CAT-Common Admission Test



The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs.

The test conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation. In August 2011, it announced that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) would also use the CAT scores, instead of the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), to select students for their management programmes starting with the 2012-14 batch. Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015 conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad) on November 29, 2015. IIM Indore held Common Admission Test for the years 2013-14.


Before 2009, CAT a paper based test conducted on a single day for all candidates. The pattern, number of questions and duration have seen considerable variations over the years.

The American firm Prometric was entrusted with the responsibility of conducting the test. The first computer based CAT marred with technical snags. The issue was so serious that it prompted the Government of India to seek a report from the convenor.

The trouble was diagnosed as ‘Conficker’ and ‘W32 Nimda’, the two viruses that attacked the system display of the test, causing severe slow down. CAT 2015 was conducted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). CAT 2015 was a 180-minute test consisting of 100 questions (34 from Quantitative Ability (QA), 34 from Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), and 32 from Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR).

Exam Format

The Common Admission Test (CAT), like virtually all large-scale exams, utilises multiple forms, or versions, of the test. Hence there are two types of scores involved: a raw score and a scaled score.

Test Duration and Pattern

Four scaled scores will present for each candidate: an overall scaled score and three separate scaled scores for each section. As the three sections evaluate distinct sets of knowledge and skills, scores do not correlate across sections. A high score in one section does not guarantee a high score in another section. Percentile rankings are provided for each individual section as well as for the overall exam score.

CAT 2015 divided into three sections:

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA) having 34 questions.
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) with 32 questions.
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) with 34 questions.
CAT-Common Admission Test
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