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CAT EXAM Overview

CAT Exam is round the corner as the D-day is approaching on 28th November. This year, IIM Ahmedabad is the official CAT convener and the MBA entrance exam is scheduled to be conducted in online mode at various CAT test centers in India.

As the deadline to appear for the CAT exam approaches, candidates are advised to read the important information about one of the toughest MBA entrance exam because belling the CAT is not as simple as it seems. The competition to make it to the top B-schools of India is high as approximately 2.31 lakh candidates are set to appear to crack CAT with 90+ percentile.

In this article, you will find CAT exam pattern, Syllabus, Tips to download the CAT Admit card, some quick last minute tips to prepare for the CAT exam, CAT Result and expected cut-off for Admission, and CAT Selection Criteria at JIMS Rohini.

CAT Exam Eligibility CAT Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are required to refer to the CAT eligibility conditions before registering for the MBA entrance exam. Read on to find CAT eligibility criteria here:-

  • Candidates scoring at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in the case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories) in their graduation.
  • Candidates pursuing graduation in their final semester can appear for the CAT exam.
  • Candidate possessing Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  • Candidate who has completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% marks
  • CAT eligibility stipulates ‘No Age Bar’ to appear in the CAT entrance exam
CAT Syllabus CAT Exam Pattern

The first step required to win the race is to be aware of the CAT exam pattern. Take a look at the CAT exam pattern expected this year and a list of few important topics that will test your competency to crack the CAT exam.

CAT Exam Pattern

Details

Exam Duration

120 minutes

Exam Mode

Online

Exam Sections

3 (DILR, VARC, QA)

Exam Sectional time limit

40 minute per section

No. of Questions

64 to 68

Type of Questions

MCQs and non-MCQs

Marking Scheme

Correct answer: 3 marks

Incorrect answer: -1 mark

No. of Test Cities

159

It is important to note that Non-MCQs are descriptive questions and do not invite any negative marking in the exam.

CAT Exam Pattern CAT Exam Syllabus

CAT Syllabus is important point of reference to prepare for the exam. Candidates can prepare for the following topics to score a high percentile in the exam:

CAT Syllabus

Important Topics

Quantitative Ability (QA)

Arithmetic, Modern Math, Number System Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry

Data Interpretation& Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Data Charts, Data Tables, Bar Graphs, Venn Diagrams, Seating arrangement, Team formation, Clocks & Calendars

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Long & Short Passages Jumbled Paragraphs; Para-summary, Out of context sentence from a jumbled paragraph

CAT Exam Pattern CAT Preparation Tips

Preparing for CAT exam requires a fool-proof strategy in place and your dedication to adhere to the schedule. Here are some tips that you can choose to prepare for the MBA entrance exam:

Self-Study – Get the right set of books and study material if you do not wish to seek anyone’s help in the preparation of the exam. Meanwhile, enrol for the CAT mock test series that will help you test your competency in the exam.

Enrol to Coaching – There are several expert MBA coaching services that teach aspirants in both classroom mode and online mode. You can enrol for the CAT coaching classes to score a high percentile in the CAT exam.

Practice CAT Previous Year Papers – To gain understanding about the type of questions, difficulty level of the exam, candidates are advised to practice from the CAT previous year papers.

Learn from the Toppers – Read the interviews of the CAT toppers and know their success formulae to score a 100 percentile in the CAT exam.

Attempt Mock Tests – Last but not the least, it is important to practice at least 20-30 CAT mock tests before you make the final move. It will help you assess your speed to attempt the questions and will galvanise your mind to the expected level of difficulty in the exam.

CAT Cutoff CAT Result and Expected Cutoff

This year, CAT Result is expected to be announced in the first week of January 2022. Candidates will be able to download the CAT Scorecard from the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in.

The CAT scorecard displays following details about the Candidate:-

  • Candidate’s Name, Address, Photograph, Date of Birth, Email ID
  • CAT Registration number
  • Candidate’s category – General/OBC/SC-ST
  • Candidate’s Gender – Male/Female
  • Date & Time of CAT exam
  • Section-wise CAT exam Scaled Score
  • Section-wise CAT percentile score
  • Overall CAT 2021 Scaled Score and overall Percentile score

Please note that for admission to the B-school, CAT scorecard remains valid for a period of only 1 year, after which the validity of the CAT scorecard expires.

CAT Selection Criteria CAT Selection Criteria at JIMS Rohini

JIMS Rohini provides admission to the PGDM, PGDM (IB) and PGDM (RM) program on the basis of following four parameters:-

Parameter

Score

Entrance Test

40%

Performance in Qualifying Exams

(CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA, IIFT, GMAT, CMAT)

20%

Personal Interview (PI)

25%

Group Discussion (GD)

15%

Total

100%

A candidate must possess Valid Score of CAT exam if appeared in the CAT entrance exam.

The CAT cutoff for JIMS Rohini Sector-5 is mentioned as under:

Program

PGDM 

PGDM-IB 

PGDM-RM 

CAT

75 Percentile

65 percentile

60 Percentile

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All the Best!