Entrance Exams in
India : Information and Details of Entrance Exams
CAT (Common Admission Test) 2016
CAT 2016 : Frequently Asked Questions
CAT will be a computer adaptive test. Is that correct?
No, CAT is not going to be a computer adaptive test. It will be Computer Based
Can I take the test from any computer?
A candidate will take the test only at designated test venues in about 25
cities across India. Detailed information will be provided in the CAT 2016
But how do I do rough-work and calculations while arriving at the answers?
At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer
terminal and he/she will be provided with a writing pad with numbered pages
for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the pad including all
the pages in it at the desk. Rough-work cannot be done on any other
paper/sheet as nothing will be allowed to be taken inside the test hall.
How much is the test fee for CAT 2016 and how do I pay?
The registration fee is Rs.1600/- for the general and NC-OBC candidates and Rs.800/- for the SC/SC/Person with Disability.
How do I get my admit card for the test?
After you fill-in, review, and submit the registration information during
online registration, you will receive an email containing your Admit Card. You
must have a valid E-mail account throughout the selection process.
What do I need to bring at the time of test?
You must bring the printed copy of the admit card, one picture ID, and any
other ID not necessarily with a picture. Do not bring any other material and
personal belongings with you, for no personal belongings and materials will be
allowed in test-hall.
Can I take CAT more than once during the testing window?
No, a candidate can register to take test only once during the CAT 2016
testing window. Admit cards and picture ids of the candidates will be checked,
and candidate pictures and biometric information will also be captured at the
I have very average/poor acads. What are my chances of clearing the GD/PI
There is no minimum mark specified for the CAT. So, what it implies is that
unlike other institutes, the IIMs don't use just acads as a filtering measure.
If you are good enough to crack the cat, you are good. Period. The problem
arises when you are facing the interview panel; you would be competing against
other people who have done equally well, and have better marks backing them.
Here, if you can defend yourself in the grilling and prove that your fundae
are solid, well, nobody can stop you. And it helps if you do really well in
What is the importance of work-ex in getting selected for the IIMs?
Generally, 48-52% of the batch are fresher. That should put your mind to rest
if you too are a fresher. But yes, work-ex does have some weightage, the
extent of which is a matter of conjecture. The point is, it gives you an edge
when facing the panel and answering such questions as 'why MBA', and if your
had done some worthwhile work the impact is bound to be felt.
What if I have no extra-curricular activities to talk about?
Come on, you must have taken part in some race, some small elocution in the
ninth standard, or in the very least played cricket with friends from the
colony! You don't have to be a stud player (that helps though), but you need
to come across as a person with diverse interests.
What is the min/max age limit for taking CAT?
CAT and the IIMs don't have any min or max age limits specified.
I'm doing/done my three year diploma in hotel management. Am I eligible to
take the CAT?
For all IIMs, the minimum eligibility criterion for admission to PGP is at
least a three-year bachelors degree or equivalent in any discipline recognized
by the Association of Indian Universities/ AICTE as eligible for Post Graduate
Studies in Management. It means that if your diploma is not recognized as
equivalent to a three-year bachelors, which is mostly the case, and if you've
not done any other degree, you are not eligible. The HM people in the IIMs
have completed some other degree also.
I have done my CA after doing only my CA-inter. Am I eligible to take the
Yes you are. But if you have done only CA inter without doing any degree or
completing your CA final, then you are not.
What are the requirements for applying through GMAT for foreign candidates?
Cut-off GMAT scores for a particular year can vary depending on the overall
quality of performance of the batch. However, GMAT percentile scores in the
high nineties are usually required. Other dimensions like work experience,
quality of recommendations given by the three academic referees and past
scholastic achievements are also taken into consideration. If the candidate
has not had English as a medium of education then TOEFL score will be looked
at. The GMAT score reported should not be more than two year old.
Is it okay for non-engineers to opt for IIMC, since it is known for its
Absolutely. The courses here are slightly mathematics oriented and being
strong in that helps, but there are many non-engineers here who are doing very
well. And then, in the second year one can choose the subjects according to
ones comfort level.
I have done math only till 10th /12th standard; can I take up PGDCM?
There is no eligibility requirement regarding math, but for actually pursuing
the course one requires a decent knowledge of graduate level mathematics. So,
even if one gets in, unless he has learnt higher math it would be slightly
difficult to pursue the course.
I don't have any background in computers; would I be eligible for PGDCM?
No problems in that. Only thing is, for some courses previous knowledge would
What is the difference between PGDM & PGDCM?
First of all there is absolutely no difference between PGDCM and PGDM as far
as placements are concerned, or regarding the facilities and classes, which
are combined with PGDM, except for the special compulsory courses of DCM in
the first year:
1. Fourth generation languages
2. Data structures
3. Database management systems
4. Computing environment
5. Management information systems.
This, combined with one compulsory systems course each in the terms of the
second year, in effect means an automatic additional major in Systems. One can
then choose the rest of the subjects (13-22) in the second year from different
departments to major in any other stream(s); a minimum of 5 in any stream gets
one a major in that.
In the present batch of PGDCM, there are 58 students. 45 engineers. And out of
58 students 32 are IITians. People with both the options choose in favor of
one of these courses depending on their preferences.
What is the advantage/use of going for the Fellow programme vis a vis PGDM/CM?
Whereas the PG programs are meant to prepare the candidate for a corporate
career, the Fellow Program equips you for a different purpose altogether:
research and academics. You go deeper into the concepts till you begin to
think for yourself and then hopefully you begin to formulate some by yourself
What is the accommodation like? And what about married people?
Here everybody gets single-room accommodation. For married people, there is
limited accommodation in the separate family hostel.
What are the loan options available?
Every year almost half the students apply for loans. There are banks like
State Bank of India, Allahabad bank and PNB that come to campus for offering
loans. Some banks require you to have (Or make) an LIC policy of the amount
applied for and a couple of other things. The banks are quite helpful with the
loan sanctioning procedures. The loans cover your fees and mess bills, and an