Know Why CAT is The Best MBA Exam in India

Are you planning to take admission in an MBA/PGDM program? There are a large number of MBA entrance exams that are conducted every year. There are about 50 MBA entrance exams in India. These exams are conducted at 3 levels that include – National, Regional and College Level.

This article will give an overview of the CAT entrance exam in India taken by the maximum number of MBA aspirants

Overview of CAT

CAT started in 1950 and in 2009 it started conducting an online computer-based test. It is the most popular entrance examination of India, Common Admission Test or CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). The scores are accepted by 20 IIMs and various other management institutes in India.

The Importance of CAT

  • CATis a national level MBA entrance exam that is considered as the mother of all other MBA entrance exams in India.
  • It is an online exam conducted by top IIMs every year and many other colleges also give importance to CAT score.
  • Every year lakhs of students appear for the CAT exam.
  • The main reason the CAT examination is the best MBA Exam in India is due to the participation and acceptance by all the top management institutes such as IIMs, FMS Delhi, IITs, MDI Gurgaon, IMT, IMI and many more top B-schools in India.
  • The MBA aspiring students cannot seek admission to the top reputed colleges without clearing the CAT entrance exam.
  • 2009 onwards CAT become a Computer-based test and the first computer-based test was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad.
  • The responsibility to conduct the examination was given to TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) since 2014 onwards for the smooth process.
  • The revised time period, as per the current pattern the students are allotted 180 minutes in comparison to the prior time limit of 170 minutes and 140 minutes.
  • Since 2014, the CAT exam carried 100 questions to test the aptitude of the students in comparison to 60 questions in 2013.
  • Revised marking scheme – drastic changes have been introduced in the marking scheme of the questions – since 2016 only one mark will be rewarded for each correct non-MCQ answer whereas it was 3 marks until 2015.
  • The benchmark of 33% negative marking has remained constant for the MCQ questions.
  • The aim of the CAT entrance exam is to ensure that the candidates are able to attempt the exam with complete preparation. Thus convenors of the CAT exam and IIMs have also launched a Mock CAT exam to prepare the aspirants for the final exam day.


The Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT in India

  • There are 20 IIMs in India and all IIMs accept CAT score only for admission.
  • P Jain Institute Of Management and Research, Mumbai
  • Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
  • National Institute Of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai
  • International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi
  • A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal
  • Institute Of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad
  • Institute Of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)
  • Goa Institute Of Management (GIM), Goa
  • Institute For Technology and Management (ITM), Navi Mumbai
  • AIMS School Of Business (AIMS), Bangalore
  • SDM Institute For Management Development (SDMIMD), Mysuru
  • Indus Business Academy (IBA), Bangalore
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipuria), Noida
  • Faculty Of Management Studies (FMS), New Delhi
  • IIT Bombay, Mumbai
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute Of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
  • Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS) Rohini Delhi
  • Balaji Institute Of Modern Management (BIMM), Pune
  • Department of Management Studies (IIT Delhi)
  • Xavier Institute Of Management (XIM), Bhubaneshwar
  • Many other MBA colleges/institutes accept the score of CAT examination

All the above MBA colleges in India accept the CAT scores for 2019 MBA admission. Although a few highly ranked MBA institutes also accept scores of entrance examinations like XAT, GMAT, CMAT, IIFT or others.


CAT 2019 Eligibility

The graduate students with a minimum of 50% can apply for CAT examination.


CAT 2019: Key Salient Features

Here we have listed below the CAT 2019 salient features for your easy reference:

CAT Full Form Common Admission Test, conducted on a yearly basis for MBA admission by any of the 6 Older IIMs
CAT 2019 Exam Sessions Conducted in 2 sessions – Morning and Afternoon on the same day
CAT 2019 Convening IIM IIM Kozhikode
Type Of CAT Exam CAT 2019 is a computer-based exam
CAT 2019 Application Fees & Process Rs 1900/- application fees
Application Fee For IIMs CAT 2019 registration fee cover application fee of all 20 IIMs
Maximum Age Limit To Apply There is No Age Limit, Graduates with 50% marks can apply
Total Number of sections and questions 100 questions divided into 3 sections
Time Duration Of CAT 2019 Exam 3 Hours, bifurcated as 1 hour for each section


Difficulty Level Moderate Difficulty

 CAT 2019 Examination Pattern

TheCATquestion paper consists of 100 multiple options questions to be solved in 180 minutes. The Non-multiple choice questions have to be typed by the candidates. The registration for CAT begins tentatively in the month of August or September every year. The examination is held in the month of November or December.

CAT 2019 Important Dates

Last Date to Apply For CAT 2019 – September 19, 2019

Examination Date – November 24, 2019

CAT 2019 Four Segments

The CAT exam is divided into four segments – Verbal, Quantitative, Data interpretation, and logical reasoning. These segments are further grouped into three sections:

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning (DILR)
  • Verbal and reaching comprehension (VRC)


CAT 2019 Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude Verbal Ability Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Number System Reading Comprehension Tables
LCM and HCF Sentence Correction Column Graphs
Geometry and Coordinate Geometry Critical Reasoning Bar Graphs
Trigonometry Para Jumbles Line Charts
Mensuration Synonyms & Antonyms Pie Chart
Percentages Grammar Venn Diagrams
Profit, Loss & Discount Paragraph Completion Arrangements
Simple Interest And Compound Interest Fill in the blanks Distribution
Speed, Time & Distance Summarizing Paragraph Games & Tournaments
Time and Work Verbal Reasoning Selections
Averages Judgments and Facts Cubes
Ratio and proportion   Logical Sequence
Linear and Quadratic Equations   Logical Deduction
Logarithm   Logical DI
Complex numbers    
Permutation and Combinations