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Tips and Tricks for CAT Examination

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started the examination, IIMs selecting students by using the test for their business administration programs. CAT examination is a computer-based exam.

Section break up

  • Verbal aptitude 34 question
  • Quantitative aptitude 34 question
  • Logical reasoning 16 question
  • Data interpretation 16 question

The total duration of the test is 180 minutes it means 3 hours. However, each section of the test has a time limit of 1 hour each. The test takers cannot switch between the sections and have to attend the test in a particular order. The order of the sections is-

  • Verbal aptitude
  • Logical reasoning and Data interpretation
  • Quantitative aptitude

Marking scheme, there is no negative marking for non – multiple choice questions and each multiple-choice carry 3 marks and there is a negative marking of 1 marks for each wrong answer. There are two types of questions is:- In which multiple-choice and non – multiple-choice questions. For none – multiple-choice question candidates want to use the keyboard. In examination no marks for the unwanted question.  Common Admission Test is allowed the candidate to use the basic on-screen calculator. Which each question carries three marks, negative marks for the wrong answer.

Tip and Tricks for CAT Examination

  • Tips and Trick 1:– In the examination, you can use basic on-screen calculator.
  • Tips and Tricks 2:- Candidate need to concentrate more on subject where they are week in.
  • Tips and Tricks 3:- Begin your preparation with practicing solved paper.
  • Tips and Tricks 4:- Startup with mock test and previous year CAT paper.
  • Tips and Tricks 5:- Students should make sure to maintain your time, any plan preparing for the CAT Exam.
  • Tips and Tricks 6:- Revising all the fundamentals is important to obtain good soccer.
  • Tips and Tricks 7:- schedule studying from an earlier time is a benefit.
  • Tips and Tricks 8:- Give daily a few hours to study and work hard.
  • Tips and Tricks 9:- candidate can learn all the shortcuts is a benefit.
  • Tips and Tricks 10:- Verbal section of CAT would be more difficult.

Common Admission Test Instruction

The download you admit card from the CAT website (https://iimcat.ac.in). Admit Card will not be available for download after the completion of the test.

  • Read all the instructions carefully which is provided on the Admit Card.
  • You need to reach the test center by 7:30 a.m. for forenoon session or by 1:00 p.m. for the afternoon session
  • Candidates who come late for the examination will not be permitted inside the test center.
  • Only original Photo ID proof and Admit Card will be permitted inside the examination hall.
  • Applicants who have to choose for using a scribe must also carry the duly filled Scribe Affidavit (available on the CAT website) along with the Photo ID proof (original plus a copy) of the scribe.
  • Your Admit Card (plus scribe affidavit, if applicable) will be collected by the test invigilator and will not be returned to you. These will be retained by the invigilator.

Any kind of watch, mobile phone, earphone, microphone, pager, health band or any other electronic gadget, any printed/blank/handwritten paper, pencil box, pouch, calculator, etc. are not allowed inside the examination hall.

Candidates wearing shoes or any other closed footwear will have to leave the footwear (including socks) outside the examination hall. You can wear open footwear like chappals, sandals, etc.

On the day of the test, your digital fingerprint scan will be captured. Candidates whose fingerprints cannot be digitally scanned due to reasons like applying Mehndi/henna / any cosmetic colors etc. will not be permitted to take the test. It is strongly recommended that you avoid applying Mehndi on your hands (palm side) for at least 5 days prior to the test.

Normalization of CAT Scores

CAT Exam shall be conducted in two sessions. Two different Test Forms shall be administered in two Test Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison to performances of the candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization. The Normalization process shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalization across different forms, the scores shall be further normalized across different sections. The scaled scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting.

For reporting purposes, Scaled Scores for each section

  • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC),
  • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR),
  • Section III: Quantitative Ability (QA)and Total along with the Percentiles shall be published.

The process of Normalization is an established practice for comparing candidate scores across multiple Forms and is similar to those being adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India, such as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). For normalization across sections, we shall use the percentile equivalence.

Candidates can apply for CAT should fulfill any one of the following conditions

  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks.
  • Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with a required
  • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with a required percentage.

SC / ST / PWD candidates should have a minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, the minimum is 50%.

The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In the case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to the percentage of marks would be built 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.

IIMS may verify eligibility at a different stage of the selection process. All details are provided at IIMCAT website www.iimcat.ac.in. the candidate should note that their fulfillment with minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMS.

The applicants must declare and maintain a valid email Id and a phone number throughout the selection process.

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