Frequently asked questions CAT

CAT is an aptitude test. IIMs conduct CAT to evaluate the candidates for the post-graduation program, generally an MBA. CAT is undoubtedly the biggest and the most prestigious MBA admissions exam in India. It is not only the IIMs but the other colleges as well which accepts the CAT result for their MBA admissions. Students have some FAQ on CAT which we address it here.

Frequently asked questions related to CAT

1. How many questions should be attempted to get 95+ percentile?

Ans. We can not predict it so easily. Moreover, the score to percentile mapping varies each year. A student must understand that percentile is calculated based on the marks obtained by an aspirant in comparison with all the other candidates.

2. What is the test duration?

Ans. The total time allotted for the test is 2 hours 50 minutes, i.e. 170 minutes. However, PWD/DA candidates with scribe requirements get an extra hour.

3. What are the rules of the test?

Ans. All the candidates will start the test at the same time. A candidate is not allowed to leave the seat even if the test gets completed before time. This is mainly because the ‘Submit’ button is enabled only after the completion of the allotted/test time.

If the candidate leaves the hall once, he cannot re-enter. In such a situation, the test becomes incomplete for the candidate.

Use the mouse to mark answers. Touching the keyboard can lock the terminal.

4. What is the format of the test?

Ans. The English language is the medium of test for all the candidates. It contains 100 MCQs across two sections carrying 50 questions each:

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

CAT is the type of test where it is important to have a concept clarity. So, to crack this exam, it is important that you quit mugging up and start applying the concepts that you learn!

5. What is the eligibility to appear in CAT?

Ans. The eligibility criteria are:

  • The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case a candidate belongs to SC, ST, and PWD or DA category) awarded by any University incorporated by an act of the Central or the State Legislature in India or by an act of the parliament or recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of waiting for the result of the final year of bachelor’s degree can also apply. On Shortlisting, the student will be enrolled for the program provisionally. However, he/she has to submit the certificate latest by June 30.

These were some of the FAQ related to CAT and we hope that it was helpful.


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