The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are a group of 20 public, autonomous institutes of management education and research in India. They primarily offer postgraduate, doctoral and executive education programmes.
The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test for admission in a graduate management program in the IIMs. 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 is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.
In August 2011, it was 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.
Before 2009, CAT was a paper based test conducted on a single day for all candidates. Pattern, number of questions and duration have seen considerable variations over the years. On 1 May 2009, it was announced that CAT would be a Computer Based Test starting from 2009.Eligibility for CAT
The candidate must satisfy the below specified criteria: