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CAT Exam


The Indian Institutes of Management will conduct a computer-based Common Admission Test 2024 (CAT 2024) on November 24, 2024 in three sessions. Detailed information on CAT 2024 may be obtained from the CAT website. CAT Exam 2024 is a prerequisite for admission to various Post Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes of IIMs. CAT 2024 scores are allowed to be used by listed non-IIM member institutions. A list of such institutions is provided on the CAT website. IIMs have no role in the selection process of non-IIM institutions.


CAT 2024 Exam will be held on November 24,2024 . This time, IIM Ahmedabad will be conducting CAT 2024 exam in 3 slots at over 450 test centers in 151 cities across India. The exam duration will be 2 hours and the question paper will most likely be having 76 questions in total, the same as last year. But you never know! IIM Ahmedabad is known for its surprises. So the total number of questions may vary between 60-76. 


What is CAT Exam?

The full form of CAT is the Common Admission Test. CAT Exam is the most popular national-level management entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) for admission of aspiring candidates to 20 IIMs and more than 100 B-schools across India. It is conducted and administered by one of the IIMs on a yearly rotational basis. The top 6 IIMs which conduct the exam are IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, and IIM Ahmedabad. It is usually conducted on the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday of December. 


  Through this exam, IIMs and other colleges offer MBA, PGP, PGP-FABM, PGPEM, PGDM, EPGP PGPSM, PGPWE, PGDHRM, PGPEX, PGPBM, etc. The CAT exam is an aptitude test designed to evaluate an applicant’s Quantitative, Verbal/reading, Data Interpretation, and Reasoning Skills. The Indian Institutes of Management conduct a computer-based Common Admission Test in the last week of November in two sessions. This exam will be conducted by IIMs as a prerequisite for admission to various management programs of IIMs and other colleges.

You can probably start signing up for CAT 2024 in early August 2024, and the last day to register might be in the first week of September 2024. The CAT 2024 exam will include 66 questions in three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude. The exam will take place in three parts, and it will be in English. The CAT 2024 result is anticipated to be declared in the first week of January 2025.

CAT Exam Important Dates

IIM Calcutta is expected to oversee the CAT exam 2024. The notable CAT 2024 dates, including the CAT registration date 2024, the last date to apply, the CAT 2024 exam date, and the result date, are provided below:

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

CAT Exam Pattern

The initial stage before starting preparation for an exam is to know about the CAT exam syllabus. The CAT exam schedule contains three sections. These sections are QA, VARC, and DILR. QR stands for quantitative aptitude that section includes grade tenth-level mathematics.

VARC stands for verbal ability & reading comprehension. That section includes grammar and comprehensive type questions. DILR means data interpretation & logical reasoning. That includes analysis of puzzles and pie charts. 

 Mode of CAT exam

 Computer Based Test 

 Time Duration 

  • 120 minutes 

  • 40 minutes per section

 Exam slots

  • Morning: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

  • Afternoon: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

  • Evening: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

 Number of questions


 Total marks


 Language of question paper


 Number of options


 Question Type

 MCQ and non-MCQ

 Marking Pattern

  • For every right answer: +3 will be awarded

  • For every wrong answer: -1 will be deducted

  • No negative marks for Non-MCQs based questions


Sections Questions Time (in mins)
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 24 40
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) 20 40
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 22 40
Total 66 120


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

CAT Exam Syllabus

The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) section of the CAT exam has three parts: Vocabulary, Grammar, and Reading Comprehension.

Questions focused on vocabulary consist of Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Spellings, Odd Words, Words Often Confused, Sentence Completion, and Cloze Tests. You need a combination of vocabulary knowledge, reading proficiency, and critical thinking abilities to answer these problems.

Understanding the situations in which a word can be used is a crucial component of vocabulary knowledge. It will become simple as you begin to comprehend a word’s usage in its context.

Try to comprehend a word’s etymology by learning its root meanings. One can grasp words like eloquent, loquacious, soliloquy, ventriloquize, circumlocution, grandiloquent, etc. by understanding the meaning of Latin roots like “loqui.” When you combine your knowledge of roots with the definitions of various prefixes and suffixes then you can say that you have a strong command of vocabulary.

Major Topics Covered Under CAT Exam  Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Verbal reasoning

Subject-verb agreement

Para jumbles

Sentence completion

Foreign language words used in English

Different usage of the same word


Reading comprehension





Jumbled paragraphs

Sentence correction

One-word substitution

Parts of speech


Types of clauses

Phrases modifiers

Errors in tenses

Articles usage


 Syllabus for the Quantitative Ability section 

CAT will be administered online, most likely at the end of November. These three things are the main part of QA : numerical ability, mathematical skills, and problem-solving skills. They are intended to be tested in the CAT quantitative ability portion. Most MBA admission exams include a subject on quantitative aptitude or competence. The CAT’s quantitative ability part typically contains questions that have elementary mathematics.

Arithmetic, Algebra, Advanced Mathematics, and Geometry are all included in the CAT’s Quantitative Aptitude component, which accounts for one-third of the test’s questions.

Being thorough with each and every chapter is the only way to earn high marks in this part. Recall the basics and theories. Take on the QA section of the CAT by attempting a range of example questions. Calculations may be necessary for this section. Use your brain to calculate; it will take less time than a calculator.

Major Topics Covered Under CAT Quantitative Ability


Modern Math




Harmonic Progression


Shortcuts in Averages

Properties Of Ratio, Proportion

Conditional Probability

Infinite Geometric Progression


Remainder Concept

Number System





Weighted Average

Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section 

The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) component of the CAT Exam is regarded as a game-changer and the most unpredictable section. Therefore, even though the majority of candidates for the CAT admit that the DILR portion is the most unpredictable and challenging of the three, it is far simpler to succeed in this section with the correct strategy and frame of mind. So, choosing the proper approach is crucial when working on your CAT DILR preparation.

The second component of the CAT exam, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), must be completed following the VARC test. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning are the two sub-sections that make up this section. Have a look at the following topics which are included in the DILR section:

Major Topics Covered Under CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 

Blood Relations

Clocks and Calendars




Venn Diagram


Data Arrangement

Data Structures

Direction Sense

Family Tree



Binary Logic

Pie Charts


Seating Arrangement

Data Sufficiency


Sets & Caselets

Bars & Line Graphs

CAT Exam Registration Process

The registration for CAT usually commences in the first week of August tentatively and concludes in the third week of September. The aspirants who want to register will have to register at the official iimcat.ac.in website to fill out the online application form. The CAT registration and application process for 2023 is outlined below:

  • Visit the official website.

  • Select 'new registration'.

  • To register, enter your name, date of birth, nationality, phone number, and email address.

  • Fill out the application form by logging in with the ID you received in the email.

  • Enter your personal and academic information.

  • Upload a passport-sized photo as well as a scanned signature.

  • Choose your preferred courses and IIMs which you want to get into.

  • Choose your desired test cities as per your preference.

  • Finally, pay the application fee for the CAT exam with a credit/debit card or through online banking.

Documents to be kept ready in advance for CAT Form Filling:

  1. Mark sheets of Class 10th, 12th, and Graduation

  2. Date of Birth certificate

  3. Images of passport-size photographs and scanned signature

CAT Exam Admit Card

The Exam for CAT will be held in three slots that has a distinct admit card for each. The admit card will include information about the exam day, slot, time, location, reporting time, and basic rules for personal conduct at the exam center.

The admit card is a mandatory document to be brought to the center of your exam. The candidates who do not have their admit card with them on the CAT exam day will be denied entry. As a result, students must download their admit cards prior to the exam date and print two copies of the same. So, in case of any discrepancy, you have a spare copy with you available. 

The candidates were required to follow the steps given below to download their CAT admit card: 

  • Visit the official CAT website - iimcat.ac.in

  • Click on the tab 'Login' 

  • Enter your registration ID and password which you received during registration

  • Click on the tab  'admit card'

  • Click on download and save the admit card on the device. You must take a printout of the CAT admit card so that you do not forget it on the exam day.