Q. WHAT CAT STANDS FOR?
A. Common Admission Test
is what CAT stands for.
A. All Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)
jointly conduct CAT.
INSTITUTES FOLLOW CAT SCORES?
A. FOLLOWING ARE THE IIMs AND NON-IIM INSTITUTES LIST
- IIM AHMEDABAD
- IIM BANGALORE
- IIM CALCUTTA
- IIM INDORE
- IIM LUCKNOW
- IIM KOZHIKODE
- IIM SHILLONG
SOME NON-IIM INSTITUTES : NON - IIM INSTITUTE
Q. WHAT IS THE MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY?
A. Minimum eligibility for
taking CAT is : ELIGIBILITY
Q. IS THERE ANY SPECIAL ELIGIBILITY
A. Special eligibility for
IIMs is : SPECIAL ELIGIBILITY
Almost two lack candidates appear for cat every
year. To be factual - 1.91 lack candidates in 2006 and 2.3 lack
candidate in 2007 appeared in CAT and
2.11 lack applications are already sold for current year, last
date is still a little far.
OF SELECTION IN CAT?
are three steps in selection procedure :
- WRITTEN TEST
- GROUP DISCUSSION
And broadly the selection is based
on various things like :
Q. WHAT IS THE MARKING SCHEME IN
A. CAT follows negative marking scheme.
Each correct answer carries 1 mark and incorrect deducts 1/3
CAT score is
evaluated in Percentile form but scorecard is divided in to three
Q. WHAT TYPE OF QUESTIONS
CAN WE EXPECT?
There are various type of
questions from various topics from different sections. To have an
idea you can have a look at CAT-2007.
For detailed information check out tests
and lessons available
in the community.
INDIVIDUAL SECTION WISE CUT OFF?
A. There is no such fixed cut off for
individual sections on written test. Cut off lists are declared
every year for respective year as per the difficulty level of test.
For example : last year i.e. 2007, verbal section was extra
difficult so the cut offs of verbal section was lowest than ever.
Some colleges don't give any preference to individual scores as
well. So you can say there is no fixed criteria.
Q. HOW MUCH TIME YOU GOT TO PUT IN?
This is another question that can't be answered in
concrete terms. This is totally based on individual capabilities
but still i can say:
Q. HOW TO OBTAIN CAT APPLICATION
- for problem solving section: you need a
preparation time of 6-8 weeks
- for reasoning section: 4-6 weeks are
- for verbal section: this is the area that has
no time limit cause this section is very vast.
A. The CAT application form from the selected branches of
Axis Bank on payment of Rs. 1300/- (Rs. 650/- for SC/ST
candidates). Under exceptional circumstances, CAT 2008 application form and bulletin can also be
obtained from any of the IIMs by sending a crossed demand draft of
Rs. 1300/- (Rs. 650/- for SC/ST candidates) drawn in favor of the
Request for the bulletin should be accompanied by
a cloth lined self-addressed unstamped envelope of 12 X 10
Q. WHAT ALL IS THERE IN THE CAT APPLICATION
WHERE TO SEND
AND WHAT'S THE
admission form should be sent to the
nearest IIMs office possible except IIM
info check out:- Mailing Address
CAT admission form
broadly consists 35 inquiry boxes asking details ranging from
personal details to academic background of the
CAF should be received
at IIMs office Maximum by 5th September,2008 for 2008's
Q. ANY GENERAL TIPS TO KEEP IN
MIND RELATED TO
You may find following tips
Q. WHAT'S THE SYLLABUS OF
Written Test is divided in three sections
- Problem Section
- Arithmetic and Algebra
- Advanced Maths (Part of
Arithmetic and Algebra only but touches a different
- Data Interpretation
- Data Sufficiency
- Logical Reasoning
- Verbal Ability
- Reading Comprehension
Q. ANY LAST MINUTE JITTERS?
that CAT is just round the corner, one
must make use of these last minutes for the best. Lots of aspirants
take mock tests and sometime even more than one a day.
My advice is to - First of all have faith on your
preparation and don't rush for so many mock tests.
The purpose of mock test is simply to get adjusted to the
environment you gonna face and brush up the topics that are causing
trouble by understanding them. So 2-3 tests a week are more than
Most important, remain as cool before exam as on any normal day.
Life is the biggest test in itself and involves many tests that are
even harder and unexpected than CAT is,
so chill. Trust your abilities and believe me, your efforts gonna
pay you a lot.
Q. WHEN TO EXPECT RESULTS?
2008 results would be available from January 9th
results can be accessed on
www.catiim.in and also by using sms facility or by sending a
should be sent to 57333 after inserting 'CAT
test registration number date of birth (ddmmyy)'
test registration number
application number'. For getting CAT
results by e-mail, candidates should register themselves between
October 17, 2008 and November 30, 2008 by sending an SMS
to 57333 with the following text: 'CAT
test registration number date of birth (ddmmyy)
For detailed information about topics that are covered under these
sections, have a look at TOPIC WISE INDEX.
Source: CAT official site and IIMs newletters.