CAT Exam2024: Registration, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation Tips

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The CAT 2024 exam is happening on November 24, 2024 (Sunday). More than 3 lakh MBA aspirants will take the test in 167 cities at 375 exam centers across India. The CAT 2024 notification is expected to come out around July 30, 2024. Last year, CAT registrations went up by 30%, reaching a record high. About 3.28 million people registered, and around 88% of them took the exam. We expect a similar increase in registrations this year. Keep scrolling for more details on CAT 2024 exam dates, tips for preparation, syllabus, and CAT 2024 mock tests.

CAT 2024: Latest Updates

Clearing CAT isn’t enough for MBA at IIM or top B-schools; it’s just the start. CAT 2024 aspirants, track CAT 2023 admission for a target.

Key Dates:

  • Jan 29, 2024: Assess self-prep; decide on CAT coaching.
  • Jan 25, 2024: Basics for beginners; past mistakes for reapplicants.
  • Jan 23, 2024: Study CAT 2024 syllabus; plan.
  • Jan 16, 2024: Obtain CAT 2024 materials; self-prep for a month.
  • Jan 13, 2024: Take 2-3 CAT mocks; identify strengths and weaknesses for CAT 2024 prep.

Important Information for CAT Exam 2024

Utilize these CAT 2024 insights to set your CAT percentile target.

  • IIMs provide approximately 5500 seats for annual MBA admissions through CAT.
  • Acceptance rates at 21 IIMs range from 1% to 2%, with CAT cutoff for old IIMs between 95-99+ percentile.
  • Baby IIMs maintain a CAT cutoff of over 80 percentile.
  • Top non-IIMs offer 4500+ seats via CAT 2024, boasting a relatively higher acceptance rate.
  • CAT 2024 cutoffs for leading non-IIM MBA colleges like FMS, IIFT, SPJIMR, MDI, and JBIMS will range from 94-100%ile.
  • Other non-IIMs such as MICA, XIME, XIM, TAPMI, K J Somaiya, etc., will have CAT cutoffs ranging from 75-90%ile.

CAT 2024 Exam Highlights:

CAT stands as India’s premier MBA entrance exam, recognized by over 1000 B-schools across the country for admission to MBA/PGDM courses. Explore the key highlights below.

CAT Exam ParticularsCAT 2024 Details
CAT Full FormCommon Admission Test (CAT) 
Conducting Institute for 2024IIM Calcutta (to be confirmed)
Exam LevelNational
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Exam 2024 Date24th November 2024
CAT Examinations TimingsSession 1: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Session 2: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Session 3: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
CAT Exam FeesINR 2,400 (General) | INR 1,200 (Reserved)
Test-taker Count3.30 lakh (in 2023)
Exam modeComputer Based Test (CBT) featuring both Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and non-MCQs.
No. of test cities155
CAT exam official website
Exam helpdesk no.1-800-210-1088 (Toll Free)

CAT Exam Dates 2024

The CAT 2024 organizing IIM will unveil the dates on July 30, 2024. Here, you can find the tentative CAT 2024 exam dates and associated events.

CAT Examinations EventsCAT Admit Card 2024
CAT 2024 notification release30-July-2024
Registration dates 2024 December 2024
CAT form correctionLast week of September 2024
Admit Card 202425-Oct-2024
CAT exam 2024 date24-Nov-2024
CAT answer key release1st week of December in 2024
Answer key challenge process1st week of December in 2024
Declaration of CAT 2024 resultThe last week of December or 1st week of December 2024

CAT Exam Eligibility 2024

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% aggregate (45% for SC, ST, PWD/DA).
  • Final-year students or those awaiting results can apply.
  • Professional degree holders (CA/CS/ICWA/FCAI) meeting percentage criteria are eligible.

CAT Syllabus 2024

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude

CAT Sections and Syllabus Topics:

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC):
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Para Jumbles
    • Para Summary
    • Odd Sentence Out
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR):
    • Set Theory (Variables)
    • Set Theory + Puzzles
    • Puzzles with Additional Data
    • Coding-Decoding
    • Series
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA):
    • Number System
    • Algebra
    • Arithmetic
    • Geometry
    • Mensuration

CAT Question Papers

The CAT question paper varies for each session, maintaining consistent sectional weightage. While the uniqueness of each session can result in varying difficulty levels, generally, the CAT question paper is of moderate to high difficulty.

CAT SectionsQuestionsDifficulty Level
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)24Moderate to High
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)20Easy to Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)22Moderate to High

CAT 2024 Registration:

  1. Visit
  2. Click ‘new registration’
  3. Provide your name, date of birth, nationality, phone number, and email ID.
  4. Verify registration with OTP.
  5. Log in with the CAT 2024 ID from the email.
  6. Enter personal and academic details.
  7. Upload a passport-size photo and a scanned signature.
  8. Choose preferred IIMs, courses, and test cities.
  9. Pay the application fee using a credit or debit card or net banking.

CAT Admit Card 2024:

  1. Visit
  2. Click ‘login’
  3. Enter the CAT 2024 application number and password.
  4. Access the ‘admit card’ section
  5. Click ‘download’

CAT Answer Key 2024

  1. Go to CAT 2024’s official website.
  2. Click ‘login’
  3. Enter the CAT login ID and password.
  4. Access ‘CAT 2024 answer key’
  5. Click the ‘download’ icon for PDF.
  6. The objection window is open for 3-4 days.
  7. Challenge errors via an online form.
  8. Authorities re-examine and revise if necessary.

CAT Result 2024:

  1. Visit
  2. Click ‘CAT 2024 result/scorecard’
  3. Enter the CAT application number and password.
  4. Access the scorecard section.
  5. Click ‘download’ to save the PDF of the CAT 2024 scorecard.

CAT Cut-Offs 2024

IIMQualifying CAT Cut offs
IIM Ahmedabad85
IIM Bangalore85
IIM Calcutta85
IIM Lucknow90
IIM Indore90
IIM Kozhikode85
IIM Amritsar90
IIM Nagpur94
IIM Sambalpur94
IIM Trichy94
IIM Raipur94
IIM Ranchi94
IIM Kashipur94
IIM Vizag80
IIM Udaipur94
IIM Bodhgaya94
IIM Shillong75
IIM Sirmaur94
IIM Rohtak95
IIM Nagpur85
IIM Jammu94
IIM Mumbai94

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