All you should know about CAT Entrance Exam

CAT entrance exam

Things you should know about CAT Entrance Exam before going for MBA

CAT Entrance Exam (Common Admission Test) is a computer based MBA entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs at rotational basis. The CAT score is considered for MBA admission by most of the top B-schools across India apart from IIMs.

Why CAT?

A good CAT score through CAT Entrance Exam would assure you MBA entrance in one of the top B-schools like The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Management Development Institute (Gurgaon), Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), International Management Institute (IMI), National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE). MBA serves as a Boost for your career. You can expect to get great chances to work in your country or even abroad.Student passing out of these premium institutes after MBA are picked by companies on hands with lucrative salary packages.

Eligibility Criteria

According to the IIM admission criteria, candidates appearing for CAT entrance must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50 per cent marks (for General category) and 45 Percent (for SC, ST and PWD category) or equivalent CGPA from any recognised university.It is important to know that the admission criteria of each IIM is independent to mandate their own eligibility criteria including CAT score, academic cut-offs, past academic performance, relevant work experience etc.

Selection Process

All the IIMs as well as top B-schools usually follow a two-step MBA entrance selection process. First, short-listing on the basis of CAT score and then WAT and PI rounds for the short-listed students.Candidates who fulfill the first stage of the admission criteria are called for WAT and PI rounds. Different IIMs as per their admission criteria offer MBA admissions to the selected students. Most of the IIMs give maximum weightage to Personal Interview and CAT score for admissions. However, factors like academic cut-offs, past academic performance, relevant work experience, gender diversity etc. also play a major role in the admission process.