CAT(Common Admission Test) is a computer based test given in India to test Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) use the test as an important component in selecting students for the business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIM’s based on a policy of rotation.
CAT supporting Institutes:
Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to use CAT, instead of the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), as part of the student selection process of their MBA and Masters in Management programmes from the academic year 2012-14.
The CAT (Common Admission Test) will have only two sections. The first section is Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second section is Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits.
The CAT examination will be 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Within the 70 min provided for the section, candidates can review the answers. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second section and will no longer be able to go back.
A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the CAT test, and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main CAT examination. The total duration will be two hours and thirty five minutes including the tutorial. A practice test to provide candidates with a feel of the timed sections, as well as navigation and functionality of the actual test will be made available in the coming weeks. Once again candidates are advised to go though them carefully to familiarise themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.
At the CAT Exam venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. After the CAT test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. No breaks will be given during the test.