CAT or Common Admission Test | Syllabus, Pattern, Tips


CAT is a national- level management exam conducted by the I.I.Ms or Indian Institutes of Management for admission to the premier management institutes of the country.


A candidate who is a graduate or is pursuing his final year graduation can sit for the exam. A candidate with minimum 50% marks in graduation is eligible to sit for the exam. There is no age limit for the exam.


The exam duration is 180 minutes or 3 hours and 60 minutes are assigned to each section. The exam is English which is divided into Objective and Subjective- type questions.

There are 3 sections in the question paper comprising of

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension-34 questions-60 minutes-102 marks

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning-30 questions-60 minutes-96 marks

Quantitative Ability-34 questions-60minutes-102 marks

100 questions have to be attempted in 180 minutes and negative marking is followed in the exam.


Notification of the exam is in the month of July

Registrations start online in the month of August

Exams are held in the month of November/December

Results are declared in the month of January

It is a computer-based exam held online in two sessions on the same day(Morning and Evening)


Quantitative Ability

Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Aptitude comprises of Basic Mathematics

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning consists of questions on the given data. Data Interpretation helps to evaluate a candidate’s acumen to understand the data and solve problems accurately and logical reasoning helps in locating a candidate’s acumen to evaluate problems.

Verbal Ability has questions on comprehension and grammar usage.


A candidate has to secure the minimum total cut off in the exam to get the GD/PI calls from the IIMs.

Candidates who secure the sectional cut-offs and overall cutoffs to get the GD/PI call for group discussion and personal interview.


  1. Don’t try to study too much as the grey cells of the brain will become clogged.
  2. Study with concentration, along with that take frequent breaks to rejuvenate your mind
  3. Take different areas of study per day this will help a person grasp better.
  4. Devote more time to weaker areas to procure better sectional cutoffs.
  5. Learn time management to complete the question paper within the stipulated time.
  6. Take more mock tests per week with a detailed analysis and work according to that analysis.
  7. Revision of Mathematics Concepts and Important formulae should be done one month before sitting for the exam.
  8. Practice different types of questions for Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning to get acquainted with various kinds of problems which can be put forth in the examination.
  9. English demands good reading, so to score well in grammar and vocabulary one should do a good amount of reading. It should be varied like news papers to novels.
  10. Do a mix of  easy, moderate and difficult questions
  11. Solve a lot of previous years test papers
  12. Use shortcuts and approximation skills
  13. Do a little brainstorming
  14. Rigorous practice will lead  to success
  15. Remain relaxed and calm throughout  the exam
  16. Don’t get worked up while attempting the questions
  17. Following the above tips will help people to crack CAT easily

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Preeti TALWAR is a doctorate in science, who has worked as a Research Associate under a U.G.C fellowship, worked as a Proofreader with Thakur Publishers, Worked as a Content Writer for Planet Spark, India Go Social, Planet writer, Story Mirror, Student Star, Odds spaces. Well published on national and international media. Published for the Chicken Soup Series. Author on different forums like YourStory, Bonobology, Thrive Global, Women's Web, The Country esquire, Newsnviews, Sheroes, Different Truths. Writing is adrenaline for Preeti's soul.

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