Proportion Simplification Percentage Average Age Calculation Time & Work Distances

#2. Mensuration

Sub-Topics

Areas and Volumes – Rectangles  Squares Triangles Circles Cubes Cones Spheres Pipes & Cistern

#3. Algebra

Sub-Topics

Theory of Equations Quadratic Equation Permutation & Combination Sequence & Series

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Exam Toppers

Avidipto Chakraborty emerged topper in the CAT held previous year. In his initial attempt, Chakraborty cleared one of the most competitive exams for MBA entrance that was conducted on December 4, 2016. He believes that the number of mock tests that he gave has helped him come this far. He says that reliance was only on self-study and never enrolled himself for coaching.He is a student of BITS Pilani and undertook about 86 mock tests and imposed a trust on 90% of his analysis. He has also appeared for GMAT and IIFT.He maintains that maximum effort put in by him was during the weekends as during the weekdays he was mostly juggling his internship and studying.His story would surely serve as a motivation to thousand other future CAT aspirants! 
 
About 20 on a count of 1.9 lakh who gave the exam secured a percentile of 100 in CAT 2016.
 
1. Neha Manglik, BITS Pilani
 
The only girl to top CAT 2014 with 100 percentile is Delhi-based Neha Manglik. Neha is a student of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, batch 2013-15. She was also one of the toppers of CMAT September 2014 (Rank 5).
 
"I am quite happy with the results," she said in a media interview.
 
CAT 2014 Topper Neha Manglik wants to explore her creative side  
 
2. Pranjul Gupta, IIT Kanpur
 
Next 100 percentiler, is pursuing final year Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Kanpur. He has scored 99.99 in Section-1 and 99.97 in Section-2.CAT 2014 was his first attempt. Pranjul started preparing for CAT in summers'14 and kept taking mock tests at regular intervals till CAT.
Pranjul is aiming for IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta. He also has a placement offer from Snapdeal.
 
3. Harshveer Jain, IIT Bombay
 
Indore-based Harshveer, IIT Bombay 2014 pass out, has also scored a whopping 100 percentile. He is currently working with Housing.com. He scored 141.71 in Quant and 129.9 in VA. The overall score is 269.75.
 
CAT topper Harshveer Jain aims to be a writer.
 
4. Vishesh Patni, IIT Kanpur
 
Another 100 percentiler from IIT Kanpur. Vishesh is an undergraduate student in the physics department. His overall scaled score in 273.91.
 
5. Soumyadeep Chakraborty, Jadavpur University
 
Soumyadeep Chakraborty from West Bengal, a student of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, has scored 100 percentile.
 
His scorecard: VA - 100 and QA - 99.97.
 
 6. Anurag Reddy, IIT Bombay
 
 A student of IIT Bombay, Anurag Reddy has also scored 100 percentile. Having secured a perfect score, Anuraag was quick to share how he prepared for CAT this year. Anuraag Reddy CAT 2014 topper loves playing soccer.
 
7. Aashish Chiller, IIT Delhi
 
Aashish is a final year student of production and industrial engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. His scores in Section 1 is 134.68 (99.92 Percentile) and Section 2 is 118.51 (99.93 Percentile). The overall score stands at 261.74 (100 percentile).
 
8. Rajesh Balasubramanian, IIT Madras
 
And for the third time, Rajesh scores a perfect 100.
 
That's right, Rajesh scored 100 percentile in CAT 2011 and CAT 2012. An MBA expert, Rajesh runs 2iim.com, an online and classroom coaching center.
 
9. Vibhu Gupta, IIT Bombay
 
The third IIT-B candidate to score a hundred percentile!
 
10. M. Maheedhar, IIT Delhi
 
Eighth IITian to score 100 percentile.
 
Media interviews with one of the toppers - Harshaveer Jain entails the following tips and strategies:
  1. Work hard on building concepts and practice
  2. Focus on time management.
  3. Opt for coaching for practice, not concept building. Concepts can be understood by self-study.
Give as many mocks as possible and analyze them thoroughly to find your weak spots and work on them.Avidipto Chakraborty emerged topper in the CAT held previous year. In his initial attempt, Chakraborty cleared one of the most competitive exams for MBA entrance that was conducted on December 4, 2016. He believes that the number of mock tests that he gave has helped him come this far. He says that reliance was only on self-study and never enrolled himself for coaching.
 
He is a student of BITS Pilani and undertook about 86 mock tests and imposed a trust on 90% of his analysis. He has also appeared for GMAT and IIFT.
 
He maintains that maximum effort put in by him was during the weekends as during the weekdays he was mostly juggling his internship and studying.
 
His story would surely serve as a motivation to thousand other future CAT aspirants! 
 
About 20 on a count of 1.9 lakh who gave the exam secured a percentile of 100 in CAT 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
1. Neha Manglik, BITS Pilani
 
The only girl to top CAT 2014 with 100 percentile is Delhi-based Neha Manglik. Neha is a student of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, batch 2013-15. She was also one of the toppers of CMAT September 2014 (Rank 5).
 
"I am quite happy with the results," she said in a media interview.
 
CAT 2014 Topper Neha Manglik wants to explore her creative side  
 
2. Pranjul Gupta, IIT Kanpur
 
Next 100 percentiler, is pursuing final year Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Kanpur. He has scored 99.99 in Section-1 and 99.97 in Section-2.
 
CAT 2014 was his first attempt. Pranjul started preparing for CAT in summers'14 and kept taking mock tests at regular intervals till CAT.
 
Pranjul is aiming for IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta. He also has a placement offer from Snapdeal.
 
 
3. Harshveer Jain, IIT Bombay
 
Indore-based Harshveer, IIT Bombay 2014 pass out, has also scored a whopping 100 percentile. He is currently working with Housing.com. He scored 141.71 in Quant and 129.9 in VA. The overall score is 269.75.
 
CAT topper Harshveer Jain aims to be a writer.
 
4. Vishesh Patni, IIT Kanpur
 
Another 100 percentiler from IIT Kanpur. Vishesh is an undergraduate student in the physics department. His overall scaled score in 273.91.
 
5. Soumyadeep Chakraborty, Jadavpur University
 
Soumyadeep Chakraborty from West Bengal, a student of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, has scored 100 percentile.
 
His scorecard: VA - 100 and QA - 99.97.
 
 6. Anurag Reddy, IIT Bombay
 
 A student of IIT Bombay, Anurag Reddy has also scored 100 percentile. Having secured a perfect score, Anuraag was quick to share how he prepared for CAT this year. Anuraag Reddy CAT 2014 topper loves playing soccer.
 
7. Aashish Chiller, IIT Delhi
 
Aashish is a final year student of production and industrial engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. His scores in Section 1 is 134.68 (99.92 Percentile) and Section 2 is 118.51 (99.93 Percentile). The overall score stands at 261.74 (100 percentile).
 
8. Rajesh Balasubramanian, IIT Madras
 
And for the third time, Rajesh scores a perfect 100.
 
That's right, Rajesh scored 100 percentile in CAT 2011 and CAT 2012. An MBA expert, Rajesh runs 2iim.com, an online and classroom coaching center.
 
 
9. Vibhu Gupta, IIT Bombay
 
The third IIT-B candidate to score a hundred percentile!
 
10. M. Maheedhar, IIT Delhi
 
Eighth IITian to score 100 percentile.
 
Media interviews with one of the toppers - Harshaveer Jain entails the following tips and strategies:
 
Work hard on building concepts and practice
Focus on time management.
Opt for coaching for practice, not concept building. Concepts can be understood by self-study.
Give as many mocks as possible and analyze them thoroughly to find your weak spots and work on them.

Subject Experts

Siva Surya Teja, who scored a 100 percentile in CAT and pursued his PGDM from IIM Calcutta gives important tips to crack WAT and PI rounds:
 

  •     Think of an appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion before you start writing.
  •     Take a neutral side and put forward a clear line of thought in a structured manner.
  •     Avoid being verbose and concentrate more on the correct usage of grammar.
  •     Most importantly concentrate on the content of the topic.
  •     And lastly, be prepared for the common interview question of "Why MBA?"

Deepak Aggarwal, a student of IIM Kozhikode, pursued PGDM in General Management shares his success mantra:

  • Read newspapers and stay updated with the current happenings. Try and write your own opinions on the topic that you have read. It will help you a lot in WAT.
  • Know about your profile in and out for the PI round. The interviewer can ask anything from the profile you have submitted.

FAQs

Q. Why is my Admit Card showing blank?

If the candidate has registered multiple times, CAT Centre 2017 will consider only the most recent (last) registration as the official application for CAT 2017 Admit Card generated for you is for the most recent (last) registration. Thus, if you log in using User ID of earlier registration attempts, your Admit Card will be blank. Additionally, it is advised that you view the Admit Card only using the recommended browsers and not from your mobile phone.

Q.I have completed my Bachelor's Degree, do I need to give an overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?

As per CAT 2018 eligibility criteria, you have to give percentage according to your university norms.

 


Q.I have not completed my Bachelor's Degree/I am in final...

Q. Why is my Admit Card showing blank?

If the candidate has registered multiple times, CAT Centre 2017 will consider only the most recent (last) registration as the official application for CAT 2017 Admit Card generated for you is for the most recent (last) registration. Thus, if you log in using User ID of earlier registration attempts, your Admit Card will be blank. Additionally, it is advised that you view the Admit Card only using the recommended browsers and not from your mobile phone.

Q.I have completed my Bachelor's Degree, do I need to give an overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?

As per CAT 2018 eligibility criteria, you have to give percentage according to your university norms.

 


Q.I have not completed my Bachelor's Degree/I am in final year of Bachelor's degree, what marks do I need to enter in the Application form?

As per CAT 2017 eligibility criteria, you have to give Aggregate percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.


Q. I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor's degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc, am I eligible to appear for CAT 2017?

As you are not appearing/completed any Bachelor Degree or not completed any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc. you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2015.

Q. I have completed my 10th/12th standard from CBSE Board. Do I need to enter marks mentioned on Mark list?

As per CAT 2017 Criteria, you have to mention the Aggregate percentage of marks for all subjects irrespective of your Board regulations.

Q. Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam?

No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT exam.

Q. What is the fee for the CAT exam?

The fee is Rs.1700 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD (DA) category the applicable fee is Rs.850.

Q. Will the Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy or by email?

No. The admit card will be only available on the CAT Website when you log on using your CAT 2017 User ID.
Note: Admit Card is a mandatory document required to take the exam. You must bring a print out of your Admit Card to the exam center.

Q. I have not completed any graduation course but I am in the final year of a professional course, am I eligible for CAT 2017?

NO, for applying CAT 2017 you should full fill any one of the following conditions:

    Completed Bachelor's degree with required percentage*.
    Completed professional degree (For example, CA) with required percentage*.
    Should be in the final year of Bachelor's degree with required percentage*.

*For SC/ST and PWD(DA) candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates minimum is 50%.

Q. Can I take the exam from any computer?

No. A candidate will have to take the exam on a workstation assigned at the pre-assigned venue in the preferred city that was chosen by the student, at the time of the registration. These details will be given on the Admit Card.

Score Evaluation

In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across  different test  sessions, the scores of  the candidates shall  be subjected  to a  process of Normalization.  The  Normalization process to be implemented shall take into account location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. The scaled scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting.

For purposes of reporting,  Scaled  Scores for each  Section  (Section  I:  Quantitative Ability, Section II: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Section III: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension) and Total along with the Percentile shall be published.

The Normalization procedure is usually defined by the exam convening body (IIM) every year. This procedure is used to calculate the result of the students who had appeared for the Common Admission Test.

The CAT would be conducted across 2 sessions. To ensure fairness and equity in the comparison of performances across test sessions, the scores of the candidates are normalized.

Intake

Institute Total Number of Seats Fees
IIM Ahmedabad 385 Rs.19.5 lakh
IIM Bangalore NA Rs. 18.7 lakh
IIM Calcutta 460 Rs. 19 lakh
IIM Lucknow 430 Rs. 14 lakh
IIM Kozhikode 360 Rs. 13.75 lakh
IIM Indore 460 Rs. 13 lakh
IIM Shillong 120 Rs. 12.68 lakh
IIM Ranchi 155 Rs. 10.5 lakh
IIM Raipur 120 Rs. 10.26 lakh
IIM Kashipur 131 Rs. 10.50 lakh
IIM Trichy 110 Rs. 10 lakh
IIM Udaipur 120 Rs. 9.50 lakh
IIM Rohtak 150 Rs. 10.5 lakh
IIM Sambalpur 150 Rs. 10 lakh
IIM Bodh Gaya 60 Rs. 11 lakh
IIM Nagpur 60 Rs. 10 lakh
IIM Visakhapatnam 60 Rs. 10.50 lakh
IIM Jammu 45 Rs. 10 lakh
IIM Amritsar 60 Rs. 9 lakh
IIM Sirmaur 60 Rs. 9 lakh

CAT 2017 Question Paper Analysis

CAT Previous Year Exam Analysis:

CAT was conducted by IIM-Lucknow last year. The difficulty pattern and format of the paper did not see much variation from last year. However, students had a mixed opinion regarding the difficulty level and content of the paper.

There was a slight discrepancy in the marking scheme mentioned in the direction of the exam. The marks mentioned in the question paper were +3  for a correct answer and -1 for an incorrect answer. However, the marks mentioned in the consolidated window mentioned +1 for a correct answer and -0.33 for an incorrect one. This did not make a difference to the final merit since the negative marking ratio is same in both the cases.

In 2017, the Verbal Ability section was along the same lines as last year. It can be termed as a moderate section. The subjective jumbling questions were a little tricky in nature. There were no questions on vocabulary and phrasal verbs this year. Students with good reading skills had an upper hand in this section.

Analysis of CAT 2017 Question Paper:

 

Sections

No. of Questions

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

Quantitative Ability

34

Total

100

The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section like every year were the toughest part of the question paper. It was lengthy and time-consuming. The views were same for this section for students attempting this exam in any of the two sessions.

The Quantitative Aptitude section was reported to be at a moderate level with questions evenly distributed from all the topics. Commercial maths, algebra, Geometry, Probability and all basics of mathematics held equal weight.


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CAT Cut-Offs

  1. CAT score, overall percentile score and the sectional cut-offs form the basis of getting shortlisted by various IIMs and other non-IIM management institutes.
  2. Top B-schools including the IIMs usually have a higher range of cut-offs i.e. 90+ percentile, while the mid-rung B-schools' cutoffs range from 75 to 80 percentile and that of the lower rung B-schools is around 50 percentiles.
  3. All aspirants must know that achieving high percentile in CAT will not guarantee admission into IIM. The premier B-schools not only consider the CAT score but also take into consideration the academic record, work experience and participation of the candidates in extra-curricular activities. 
To give all aspirants a better idea of their chances of getting into an IIM or one of the other top B-schools, we anticipate the cut offs.
 

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