What does the CAT judge?
The CAT is not a test of intelligence,
it only indicates whether you have the necessary aptitude
to do well in the course you wish to study. This test
also identifies your general scholastic ability.
For years the CAT scores were kept secret and were available only to the
management institutes affiliated in the form of percentiles. From 2002 however
the CAT gives the students a scorecard allowing them to understand their
section-wise and overall performance. The scorecards are sent to students in
the month of February.
The CAT scorecard does not give any absolute or
actual scores. The CAT being an aptitude test grades
students on the relative scale. The scores are presented
in two formats Percentage score (%score) and Percentile
for each section and the overall test. A sample
representation of the scores is given below.
The % score represents normalized percentage of
scores secured by the candidate. It is a relative
method of representing the score. This is not the
actual % score.
Percentile indicates student's relative performance
position among the total students who took the CAT.
For example 98 percentile means that the student
is among the top 2 percent of the population who
took the CAT.
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Is there any fixed structure
No there is no fixed structure of CAT. The test
can be in various combinations like 4 sections (each
timed for 30 mins or non-timed), 2 or 3 sections
again timed or non-timed etc.But the questions are
based largely on the four areas, Problem solving,
Data Interpretation, Reading Comprehension and Verbal
What is the minimum score
required to clear the CAT?
There is nothing like a minimum score to clear the
CAT, the score cut-off varies every year, as it
is relative scoring.
Do we have to clear every
Yes, you have to clear each section and do well
in all the areas that are being tested.
What is the minimum cut-off
for each section?
Again the cutoff for each section varies for every
year and the minimum cut-off is not known. But from
our years of experience we believe that as a thumb
rule an attempt of 70% of the questions with an
80% accuracy rate is required to clear the cut-off
Is the cut-off same for
The cutoff for each section also varies within a
test and is not fixed.
I am an average student
can I clear CAT?
We believe that discipline, determination and purposeful
practice will lead you towards success in the CAT.
CAT is neither a test of intelligence nor is a measure
of your intellectual capability. You can achieve
a good score by extensive preparation and purposeful
What are the other institutes,
which accept CAT scores I don't get into IIMs?
There are various institutes, which accept the CAT
score as a pre requisite for admission. Some of
the institutes are good and well recognized. Please
click here for the list of other institutes.
How many hours do I need
to study everyday?
IMS believes that six months are enough for the
preparation of CAT. During these six months students
should show discipline and determination by studying
regularly for at least 2 hrs a day.
What is an interview?
An interview is a personality test. In an interview,
the panel looks for a sound grasp of your discipline,
self-awareness, clarity of goals, and a well-rounded
Why do management institutes
The institutes call you for an interview because
they don't know you, and they want to get to know
you in order to assess if you have the qualities
that would make a good manager. In a GD these qualities
are revealed by your participation in the group.
In an interview, the panel deduces these qualities
from your answers.
What is a GD?
A GD is a methodology used by the institute to gauge
the candidates capability to function as a part
of a team. In this methodology, the group of candidates
are given a topic or a situation, given a few minutes
to think about the same, and then asked to discuss
the topic among themselves for 15-20 minutes.
The reason why institutes put you through a Group
discussion and an interview, after testing your
technical and conceptual skills in an exam, is to
get to know you as a person and gauge how well you
will fit in their institute.The Group discussion
tests how you function as a part of a team. As a
manager, you will always be working in teams, as
a member or as a leader. Therefore how you interact
in a team becomes an important criterion for your
selection. Managers have to work in a team and get
best results out of teamwork. That is the reason
why management institutes include GD as a component
of the selection procedure.