Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test given in india to test Quantitative
Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. It, according to Asian Survey
of Exams, is considered to be toughest Exam in Asia and in India, followed by UPSC Civil
Services Exam and IIT JEE.
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) use the test as an important component in
selecting students for the business administration programs. The test is conducted every year
by one of the IIM's 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 use CAT, instead of the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), as
part of the student selection process of their MBA and Masters in Management programmes
from the academic year 2012-14.
Scope :- CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management as a pre-requisite for
admission to various management programmes of IIMs, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs),
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
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There are many non-IIM institutions that have registered to avail the CAT scores to be used in
their admission process. CAT score use is restricted only for admission to IIMs and non-IIM
CAT is normally conducted every year during a 20 day testing window in the months of
October and November. A candidate can appear for CAT 2011 only once during the 20-day
testing window. The test score is valid for admission to the forthcoming academic year only.
Test Duration and Pattern :- There will be two separately timed sections in the test. Once a
section ends, candidates can no longer go back to it. The sections are
(a) Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
(b) Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.
Each of the sections will have 30 questions with a duration of 70 minutes. CAT Test Duration
Scoring :- The CAT, like virtually all large-scale exams, utilises multiple forms, or versions, of
the test. Hence there are two types of scores involved viz. raw score and scaled score. The
raw score is calculated for each section based on the number of questions one answered
correctly, incorrectly, or omitted. Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and
-1 point for each incorrect answer.
There are no points for questions that are not answered. The raw scores are then adjusted, as
necessary, through a process called equating. Equated raw scores are then placed on a
common scale or metric to ensure appropriate interpretation of the scores. This process is
Three scaled scores will be presented for each candidate: an overall scaled score and two
separate scaled scores for each section. As the two sections evaluate distinct sets of
knowledge and skills, scores do not correlate across... sections.
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