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Common Admission Test (CAT) is the entrance exam for the candidates who are desiring to make a career in Management and Business Administration (MBA).
CAT is regulated and conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

CAT Coaching Syllabus

  • Sentence Completion
  • Inferences
  • Para jumbles & para summary
  • Reading comprehension and questions based on it
  • Number System
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Modern Maths
  • Tables
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Graphs
  • Data Caselets

Find below is the comprehensive details of the CAT exam syllabus:

  • Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
  • Syllogism
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Connectives & Sequence
  • Binary Logic
  • Number and Letter Series
  • Caselets and Tables
  • Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  • Calendars
  • Logical Matching
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Line Charts & Pie Chart
  • Connectives & Sequence
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate Geometry and Mensuration
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Averages
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Permutation & Combination
  • LCM & HCF
  • Number Systems
  • Surds&Indices
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Inequalities
  • Logarithm
  • Complex Numbers
  • Quadratic & Linear Equations
  • Time & work,
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Speed Time & Distance
  • Sequences & Series
  • Percentages
  • Jumbled paragraph and Close Passage
  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts Inferences Judgements
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Summary Questions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para Completion

Exam Pattern

IIM Ahmedabad will conduct CAT Exam and Prof M P Ram Mohan has been appointed as the CAT convener. The exam pattern could be in the same lines of CAT 2022 Exam patterns. The CAT exam pattern has undergone numerous changes in the past. Since the last 5 years, the CAT exam pattern has remained same. Below is the brief about the pattern.

Further Exaggerated
Changes in CAT Exam 2020
  • No changes in CAT Syllabus, the sections remained the same : VARC, DILR and QA
  • Exam duration was reduced from 180 minutes to 120 minutes with a Sectional limit of 40 minutes
  • The difficulty level of 3rd slot was higher than the two others, with VARC and DILR slightly more difficult than CAT 2019. QA was moderate as compared to others though the comprehension of questions seemed a bit tricky for the students.
Other CAT Exam Pattern Analysis
  • In CAT 2009 and CAT 2010, there were three sections : VARC, LRDI and QA with an overall time limit but no sectional time limits
  • In CAT 2011, 2012 and 2013 though the number of questions remained same, the sections were reduced to two : VARC-LR and AQ-DI with 30 questions from each sections
  • In CAT 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, there were total 60 questions with a time limit of 150 minutes
  • In CAT 2014, there were 50 questions each from the two sections : VARC-LR and QA-DI with total time limit of 170 minutes and no sectional time gap.

Exam Eligibility

If any of the IIMs shortlist the applicant then he/she will have to comply the following eligibility verification:

Reservation Category Requirements

Applicants from SC, ST, NC-OBC and DA category are required to present their original caste/class and/or disability certificate and submit the copy of the certificate at the time of interview.

Additionally, when an applicant is selected for a programme, he/she will have to provide the original certificate of qualifying degree and attested copy of the same for verification.

Marksheets and Degree Certificates

Shortlisted applicants are required to provide all the original marksheets and present attested photocopies proving their eligibility at the time of interview. Additionally, when an applicant is chosen for a particular programme, he/she may have to submit the original degree certificate and marksheets of all the semesters along with their attested copies at the time of joining.

Applicants Pursuing Final Year of Graduation

Applicants pursuing their final year bachelor’s degree or equivalent examination are required to provide an original certificate from the Principal/Registrar/ Director of the University/institution endorsing that the applicant has secured 50% marks or equivalent (45% for the SC/St and DA category) based on the current marks. As well as the attested copy of the original certificate (for category applicants).

  • Applicants shortlisted for the Post-Graduate Programmes of IIMs can join the program PROVISIONALLY ONLY if they submit the duly signed certificate from the head that all the required certificates (including the supplementary exams) are provided.
  • In case, the certificate is incorrect or has any discrepancies later may lead to automatic cancellation of the provisional admission.

Applicants are selected solely based on their performance in CAT exam that includes Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).

Please note: IIM shortlists applicants for the second stage of selection independently. IIMs consider various parameters while shortlisting and ranking an applicant during the admission process, such as academic records, relevant work experience and several other points. Additionally, the evaluation parameters may vary across other IIMs. One should refer individual IIM’s website for further information.


CAT is a national level exam. It is taken by various fresh graduates and experienced professionals from various fields each year. As the CAT exam is highly competitive, the preparation also needs immense hard work. The number of applicants increase each year simultaneously the difficulty level of the CAT exam also increases each year. Thus, those who wish to get into the preferred B-School need to prepare well for the exam.

Have you started with your CAT Exam preparation?

Confused! Where to start from?

Well, for preparation you need to plan, prepare and follow a proper strategy and stay connected with the experienced faculties to guide along.

But not sure how to make a proper CAT preparation strategy?

Read ahead to know:

  • CAT Exam Preparation Tips
  • CAT Online Preparation
  • CAT Online Coaching
  • CAT Preparation Books
  • CAT Question Papers
  • CAT Sample Papers
  • CAT Mock Tests
  • CAT Mock Test By IIM


Aspirants should solve the question papers once they complete the syllabus of any one section. But it is not advisable to solve them prior to the preparation as it will not be beneficial.

If you wish to solve before CAT preparation, then solve the papers after preparation too so that you get to know where you stand and your preparation level.


Aspirants who wish to score well in CAT exam and a spot in the prestigious IIMs or any other top B-school, they need to have a well-thought study plan that includes focused study and lots of practice.

Just learning the subjects will not be of any use until and unless you practice. So, when you start solving CAT sample papers, you actually use your concepts. This in turn, helps you understand where you stand, further offering room for improvement.

CAT Exam: Benefits of solving sample papers

Solving CAT Exam sample papers have numerous benefits that help you enhance your score in a systematic way:

  • Consider CAT sample papers as a mirror. It will reflect your position compared to others. Compare your performance with others to see what works for you and accordingly develop a comprehensive strategy for the exam.
  • Check how well you can perform under given time constraints. This score will let you know your preparation level at any specific stage.
  • Do analyse your performance in the sample test papers as it will show your weak areas if you wish to score high in actual exam.
  • It also gives you an idea of which questions you should attempt first and which ones later. Include this tip in your strategy. It will help you improve the overall score.

Mock Tests

Want to score high percentile in CAT exam?

Start practicing CAT Mock tests. Once you finish the exam syllabus or earlier also, you should start with mock tests. This practice helps you know your control over the three sections of the exam paper- QA, DILR and VARC.

Mock tests just not test your knowledge but puts you in a simulated domain of the actual CAT exam.Online CAT mock testsare fabricated like an actual CAT question paper. For instance, applicants will have to login, there will be section-wise MCQs, timer etc. Thus, it creates an actual CAT exam environment preparing applicant to sit for three long hours and attempt the paper under a pressurized environment with complete focus.

Aspirants should rigorously practise CAT mock tests especially when there are less than three months left for CAT Exam.

How Online CAT Mock Test Will Be Beneficial?

  • CAT online mock tests improves your speed and accuracy
  • More you practice, more tricks and shortcuts you discover of solving CAT exam
  • More online mock tests you practice, you acquaint to solve different types of questions be it difficult, easy, tricky or lengthy.
  • Once the admit card for CAT exam is issued, you get to know your time slot. Since then start practicing mock tests during that particular time slot only. This helps you retain energy during that period of time on the date of actual exam.

According to the sources, IIM Ahmedabad would be organizing CAT Exam and would probably release the IIM CAT official Mock Test more than a month before the exam date.

  • CAT MOCK TEST BY IIM is similar to actual CAT exam pattern
  • CAT Mock Test by IIM is a free official mock test.
  • Official CAT Mock Test cannot be downloaded from the CAT website as it is not in the Pdf form.
  • Applicant with normal vision gets a separate login link to access the official CAT mock tests for free.
  • Applicants with low vision are provided a login link with two magnifying glass icons at the top of the screen for CAT Exam official Mock test.
  • There is no limit to practicing CAT Exam official mock test.
  • No CAT mock test official solutions are provided with the official CAT mock test.
  • To access official CAT Exam mock tests, applicants need not to enter their CAT login ID or password.
CAT official Mock Test: Structure

Below is the expected sectional structure of CAT Exam.

Benefits of official CAT Exam mock test:
  • CAT Exam mock tests serve as the perfect guide to actual CAT exam.
  • Aspirant work out the time management strategy for the D-day.
  • Difficulty level for CAT exam can be determined
  • Aspirants get to know if there are any new topics introduced or removed.
  • After attempting the official CAT Exam mock test, aspirants get to know if they need to bring in any changes in their preparation strategy.

Study Planner

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Top CAT Colleges

Let’s begin with the list of 20 IIMs accepting CAT exam score along with the seat availability for the course:

Apart from IIMs, there are several other esteemed and internationally accredited MBA/PGDM colleges accepting CAT exam score. Here is the list:


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CAT application form can be filled in online mode only on the official website iimcat.ac.in.

Click on ‘Forgot Password’ tab and follow the instructions. A link to reset the password will be sent to you via email. Click on the link to change the password.

There is no defined age limit for CAT Exam .

CAT is conducted in English language only.

Yes, applicants can register for CAT exam on one day and fill the form on any other day. It’s just that one needs to fill the form and exam fees before the deadline in order to appear for CAT exam.

No, CAT registration fees cannot be paid offline. It has to be done through online mode only via debit/credit card, net banking or mobile wallets.

CAT scores are valid for 1 year only.

Applicants need to contact the official authorities in order to make corrections in the admit card. Please note details should be corrected in the admit card before the exam date as the scorecard will be issued on the basis of the admit card details.

No, CAT application form is same for all the applicants. One need to just fill in the relevant category in the CAT form and upload the supporting documents.

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