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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...

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 Score is accepted for admission by all the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta and others. Every year lakhs of candidate compete for nearly 5500 seats offered by IIMs. Apart from IIMs, CAT score is accepted by numerous other B-schools such as FMS Delhi, IMT, IMI XIMB and many more.

Key components of CAT:

  • The exam provides admission to IIMs and top B-schools
  • This year the examination will be conducted by IIM Calcutta
  • The CAT Application Process is conducted online and begins in the first week of August
  • The candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 50 percent aggregate from a recognized university.
  • The candidates who are in the final year of graduation can also apply for the examination.
  • The examination is conducted in online mode which comprises of Multiple-Choice Questions and Non-Multiple-Choice Questions.  

CAT 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on November 25, 2018, by IIM Calcutta

Facts about Common Admission Test (CAT):

Name of the examination

Common Admission Test also known as CAT

Conducting Authority

IIMs, CAT 2018 will be conducted by IIM Calcutta

Examination Type

National Level Examination

Frequency

Once in a year

Number of candidates appearing for exam

Nearly 2 Lakhs candidate appear for CAT every year

Exam Pattern

Multiple-Choice Questions and Non-Multiple-Choice Questions

Number of questions

100 questions

Negative Marking

  • 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer of MCQs.
  • No mark would be deducted for Non-MCQs

Mode of examination

Online

Official Website

Iimcat.ac.in

Highlights of CAT Registration:

  • The registration is conducted online and no offline facility is available for registration.
  • The application procedure involves various steps such as providing personal details, education qualification and uploading of signature & photograph. 
  • The application form 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.

Things to know about CAT:

  • The CAT Eligibility criteria specify 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. 
  • The entire CAT Syllabus is divided into the following sections - Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
  • To ensure that CAT Preparation is up to the mark, consistency and practice are the keys. 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 application procedure is completed. You must ensure that you reach the venue at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled time.
  • CAT result is announced in the second week of January. 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 the CAT exam 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 CAT 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. 
  • 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 2018 Important Dates

The Common Admission Test Dates for 2018 have been announced by the IIM Calcutta. 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 the 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 Important Events

Dates

CAT Online Registration Starts

August 8, 2018

Last date to apply online

September 26, 2018, before 05:00 PM

CAT 2018 Admit Card available for Download

October 24 to November 25, 2018

CAT 2018 Exam Date

November 25, 2018

CAT 2018 Result

2nd week of January 2019 (Tentative)


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CAT 2018 Eligibility

Every year CAT Eligibility Criteria is prescribed by the IIM responsible for conducting the examination, but the basic eligibility criteria remain the same. The eligibility conditions determine if the candidate is eligible to write the Common Admission Test (CAT) or not.

The basic eligibility criteria for CAT are as follows:

  • The candidate must have passed graduation from a recognized university with a minimum of 50 percent aggregate from a recognized university.
  • The candidates belonging to Reserved Category will be provided a relaxation of 5 percent. Those candidates require a minimum of 45 percent aggregate from a recognized university.
  • There is no age limit to appear for CAT exam
  • There is no maximum limit to appear for the examination i.e. the candidate can attempt the exam numerously.

Details about CAT Eligibility:


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CAT 2018 Application Procedure

Before understanding the CAT Application Procedure, the candidate must know the documents required for registration:

  • Passport Size Photograph: The candidate must upload the scanned image of passport size photograph with width of 30 mm and height of 45 mm. The size of the image must not be more than 80 KB and should be in JPEG/JPG format only.
  • Signature: The candidate must upload the scanned image of their signature with blue or black pen on a plain paper with width of 80 mm and height of 35 mm. The size of the image must not be more than 80 KB and should be in JPEG/JPG format only.
  • Category Certificate: The candidates who belong to Reserved Category i.e. Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe or Other Backward Caste must upload a scanned copy of their category certificate while application process.

The CAT Application Process involves three steps i.e. CAT Registration, Logging in the website and lastly Filling the Application Form. The candidate applying for CAT examination must read the steps involved in registration carefully.

Steps to fill CAT Application Form:


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Application Fees

The Online Application Process of CAT examination commences in the month of September every year. About 1.5 months of time is given to the candidates to complete the application procedure which is conducted online. The fees for the same can be paid either by Demand Draft or through online mode i.e. Credit/ Debit/ Net Banking. In case the candidate pays by DD, then he/she is required to update the same on their login credentials.

The candidate also should check the eligibility criteria before considering to apply for the Common Admission Test. The candidate 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 examination.

Category Fees
General Rs. 1900
NC-OBC Rs. 950
SC/ST/PWD (DA) Rs. 950

CAT 2018 Admit Card

CAT Admit Card will be released in the month of October. The Admit Card will be issued only to those candidates whose application form is accepted by the examination conducting authority. The candidate will require CAT registered ID and Password to download their respective admit card. The admit card will carry information such as personal details of the applicant, exam date, exam timings, and exam centre. The admit card must be carried to the examination hall on the exam day as the candidate will not be allowed to enter the exam hall without admit card. 

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CAT 2018 Preparation Tips

Your CAT preparation strategy entirely depends on how much time you are giving for your preparations. According to the experts, as your exam date approaches nearer, you need to spend major on the time in revising all the topics you have covered in the past few months. CAT Preparation involves Preparation strategy, preparation time, right study material and many other factors.

Below are the CAT Preparation tips, based on experts and toppers view:

Tips for Students preparing for CAT at home:

  • The candidate must know the revised CAT exam pattern.
  • The candidate must thoroughly analyze the CAT syllabus.
  • Examine your own weaker and stronger areas according to the syllabus.
  • Compile the best study material which includes books, study materials and research papers.
  • Start working on your weaker areas and master the areas where you are already confident.
  • Practice mock tests regularly and try to improve your mistakes.
  • You can also practice previous years question paper and try to complete them according to the time limit.

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CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

The Indian Institute of Management- Calcutta has released the details about CAT exam pattern. The exam pattern for the current year has been slightly changed and the same has been continued since 2014.

Though there had been numerous changes in the CAT Exam Pattern for last 4 years, the basic structure remains the same. According to the revised examination structure, the CAT examination will comprise of 3 sections and will be conducted for 100 marks. The time duration for each section will be 60 minutes.

CAT Exam Pattern:


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CAT 2018 Syllabus

Section-wise Topics and Sub-topics in CAT 2018 Syllabus:

Quantitative Aptitude

Arithmetic

Algebra

Geometry

Mensuration

Calculus

Trigonometry

  • Number System
  • HCF
  • LCM
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Simplification
  • Percentage
  • Average
  • Age Calculation
  • Time & Work
  • Distances
  • Theory of Equations
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Sequence & Series 
  • Angles
  • Lines
  • Triangles
  • Circles
  • Areas and Volumes – Rectangles
  • Squares
  • Triangles
  • Circles
  • Cubes
  • Cones
  • Spheres
  • Pipes and Cistern
  • Maxima and Minima
  • Function
  • Trigonometric Ratios
  • Heights and Distances

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CAT Previous Years Question Papers

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CAT 2017 Question Paper Analysis

CAT exam last year was conducted by IIM-Lucknow. The difficulty pattern and format of the paper did not see much variation from last year. There was a mixed response from the students in terms of the difficulty level of the paper. All the 20 CAT toppers last year emerged to be engineers. 

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

Quantitative Ability

34

Total

100


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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.

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.

CAT 2018 Result

CAT Result is declared by the examination conducting Indian Institute of Management in the month of January. This year the result will be declared by IIM Calcutta. The CAT Result carries the individual Score Card of the candidate which can be downloaded from the official website. The candidates are required to provide their Login ID and Password to view the Result. The notification regarding the release of the result is sent to the candidates on their registered mobile number.

CAT Result will carry following details:

  • Candidates' Name, Address, Photograph and Date of Birth
  • Candidates' Registration ID
  • Category of the Candidate
  • Gender of the Candidate
  • Date and Time of CAT examination
  • Composite Score of the Candidate
  • Section-wise Score of the Candidate
  • Sectional percentile of the Candidate
  • Overall percentile obtained by the candidate
  • Instructions related to CAT Result

The candidate must take a print out of their CAT Score Card. The CAT Scores are accepted for admissions by all the IIMs and the top B-Schools of India. The candidates can apply to the various institutes according to the scores attained by them and the Cut Off Trends of the institutes. The last date to download the CAT Score Card is January 31, 2019.

Documents required for Group Discussion and Personal Interview:

  • CAT Score Card
  • Class X Mark Sheet and Certificate
  • Class XII Mark Sheet and Certificate
  • Graduation Mark Sheet
  • Date of Birth Certificate
  • Category Certificate, if required
  • Work Experience Certificate, if required

Steps to download CAT Score Card:

  1. Visit the official website of CAT at iimcat
  2. Enter your Registered ID and Password and click on ‘Login for Score Card CAT' button
  3. CAT Score Card will appear on the screen
  4. Download it and take a print out for further references

Things to know about CAT Result:

  • The CAT Score Card is issued only for those candidates who have appeared for the examination.
  • No separate Score Card is emailed to the Candidate by the examination conducting Board.
  • The scaled scores of individual sections are not additive, and the overall score is based on the total raw scores obtained by the candidate.
  • IIMs and Non-IIMs individually decide their cut off and the decision of using CAT scores entirely depends on the institutes.
  • The CAT Score will be eligible for one year.

How Cat Result is calculated?

  • The CAT Result is calculated on the basis of the scores obtained by the candidate in each section.
  • The candidate is awarded with an additional 3 marks for each correct answer and a mark is deducted for each incorrect answer.
  • The CAT Result is in the form of Percentile. The percentile indicates the value below which a given percentage of the candidate falls. 

CAT Cut-Offs

The CAT cutoff is the score on the basis of which the candidates get selected for the admission rounds in the IIMs. The CAT is accepted by over 20 IIMs and about 100+ B schools. The expected cutoffs based on the indications of previous years is as listed below. Apart from this, the cutoff scores of private B schools which are not IIMs are also mentioned below. The cutoffs of the respective institutes would be announced as soon as the result is announced by the respective B schools. 

CAT expected cutoffs for participating institutions apart from IIMs are as follows:

Name of participating Institutes apart from IIMs Cut-off percentile
UBS Chandigarh 90

Shailesh J Mehta School of Management 

IIT Bombay

95
JBIMS, Mumbai 95

CAT 2018 Selection Procedure

Nearly 2 lakh candidates appear for CAT examination every year out of which only a few thousand candidates are selected for admission in IIMs. However, CAT Score is accepted by numerous Management Institutes across the country, The Selection Criteria of all the 20 IIMs may Vary from each other.

Common Selection Criteria of IIMs is mentioned below:

  • All the IIMs release their selection criteria every year. According to the notifications released, the selection procedure for the current year is similar to that of previous years.
  • Most of the Indian Institutes of Management follow two-step selection process i.e. the CAT Score and the Witten Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI) Round.
  • The candidates who qualify the CAT examination and falls within the Cut Off of the respective Institute will be called for the second step i.e. WAT and PI Round.

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Intake

Institute Total Number of Seats Fees
IIM Ahmedabad 385 Rs.19.5 lakh
IIM Bangalore 382 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

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. 

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.

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

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.

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Following features were introduced:

  • On-screen calculator
  • Increase in 10 mins by 180 mins.
  • 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.

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.

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 November 26, 2017. 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 2017.
 
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 percentile, 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.

Courses Under CAT 2018

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 Programme 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

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 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 focused attempt.
  3. There could be a change in the number of non-MCQs or they could be completely removed.

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FAQs

Q1. When is CAT examination scheduled to be conducted?

A1. The CAT examination is scheduled to be conducted on November 25, 2018.

Q2. Who can apply for CAT exam?

A2. The CAT eligibility criteria are following:

The candidate must possess a Bachelors' degree with a minimum of 50 percent aggregate from a recognized university.

The candidates appearing in the final year of graduation can also appear for the examination.

Q3. What is the age limit for CAT examination?

There is no age limit to appear for CAT examination.

Q4. How much is the CAT Application Fee?

A4. The CAT Application Fee is INR. 1900 for the candidates of Unreserved Category whereas the same for the candidates of reserved Category is INR. 950.

Q5. When can I register for CAT exam?

A5. The CAT Registration generally begins in the month of August every year and the online application forms are available for a period of one and a half month.

Q 6. I am unable to download my CAT Admit Card. Whom shall I contact?

A6. If the candidate is unable...

Q1. When is CAT examination scheduled to be conducted?

A1. The CAT examination is scheduled to be conducted on November 25, 2018.

Q2. Who can apply for CAT exam?

A2. The CAT eligibility criteria are following:

The candidate must possess a Bachelors' degree with a minimum of 50 percent aggregate from a recognized university.

The candidates appearing in the final year of graduation can also appear for the examination.

Q3. What is the age limit for CAT examination?

There is no age limit to appear for CAT examination.

Q4. How much is the CAT Application Fee?

A4. The CAT Application Fee is INR. 1900 for the candidates of Unreserved Category whereas the same for the candidates of reserved Category is INR. 950.

Q5. When can I register for CAT exam?

A5. The CAT Registration generally begins in the month of August every year and the online application forms are available for a period of one and a half month.

Q 6. I am unable to download my CAT Admit Card. Whom shall I contact?

A6. If the candidate is unable to view or download the CAT Admit Card then the candidate must contact the Helpdesk at cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in or at 18002663549.

Q7. Can I take CAT examination from any computer?

A7. No, the examination conducting board will avail computers the candidates at the examination centre.

Q8. What are the sections of CAT Examination?

A8. The CAT examination comprises of 3 sections i.e. the Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. 

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