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To clear the CAT exam, one must become proficient in Quantitative aptitude & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. The test duration is of 170 minutes (2 hours 50 minutes in total). Number of questions in each section varies. QA has 34 questions, DILR has 32 questions and Verbal has 34 questions. Candidates have the flexibility to devote more or less time to each section according to their ability. The time limit given to students makes it necessary for them to apply the fastest possible approach to solve questions in order to crack the CAT exam. Clearing fundamental concepts and knowing the smarter, rather than harder way, to solve problems is thus inevitable. Studying consistently is very important as it helps students in getting used to the type of questions they deal with. Getting trained by trainers who have themselves cracked the exam is necessary.
CAT exam is conducted every year in the month of November. The set of dates on which students can write the exam varies every year depending on the organization conducting the exam. On rotation basis, one of the IIMs conduct CAT and they set the exam dates.
CAT or Common Admission Test is a computer based aptitude test for selection of students to the most prestigious B schools in India. CAT is in fact one of the most competitive exams that pave way to top notch career in the field of management. It measures a candidate\'s aptitude based on quantitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning. CAT is conducted by the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management), the most prestigious MBA colleges in India, and most leading management institutes use CAT scores for their admission process.
CAT Scores are used for admission into all the IIMs and most of the top B schools in India like FMS, SP Jain, MDI, IMI, NITIE ,IMT, JBIMS, etc. More than two lakh students take CAT every year, and on an average there are sixty candidates competing for a single seat. It tests a candidate’s ability to deal with data, numbers, logic-based problem statements.
CAT aspirants can apply online for the CAT exam through the official CAT website ( You need to register yourself on this website and create a free account to provide all required details along with a digital passport size photograph to generate an admit card.
Eligibility for CAT:
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) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Able (DA) category) awarded by 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 the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.