Common Admission Test (C.A.T)

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for admission to the Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India including the IIMs. CAT is a computer based test and it tries to test the ability of a person on the areas of Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning.

The CAT score is used separately by each institute along with other parameters i.e. academic performance, work experience, group discussion, written assessment and interview performance etc. to select candidates. The weightage assigned to CAT score may differ for each institute. Candidates are advised to read the weightage, process and breakup for each institute on its respective website.


The candidate must be a graduate with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC/ST/DA/PWD) 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. But selection would be subject to qualifying the entrance exam as well as graduation with prescribed marks.

Test Duration & Pattern (CAT 2014)

Section No. of Questions Duration
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
50 2 hrs. 50 mins
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
Total 100 2 hrs. 50 mins

Test Overview

Section Cutoff
Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation 56
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning 39
Overall Cutoff 124

Top Colleges Under CAT

Apart from the present 13 IIMs, the Government has decided to open six new IIMs, one each in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. CAT 2014 will also include the Registration option for these new IIMs. They are likely to commence their academic session from 2015-16. Other prominent B- Schools (not in any particular order) that accept CAT scores are:

S.P. Jain Institute of Management Research IMT Ghaziabad
NITIE K. J. Somaiya Institute Of Management Studies And Research
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi MICA Ahmedabad
MDI Gurgaon SJMSOM (IIT-Bombay)
VGSOM (IIT Kharagpur) Department of Management Studies (NIT Trichy)

ISW offers 150 hours of intensive coaching in Quants, Verbal and Logical Reasoning where the student will be benefitted by

  • Diagnostic Test.

  • Experienced Trainers.

  • Individual Focus.

  • Flexible Timing.

  • Periodic Assessment.

In addition to the above topic wise questions are covered and to test the students, formative tests are being conducted. Additional guidance is being provided to the students to enhance their skills based on evaluation on formative tests.