CAT is a Common Admission Test which I a Computter Based test conduct in India. This test scores a person on the basis of Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their Business Administration Program. In August 2011, it was announced that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) would also use the CAT scores, instead of the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), to select students for their Management Programmes from 2012-14 year.
CAT is normally conducted every year during a 21 day testing window (estimate but may vary) in the months of October and November each and every year. A candidate can appear for CAT Exam only once during the 20 day testing window. The test score is valid for admission to the upcoming academic year only.
Last year 204267 students competed for 1550+ seats making it the most competitive exam in the country.
Exam Format: there are basically two process ie, Equating and Scaling. Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. There are no points for questions that are not answered. The raw scores are then adjusted, as necessary, through a process called Equating. Equated raw scores are then placed on a common scale or metric to ensure appropriate interpretation of the scores. This process is called scaling.
Generally, the CAT 2013 Exam paper will be divided into two sections: Section A on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Section B on Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.
A 15- minute tutorial will also be provided before the start of the test. The candidates must go through it carefully before starting the main examination. The total duration will be two hours and 35 minutes including the tutorial. There will be 30 questions in each section and candidates will be given 70 minutes per section to answer these 30 questions. Once the time ends for the first section, candidates will have to move to the second section and they will be unable to go back.
Exam Syllabus: CAT tests in general aptitude including Verbal Ability (English), Quant Ability (Mathematics), Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI) skills. Similar to CAT, there are other admission tests like MAT, XAT, CMAT and SNAP. There are some B-Schools (like IIFT and IRMA) which conduct their own exam. And there are state level entrance tests for admission to colleges in respective states.
CAT Maths/Quant Ability Syllabus: Number systems, geometry, trogonometry, probability, permutation combination, algebra, mensuration, time and work, averages, percentages, profit and loss, quadratic and linear equations, etc.
CAT Data Interpretation Syllabus: Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, etc.
CAT English/Verbal Ability Syllabus: Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, syllogisms, analogies, antonyms and synonyms, fill in the blanks, sentence correction, idioms, etc.
CAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus: Clocks, calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement, etc.
CAT Application Form 2013 Eligibility Criteria: Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50% marks to be eligible to apply for this test. Those candidates can also apply who are currently studying in the final year of Bachelor Degree or still waiting for their exam results. Those candidates belong to SC/PWD should have 45% marks in graduation.
Cut Offs: Candidates must secure a minimum mark in each section to qualify for that section and eventually for the CAT. The minimum marks required to qualify varies upon the relative difficulty level of that section compared to other sections of the test. Sectional cut-offs varies mostly on the basis of the performance who appear for the exam in that year. A candidate must also secure a minimum total cut off for the entire paper to earn GD/PI calls from IIMs. It has been observed that different IIMs use different cut-offs to offer calls to selected candidates.
List of Top 20 MBA Colleges for CAT:
There are numerous MBA exams such as GMAT, CAT, MAT conducted each year sending students to some of the best MBA colleges in India and abroad.
Here is a list of MBA top colleges covering colleges from all over the cities like Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai etc. All these colleges have been ranked on the basis of -
1. Infrastructure of an MBA College
2. Reputation of Faculty available at the MBA College
3. Previous Years’ MBA placement records.
|Sr. No.||Name of Colleges||City|
|1||Indian Institute of Management||Ahmedabad|
|2||Indian Institute of Management||Bangalore|
|3||Indian Institute of Management||Calcutta|
|4||Indian Institute of Management||Lucknow|
|5||Institute of Rural Management||Anand|
|6||Xaviers Labour Relation Institue||Jamshedpur|
|7||Management Development Institute||Gurgaon|
|8||Indian Institute of Management||Indore|
|9||S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research||Mumbai|
|10||Indian Institute of Foreign Trade||Delhi|
|11||Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies||Mumbai|
|12||International Management Institute||New Delhi|
|13||Faculty of Management Studies||Delhi|
|14||Institute of Management Technology||Ghaziabad|
|15||Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies||Mumbai|
|16||Xavier Institute of Management||Bhubaneshwar|
|17||T.A. Pai Management Institute||Manipal|
|18||Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship||Bangalore|
|19||Fore School of Management||New Delhi|
|20||Loyola Institute of Business Administration||Chennai|