CAT: Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) every year in the months of October-November. Over 2, 00,000 students write the CAT every year. Only 1% of these make it to the IIMs. The rest settled for other B-Schools.

Test Duration and Pattern

The CAT 2012 will had only two sections. The first section was?Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation;?the second section was?Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.?These two sections were implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination was for 140 minutes. Candidates had 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which had an on-screen countdown timer. Within the 70 min provided for the section, candidates can review the answers. Once the time ends for the first section, they move to the second section and are no longer be able to go back.


A 15-minute tutorial is provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main examination. The total duration is two hours and thirty five minutes including the tutorial. A practice test to provide candidates with a feel of the timed sections, as well as navigation and functionality of the actual test is made available on the official CAT website: Candidates are advised to go though them carefully to familiarise themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.


At the test venue, each candidate is seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she is provided with a scratch paper for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. No breaks will be given during the test.

The results of the CAT are usually declared in the first week of January, in the coming year.


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