Earning an MBA degree that too from IIMs or any other reputed management institutes in India is considered as a golden pass to the international business world. Looking at this scenario, the Government of India emphasizes more on a complete and transparent selection criteria. In order to select superior talent, Ministry of HRD conceptualized the CAT exam.
CAT stands for Common Admission Test. It is conducted by the six IIMs as a national level entrance test in selecting students for their business administration program at the Masters level. Apart from IIMs, the exam doesn’t fail to have its influence on other reputed B- schools such as SP Jain, MICA, TA Pai and many more. With the help of this pre-requisite candidates are judged in five broad areas i.e. Verbal ability & reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative skills, data interpretation and analytical & logical reasoning. CAT score is approved by almost top 50 B-schools across India.
CAT 2015 Eligibility:
• Bachelors degree with atleast 50 percent marks or equivalent CGPA (45 percent marks or equivalent CGPA in case of SC (Scheduled Caste) ST (Scheduled Tribe), Persons with Disability (PWD) and Differently abled category (DA) 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 Section 3 of the UGC Act,1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
•The percentage of marks obtained in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the degree has been obtained. In case of 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 the bachelors degree has been obtained. 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.
• Students appearing for final year Bachelors degree or equivalent examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply for CAT 2014.
If selected, you will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if you have submitted the certificate latest by June 30, 2015 from the Principal/Registrar of College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2015) stating that the you have completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
List of Equivalent qualifications for CAT:
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post Diploma ) or B.E/B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers India).
Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities New Delhi,which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutions.
For cases not covered above, equivalency certificate to be produced from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi.
CAT Exam 2015 Selection Procedure:
Please note that IIM's select CAT qualified candidates for second stage of selection according to the institute's independent need. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). CAT score is an important factor for CAT selection process. In addition to this the institute may use your previous academic performance, relevant work experience and other similar outputs in shortlisting and ranking candidates for various stages of admission. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters vary across IIMs.
CAT Result will be declared in the third week of December. List of selected candidates will be made available on individual IIM websites. Each IIM will send interview letters to shortlisted candidates individually. Yet again, we inform you that the criteria for shortlisting varies from IIM to IIM. We advise you to visit the admission links of various Indian Institute of Management websites for more information regarding the same.
Verification of Eligibility:
If you are shortlisted for an interview by an IIM you are required to comply with the following eligibility verification:
a) Mark sheets and Degree Certificate: You are required to produce your original marksheet and degree certificate. If you are selected for a program you are required to produce original degree certificate and mark sheets of all semesters/years along with their attested copies at the time of verification for joining the programme.
b) Reservation Category requirements: If short- listed for interview SC, ST, NC- OBC and DA candidates must show the original caste/class and/or disability certificate and submit a photocopy at the time of interview. Further, if you are selected for a programme,original certificate of qualifying degree and attested copy of the same must be submitted for verification at the time of joining a programme.
c) Candidates in Final year of graduation: If short-listed for interview, candidates appearing for the final bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification examination must show an original certificate from the Principal/Registrar/Director of the university/institution certifying that the candidate has obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of the candidates belonging to SC, ST, and DA category) based on latest available grades/marks.The attested copy of the original certificate must be produced at the time of the interview.
The deadline for submission of marksheet and certificate is December 30, 2015 (Thursday).
CAT Registration / Application Form
CAT 2015 Application Form / Registration:
Candidates who have successfully completed their graduation with 50% marks in any stream are eligible to appear for CAT exam. Aspirants who wish to appear for IIM CAT exam must apply online. Payment of application fee will be accepted through online modes only (debit/credit card or net banking facility).
CAT Exam Dates
CAT 2015 Date:- Will be announced soon.
CAT 2015 Pattern:-
CAT is a computer based test, where students will be asked to sit at a desk, provided with a computer system and a scratch paper for rough calculations.
The test duration is for a total time of 2 hours and 50 minutes (170 minutes).
The medium of the test is in English language for all candidates.
The test has 100 multiple choice questions across two sections.
Section - No of Questions:-
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation - 50 Questions
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning - 50 Questions
Candidates may attempt any section first. The questions can be answered out of sequence too. And the candidate can also toggle between sections and attempt questions. An on-screen timer will mark remaining minutes for the test. Three (3) points will be awarded for each correct answer; one (1) point will be deducted for each wrong answer. There is no penalty for questions that are left unanswered.
CAT is labeled among the toughest exams conducted in India. To crack the exam, one needs to put in a lot of hard work. But despite of striving a lot, even brilliant students get paused at tricky questions. To avoid this, it is advisable that aspirants should try to attempt sample papers and previous years’ papers in order to find the right way to prepare for the exam
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CAT 2015 Notification:- Will be announced soon.