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CAT 2024 Exam Date

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Bharathi Pradeep
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The Common Admission Test held annually by the IIMs is the most common entrance exam for MBA admissions to top-notch B-schools. CAT 2024 will allow students to apply for admission to IIMs among other top institutes for the batch of 2025-27. Top non-IIM MBA colleges accepting CAT 2024 are MDI Gurugram, SPJIMR, IMT, FMS, IM, IITs, GIM, GLIM, LIBA, NITIE, MICA, IRMA, etc.

Students aiming for admission to MBA programs must clear this exam and make the cut-offs before being selected for further rounds conducted by the institutions.

Exam NameCommon Admission Test
Conducting BodyIIM Lucknow
Registration ModeOnline
Exam ModeOnline
No. of Questions66
Time Allotted120 minutes
Types of QuestionsMCQs and TITA
Sections in the Exam3 Sections;
DILR, and
Medium of ExamEnglish

CAT Important Dates

CAT 2024 Official NotificationJuly 2024
Start Date for RegistrationAugust 2024
Last Date for RegistrationSeptember 2024
Opening of Form Correction WindowSeptember 2024
Admit Card Release DateOctober 2024
CAT 2024 Exam DateNovember 2024
CAT 2024 Results AnnouncementDecember 2024

Results will be announced after the First week of January 2025.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who passed a 3-year bachelor’s degree from any stream from a UGC-recognized degree are eligible to apply for CAT 2024. Check the detailed eligibility criteria below:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with minimum 50% marks (45% in case of SC, ST, and PWD/DA category).
  • Candidates who have done CA/CS/ICWA and have scored the required percentage can also appear for CAT 2024
  • Candidates who are in the final year of their bachelor’s degree can apply for the CAT exam 2024.

CAT 2024 Registration Process

The registration for the CAT 2024 exam consists of three steps. Candidates will have to complete all steps in order to successfully apply. The stages of CAT 2024 registration are:

  • Creating login credentials
  • Filling up the academic details in the application for CAT 2024
  • Paying the CAT 2024 registration fee

Slot Timings

Each section of the CAT exam is time-bound. Once the time is up the screen automatically moves to the next section and the candidate cannot make any changes to the sections already attempted. So, you need to keep track of time and practice accordingly.

The three sessions for the CAT 2024 exam are as follows:

  • Morning session (Slot 1): 8:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Afternoon session (Slot 2): 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Evening session (Slot 3): 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Application Fee

After filling in all the details in the CAT application form 2024, the candidate must make the payment to complete the registration process.

  • For General, EWS and NC-OBC, the application fee is INR 2,400/-
  • For SC, ST and PwD, the application fee is INR 1,200/-
  • The fee can be paid through online mode only.

CAT Exam Pattern

The CAT exam is held in 3 slots. While the exam pattern and syllabus are the same for all slots, the level of difficulty might vary. Here is an overview of the exam pattern-

CAT 2023Details
Mode of ExaminationOnline (Computer-based)
Medium of ExaminationEnglish
Total Questions66
Questions Per SectionVARC: 24
DILR: 20
QA: 22
Time Allotted120 minutes
Time Allotted per Section40 minutes each
Type of QuestionsMCQs and TITA (Type in the Answer)
Marking Scheme+3 for every right answer
-1 for every wrong answer
TITA has no negative marking

Exam Syllabus

Candidates should note that there is no officially released syllabus. However, candidates can check the CAT syllabus 2024 drawn on the basis of previous CAT questions. Here are some of CAT 2024 important topics and the number of questions for each of the sections – VARC, DILR, and QA.

SectionsNo of questionsTime allotted (in minutes)Important topics
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)2440Reading comprehension, para jumbles, para summary, verbal reasoning, etc.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)2040Charts, graphs, arrangements, blood relations, puzzles, etc.
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)2240Algebra, arithmetic, number systems, geometry, permutations and combinations, mensuration, etc.

How to fill CAT 2024 application form step by step

The candidates can follow the step-by-step process below to fill out the CAT 2024 registration form.

  • Visit the official website of CAT exam 2024,
  • On the home page, click on the “New Candidate Registration
  • A new page will open. Enter the following details
    • Name of the Candidate
    • Date of Birth
    • Email Address
    • Country
    • Mobile Number and
    • Captcha
  • After filling in the required information, click on “Generate OTP”. OTP will be sent to the registered email ID and mobile number. Enter the received OPT to verify your email ID and mobile number.
  • Now login again, using the CAT ID and password created, and fill in the following details.
    • Personal Details
    • Other Personal Details
    • Communication Address
    • Emergency Contact Details
  • Upload Documents (in a prescribed format and size)
  • Provide academic details of SSC/ Class 10, HSC/ Class 12, Bachelor’s Degree Details, Master’s Degree Details, and Other Professional Degree Details
  • Enter only full-time work experience
  • Select exam cities. Candidates can choose up to six cities as their preferred exam cites
  • Pay the CAT 2024 registration fee through any of the available methods
    • For General Category Candidates: Rs 2400
    • For SC/ ST/ PwD: Rs 1200
  • Take a printout of the filled CAT 2024 application for future reference

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Bharathi Pradeep
Bharathi Pradeep
Editor at Bharathi covers topics on Competitive exams, How To guides, Current exams, Current Affairs, Study Materials, etc. Follow her on social media using the links below.

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