CAT 2024 | IIM Common Admission Test Registration, Application Fees, Pattern, Cutoff

CAT 2024: भारतीय प्रबंधन संस्थान कंप्यूटर आधारित कॉमन एडमिशन टेस्ट 2024 (CAT 2024) के लिए ऑनलाइन आवेदन प्रक्रिया शुरू करेगा। यह एक राष्ट्रीय स्तर की प्रवेश परीक्षा है। कैट अधिसूचना 2024 जुलाई 2024 में जारी होने की उम्मीद है और परीक्षा नवंबर में तीन सत्रों में आयोजित की जाएगी। उम्मीदवार इस वेब पेज के माध्यम से IIM CAT 2024 के बारे में पूरी जानकारी प्राप्त कर सकते हैं।

CAT 2024

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CAT 2024 Overview

CAT Full Form Common Admission Test (CAT)
CAT exam 2024 conducting body Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta
CAT exam date 2024 November last Sunday (November 24, 2024)
Eligibility criteria for CAT exam 2024 Graduation with 50 % aggregate (45 % for SC/ST students)
Mode of Application Online
Marking Scheme Negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer
Application form fees for the CAT exam INR 2,400 for General category

INR 1,200 for SC/ST/PwD

CAT official website

CAT 2024: Apply Online for MBA /PGDM

For admission to various PG and Fellow/Doctorate programs of the Indian Institute of Management, the Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted every year. Also, its scores are used by listed non-IIM institutions in the country. IIMs in India are located in

Ahmedabad,        Amritsar,              Bangalore,

Bodh Gaya,         Calcutta,              Indore,

Jammu,               Kashipur,             Kozhikode,

Lucknow,             Nagpur,               Raipur,

Ranchi,                Rohtak,               Sambalpur,

Shillong,              Sirmaur,              Tiruchirappalli,

Udaipur,              Visakhapatnam

Before choosing which IIM they will apply for, candidates must visit the website and read the program advertisement of the concerned IIMs to ensure the required eligibility and admission process.

CAT Schedule 2024

CAT 2024 Exam Event

CAT 2024 Date (Tentative)

CAT 2024 Notification Releases July 2024
CAT 2024 exam Registration date August to September 2024
CAT 2024 Application Correction Date September 2024
Release of CAT 2024 admit card November 2024
CAT 2024 Exam Date November 24, 2024 (Sunday)
Announcement of CAT 2024 Results December 2024

Programs offered in different IIMs  


Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) [PhD]: Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP):
IIM Ahmedabad Doctoral Programme in Management PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGD-ABA (ePost Graduate Diploma in Advanced Business Analytics)
IIM Amritsar PhD MBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM, EMBA, M.Sc. in Data Science (MSDSM) jointly offered with IIT Ropar
IIM Bodh Gaya PhD MBA, MBA (Digital Business Management), MBA (Hospital and Healthcare Management)
IIM Calcutta Doctoral Programme (PhD) MBA
IIM Indore FPM PGP, PGP-HRM, MSDSM (Master of Science in Data Science and Management)
IIM Jammu PhD, PhD (Working Professionals) MBA, MBA (Hospital Administration & Healthcare Management), Executive MBA
IIM Kashipur PhD MBA, MBA (Analytics), EMBA, EMBAA (Executive Master of Business Administration Analytics)
IIM Kozhikode PhD, Fellow Programmes in Management PhD (PT) PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM, EPGP-IL, EPGP Kochi
IIM Nagpur Ph.D., Ph.D. (Executive) MBA, MBA (Executive)
IIM Ranchi PhD, EPhD MBA, MBA-HRM, MBA (Business Analytics)
IIM Sambalpur PhD, Executive PhD

MBA, Executive MBA, MBA for Working Professionals

IIM Shillong Doctoral Program, Doctoral Program (WP) PGP, PGPEX, PGP (WE)
IIM Sirmaur PhD, PhD (Executive) MBA, MBA (Tourism Management), Ex-MBA (Digital Transformation & Analytics)
IIM Tiruchirappalli PhD, Executive PhD PGPM, PGPM-HR
IIM Visakhapatnam PhD PGP, EMBA, PGPDGM

CAT Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor’s Degree or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories],

Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply

CAT 2024: Reservation of the Seats

As per the legal requirements, the reservation of seats is as follows –

  • 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC),
  • 5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST),
  • 27% for Other Backward Classes belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC),
  • 10% for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)
  • 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).

CAT Application Fees

Candidates can pay the following application fees through online mode. The CAT application fee is non-refundable.

Category CAT fees
General Category Candidates Rs 2300
SC/ ST/ PwD Rs 1150

CAT Selection Process 2024

The admission in IIM will be based on the composite score of all the rounds along with the academic performance of the candidates. Shortlisting the eligible candidates varies for every IIM. Candidates have to visit the official website of the respective Indian Institute of Management. In general, the selection of the candidates will be based on

  • CAT 2024
  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • a Written Ability Test (WAT),
  • A personal Interview (PI)

Post to the COVID, some of the institutes only conduct Personal Interview rounds.

CAT Parameters


CAT 2023 25
PI 30
WAT 10
Class 10 10
Class 12 5
Graduation 10
Weighted Work Experience 10



 NOTE: The weightage of each parameter might vary from year to year for each IIM.

CAT Exam Pattern



CAT exam time duration 2 Hours (120 Minutes)
Name of the Section
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Section-wise CAT exam duration

  • 40 Minutes for Each Section (VARC, DILR, QA).
  • 53 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates for each section.
CAT slot timings
  • CAT slot 1 timing: 8:30 am – 10:30 am (Morning Session)
  • CAT slot 2 timing: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm (Afternoon Session)
  • CAT slot 3 timing: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Evening Session)

How many questions in the CAT exam

66 Questions
CAT exam total marks 198 marks
Mode of the CAT 2023 exam Computer-Based Mode (CBT)
CAT Marking Scheme
  • For every right answer, +3 will be awarded
  • For every wrong answer in MCQs, -1 will be deducted
  • No negative marks for Non-MCQs

CAT 2024: Section-Wise Marks Distribution


Total Questions Allotted Time

Allotted Time for PwD Students

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

24 40 Minutes 53 minutes and 20 seconds

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

20 40 Minutes 53 minutes and 20 seconds
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 22 40 Minutes 53 minutes and 20 seconds


66 120 Minutes

160 minutes

CAT Syllabus

The conducting body will release the syllabus for CAT 2024 along with the official notification. However, based on the previous year, candidates can check the topics on which the questions are asked.

Section-Wise CAT Syllabus 2024

CAT Subjects Name – VARC Syllabus

Para completion and inference Phrasal Verbs Fill in the blanks
Subject-verb agreement Para jumbles Verbal reasoning
Foreign language words used in English Sentence completion Different usage of the same word
Idioms Grammar Reading Comprehension
Antonyms Syllogisms Analogies
Sentence correction Jumbled Paragraphs One word substitution
Types of clauses Parts of speech Preposition
Errors in tenses Phrases modifiers Article usage

CAT Subjects for MBA – DILR Syllabus

Clocks and Calendars Syllogism Blood Relations
Statements Venn Diagram Series
Data Arrangement Propositions Data Structure
Family Tree Tables Direction Sense
Pie Charts Coding-Decoding Binary Logic
Seating Arrangements Assumptions Data Sufficiency
Bars & Line Graphs Puzzles Seta & Caselets

CAT Exam Subjects – Quant Syllabus

Logarithms Number System Inequalities
Trigonometry Simple interest and compound interest Work and Time
Permutation & Combination Surds and Indices Percentages
In-equations Quadratic and linear equations Time-Speed-Distance Mensuration
Probability Partnership (Accounts) Square Root and Cube Root
Profit & Loss Ratios and Proportion Geometry
Mean, mode, median Binomial theorem Geometric Progression

Documents Required for CAT Registration

Following are the details and documents that are required to keep ready for online application form –

  • Email Address
  • Mobile Number
  • Passport Size Photograph
  • Signature
  • Personal Details
  • Academic Details
  • Work Experience Certificate (if any)
  • Payment Details

Size/Format of Documents to be uploaded

Image/ Document Dimensions Format/ Size
Colour Passport Photograph 30 mm (width) x 45 mm (height)
  • JPEG/JPG in 150 px/inch (min)
  • Maximum 80 KB
Signature (Black/ Blue) 80 mm (width) x 35 mm (height)

PwD Certificate to be uploaded during CAT Registration

Download the Certificate of Disability (PwD) forms from the official web portal to fill up the exam

SC/ ST/ EWS/ NC-OBC Certificate to be uploaded during CAT registration 2023

  • Scribe Affidavit
  • Identification Affidavit
  • Final Year Certificate
  • NC-OBC Certificate
  • EWS Certificate
  • SC/ST Certificate

Procedure to apply online for CAT 2024

Follow these steps to apply for the CAT 2024 –

  • First of all, candidates have to visit the official website of IIM CAT 2024

CAT 2024

  • Now on the home page, click on the Registration Link for CAT 2024
  • Fill in all the details and register yourself.
  • After registration, your login ID and password will be generated.
  • Use the generated ID and password to log in
  • After this, fill out the CAT Application form carefully
  • Pay the application fees, and upload the documents
  • After the successful submission of the CAT 2024 application form, you can download it for future reference.

IIM CAT Official Website – Click Here

CAT Mock Test

On the official website, the CAT Mock Test will be provided by the conducting body. This is done to help candidates face the actual examination with confidence and also to manage timing in solving questions. By appearing in the CAT mock test, candidates can get an idea of how to move between different sections.

CAT Admit Card

The CAT admit Card will be released at the start of November 2024. After downloading the CAT Call Letter, candidates must check the details carefully. If there is any error in the CAT Hall Ticket, you must contact the conducting authority. All the information regarding the CAT 2024 date and time, guidelines to be followed, and the required documents for the exam day are present in the CAT 2024 Admit Card.

CAT Result

Candidates can check CAT results on the official web portal. To check the CAT 2024 Result candidates must know their login details (Login ID and password).  After the announcement of CAT 2024 Results, colleges other than IIMs will release their cut-off marks.

CAT Exam Analysis of 2023

This is the exam analysis of CAT 2023. Candidates can get an idea about the weightage of questions asked and their level.




CAT VARC Weightage
Comprehension 66.7% Moderate to Difficult
Para jumbles 12.5% Moderate to Difficult
Summary 12.5% Easy to Moderate
Odd Sentences 8.3% Easy to Moderate

CAT DILR Weightage

Logical Reasoning 30% Moderate to Difficult
Logical Reasoning 30% Easy to Moderate
Data Interpretation 20% Moderate
Data Interpretation 20% Easy
CAT QA Weightage
Arithmetic 45.5% Moderate
Modern Maths 18.2% Moderate
Algebra 22.7% Moderate
Geometry 13.6% Moderate

CAT Cutoff 

Indian Institute of Management will release the minimum CAT cut-off category-wise and section-wise in their individual IIM admission criteria or policy. The qualifying CAT cutoff acts as a minimum eligibility cutoff to get shortlisted for GD, PI, and WAT.

CAT Cut Off will be based on –

  1. Difficulty level of the question paper
  2. Number of Test Takers
  3. Seat availability
  4. The reputation of the Institute
  5. Last year’s CAT cutoff trends

Expected CAT Cutoff 2024

List of IIMs CAT Cutoff 2023 (Expected)
IIM Ahmedabad 99-100
IIM Bangalore 99-100
IIM Calcutta 99
IIM Lucknow 97+
IIM Indore 97+
IIM Kozhikode 97 to 98
IIM Amritsar 95+
IIM Nagpur 95+
IIM Sambalpur 95+
IIM Trichy 94
IIM Raipur 94
IIM Ranchi 94
IIM Kashipur 94
IIM Vizag 92
IIM Udaipur 92
IIM Bodhgaya 92
IIM Shillong 90
IIM Sirmaur 95
IIM Rohtak 95
IIM Mumbai 97

CAT score vs percentile

CAT score vs percentile

After calculating the probable CAT scores, you can check the expected CAT percentile by referring to the tables provided below.

Percentile Score VARC Score DILR Score QA Overall Score
99.5 42 30 30 86
99 36 25 25 74
95 30 20 22 52
90 24 14 13 42
80 20 11 9 35
70 18 9 7 30

Top Colleges Accepting CAT Score

Here we have provided some of the top colleges in India that provide admission to candidates in MBA/PGDM courses based on CAT scores.


Expected Cut-Off (percentile)

Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) – University of Delhi 98.54
DMS, IIT-Delhi 98.04

Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), Mumbai

Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon 97
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai 97

Vinod Gupta School of Management (IIT Kharagpur), Kharagpur


Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai


K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR), Mumbai

Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa 90
International Management Institute, Delhi (IMI) 90

National Institute of Technology (NIT Trichy), Tiruchirappalli

Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM) 87
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai 86

S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai


Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool), Mumbai


Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM), Tiruchirappalli

Amity Business School, Noida 85
IBS, Hyderabad 85

Institute of Management, Nirma University (IMNU), Ahmedabad

XIMB – Xavier University, Bhubaneswar 80
T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal 80
Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, Delhi 75

Birla Institute of Management Technology, (BIMTECH), Greater Noida


Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, Bangalore (XIME), Bangalore

Woxsen University, Hyderabad 70

JIMS, Rohini Sector 5 – Jagan Institute of Management Studies

AIMS Institutes (AIMS), Bangalore 60
IILM Institute for Higher Education (IILM), Delhi 60

Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Kolkata

Fortune Institute of International Business, Delhi 50
Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur 50
BITSoM Mumbai No minimum
cut off rJequired



State-wise CAT exam centers


Test Cities

Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur; Kakinada; Kurnool; Nellore; Rajahmundry; Tirupathi; Vijayawada; Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh; Guwahati; Silchar
Bihar Aurangabad; Muzaffarpur; Patna; Purnea
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai; Raipur
Delhi-NCR Delhi, New Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Panipat, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida,
Goa Madgaon; Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad; Anand; Gandhinagar; Rajkot; Surat; Vadodara
Haryana Ambala; Bahadurgarh; Hisar; Palwal; Rohtak; Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh Simla; Waknaghat
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu; Samba, Kashmir
Jharkhand Bokaro; Dhanbad; Jamshedpur; Ranchi
Karnataka Belagavi (Belgaum); Dharwad; Gulbarga; Hubli; Mangalore; Mysore; Udupi
Kerala Ernakulam; Kasaragod; Kollam; Kozhikode; Malappuram; Thrissur; Trivandrum
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal; Gwalior; Indore; Jabalpur; Sagar
Maharashtra Ahmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur; CAT exam centres in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded; Nashik; CAT exam centres in Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar
Meghalaya Shillong
Manipur Imphal
Odisha Balasore; Berhampur; Bhubaneswar; Cuttack; Dhenkanal; Sambalpur; Rourkela
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Bhatinda; Chandigarh; Fatehgarh Sahib; Jalandhar; Ludhiana; Mohali; Pathankot; Patiala; Ropar; Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer; Alwar; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Kota; Sikar; Udaipur
Tamil Nadu Chennai; Coimbatore; Madurai; Namakkal; Thanjavur; Tiruchirappalli; Tirunelvelli
Telangana Karim Nagar; Warangal
Uttar Pradesh Agra; Allahabad; Barabanki; Bareilly; Ghaziabad; Gorakhpur; Greater Noida; Kanpur; Lucknow; Mathura; Meerut; Muzaffarnagar; Noida; Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun; Roorkee
West Bengal Asansol; Bankura; Burdwan; Durgapur; Hooghly; Howrah; Kalyani; Siliguri
Nagaland Kohima
Ladakh Leh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu Silvassa
Tripura Agartala
Mizoram Aizawl

CAT 2024: Books for Preparation

Here are some of the books that will help prepare for CAT 2024. Apart from these books, candidates will prepare through newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other materials.



How to prepare for QA for the CAT Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT K. Sinha Nishit

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Word Power made easy Norman Lewis

FAQs Related to CAT 2024

Question: What is the difference between a CAT registration and a CAT application form?

Answer: CAT registration is the creation of the login ID and password, which is used to fill out the application form. Candidates’ details should be filled in the CAT application form, which is available only when a candidate registers himself.

Question: Can I give CAT 2024 after my M.Sc?

Answer: Yes, candidates who have completed their postgraduation are also eligible to apply for the CAT entrance test.

Question: Who can apply under the CAT 2024 EWS category?

Answer: You can check the EWS category for the CAT 2024 exam to see if you are eligible for the CAT exam under the EWS category.

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