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Know Everything You Need To Know About the MBA-CAT Exam

CAT is a national-level entrance exam conducted in India for admission to various management programs, including MBA, offered by prestigious business schools such as the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

The CAT exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotational basis. Each year, one of the IIMs is responsible for organizing the exam.

To be eligible for CAT, a candidate must have completed a bachelor’s degree with at least 50% aggregate marks (45% for SC/ST/PwD candidates) from a recognized university. Final-year students are also eligible to apply

The application process for CAT is conducted online. Interested candidates need to visit the official CAT website, fill out the application form, upload the required documents, and pay the application fee.

CAT is a computer-based test (CBT) consisting of three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). The total duration of the exam is 120 minutes (40 minutes per section).

The CAT syllabus includes various topics such as English language skills, reading comprehension, logical reasoning, data interpretation, and quantitative aptitude. It is advisable to refer to the official CAT website for the detailed syllabus.

Yes, there is negative marking in CAT. For each incorrect answer, one mark is deducted, and for every correct answer, three marks are awarded. There is no negative marking for unanswered questions.

CAT preparation requires a structured approach. It is advisable to create a study plan, gather the right study materials, solve previous years’ question papers, and take mock tests to assess your performance.

The CAT score is generally valid for one year. It is applicable for admission to management programs in the year following the year of the exam.

The selection process for MBA programs varies across institutions. Generally, it includes multiple stages such as CAT score evaluation, Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI), and sometimes, past academic records and work experience are also considered.

There is no restriction on the number of attempts for the CAT exam. You can take the exam as many times as you want.

Yes, you can use your CAT score to apply for multiple MBA programs offered by various business schools. Each institution has its own admission criteria and application process.

Yes, international students can apply for the CAT exam. However, it’s important to check the eligibility criteria of the specific MBA programs as some institutions may have additional requirements for international candidates.

Yes, there is an application fee for the CAT exam. The fee amount may vary each year, and it is non-refundable. The payment can be made online through various modes such as credit/debit cards, net banking, or digital wallets.