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CAT (Common Aptitude Test)

It  is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for the management programme  of its 11 business schools and Top MBA Schools.

CAT Qualification and 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) and Differently Abled (DA) (It may also referred to as Persons with Disability (PWD) 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, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.  The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained the 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 dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.  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.  If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if he/she submits a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of his/her College/Institute stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.  IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website Applicants should note that the mere fulfillment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs.

There is no age restriction for appearing in CAT.

Prospective candidates must maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.

Note for SC/ST, NC-OBC, and DA Candidates

If you belong to SC or ST categories,caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that you send to IIM should be in the Government approved format and should clearly state: (a) Name of your caste/tribe; (b) Whether he  belongs  to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; (c) District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence; and (d) the appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe. A copy of the certificate must be sent to CAT Centre, C/O Admissions Office, Indian Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Joka, Diamond Harbour Road, Kolkata-700 104 . Mention the Voucher Serial Number on the certificate. Failure to produce a copy of the caste certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration.

The caste certificate must be shown and a photocopy enclosed at the time of interviews. Moreover, the caste certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs.

If you belong to the Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC), you must produce the NC-OBC certificate duly signed by competent authority and enclose its photocopy at the time of interviews. Moreover, the certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs. Failure to do so during the post CAT selection process will result in you not being considered under the reserved category.

The DA certificate must be shown and a photocopy enclosed at the time of interviews. Moreover, the DA certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs.


Within the month of  August and October Between October and November(Normally retains 20days) 2 hours and 35 minutes. Within the second week of January

This would provide candidates with the flexibility of choosing a suitable test day based on their convenience. . The CAT vouchers will be available at the 201 branches of Axis Bank with 30 more outlets selling vouchers


Indian Institutes of Management announced the highlights of the Common Admission Test  Prometric, trusted provider of market-leading test development and test delivery solutions, is IIMs’ partner in developing and delivering recent CAT .
The last year CAT  had  only two sections instead of three. The first section would  focus on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second on Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second and will no longer be able to go back. Although new in the computer-based version of CAT, this format was previously practiced in some of the earlier paper-and-pencil years.
A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main examination. The total duration will be two hours and 35 minutes including the tutorial. A practice test to provide candidates with a feel of the timed sections, as well as navigation and functionality of the actual test will be made available in the coming weeks. Once again candidates are advised to go though them carefully to familiarise themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.
 A small number of statistically and psychometrically validated questions are randomly inserted in each question paper as equating blocks.
To offer convenience to more candidates, three new cities – Bhilai, Jammu and Dehradun – have been added to the previous 33 test locations.  To reduce the difficulties in purchasing CAT vouchers, now candidates will also be able to purchase CAT vouchers from 201 Axis Bank branches, an increase of 30 outlets.
A video on the conversion of CAT to a computer-based test and candidate impressions of this transition will be available on YouTube  soon


CAT results are expected in the month of January will be announced on CAT website. List of shortlisted candidates for the next level of slection will be made available on the individual IIM websites. Each IIM will send interview letters to the candidates it has short-listed. The criteria for short-listing varies from IIM to IIM.

It should be noted that each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in latest CAT  examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information you may refer the admissions policies of IIMs from their respective websites.

CAT  Test Sites

Greater Noida
Navi Mumbai
New Delhi

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Site Name Address Pin Code 
LJ Institute of Management Studies Nr. Nagdev Kalyan Mandir, Sanand-Sarkhej Circle S.G.Road 380015

Bangalore, Karnataka

Site Name Address Pin Code 
All India Inst Of Local Self Govt 1/1, 2nd Main, 6th Cross, Gandhi Nagar,Landmark- Adjacent To Kanishka Hotel 560009
Bangalore Institute Of International Management 76/6 Mysore Road,Opp. Rv College Of Engineering 560059
Bangalore Institute Of Management Studies 76/6 Mysore Road,Opp. Rv College Of Engineering 560059
Merittrac Services Pte Ltd 125/1-18, G K Arcade, 2nd Floor, T Mariappa Road, Jayanagar Ist Block 560011
East Point College Of Engineering For Women Jnana Prabha, East Point Campus, Virgo Nagar Post, 560049
Gangamma Thimmaiah Institute Of Management Studies 10/15, Sunkadakatte,Magadi Main Road,Vishwaneedam Post, 560091
Garden City Garden City College, 16 Km, Old Madras Road 560049
Sai Vidya Institute Of Technology Rajanukunte,Doddaballapur Road, Via Yelahanka, 560064

Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Bhilai School Of Engineering Balod Road,Chandkhuri,Bhilai,Durg 491221

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Site Name Address Pin Code 
IES College of Technology Kalkheda Ratibhad Main Road 462044

Bhubaneswar, Orissa

Site Name Address Pin ode
Regional College Of Management Chakadola Vihar,Chandrasekharpur 751023

Chandigarh, Punjab

Site Name Address 1 Pin Code 
Everonn Education Limited SCO 217, 1st Floor, Sector 14, Panchkula 134109
Indo Global College Of Engineering Village Abhipur, District Mohali, ( 18 Kms From PGI Chandigarh) 140109

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Everonn Education Limited Everonn House, Industrial Estate, Perungudi 600096
Saveetha Engineering College Saveetha Nagar, Thandalam, Sriperumbudur 602105
Vel Tech Dr RR and Dr Sr Technical University 42, Avadi – Alamati Road, Vellanur, Avadi 600062

Cochin, Kerala

Site Name Address Pin Code 
All India Institute Of Local Self Govt Corparation Building Kacheripady Junction, Chittor Road 682018
Sr Narayana Gurukul Kadayiruppu P.O Kollenchery 682311

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Site Name Address Pin Code 
KPR School Of Business KPR Knowledge City, Arasur 641407

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Institute Of Management Studies Makkawala Greens, Mussorie Diversion Road 248009

Durgapur, West Bengal

Site Name Address Pin Code 
NSHM -Academy Arrah, Shibtala,Via Muchipara, 713212

Faridabad, Haryana

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Institute Of Management and Technology – IMT Tigaon Road, Near Sai Dham, Sector-87 121002

Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

Site Name Address Pin Code
HR Institute Of Technology 7th Km. Stone, Delhi- Meerut Road, Morta 201206

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Site Name Address Pin Code
Accurate Institute of Management 49 Knowledge Park III 201306

Gurgaon, Haryana

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Everonn Education Limited SCO 9/12, 3rd Floor, Above Vishal Mega Mart,  HUDA Shopping Center, Sector 14 122001
Prometric Testing Private Limited Iris Tech Park, 2nd Floor Tower A, Sector 48, Sohna Road 12201

Guwahati, Assam

Site Name Address 1 Pin Code 
Assam Engineering College Jalukbari 781013

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Site Name Address 1 Pin Code 
MLR Institute Of Technology Dundigal, QuthbullapurGram Umrikheda Near Tollbooth, Khandwa Road 500043
Prometric Testing Private Limited Plot  96, Road #2, Meenakshi Banjara Ville, Banjara Hills 500034

Indore , Madhya Pradesh

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Acropolis Institute Of Technology and Research Mangaliya Bypass Square Vyas Khedi 452020
Swami Vivekanand College Of Engineering Khandwa Road,Near Tool Naka 452020

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Everonn Education Limited 10/1, Chitrakoot Colony, Near Pratap Stadium, Vaishali Nagar 302021
Shankara Institute Of Technology SP-44, RIICO Industrial Area Delhi Road, Kukas 303101

Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Kawa Institute Of Management and Technology Kunjwani Bypass Road Near Narwal Chowk 180001

Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Netaji Subhash Institute Of Business Management Pokhari, P.O. Bhilai Pahari, Jamshedpur 831012

Kolkata, West Bengal

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Eastern Institute For Integrated Learning In Management 6, Waterloo Street 700069
NSHM – Knowledge Campus 124(60) B.L.Saha Road 700053
Swami Vivekananda Institute Of Management and Computer Science Karbala More, Sonarpur Station Road,P.O.- Narendrapur 700103

Kozhikode, Kerala

Site Name Address Pin Code 
SNES Institute of Management Studies and Research Chethukadavu,P.O.M.I.E Kunnamangalam 673571

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Everonn Education Limited Plot No 27, Institutional Area, Vipul Khand, 6 Gomti Nagar 226010
IPCC Ground Floor, Pratap Bhawan ,Behind Leela Cinema, Hazratganj, Naval Kishore Road 226001
Jaipuria Institute Of Management Vineet Khand, Gomtinagar, 226010
Surya Group Of Institutions Gaura, Mohanlalganj, Raibarielly Road 227305

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Site Name Address 1 Pin Code 
Chanakya Institute Of Management Studies and Research  e Sthanikraj Bhavan,C.D Barafiwala Marg Andheri (West) 400058
Merittrac Services Pte Ltd Simran Centre, 2nd Floor, 30H, Parsi Panchayat Road, Andheri (East) 400069
Nirmaladevi College Near Thakur Polytechnic , 90 Feet Road, Thakur Complex, Kandivili (East) 400101
Thakur College Of Science and Commerce Shyamnarayan Thakur Marg, Thakur Village, Kandivili (East), 400101

Nagpur, Maharashtra

Site Name Address 1 Pin Code 
G H Raisoni MBA College Near CRPF Gate No. 3, Isasani Village, Madhav Nagari, Hingna Road 440016

Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

Site Name Address Pin Code
Institute Of Business Studies and Research IBSAR Campus,Thapar Complex,Sector 15,CBD Belapur 400614

New Delhi, Delhi

Site Name Address Pin Code 
All India Institute Of Local Self Government Bharat Ratna Sardar Vallabbhai Patel Bhavan,D22-23, Institutional Area,D Block Pankha Road, Janakpuri 110058
Delhi Business School B-II/ 58, Mcie, Mathura Road, Near Metro Station On Badarpur Border , Next To Honda Car Showroom 110044
Delhi School Of Professional Studies and Research Plot No. 9, Institutional Area, Sector-25, Rohini Phase -III 110085
Era Business School Plot no. HAF-1, Opp. Shivalika Apartment,Sector-9 Dwarka 110077
Trinity Institute Of Professional Studies Sector 9, Dwarka Institutional Area, Adjacent To Metro Pillar No 1160, Dwarka 110075

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Jaipuria Institute Of Management A 32 A Sector 62 201012

Patna, Bihar

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Educom It Solution C-48, Zhi Campus, Sharda Complex, Housing Colony, Kankarbagh 800020
Everonn Education Limited 2nd Floor, Raj Sunder Complex, Vijay Nagar, Rukunpura, Behind Singh Pertol Pump, Baily Road 800014

Pune, Maharashtra

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Indian Institute Of Business Management and Research IBMR, Survey No. 130, Mumbaiangalore Highway, Wakad 411057
Padmashree Dr DY Patil Institute Of Engineering and Technology Opp Hindustan Antibiotic Factory, Sant Tukarm Nagar, Off Pune – Mumbai Highway, Pimpri-Waghere Road, Pimpri 411018
Merittrac Services Pte Ltd Plot No.9, “Forum”, Office No.1, 3rd floor, Survey No.63/2b, Pune Satara Road, Near Padmavati bridge, Opp Swami Vivekanand Statue, Padmavati 411037
Sinhgad Institute Of Management Sinhgad Institute Of Management Building-2, S. No.-44/1, Vadgaon Budruk, Off. Sinhgad Road 411041

Ranchi, Jharkhand

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Government Polytechnic Church Road 834001
Mangalam Institute Of Management 12th Mile, Kuthi Road 835221

Shillong, Meghalaya

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Don Bosco Technical School Don Bosco Road, Laitumukrah 793003

Siliguri, West Bengal

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Bengal Institute Of Management & Medical Science – HISM Building, Hill Cart Road, Tnc Bus Stand, Junction 734003

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Society For Higher Education And Practical Application – SHEPA Mohansarai, Mughalsarai, Vrm Bypass Road, Nibia Bachchaon 221011

Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Site Name Address Pin Code 
Viswanada Institute Of Technology and Mindhivanipelam Village,Sontyam Gram Panchayat,Anandapuram Mandal, 531173


Following Non-IIM Member Institutions have registered for use of CAT 2011 Scores)

National Institutes
Andhra Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu & Kashmir
Madhya Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Uttar Pradesh
West Bengal





Department of Business Administration, Tezpur University
Tezpur University, P.O. Napaam
Tezpur-784 028
Phone : 03712-267128 / 09435081446
Fax : 03712-267128
Website :
Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP)
Phaneeshwarnath Renu Hindi Bhavan
Chhajjubagh, Patna-800 001
Phone : 0612-2200489 / 6570543
Fax : 0612-2200453
Website :



Asia Pacific Institute of Management
Plot No. 3 & 4, Institutional Area
Jasola (Opp. Sarita Vihar)
New Delhi-110 025, Delhi
Phone : 011-42094800 (30 lines)
Fax : 011-26951541
Website :
Apeejay School of Management
Sector – 8
Dwarka Institutional Area
New Delhi-110 077
Phone : 011-25363979/80/81/83/86/88
Fax : 011-25363985
Website :
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s, Usha and Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management
Copernicus Lane
Kasturba Gandhi Marg
New Delhi-110 001
Phone : 011-23073852/493
Fax : 011-23387903
Website :
Era Business School
HAF – 1, Sector – 9,
Phase – 1, Dwarka,
New Delhi -110 077
Phone : 011- 43637000 / 40637000
Fax : 011-46451007
Website :
EMPI Business School
P.O. CSKM Educational Complex
Satbari, Chattarpur
Delhi-110 074, Delhi
Phone : 011-26653764 / 4727 / 4732
Fax : 011-26654422
Website :
FORE School of Management
B-18, Qutab Institutional Area
New Delhi-110 016
Phone : 011-41242405/26523714
Fax : 011-26964229
Website :
Fortune Institute of International Business
Plot No. 5, Opp. R & R Hospital
Rao Tula Ram Marg,
New Delhi-110 057
Phone : 011-47285000
Fax : 011-26144279
Website :
Indian Institute of Finance
Post Box 8486,
Ashok Vihar – II,
Delhi-110 052
Phone : 011-27136257 / 27136437
Fax : 011-27454128
Website : /
International Management Institute, New Delhi
B-10, Qutab Institutional Area
Tara Crescent
New Delhi-110 016,Delhi
Phone : 011-26963519 /1437 / 6143 / 26529237 / 39
Fax : 011-26867539
Website :
Institute of Marketing & Management
Marketing Tower, B-11
Qutab Institutional Area
New Delhi-110 016,
Phone : 011-26520892 / 6 / 26960535
Fax : 011-26520897 / 0903/9712
Website :
IILM Institute for Higher Education
DLF Golf Course Road
Sector – 53 (opp. Sun city),
Gurgaon-122 003, Delhi-NCR
Phone : 0124-3354300/3296874
Fax : 0124-3354390
Website :
Jagan Institute of Management Studies
3, Institutional Area
Sector-5, Rohini
Delhi-110 085
Phone :011-45184000-02
Fax : 011-45184032
Website :
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management
Plot No. 11/7, Sec.-11
Near Metro Station, Dwarka
New Delhi-110 075
Phone : 011-25307700(100 lines)
Fax : 011-25307799
Website :
New Delhi Institute of Management
60, 50 (B & C)
Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi-110 062, Delhi
Phone : 011-29956566/67/68/69, 011-40111000
Fax : 011-29965136
Website :
School of Business, Public Policy & Social Entrepreneurship (SBPPSE)
Ambedkar University, Delhi
New Delhi-110 077, Delhi
Phone : 011-25074875 – 79
Fax : 011-25074056
Website :
Rai Business School
A-41, MCIE
Mathura Road
New Delhi-110 044, Delhi
Phone : 09312162230, 09312966013
Fax : 011-2695 9999
Website :



Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University
Plot No. 16/1, Vikram Sarabhai Marg
Opp. IIM A, Navarangpura
Ahmedabad-380 009
Phone : 079-26301302/26300048
Fax : 079-26301303
Website :
Auro University
Hazira Road
(Opposite ONGC)
Phone : 09099973062 / 0261-408101 /02
Fax : 011-26867539
Website :
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India
Near Village Bhat
Via Ahmedabad Airport & Indira Bridge, Bhat P.O.
Gandhinagar-382 428
Phone : 079-23969163,23969157
Fax : 079-23969164 / 60
Website :
Faculty of Technology Management
CEPT University, K. L. Campus
University Road, Navrangpura
Phone : 079-26302470
Fax : 079-26302075
Website :
Institute of Management, Nirma University
Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway
Post. Chandlodia, Via. Gota
Ahmedabad-382 481
Phone : 02717-241900-4
Fax : 02717-241903-10
Website :
Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA)
Ahmedabad-380 058
Phone : 2717 308250 / 2717 237946-51
Fax : 2717 308349
Website :
School of Petroleum Management
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
Gandhinagar-382 007
Phone : 079-23275034 / 079-23276911-4
Fax : 079-23276364 / 23275030
Website :
Sanskriti School of Business
Near Delhi Public School
Harni-Virod Road, Harni
Vadodara-390 022
Phone : 0265-2541084 / 85
Fax : 0265-2541084
Website :



Haryana School of Business
Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology
Hisar-125 001
Phone : 01662-263111/82
Fax : 01662-276240
Website :
Management Development Institute, (MDI)
Mehrauli Road, Sukhrali
Gurgaon-122 007
Phone : 0124-4560000 / 234017 3 /2340153
Fax : 0124-4560456 / 4560003
Website :
National Power Training Institute
NPTI Complex
Faridabad-121 003
Phone : 0129-2275308-9 / 2272142
Fax : 0129-2275448 / 2277412
Website :
University School of Management, Kurukshetra University
Kurukshetra University
Kurukshetra-136 119
Phone : 01744-238026 / 01744-238565
Fax : 01744-238035 / 238277
Website :



Tips for CAT Exam:

Some fundamental things need to be kept in mind before going to the exam. Since CAT exam is conducted in the month of November and this is July a student can prepare for a period of four months which again depends on ability of the student. So utilize this four months of time in a proper way and preplanned schedule.

Since CAT exam consists of mainly three sections and they are
1) Quantitative Aptitude
2) Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
3) Verbal Section

Now coming to the actual preparation part in a month time make sure that you cover all the three sections and allot at-least 1 week of time per month for each section and based on the level of confidence in a particular section try to vary the time period.

It’s always a better option to attend a coaching center as by sitting at home we may gain knowledge but some useful tips cannot be gained by doing self studies. These tips are only provided by various institutes across the country. TIMES is recommended institute for CAT as the material provided by them is one of the best material.

For solving Quantitative Aptitude and gaining quickness solve books related to basic algebra and try to make sure that you’re confident enough in all your basics. Never waste any time on things which we are not familiar enough.
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation needs some good ground work and one need to be sharp in calculating percentages. This is considered to be the toughest part of CAT exam and person who can do well in this section will definitely gain upper hand on others.

Finally, the verbal section this is also a tough but time saving section. There will be some reading comprehension passages, except this reaming all will be simple and if a person has a habit of reading newspaper and jotting down some important words and their meanings right from childhood might do this section with ease.

During your last 10 days or 1 week that is in the month of November try to recollect all the formulae and fundamentals. Try to practice only previous year questions and emphasis on the areas where you’re repeatedly doing wrong. Try to take as many mock tests as possible and get accustom to system. Practice all your mock tests in system only so that you can understand things pretty well and make sure that you won’t waste any time in understanding the system tools.


One should  make sure to  carry  hall ticket, pen, pencil, eraser and all other stuff related and required for the exam. Don’t get panic and try to be at the center at-least 30 minutes prior to the exam. Try to be as cool as possible and try to do well. If you can’t get anything don’t stick onto those questions, leave them and go to the next questions.