One of the most awaited exam in India is almost here. Common Admission Test (CAT) is an online test hosted by the IIM in India with a view to choose some of the most proficient candidates, who shall have the privilege of pursing MBA from one of the most prestigious colleges in India. This exam is also recognized by numerous other private and government educational institutions. Earlier to 2015, this exam used to be of 170 minutes. However, this time around there has been numerous changes made to the pattern of exam along with offering some assistance to candidates.

Eligibility for CAT

CAT has certain eligibility criteria which a candidate must satisfy before he registers himself for the exam. The most important factor being a graduate degree with at least 50% marks from a recognized College/ University. However, if a candidate belongs to SC/ST/OBC then his qualifying marks for CAT is 45%. Students who are in the final year of Bachelor Degree can also apply for this exam.

Important Dates for CAT 2015-16

Here are some important dates which every candidate should take a notice of.

Last Date of Registration for CAT 2015-16: 20th September 2015
Availability of Admit Card: From 15th October 2015
Exam Dates: Starts from 29 November 2015
Result Declaration– January 2016

The registration process for CAT is online and candidates are requested to keep a close watch on the notifications issued by CAT to know more.

How to apply for CAT

Interested candidates are required to apply through the online portal. They can simply visit this link to register themselves for CAT 2015. Requirement of a scanned copy of passport sized photograph and a scanned copy of candidate’s signature is essential. Other information such as Secondary and Higher Secondary exam results, graduation result, etc., are also required. A payment of INR 1600 is required to be made by candidates belonging to General or OBC category, whereas INR 800 is required to made by SC, ST or PH.

Important Notice for CAT 2015!

Change in Exam Pattern

The rules for CAT has changed this year. According to a notification issued by the respective authority, it has been declared that the CAT Exam will now be for a duration of 180 minutes (3 hours). During this session, a candidate would be required to answer 3 sections, namely, QA (Quantitative Aptitude), VRC (Verbal and Reading Comprehension) and DILR (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning). Each section gets exactly 60 minutes (1 hour) to be answered and the same will not be available to be answered in the remaining 120 minutes (2 hours). 

Change in question style

CAT has transformed itself into a more encompassing exam with the aid of non-MCQ questions. This is the first time that the candidates will be required to type the answers on the screen with the help of keyboard. Out of the 100 questions, there will be some questions which will be of non-MCQ nature and a candidate will be required to answer them in detail. No options or hints will be available in non-MCQs. The QA section will have about 34 questions and DILR will have about 32 questions, the remaining 34 questions will be asked from the VRC section.

Availability of on-screen calculators

Candidates will enjoy the benefit of having an on-screen calculator which will assist them in making quick calculation. The option will remain open in all the sections and the candidates will need to learn to use the same through a tutorial video which the respective authority will be releasing in the month of October 2015.

Scoring system in CAT 2015

The marking system in CAT remains unchanged as every correct answer will give candidates a score of +3 and every wrong answer will deduct 1 from their score. There will be no addition or deduction in the total score if a question is left without an attempt.