All you need to know about CAT

What is CAT?

Common Admission Test or more popularly known as CAT is an entrance exam which helps students to get into famous colleges like IIMS, IITS and also IISc. Until 2011, CAT score was considered only by IIMs but, now IITs and IISc also uses the CAT scores for selecting the students into their prestigious colleges.

History of CAT

The first ever CAT exam was conducted in the year 2007 and it was a paper based exam until 2009. Later, it was turned into a Computer Based Examination. According to many stats that the number of students appearing for the examination are increasing year by year. In 201, approximately 2.3 lac students appeared for the examination.


CAT is considered as one of the most difficult entrance exams in India and the passing percentage of CAT is also very low. A degree in MBA is a prestigious degree which can help a student in getting a good job. MBA stands for Masters in Business Administration and is the most sought after post-graduate course among students. Every year lacs of students appear for CAT exams but only a handful of them make it to IIMs which are considered as the best colleges for MBA.

If you are an aspiring candidate who is preparing for CAT exams, we would love to advice you that, you should solve as many sample papers as you can. Not only CAT, you can also solve XAT sample paper which are designed on the same concept as of CAT.

Eligibility for CAT

For appearing in CAT exams you must have a Bachelors or Equivalent degree with 50% Marks or Equivalent GPA. 45% marks are needed in case of SC/ST/PWD. If you are a final year student, you can also apply for CAT.

Fees for CAT

For general candidates, examination fees is INR 1800 while for SC/ST/PWD candidates, the fees for CAT is INR 900. CAT is conducted once in a year and you can appear for CAT exam as many time as you wish.

Alternatives of CAT Exam

There are many alternatives of CAT exam which can help you in getting into a decent management college. Exams like CMAT, XAT, MAT, GMAT are some good alternatives for CAT. You should look for CMAT exam date as it is approaching and it is considered as the best alterative of CAT.

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT is a computer based exam which tests the skills of the candidate in fields like Quantitative ability, Data interpretation, Logical reasoning and Verbal Ability. Total duration of the CAT exam is 170 mins. CAT follows the percentile system while declaring the result and the score card for CAT remains valid for 1 year.

How to prepare for CAT?

Before thinking on how to prepare for CAT, you should make your mind that you really want to do this and you will do hard work for it. CAT preparation needs focus and attention. You will need to work hard on your aptitude skills and for that you can use books by R.S Agarwal and Arun Sharma. You will need to study for at-least 8-10 hours to get good marks in CAT. Remember CAT is all about how logically you can think and solve the problem.

Read more about CAT on Wikipedia and you will get a much clearer view about the exam. Wishing you good luck for your future.

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