IIM CAT 2011-12: Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Practice Tests, Results, GD & PI Guide

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CAT – Common Admission Test is an Entrance Exam conducted by IIM’s for admission into IIM’s and many other top MBA Colleges and Institutes in India. Check the Non-IIM Institutions registered to use CAT Scores

CAT 2011 will be conducted online through different centres across India in 20-day testing window between Saturday, 22 October and Friday, 18 November 2011. See full list of CAT Centres here

The window for registration & scheduling starts on Wednesday, 17 August and ends on Wednesday, 28 September and you will not be allowed to make any further changes to your profile, application or test schedule after this date. However, you may still log on to  https://iim.prometric.com using your username and password to print your Admit Card. This facility will be available until the end of the testing window.

Test Duration and Pattern

The CAT 2011 will have only two sections. The first section is Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second section is Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Within the 70 min provided for the section, candidates can review the answers. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second section and will no longer be able to go back.

A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main examination. The total duration will be two hours and thirty five minutes including the tutorial. A Practice Test to provide candidates with a feel of the timed sections, as well as navigation and functionality of the actual test will be made available in the coming weeks. Once again candidates are advised to go though them carefully to familiarise themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.

At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. No breaks will be given during the test.

CAT EligibilityThe candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA)categories], awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained the bachelor’s degree. In case the university/ institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at Selection Process of IIMs.

Prospective candidates must maintain a valid and unique email account throughout the selection process.

Note for SC/ST, NC-OBC, and DA Candidates

If you belong to SC or ST categories, your caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that you send to IIM should be in the Government approved format and should clearly state: (a) Name of your caste/tribe; (b) Whether you belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; (c) District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence; and (d) the appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe. A copy of the certificate must be sent to CAT Centre, C/O Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, Prabandh Nagar, Off Sitapur Road, Lucknow – 226013. Mention the Voucher Serial Number on the certificate. Failure to produce a copy of the caste certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration.

The caste certificate must be shown and a photocopy enclosed at the time of interviews. Moreover, the caste certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs.

If you belong to the Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC), you must produce the NC-OBC certificate duly signed by competent authority and enclose its photocopy at the time of interviews. Moreover, the certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs. Failure to do so during the post CAT selection process will result in you not being considered under the reserved category.

If you belong to Differently Abled (DA) Category, a copy of the DA certificate must be sent to CAT Centre, C/O Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, Prabandh Nagar, Off Sitapur Road, Lucknow – 226013. Mention the Voucher Serial Number on the DA certificate. Failure to produce a copy of the DA certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration. The DA certificate must be shown and a photocopy enclosed at the time of interviews. Moreover, the DA certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs.

Common Admission Test: CAT

CAT Result and Short-listing

Wednesday 11 January 2012


Please note that each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).Performance in CAT2011 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information you may refer the admissions policies of IIMs from their respective websites

CAT Result and Short-listing

CAT 2011 result will be announced on 11 January 2012 on the CAT website. List of shortlisted candidates for the next level of slection will be made available on the individual IIM websites. Each IIM will send interview letters to the candidates it has short-listed. The criteria for short-listing varies from IIM to IIM. Please visit the admission hotlinks of the respective websites of IIMs for further information.

Eligibility Verification

If a candidate is short-listed for interviews by any IIM, he/she has to comply with the following eligibility verification:

Mark sheets and Degree Certificate

A candidate must show all the original mark sheets and submit attested copies to prove his/her eligibility at the time of interview.  Further, if a candidate is selected for a programme, original degree certificate and mark sheets of all semesters/years along with their attested copies must be submitted for verification at the time of joining the programme.

Reservation Category Requirements

If short-listed for interview, SC, ST, NC-OBC, and DA candidates must show the original caste/class/disability certificate and submit a photocopy at the time of interview.  Further, if a candidate is selected for a programme, original certificate of qualifying degree and attested  copy of the same must be submitted for verification at the time of joining a programme.

Candidates in the Final Year of Graduation

If short-listed for interview, candidates appearing for the final bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification examination must show an original certificate from the Principal/Registrar/Director of the university/institution certifying that the candidate has obtained 50% marks or equivalent  (45% in case of the candidates belonging to SC, ST, and DA category) based on latest available grades/marks.  He/she must submit an attested copy of the original certificate at the time of interview.  For the PGP of IIMs, such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme PROVISIONALLY ONLY if they submit a certificate latest by June 30, 2012 from the Principal/Registrar of their college/institute (issued on or before June 30, 2012) stating that they have completed all the requirements including appearing for supplementary exams if any (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.  Their admission  will be confirmed only when they submit original mark sheet and qualifying degree certificate of having passed the bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of their college/institute.  They must obtain at least 50% marks or equivalent.  They also must submit an attested copy of the mark sheets and qualifying degree certificate.  The deadline for submission of the mark sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2012. NON-FULFILLMENT OF THIS CONDITION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RESULT IN THE CANCELLATION OF THE PROVISIONAL ADMISSION.  Provisional admission will also be cancelled if it is found that the certificate (Annexure E) is found to be incorrect subsequently. IIMs would not allow any candidate to join their programme in case the candidate is unable to complete all the requirements for a bachelor degree on or before June 30, 2012. The IIMs would also not offer admission to any candidate after June 30, 2012.

Important Dates

  • Sale of CAT Vouchers :
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011 – Saturday, 1 October 2011 (See details of CAT Voucher Sale here)
  • Registration for CAT 2011 :
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011 – Tuesday, 4 October 2011
  • CAT Test Dates :
    Saturday, 22 October 2011 – Friday, 18 November 2011
  • CAT Result :
    Wednesday 11 January 2012


Quantitative Ability/ Numerical Ability (Check a Free Practice Test here)

1. Number Systems
2. LCM and HCF
3. Percentages
4. Profit and Loss
5. Interest (Simple and Compound)
6. Speed, Time and Distance
7. Time and Work
8. Averages
9. Ratio and Proportion
10. Linear Equations
11. Quadratic Equations
12. Complex Numbers
13. Logarithm
14. Progressions
15. Binomial Theorem
16. Surds and Indices
17. Inequalities
18. Permutation and Combination
19. Probability
20. Functions
21. Set Theory
22. Mixtures and Alligations
23. Geometry
24. Co-ordinate Geometry
25. Trigonometry
26. Mensuration

Analytical Ability (Check a Free Practice Test here)

1. Number and Letter Series
2. Calendars
3. Clocks
4. Cubes
5. Venn Diagrams
6. Binary Logic
7. Seating Arrangement
8. Logical Sequence
9. Logical Matching
10. Logical Connectives
11. Syllogism
12. Blood Relations

Verbal Ability (Check a Free Practice Test here)

1. Vocabulary Based
2. English Usage or Grammar
3. Verbal Reasoning
4. Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation

Data is given in form of tables, charts and/ or graphs. In this section it is tested that how candidates can interpret and understand the provided data and answer questions based on that.

1. Tables
2. Column graphs
3. Bar Graphs
4. Line charts
5. Pie Chart
6. Venn Diagrams

Combination of two or more types can be provided in linked manner to interpret.

Useful Links

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2. Previous Year Papers
3. Test Development & Scoring Process
4. Free Practice Tests fro Gradebook.in [here]

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