CAT – Common Admission Test – 2018 – 2019 (IIM Ahmedabad)
CAT is a national level MBA entrance exam for admission into the business administration programs of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). Apart from the IIMS, hundreds of other leading business schools such as FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, IMT, IMI, XIMB, TAPMI and others accept the CAT score as the admission criterion.
CAT is an online computer-based test conducted in the month of November/December every year. Approximately 2 lakhs students take the exam for close to 5000 seats.
Who is Eligible for CAT 2018?
- The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA and 45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories.
- 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.
- The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no 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.
- Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short-listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.
Admission process of CAT 2018
Each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process would include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors like 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.
Test Pattern of CAT 2018:
CAT Exam Pattern is unpredictable and changes every year. For last two years, the structure of the test has undergone a few changes. There are 3 sections in the test:
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
- Quantitative Ability (QA)
In CAT 2017, the test consisted of 100 objective type questions. Below is a section-wise analysis-
|Sections||Questions||Time Allotted||Marks Allotted|
|Quantitative Aptitude||34||60 minutes||102|
|Data interpretation and logical reasoning||32||60 minutes||96|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||34||60 minutes||102|
Additionally, certain other points related to the CAT Exam Pattern are:
- A few questions in each section of CAT may be of non-MCQs type questions (TITA- Type in the Answer).
- Exactly 60 minutes are allotted for answering each section.
- Each question carries 3 marks and there is negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer.
- No negative marking for non-MCQ type questions.
- A virtual calculator (on-screen calculator) is available throughout for the purpose of calculation.
- The test takers cannot switch between the sections and have to attend the test in a particular order. The order of the sections is same for all the applicants-
- DI & LR, and
- Four scaled scores are presented for each candidate: an overall scaled score and three separate scaled scores for each section. As the three sections evaluate distinct sets of knowledge and skills, scores do not correlate across sections. A high score in one section does not guarantee a high score in another section. Percentile rankings are provided for each individual section as well as for the overall exam score.