CAT Exam




Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most important MBA entrance exams. It is a national level entrance test conducted by Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) for management courses.

Most of the top management institutes in India provide quality education to MBA students depending on the marks scored in CAT examination. CAT entrance exam is used as a criteria to shortlist the students for providing admissions to the top six IIM colleges in India.

Eligibility criteria for CAT exam:-

Candidate must have bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized College/ University with at least 50% marks.


Exam Dates

CAT 2013 Dates:-

CAT exam is conducted every year in the month of October and November during a 21 days testing window. Candidate can only appear once during this period.

Online Registration: 5 August 2013 to 24 Sep,2013

Examination Date: 16 Oct, 2013 to 11 Nov, 2013

CAT 2013 Results Available from 14th Jan 2014

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Exam Preparation

CAT is more application based exam. Start your preparation from basic topics of each section. Collect the study material and previous question papers from various education centre or websites. Join the best coaching institute to help yourself clear CAT in a better way. Time management is most essential for clearing CAT exams.

List of Books for CAT exams preparation:

• Date Interpretation for the CAT (Author: Trishna)
• CAT solved papers (G.K. Publications)
• How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (Author: Arun Sharma)
• CAT Topic wise Solved Papers (Author: Deepak and Shipra Agrawal)
• Verbal Ability Guide for CAT (Pt Education ltd)


Exam Syllabus

CAT 2013 Exam Pattern:-

From the year 2012, there are only two sections in the CAT exams:

• Quantitative Ability & Date Interpretation
• Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

Each section contains 30 questions and candidates are allotted 70 minutes each to attempt these sections.

Each correct answers carries 1 mark and incorrect deducts 1/3 mark.

CAT 2013 Syllabus:-


Comprehension of passage, Verbal reasoning, Syllogisms, Contextual usage, Analogies, Anatomy, Fill in the blanks, Foreign language word used in English, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, Idioms, Errors in word  choice, Mania & phobia, Incorrect words, Conditional & multiple usage, Punctuation, Proverbs, One word substitution, Different usage of same word, Phrasal verb, etc.

Quantitative Ability:-

• Geometry
• Ratio and Proportions, Ratios, Percentage, In equation
• Quadratic and linear equation
• Algebra
• Mensuration, Alligation & mixtures, Work, Pipes and Cisterns
• Installment payments, Partnership, Clocks
• Probability, Permutation & Combination
• Profit & Loss
• Averages, Percentages & Partnerships
• Time-Speed-Distance, Work and Time
• Number system

Date Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:-

• Date Interpretation based on text, Date Interpretation based on graphs and tables.
• Graphs can be column graphs, Graphs representing area, Bar graphs, Pie chart, Venn – diagram, etc.
• Critical reasoning, Visual reasoning, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, statements and Conclusions, Cause and effects, Matrix arrangements, etc.


• Current Affairs, Business, Punch lines of companies, Major corporate events
• Science, History, Geography, International Organization
• Important quotations
• Social issues, Sports, Finance, automobiles, Entertainments, Politics, etc.
• Famous awards and prizes
• World records
• Books and authors



List of Colleges in India accepting CAT Scores:-

• Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad (IIM-A)
• Indian Institute of Management, Culcutta (IIM- B)
• Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi
• XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur
• Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B)
• Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIM- I)



Top Coaching Institutes for CAT Exam in India:-

• Triumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt Ltd (T.I.M.E)
• IMS Learning Resources Pvt Ltd
• Career Launcher (CL)
• Career Forum

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