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CAT Exam 2024 | Entrance Exam


The Common Admission Test (CAT Exam) is India’s most important exam for getting into top management schools, such as the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). It happens every year and is run by a different IIM each time. This year, IIM Lucknow is in charge of the CAT Exam.

It helps students get into not only the IIMs but also other top business schools in the country. 

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CAT Sections

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. Quantitative Ability (QA) 

CAT 2024 Eligibility

To be eligible for the CAT Exam 2024 you need to meet the following criteria:

Educational Qualification:

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks if you belong to the general category.
  • For reserved categories, a minimum of 45% marks is required.
  • Your degree must be from a recognized university.

CAT Exam 2023 Highlights

Feature                            Details
Name of the Exam Common Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting Body IIM Lucknow
Exam Duration 2 hours
Exam Date 26th November 2023
Mode of Exam Computer Based Test (CBT)
Question Types MCQ and Non-MCQ
Medium of Exam English
Exam Fees INR 1200 (Reserved categories), INR 2400 (Other categories)

Final Year Students:

If you are in the final year of your bachelor’s degree, you can also apply for the CAT exam.

Professional Degrees:

If you have a professional qualification like CA, CS, or ICWA, you are eligible to take the CAT exam.

These requirements ensure that a diverse range of candidates can apply for the exam, opening the door to top management programs in India.

Important Dates For CAT 2024

                  CAT Exam Events                   CAT Exam Date 2024
Notification Release 30-July-2024
Registration Dates 03-Aug-2024 to 15-Sep-2024
Form Correction Last week of September 2024
Admit Card Release 25-Oct-2024
Exam Date 24-Nov-2024
Answer Key Release First week of December 2024
Result Declaration Last week of December 2024 or First week of January 2025

CAT Cut Offs 2024

                                                     IIM                      Qualifying CAT Cut Off Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad 85
IIM Bangalore 85
IIM Calcutta 85
IIM Lucknow 90
IIM Indore 90
IIM Kozhikode 85
IIM Amritsar 90
IIM Nagpur 94
IIM Sambalpur 94
IIM Trichy 94
IIM Raipur 94
IIM Ranchi 94
IIM Kashipur 94
IIM Vizag 80
IIM Udaipur 94
IIM Bodhgaya 94
IIM Shillong 75
IIM Sirmaur 94
IIM Rohtak 95
IIM Jammu 94
IIM Mumbai 94


CAT Exam Pattern and Scoring

  1. Total Questions: 66
  2. Scoring System:
  • You earn 3 points for every correct answer.
  • For multiple-choice questions (MCQs), 1 point is taken away for each wrong answer.
  • There is no penalty for incorrect answers to non-MCQ questions.

CAT Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

  • Total Questions: 66
  • Marking Scheme: 3 marks for each correct answer, 1 mark deducted for each wrong answer in MCQs. No negative marking for Non-MCQs.
Section MCQ Questions Non-MCQ Questions
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 21 3
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 14 6
Quantitative Ability (QA) 14 8
Total 49 17

Preparation CAT Exam

  • Start Early: Begin your preparation 9-12 months before the exam.
  • Practice Regularly: Consistent practice is crucial, especially for Quantitative Ability and DILR sections.
  • Know the Pattern: Understand the exam format and the importance of each topic.
  • Work on Weak Areas: Identify and strengthen your weaker sections.


The CAT exam is tough but important for MBA hopefuls in India. To do well, you need to prepare properly and understand the exam format and requirements. Stay informed about official updates and start studying early to increase your chances of getting a high score.


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