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CAT 2024 Exam: Date, Registrations, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation
June 11 2024

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a prestigious entrance exam, serving as the stepping stone to coveted MBA programs across India's premier institutes like the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top B-schools. A well-structured approach and in-depth preparation are paramount to navigating this highly competitive exam successfully.

Key Dates and Eligibility: Stay on Track

  • Registration (Expected: First Week of August 2024): Mark this period on your calendar. The CAT application window typically opens in the first week of August. Ensure you have all the necessary documents prepared beforehand to register seamlessly.
  • Exam Date (Tentative: November 24, 2024): Block this date! The CAT exam is tentatively scheduled for the last Sunday of November. Allot ample time for comprehensive preparation to approach the test with confidence.
  • Admit Card Download (Expected: Fourth Week of October 2024): Stay vigilant for the availability of admit cards. This hall ticket acts as your entry pass to the exam hall, so be sure to download it during the designated timeframe.
  • CAT Result Announcement (Expected: First Week of January 2025): Gearing up for results! The CAT scores are expected to be declared in the first week of January. This signifies the commencement of the application process for your desired MBA programs.
CAT 2024 Important Dates
CAT 2024 Events CAT 2024 Dates (Tentative)
CAT 2024 notification  28 July 2024
CAT 2024 Registration  4 August 2024
CAT 2024 Registration Last Date 15 September 2024
Release of CAT 2024 admit card  6 November 2024
CAT 2024 exam date 24 November 2024
CAT 2024 result date 4 January 2025


Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Academic Qualification: Ascertain that you possess a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university. The minimum eligibility criteria typically require at least 50% marks (or 45% for reserved category candidates).
  • Age and Attempts: There's no upper age limit, offering opportunities to candidates from diverse academic backgrounds. You also have the flexibility to retake the CAT exam multiple times to improve your score and strengthen your application.

Exam Pattern and Scoring: Understanding the Game

Test Format: The CAT is a two-hour computer-based test (CBT) structured into three distinct sections, each demanding focused preparation:

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC): This section assesses your proficiency in reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, and language usage.
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR): Get ready to interpret data and solve logical puzzles! This section presents challenges based on data analysis and logical reasoning problems.
  • Quantitative Ability (QA): Brush up on your quantitative skills! This section tests your knowledge of fundamental mathematics concepts.

Section-wise Expected CAT Exam Pattern 2024

Sections Total Qs MCQs Non-MCQs Max Marks
VARC 24 21 5 78
DILR 20 18 6 72
QA 22 18 8 78
Total 66 57 19 228


Sectional Timing and Marking Scheme: Strategic time management is crucial. Each section is allocated 40 minutes, necessitating a well-planned approach to maximize your score within the given timeframe. A sectional marking scheme is followed. Each correct answer awards 3 marks, while there's a penalty of -1 mark for incorrect answers (except for non-MCQ questions in DILR). A judicious approach to attempting questions is essential to avoid negative markings and maximize your score.,

Exam Syllabus: Mastering the Content

VARC Syllabus: This section demands a strong foundation in reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, and language skills. It encompasses areas like:

  • Reading comprehension: Develop strong reading skills to grasp complex passages and answer related questions effectively.
  • Para jumbles: Practice reordering jumbled paragraphs based on logical sequence and coherence.
  • Sentence completion: Hone your ability to identify the most appropriate word or phrase to complete a sentence meaningfully.
  • Vocabulary building: Cultivate a rich vocabulary to enhance your reading comprehension and overall performance.

DILR Syllabus: Sharpen your analytical abilities to excel in this section, which includes:

  • Data interpretation: Practice interpreting data presented in various forms like tables, charts, and graphs to draw conclusions and solve problems.
  • Logical reasoning: Develop strong logical reasoning skills to tackle problems based on logic, patterns, and critical thinking.

QA Syllabus: Revise core mathematical concepts to ace this section, which covers:

  • Arithmetic: Brush up on fundamental operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Algebra: Revise algebraic concepts like equations, inequalities, and functions.
  • Geometry: Strengthen your understanding of geometrical concepts like lines, angles, triangles, circles, etc.
  • Mensuration: Master concepts related to calculating areas, volumes, and perimeters of various shapes.
  • Modern mathematics: Gain a grasp of concepts like permutations and combinations, probability, and free statistics

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