CAT is a management aptitude test conducted by the IIMs mainly to evaluate and shortlist candidates for admission to the PGP (Post Graduate Programme) & FPM (Fellow Programme in Management) & Executive Post Graduate Programmes for working Professionals. The CAT scores are accepted by a number of Top Management Institutes apart from the 20 IIMs.
CAT is a computer-based exam and a candidate has to follow the due process of registering in order to appear for this exam conducted once a year. Every year more than 2 lakh plus students register for CAT, it is the most sought after exam for entrance to an MBA course in India.
The IIMs shortlist candidates taking into account the CAT score, academic background & work experience,Gender and academic diversity may also be considered for the shortlist. The selection process being followed by IIMs is, CAT score through the written exam & Group Discussion(GD)/WAT(Written Ability Test) followed by PI( Personal Interview) after which they arrive at the Final List. IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other.
The selection process might differ from Institute to Institute but most of them follow a combination of the process followed by the IIMs.
As per Government of India norms, IIMs reserve 15% seats for SC candidates, 7.5% seats for ST candidates, 27% seats for NC-OBC candidates and up to 10% seats for EWS candidates. 5% seats are also reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. IIMs also provide scholarships to deserving students who need financial support.
The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If any University/Institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100. Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process. For more details on eligibility, candidates are advised to visit the “CAT 2019 Eligibility” section of the CAT website. Candidates should note that the mere fulfillment of the minimum eligibility criteria would not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs. RESERVATION As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates, 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, 27% for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), up to 10% for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) candidates and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD). As defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), “Person with Benchmark Disability” means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where the specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where the specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority
“Specified disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. The categories of disability are: a) blindness and low vision, b) deaf and hard of hearing, c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy, d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness, and e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) f) other 'specified disabilities' mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD Act 2016. For the purpose of being considered for reservation, the applicable Central Government list as on the last date of CAT registration shall be binding. No subsequent changes will be effective for CAT 2019 and any subsequent selection process of the IIMs. The candidates belonging to the reserved categories need to also note the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavor of IIMs that the candidates belonging to SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD categories join the programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance to be considered for the admission process. The candidates should read the updated description of the selection process followed by each IIM on their respective websites. No change in the category will be entertained after CAT registration; hence, applicants are advised to pay attention while registering.
The Application Fee is :Rs.950 for SC, ST and PwD category candidates. Rs. 1900 for all other categories of candidates. Please note that a candidate needs to pay the registration fees only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for, . SC, ST and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fees once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.
Note: Registration fee payment can be done through any of these modes: online modethrough credit card, debit card or through net banking.
Original mark sheets and photocopies need to be furnished to prove your eligibility at the time of interview. Further, if you are selected for a programme, original degree certificate and mark sheets along with your photocopies must be submitted for verification at the time of joining the programme.
We at AATP offer training on CAT to students who aspire to join premier institutes like IIM & prestigious B-Schools in India. The Faculty ensures that the students are taught the concepts thoroughly , enough care is taken to ensure that they understand to apply the concepts learnt by them in the Full Length Test’s as well as Sectional Tests to ensure that they are able to get a high score in CAT.
The student is provided with comprehensive material developed by the best brains in the country who understand the requirements of CAT a highly competitive exam in the country.
As a part of the CAT Training we hold sessions on Personal Interviews, Group Discussions, Essay Writing , Presentations etc which are required for the second stage of selection required by B-Schools for their admission process. We also conduct Mock Interview for the students.
This Program provides training for CAT as well as other well known National Entrances like : XAT ( Xavier Aptitude Test),IIFT ( Indian Institute for Foreign Trade) , SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test) and NMAT conducted by GMAC( Graduate Management Admission Council).