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Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT (Common Admission Test) is conducted for the candidates who want to take admissions in Management courses in India. It is very hard to clear this test and to achieve the percentile needed to take admission in IIM's.
This test is conducted to take admission in all six IIM's, but there are also very reputed institutes who take admission through the CAT score.
In CAT examination there are three sections:
1) Test of English Language.
2) Test of Data Inter petition/ Logical Reasoning
3) Test of Quantitative aptitude.
To take admission in IIM's , you have to clear all the three sections individually. There are different cut-off for different sections for each IIM's and also for different institutes. So, if you want to crack the CAT than you have to do hard work in all the three sections, without this you can't crack the CAT.
This is based on percentile i.e after clearing the exams, the percentile score is given to you, which is different for different sections and also the overall percentile score (combined three sections). On the behalf of this you have to take admissions in different institutes. The cut-off of percentile score for the admission in different colleges are different both in (different sections and combined), for IIM's they are gone from 98-100 percentile, to achieve this percentile seriously you have to do work hard.
It is generally conducted in the month of October/ November, every year.

What is the eligibility for CAT?
Candidates who are appearing for Common Admission Test (CAT) must hold the bachelor's degree with minimum 55% marks or equivalent CGPA (minimum 45% marks for the SC/ST/DA) awarded by the university/institute approved by HRD, government of India.

NOTE : Candidates who are in their final year of degree, they can also apply.

What if, i got CGPA not percentage?
In this case, the conversion of grades/ CGPA to percentage of marks would be done by by the procedure followed by the university/ institutes.
If there is no procedure followed by the university/ institute, then the percentage of marks obtained by the:
Candidate's CGPA divided by the maximum CGPA and then multiply the result by 100.
For example:
Candidate's CGPA = 6
Maximum CGPA = 10
Percentage = (6/10)*100= 60 %

What is the CAT syllabus?
There is a wide range range of syllabus coming in test. There are three sections as i told earlier, these three sections contains different topics , they are as under :

1) Verbal Ability (English Language) :
i) Verbal Reasoning.
ii) Reading Comprehension.
iii) Vocabulary Based.
iv) English Grammar.

2) Data Interpretation / Logical Reasoning
i) Bar- Graphs
ii) Pie charts.
iii) Tables graph.
iv) Line graphs.
v) Bar-stack graphs.
vi) Puzzles.
vii) Data Sufficiency.

3) Quantitative Aptitude (Mathematics)
i) Time and Work
ii) Time and distance.
iii) Number systems.
iv) Percentage.
v) Quadratic Equations.
vi) Logarithm.
vii) Geometry.
viii) Mensuration.
ix) Functions.
x) Probability.
xi) Inequalities.
xii) Functions.
xiii) Interest
xiv) Average.
xv) Ratio and Proportion etc.

Where i can give the CAT?
Cat is an online test now, not a paper pencil based. There are about 33 centers in India to give a test. Most of the centers are engineering and management colleges in a cities.
It is CBT(Computer Based) so you have to practice for this, take mock test on computer as many as possible. By this, your ability to read questions on PC is increased. Look, what i want to say , is that computer based test is very much different than the paper pencil based test.
The test window for the test is opened from (27 October-24 November), so you have to register itself between these days to take the test. There are also two time slots provided i.e. 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, while registering for CAT, you have to mention the day and the time slot of that particular day on which you want to take the test.

CAT important dates :
Start date of online registration : Last week of August - Last week of September.
CAT test dates : 22 October-18 November.
CAT Results : 12 January.

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