CAT - known as Common Admission Test is all-India national level computer based test conducted by IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) as entrance exam for admission to management programmes. Based on CAT percentile score, candidates are called for next stage of selection rejection process which usually consists of Group Discussion, Essay and Personal Interview (GDPI). CAT is multiple-choice based test with penalties for wrong answers.

CAT Exam Pattern




3 –

Quantitative Ability

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Verbal and Reading Comprehension 

Number of Questions


Quantitative Ability – 34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning - 32

Verbal and Reading Comprehension – 34


180 minutes

Sectional Duration

1 hour for each section

Question Types

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Non-MCQs

Calculator Usage

On Screen basic calculator will be provided

Marking Scheme

For Non-MCQs,

  • +3 marks for ‘correct answer’
  • No marks(or negative marks) for ‘wrong or no attempt’. 

The scoring scheme for multiple-choice questions (MCQ's) is:

  • +3 for correct answer
  • -1 for incorrect answer

No marks are given or deducted for un-attempted questions.

·         National Institutes – This category includes the management faculties or departments of national level institutes such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), National Institute of Technology (NIT), FMS Delhi University etc.  Private B-schools – This includes around 85 institutes across India. Some of the top names include MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, IMT Ghaziabad etc.CAT  Participating Institutes include all the 19 IIMs. Apart from that, the institutes can be divided into the following categories:

CAT Participating Institutes across different parts of the country.

North Zone

  • Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon
  • Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad
  • International Management Institute (IMI) New Delhi
  • FORE School of Management New Delhi
  • Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) Greater Noida

East Zone

  • Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)
  • Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) Ranchi
  • Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM) Kolkata
  • Department of Business Administration, Tezpur University

West Zone

  • Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India Gandhinagar
  • Institute of Management, NIRMA University (IMNU) Ahmedabad
  • Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)
  • Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA)
  • S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai
  • K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR) Mumbai
  • Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research Mumbai

South Zone

  • Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE) Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute of Plantation Management Bangalore
  • T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal
  • Welingkar Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy
  • Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR) Chennai