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IIMs Common Admission Test CAT - Most Popular MBA Entrance Exam in India

CAT is the most popular test among prospective management students because it is accepted by the best institutes - Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

Common Admission test (CAT) is the gateway to the cream of management institutes in India, the IIMs. CAT, or the Common Admission Test, is an aptitude test; it is the most popular test among prospective management students because it is accepted by the best institutes. CAT entrance exam is used as an admission test to shortlist applicants for admissions to the 19 IIMs-IIM (IIMs) at Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur and Visakhapatnam.

AT or Common Admission Test is one of the largest MBA entrance exams conducted in India, annually. The CAT score is also accepted by more than 100 non-IIM institutes across India, some of which are as reputed as the IIMs. (non-IIM Institutes Accepting CAT Scores). The CAT is one of the world's most demanding entrance examinations for any graduate institute

Eligibility for the postgraduate programmes in management at all IIMs and to appear for IIM-CAT is at least a three-year bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognizsed university with 50% Marks in graduation.

Indian Institute of Management (IIMs), the premier business-schools of the country (and counted among the best in the world) conduct this test for selecting potential students for the next round of admission process (comprising of a personal interview and a group discussion) for their MBA and Fellowship programmes. Those appearing in the final year examination of graduation are also eligible to appear in Common Admission Test.


Test Duration & Pattern (CAT 2017)

CAT covers questions in five broad areas such as verbal ability and logical reasoning, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation.


No. of Questions (MCQ’s and non MCQ’s)

Duration in minutes

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension



Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning



Quantitative Ability






Coaching is helpful for CAT Preparation. The Coaching Institutes will teach you shortcuts and you will get chance to appear in Mock Tests conducted for CAT. There are many good Coaching Institutes - Bulls Eye, Ascent, TIME, IMS, Roots Education and Career Launcher. It is tough to say which one institute is the best MBA Entrance coaching Institute. It completely depends on faculty. Before joining any coaching classes, first consult to students who have already joined that particular institute. You can also try Exam Preparation CDs being offered on the net. These MBA Test Preparation CDs help you practice the tests.