Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all India common entrance exam held for students who wish to study Post Graduate Level Management Degree (e.g. MBA - Masters of Business Management). This Common Admission Test i.e. CAT is a ticket for students to get admission to the Best Management Institutes in India; the IIM's - Indian Institute of Management's. IIM's are considered to be the premier Institutes in India and a dream destination for all Management Study aspirants in India.
MBA CAT is rated as the most difficult MBA Entrance Exam in the world. This rating for CAT was given by the Economist Intelligence Survey 2003. Many of the B-Schools in India accept CAT Score or Percentile for candidate’s admission.
What are CAT Eligibility Criteria?
The qualification criterion that is needed for a student to apply for the Common Admission Test is a graduate degree from an approved college. The students can be from any stream, but they are required to have a score of at least 50 percent in their final exams. Students of the Sc/St/PH and OBC communities require only 45 percentage marks. Those who are writing their final year exam are qualified to appear for the exam too.
Final Year graduation candidates or the candidates have appeared for similar qualification that have done their exams and are waiting results are eligible for CAT 2011. There candidates are required to produce a certificate from their Principal / Director of the University / Head of the Department/ Registrar/ Institution certifying that he / she is awaiting his / her final year results and is in the final year.
What is Format of CAT exam?
Total Questions: 60 questions in 2 section – Section 1: 30 Quant, Section 2: 30 Verbal.
Overall, the analysis of CAT across 11 different slots so far suggests that CAT 2011 this year has not thrown up very tough papers. Around 20-22 attempts in QA + DI section (the first section) with about 85% accuracy should be a very good effort. In the VA + LR section around 23 to 24 attempts with about 80% accuracy will also be a good effort. This should be enough to get at least a few calls from top B-schools.
Further, combining DI with QA and LR with VA has resulted in a more even spread of questions than earlier. Every student should be able to find a few easy questions and a few tough but attemptable questions in either section this year. This will serve to ensure that CAT is that much more competitive this year and accordingly, cut-offs can be expected to be on the higher side.