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CAT Coaching in Coimbatore


CAT (Common Admission Test) is a highly competitive exam which is a gateway to all the IIMs and over 1000 business schools in India. It is conducted by the 6 primary IIMs on a rotational basis. The exam is taken online over a period of two hours, with 40 minutes per section. CAT is conducted on the last Sunday of November, every year. The exam will be held online in 3 slots across the same day. Over 2 lakh candidates register for CAT every year. CAT results are expected between the 3rd week of December and to 2nd week of January. This exam is important as it is mandatory for all 21 IIMs as well as many other business schools. Details of the top b-schools accepting the CAT score are provided in the Colleges and Cut-offs section.



The CAT exam is a 2-hour exam, held across 3 slots. Timings of the slots were 8:30 am to 10:30 am; 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

The section wise details are given below, based on CAT 2023. In comparison to CAT 2022, IIM Lucknow, the convener of the exam in 2023, has included the Odd One Out type questions in the VARC portion. In DILR section, the number of questions in each set became 5 instead of 4 or 6.

Name of Sections – Questions in each section• Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension – 24
• Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – 20 (4 cases each consisting of 5 Questions).
• Quantitative Aptitude – 22
• Total 3 sections – 66
Time120 minutes (40 minutes for each section) for general candidates (PWD candidates get one-third more time)
Total number of questions66 Questions
Total marks• 198 marks
• MCQs: Correct Answer +3, Incorrect Answer -1
• TITA or Non-MCQs: Correct Answer +3, Incorrect Answer 0
• Normalisation occurs based on overall responses and slot

This was the format for CAT 2023, and it is expected to be the same for CAT


The authorities do not come out with a specific syllabus, but we can prepare
based on the previous years’ question papers. The questions asked in CAT
are mostly based on high school Maths and English topics. DILR is a bit
different, using critical reasoning as well as numerical calculations. Here are
the section wise topics for CAT.

VARC• Reading Comprehension (16 – 4 passages of 4 questions each), Summary (2), Jumbled Paragraphs (2), Sentence Insertion (2) and Odd One Out (2).
• However, CAT has added/removed topics in the past, so we recommend that you brush up on vocabulary, grammar and other VA topics.
DILR• DI: Pie Chart, Bar Graph, Lines & X-Y & Spider, Data Tables, Interpretative Tables, Case lets, Venn Diagrams.
• LR: Arrangements, Matching, Selections, Numerical Reasoning, Teams & Events, Ranking.
• In 2021, we had 2 cases with 6 questions each and 2 cases with 4 questions each. In 2022 and 2023, we had 4 cases with 5 questions each.
QA• Numbers: Number theory, Factors and Remainders, Divisibility, Number system, Surds and indices.
• Arithmetic: Percentages, Interest & Growth, Ratio & Partnership, Proportion & Variation, Profit & Loss, Averages, Mixtures & Alligations, Time & Speed, Time & Work.
• Algebra: Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Logarithm, Inequalities and Functions.
• Geometry: Lines and Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Circles, Coordinate geometry, Trigonometry and Mensuration.
• Modern Maths: Permutation and Combination, Probability, Set theory and Sequence and Series.

Important Dates

The CAT 2024 application will be available on the official CAT website.
Application for the IIMs is part of the same form.

CAT RegistrationDate
CAT 2024 Registration startsAug, 2024
CAT Registration Charges2400 /-
CAT 2024 Registration endsSep, 2024
CAT 2024 Exam DateNov 24, 2024(Expected)

CAT Registration link: IIM CAT

Colleges & Cut-offs

IIMs and expected CAT percentile required for General category

  1. IIM Ahmedabad: 99+
  2. IIM Bangalore: 99+
  3. IIM Calcutta: 99+
  4. IIM Lucknow 98+
  5. IIM Indore: 97+
  6. IIM Kozhikode: 98+
  7. IIM Shillong: 90+
  8. IIM Mumbai: 95+
  9. IIM Raipur: 93+
  10. IIM Ranchi: 93+
  11. IIM Rohtak: 95+
  12. IIM Trichy: 94+
  13. IIM Udaipur : 92+
  14. IIM Kashipur: 93+
  15. IIM Nagpur: 95+
  16. IIM Amritsar: 95+
  17. IIM Sambalpur: 94+
  18. IIM Bodhgaya: 92+
  19. IIM Jammu: 93+
  20. IIM Visakhapatnam: 92+
  21. IIM Sirmaur: 90+

These are based on student experiences in the general category. In addition
to the CAT percentile, IIMs consider a combination of other criteria such as
your academic scores, work-experience, academic diversity, gender diversity.

Top Colleges (Non IIMs) that Accept CAT Scores

90-100th Percentile1. Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), New Delhi
2. SJMSOM, IIT Bombay, Mumbai
3. Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
4. Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi, New Delhi
5. SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
6. Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
7. Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad
8. Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras, Chennai
9. Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur
80-90th Percentile1. International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi
2. TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal
3. Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA), Ahmedabad (+MICAT)
4. Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)
5. KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai
6. Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM), Chennai
7. Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa
8. Sydenham Institute of Management Studies & Research & Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai
9. Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand
10. Nirma University Institute of Management (NIRMA), Ahmedabad
70-80th Percentile1. Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai
2. SDA Bocconi Asia Centre, Mumbai
3. Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai
4. Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Palani
5. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WE School), Mumbai
6. Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bangalore
7. FORE School of Management, Delhi
8. Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM), Trichy
9. National Institute of Banking and Management (NIBM), Pune
10. Christ University, Bengaluru.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s what is CAT?

CAT, also known as the Common Admission Test is a national-level entrance test held in India for admission into postgraduate management courses, which are predominantly provided at the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

Who is responsible for conducting the CAT exam?

The exam is conducted on a rotating basis, by IIMs. The responsibility for running the test is given each year to one IIM every year.

What are the CAT eligibility requirements?

Candidates need to have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 50 percent mark (45 percent for those with disabilities, including SC/ST/PWD) or a CGPA equivalent. Students in their final year are also eligible to apply.

What is the frequency at which CAT is held in the course of a period?

CAT is conducted every year, typically in December or November. The exact dates are announced by the IIM that conducts the CAT.

What is the pattern of the test for the CAT exam? 

CAT typically comprises three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) as Data Interpretation as well as Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). The test duration is two hours.