CAT is the entrance exam for more than 160 management institutes across India, including the 20 IIMs. The online exam is conducted every year - for the year 2017 it will be conducted on 26th November.. The WAT/GD/PI round for IIM admissions takes place from late Jan - Feb to April. The academic sessions at IIMs begin in the month of June.
CAT focuses on general aptitude (English, Math, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) which are key areas tested in most competitive exams such as Bank PO, SSB, Campus placements etc. What makes CAT special is the quality of opportunities it opens for you and therefore the nature of competition. The exam is quite rightly seen by many as the mother of all management entrance exams. However, this also means that your preparation for CAT will prepare you for a good part of a lot of other exams as well.
The concepts tested in Other Management Entrance Tests (OMETs) would essentially remain the same as CAT, except for questions based on GK/Current affairs asked in a few tests. Your preparation for CAT will adequately prepare you for any of these exams as well. We at T.I.M.E. believe in thoroughness of preparation and provide adequate study material and support for each of these exams over and above the guidance given for CAT preparation to each student.
The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections:
- Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
- Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
- Section III: Quantitative Ability
Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen. Basic on-screen calculator for computation is being permitted. There is a sectional time limit of 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and candidates cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
The IIMs shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Performance in CAT is an important component of selection process. IIMs may consider previous academic record, work experience and other similar parameters in their selection process.
- Online Registration for CAT - 09 August to 25 September, 2017(extended from an earlier date of 20 September) , 2017
- Admit Card Download Window - 18th October 2017 to Exam Date
- Exam Date - 25 November 2017
- Release of Result - Second week of January, 2018