Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes
of Management (IIMs), considered to be the most prestigious B-schools of India.
It is an entrance exam for students who want to pursue Post Graduate level Management
Degree from world renowned IIM's. Performance in Common Admission Test or CAT, followed
by Group Discussions and Personal Interviews, serves as the basis for admission.
Apart from the IIM's, a candidate can take admission in many other business schools
with a CAT score.
The entrance test is conducted for the following courses:
PGP - (Post Graduate Program in Management) - IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, RGIIM Shillong
PGP-ABM - (Post Graduate Program in Agri-Business Management) - IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow
PGSEM - (PGP in Software Enterprise Management) - IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta
PGP-PGDCM- (Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Management) - IIM Calcutta
PGPPM -(Post Graduate Program in Public Policy and Management) - IIM Bangalore
Ex-PGP (Post Graduate Program in Management for Executives) - IIM Indore
FPM (Fellow Program in Management i.e. equivalent to Ph.D) - IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow.
Eligibility for CAT Exam
Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIMs), the most reputed B- schools of India. The test is conducted every year for the aspirants, who desire to seek admission in business administration program at post graduate level. Scores of CAT, followed by group discussion and personal interview, determine the selection of the applicants. The entrance examination is conducted for admission into the following post graduate programs
* Agri-Business Management
* Software Enterprise Management
* Computer Aided Management
* Public Policy and Management
* Management for Executives
* Fellow Program in Management, which is considered equivalent to Ph. D
Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP)
The applicants should possess Bachelor's degree of a recognized university in any stream, with not less than 50% marks in aggregate. Exemption of 5% is there for SC/ST candidates. The candidates waiting for results of the final year exam can also apply.
Post Graduate Program in Agri-Business Management (PGP-ABM) conducted in IIM Ahmadabad and Lucknow
The candidates, who have Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Agriculture Sciences or in Agriculture-related disciplines, with minimum 50% marks in total, are eligible. Relaxation of 5% is there for SC/ST or Persons with Disability (PWD) candidates. The candidate with Bachelor's degree of a recognized university with at least 50% marks in aggregate are also eligible. In order to seek admission in IIM Lucknow, the applicants should also have minimum two years' experience in Agriculture or allied sector along with Bachelor's degree in any discipline.
Post Graduate Program in Software Enterprise Management (PGSEM), conducted at IIM Bangalore and Calcutta
The candidate must have passed graduation from a recognized university. Besides, he/she should possess two years of work experience in software industry.
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Management (PGDCM) program, conducted in IIM Calcutta
The candidate should have completed graduation in any field, with at least 50% aggregate marks. Relaxation of 5% is there in case of candidates belonging to SC and ST categories.
Post Graduate Program in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM), held in IIM Bangalore
The candidates, who are Government official, civil society functionary, mid career executive belonging to PSUs and Corporate Undertakings, are eligible. Besides, any other individual with not less than 7 years of professional experience can also apply.
Post Graduate Program in Management for Executives (Ex-PGP) held in IIM Indore
The applicants with Bachelor's Degree in any field securing not less than 50% marks along with minimum 5 years of managerial/ entrepreneurial/ professional experience after graduation are eligible. Exemption of 5% is there for SC/ST or Persons with Disability (PWD) candidates.
Common Admission Test (CAT) is considered as one of the most competitive entrance examinations to seek admission in management program all over India. It is conducted once a year in the end of November or in the beginning of December. The examination pattern of CAT exam keeps on changing every year. However, the questions are broadly classified into three or four categories, which are given below.
The duration of the entrance examination is also not fixed. The test paper consists of objective questions with multiple options. The number of questions could be 60 to 70. Negative marking is there for every wrong answer. More than one answer against a question also fetches negative marks. The answers have to be filled only through HB pencil on a computer coded OMR sheets.
Group Discussion & Personal Interview
The candidates, who have successfully cracked CAT entrance examination, have to appear in Group Discussion & Personal Interview (commonly known as GDPI) in order to seek admission into postgraduate management programs offered at IIMs and other reputed B-schools across India.