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 2021 Eligibility -
Candidates applying for CAT 2021 should fulfill any one of the following conditions -
? Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks.
? Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)) with required percentage*.
? Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage.
SC/ST/PwD candidates should have a minimum 45%. For General, EWS and NC-OBC candidates, the minimum is 50%.
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.
CAT Registration / Application Form
CAT 2021 Application Form / Registration:-
Apply online at website - https://iimcat.ac.in from 4th August 2021 to 22nd September 2021 till 5:00 p.m.
Registration Fee -
For SC, ST and PwD candidates - Rs 1100
For all other candidates - Rs 2200
Mode of Payment - Online
Passport Size Photograph and Signature - Upload the scanned image of your passport size photo within the dimensions of 30mm X 45mm. Also, upload the scanned image of your signature within the dimensions of 80mm X 35mm. The documents file format should be a .jpg or .jpeg and the file size should not be more than 80KB each. The image should be clear with a minimum resolution of 150px/inch. The photo should not be more than 6 months old and should have a white background.
CAT Exam Dates
CAT 2021 Date:- 28th November 2021, Sunday.
CAT 2021 Pattern:-
Mode - Computer Based Test (CBT)
The revised duration of the test will be 120 minutes. There will be three sections:
Section I - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II - Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III - Quantitative Ability
Candidates will be allotted exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
For an MCQ, a candidate will be given 3 (three) marks for a correct answer, -1 (minus one) mark for a wrong answer and a 0 (zero) mark for an un-attempted question.
For a Non-MCQ, a candidate will be given 3 (three) marks for a correct answer, and a 0 (zero) mark for a wrong answer and for an un-attempted question. There will be no negative mark for a wrong answer in a Non-MCQ.
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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