CAT (Common Addmission Test)

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA)Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The  Indian Institutes Of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.

Type -Computer-based standardized test

Developer / administrator-Indian Institutes Of Management (IIMs)

Purpose- Admission to post-graduate management programs

Year started-1950


Score / grade range-100 to 300

Score / grade validity-1year

Offered- Once a year (usually in November/December).

Countries / regions-354 centres in 99 cities and towns all over India

Prerequisites / eligibility criteria- Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with at least 50 % marks or equivalent GPA (45 % in case of SC, ST, PWD candidates). Final year undergraduate students also eligible

Fees-RS1,800 for general category candidates.  RS 900 for SC / ST / DA (PWD) category candidates