Common Admission Test(CAT)

THE COMMON ADMISSION TEST (CAT) is conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and is the first step in the process of seeking admission to the IIMs. CAT is considered one of the most important national standards for entrance to management institutes. Apart from the Indian Institutes of Management, over 50 other management institute use the CAT score for shorting candidates.

Common Admission Test(CAT ) is conducted by Indian Institute Of Managements (IIMs) for admission to Post Graduate Programmes and Fellow Programmes with sectoral programmes on Agricultural and Rural Development, Energy and Power, Human Settlements and Environment, Population and Health, Transportation and Education Management at Calcutta, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Indore, Shillong, Rohtak, Ranchi, Raipur, Tiruchirappalli ,Udaipur, Kashipur In addition some other top management institutes (around 100 ) use CAT score for admissions
Mudra Insitute of Communication, Ahmedabad
S.P.Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
T.A.Pai Management Institute, Manipal
Fore School of Management, New Delhi
Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
National Insurance Academy School of Management , Pune
Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
International Management Institute, New Delhi

Admission Policy of IIMs: Each IIM admits students independently. The Common admission test (CAT) is conducted jointly by IIMs. However,each IIM follows its own admission process,independent of the other IIMs. It should be noted that performance in CAT is one of several inputs used by IIMs to judge the suitability of a candidate, first for group discussion and/or interview and then for final selection.the IIM to which the candidate has applied,evaluates the candidate in each of a set of different areas of achievement,including CAT performance. Each IIM independently decides what weightages should be given to the various are as, admission process followed by each IIM is given in the respective institutional profile.

Non-IIM Institutions: Institutions, other than the IIMs, which also use CAT scores for their admission process, are provided CAT scores of the candidates who have applied to them, along with suggested guidelines on how to use the scores.IIMs do not have any role,other than providing CAT scores,in the admission processes of these institutions.IIMs do not ascertain the quality of programme/degree offered by these institutions before agreeing to provide CAT scores

Selection Process for CAT Exam:
There will be 2 rounds for CAT exam
1) Written test                               2) Interview test

CAT Eligibility
The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree,with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled tribe (ST) or Persons with Disability (PWD) category], of any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of UGC act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. the Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification obtained by the candidate must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent.the percentage obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be based on the practice followed by the university/ institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case of the candidates being awarded grades/CGPa instead of marks,the equivalence would be based on the equivalence certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained bachelor’s degree.In case the university/ institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPa into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by the IIMs by dividing obtained CGPa with the maximum possible CGPa and multiplying the resultant with 100.

Candidates appearing for the final year bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirement and are awaiting results can also apply. Such candidates must produce a certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the university/ institution certifying that the candidate is currently in the final year / is awaiting final results and has obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category) based on latest available grades/ marks

Exam Dates and Schedule
CAT is held in November usually on third Sunday of November

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