Management Entrance Exams

CAT EXAM Overview

CAT Exam is round the corner as the D-day is approaching on 27th November. This year, IIM Lucknow is the official CAT convener ( and the MBA entrance exam is scheduled to be conducted in online mode at various CAT test centers in India.

As the deadline to appear for the CAT exam is 20th September, candidates are advised to read the important information about one of the toughest MBA entrance exam because belling the CAT is not as simple as it seems. The competition to make it to the top B-schools of India is tough as approximately 2.50 lakh candidates are set to appear to crack CAT

In this article, you will find CAT exam pattern, Syllabus, Tips to download the CAT Admit card, some quick last minute tips to prepare for the CAT exam, CAT Result and expected cut-off for Admission, and CAT Selection Criteria at JIMS Rohini.

CAT Exam Eligibility CAT Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are required to refer to the CAT eligibility conditions before registering for the MBA entrance exam. Read on to find CAT eligibility criteria here:-

  • Candidates scoring at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in the case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories) in their graduation.
  • Candidates pursuing graduation in their final semester can appear for the CAT exam.
  • Candidate possessing Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  • Candidate who has completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% marks
  • CAT eligibility stipulates ‘No Age Bar’ to appear in the CAT entrance exam
CAT Syllabus CAT Exam Pattern

The first step required to win the race is to be aware of the CAT exam pattern. Take a look at the CAT exam pattern expected this year and a list of few important topics that will test your competency to crack the CAT exam.

CAT Exam Pattern


Exam Duration

120 minutes

Exam Mode


Exam Sections


Exam Sectional time limit

40 minute per section

No. of Questions

64 to 68

Type of Questions

MCQs and non-MCQs

Marking Scheme

Correct answer: 3 marks

Incorrect answer: -1 mark

No. of Test Cities


It is important to note that Non-MCQs are descriptive questions and do not invite any negative marking in the exam.

CAT Exam Pattern CAT Exam Syllabus

CAT Syllabus is important point of reference to prepare for the exam. Candidates can prepare for the following topics to score a high percentile in the exam:

CAT Syllabus

Important Topics

Quantitative Ability (QA)

Arithmetic, Modern Math, Number System Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry

Data Interpretation& Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Data Charts, Data Tables, Bar Graphs, Venn Diagrams, Seating arrangement, Team formation, Blood Relation, Clocks & Calendars

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Long & Short Passages Jumbled Paragraphs; Para-summary, Out of context sentence from a jumbled paragraph

CAT Exam Pattern CAT Preparation Tips

Preparing for CAT exam requires a fool-proof strategy in place and your dedication to adhere to the schedule. Here are some tips that you can choose to prepare for the MBA entrance exam:

Self-Study – Get the right set of books and study material if you do not wish to seek anyone’s help in the preparation of the exam. Meanwhile, enrol for the CAT mock test series that will help you test your competency in the exam.

Enrol to Coaching – There are several expert MBA coaching services that teach aspirants in both classroom mode and online mode. You can enrol for the CAT coaching classes to score a high percentile in the CAT exam.

Practice CAT Previous Year Papers – To gain understanding about the type of questions, difficulty level of the exam, candidates are advised to practice from the CAT previous year papers.

Learn from the Toppers – Read the interviews of the CAT toppers and know their success formulae to score a 100 percentile in the CAT exam.

Attempt Mock Tests – Last but not the least, it is important to practice at least 20-30 CAT mock tests before you make the final move. It will help you assess your speed to attempt the questions and will galvanise your mind to the expected level of difficulty in the exam.

CAT Cutoff CAT Result and Expected Cutoff

This year, CAT Result is expected to be announced in the first week of January 2024. Candidates will be able to download the CAT Scorecard from the official website i.e.

The CAT scorecard displays following details about the Candidate:-

  • Candidate’s Name, Address, Photograph, Date of Birth, Email ID
  • CAT Registration number
  • Candidate’s category – General/OBC/SC-ST
  • Candidate’s Gender – Male/Female
  • Date & Time of CAT exam
  • Section-wise CAT exam Scaled Score
  • Section-wise CAT percentile score
  • Overall CAT Scaled Score and overall Percentile score

Please note that for admission to the B-school, CAT scorecard remains valid for a period of only 1 year, after which the validity of the CAT scorecard expires.

CAT Selection Criteria CAT Selection Criteria at JIMS Rohini

JIMS Rohini provides admission to the PGDM, PGDM (IB) and PGDM (RM) program on the basis of following four parameters:-



Post Academics


Performance in Qualifying Exams



Personal Interview (PI)


Group Discussion (GD)






A candidate must possess Valid Score of CAT exam if appeared in the CAT entrance exam.

The CAT cutoff for JIMS Rohini Sector-5 is mentioned as under:






75 Percentile

75 Percentile

75 Percentile

MAT Selection CriteriaFAQs

Q. Who is Ineligible for CAT 2023?

A. The following candidates are not eligible for CAT 2023:

  • Candidates with professional degrees namely CS/ CA/ ICWA without completion of a bachelor degree.
  • If you have neither completed any bachelor’s degree nor pursuing one.
  • If you have completed any professional degree, but not bachelors.
  • Candidates with less than 50% (45% for SC / ST / PWT candidates) aggregate marks in graduation.
  • Candidates who have completed their graduation from an institute not recognized by MHRD/ AICTE/ UGC.

Q. Any reservations offered to female candidates in the CAT Exam?

A. No, there is no separate reservation for female candidates in the CAT examination. Neither for seat nor for marks

Q. How many times a candidate can appear in the CAT Examination?

A. No bar on the number of attempts for CAT entrance. An aspiring candidate can attempt the CAT examination multiple times. There are no age restrictions as well.

Q. Important Points to know before appearing in CAT Exam

A. Have a look at the below important points regarding the CAT exam.

  • Candidates can use an on-screen calculator.  
  • An on-screen clock keeps track of
  • A rough sheet is provided to each candidate that has to be submitted back to the examiner, after the exam gets over.
  • The computer screens for all candidates are switched on at the same time
  • Candidates need to sit as per allocated seating plan.

Q. Are there any Latest Changes in the CAT Paper Pattern?

A. No changes have been declared till date for the CAT 2023 Examination Pattern from previous year. In case of any changes, the examination conducting agency generally notifies the candidates well in advance.

Q. Does a CAT candidate have to answer as per the chronological order of the question paper?

A. Yes, candidates have to follow the chronology of the question paper.

Q. Will it be there any marks’ deduction for unattempted questions?

A. No, there is no penalty for unattempted questions in the CAT examination.

Q. Is there any limit for attempting different sections during the CAT examination?

A. Yes, there is a sectional time limit. For general category candidates it is 40 mins and for the PWD category candidates it is 60 mins.

Q. Can a candidate bring a calculator to the exam centre?

A. No, Candidates are not allowed to bring calculators. They can use an on-screen calculator.

Q. What are the passing marks for the CAT Exam?

A. There is no qualifying score for CAT. However, the B-Schools select the candidates on the basis of percentile they have secured in the final result.

Q. What are the total marks of CAT exam 2023? 

A. For the CAT 2023 examination the total marks are 198. As per CAT marking scheme, each question is worth 3 marks. So, the total marks of 66 questions in the CAT exam are 66x3= 198. Also, there is a negative marking of - 1 mark for every wrong answer.

Q. Does CAT 2023 have negative marking?

A. Based on the CAT marking scheme, for each correct answer, candidates will score 3 marks. For each wrong answer in the objective questions, candidates will get a negative marking of - 1 mark. However, the negative marking is only applicable to MCQs.  

Q. What is the CAT exam time duration 2023?

A. CAT 2023 exam duration is 120 minutes for all candidates.

Q. How many Non-MCQ questions are in the CAT exam?

A. The number of Non-MCQs may vary in each section. Generally, VARC has 5-6 Non-MCQs and 18-19 MCQs, DILR has 4-5 Non-MCQs and 15-16 MCQs whereas Quant has 7-8 Non-MCQs and 14-15 MCQs.

Q. MCQs or TITA(Type in the answers) questions, which one is more time consuming?

A. TITA questions are more time consuming, as no options are provided. The candidate has to solve the entire problem and type the answer. It also becomes difficult to assess the accuracy of the answer as there are no options.

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