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About CAT Management Entrance Test

The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a CBT (Computer Based Test) held in India. The entrance test evaluates a candidate’s data interpretation, quantitative ability, logical reasoning and verbal ability, for pursuing management courses in reputed institutes like IIMs, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other business schools in India. To study in a premier management institute in India, a good CAT score is a must!

Why appear for CAT exam?

Students who are planning to pursue management programs after their graduation should take up the CAT exam. The CAT exam is one of the highly-competitive management entrance exams that help students to study management courses in reputed institutes like the IIMs and land their dream jobs. The better the CAT score, the higher the chances of getting into reputed management institutes in India. Also working professionals who are looking to enhance their skills and develop more management skills can appear for CAT, to study management programs in top institutions. An MBA degree from a reputed institute helps a student find better jobs with high pay scale and attractive benefits.

Eligibility Criteria:

CAT Syllabus

The CAT exam consists of two sections:

Quantitative Ability:

Data Interpretation:

Verbal Ability:

Logical Reasoning:

How to prepare for CAT 2014?

CAT is a very tough management entrance exam and aspiring candidates need in-depth preparation to successfully clear and get into top management schools.

The following tips can help candidates who are preparing for CAT 2014 exam:

Under the CAT 2014 New Pattern

The new CAT pattern will have 50 questions for the Quantitative section and 50 questions for Verbal section. Under the pattern, candidates have full flexibility to go forth and back between the sections and attempt questions from any section anytime. The total time has been increased from 140 to 170 minutes.

There is no sectional time limit for the sections, so candidates may lose track of time and end up not finishing all the sections. Candidates need sectional and overall cut-off marks to secure admission in top management universities. So the key to successfully clearing 2014 CAT will depend on effective time management of the 170 minutes.

CAT Scoring

Three will be three scaled scores for each candidate:

CAT: Management Entrance Exam [Infographic]

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CAT (Common Admission Test) - Quick Facts

CONDUCTED BY: IIMs - Indian Institutes of Management
IIMs, IITs (Indian Institute of Technology)
FMS - Faculty of Management Studies
NITs - National Institutes of Technology
ISB, BHU, Others

50+ Indian B-Schools Accept CAT Scores!

Became Online in: 2009
Score Range: 0 - 450
Frequency: Once A Year
Type of Questions: A | B | C | D
Duration: 2 Hours 50 Minutes
CAT 2013:
1.94 Lacs Registers
1.73 Lacs Appeared
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