IIM-CAT is a Computer Based Test which scores a person on the basis of Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning.


Pattern of IIM-CAT 2015 – Duration of the examination has been increased to 180 minutes instead of 170 minutes. There will be three sections , ‘Quantitative Aptitude (QA)’, ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)’ and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)’. QA and VRC will have 34 questions each , and DILR will have 32 questions. Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead direct answers are to be typed on the screen. The tutorials will clearly explain this change. Also , we will allow use of basic on-screen calculator for computation.

Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section. Tutorial to understand the format of the examination will be available on the CAT website from 15th October 2015.

Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials , available on the website, well in advance.

Pattern of IIM-CAT 2014 – A 170 minute test consisting of 100 questions ( 50 from quantitative ability & data interpretation and 50 from verbal ability & logical reasoning ). The pattern was fixed w.r.t. the question numbers of LR (35-50) and DI (85-100). The QADI section had 34 QA questions along with 16 DI questions in 4 sets of 4 questions each. In the VALR section, Verbal Logic and Usage contributed to 18 questions while LR and RC contributed to 16 questions each (4 sets of 4 questions each).

Section/Subject                         Topic                                       No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability                                             Number System                               5 to 7

 Algebra                                               5 to 7

  Arithmetic                                        11 to 13

   Modern Math                                    3 to 4

Trigonometry                                         2

   Geometry / Mensuration                7 to 9

Data Interpretation                            Bar Graphs                                        4

Incomplete Tables                           4

Table based                                       4

LR based                                            4

Reading Comprehension                                                                               16

English Usage                                     Sentence Correction                          3

Parajumbles                                       4

Summary                                             3

Critical Reasoning                             4

Grammar                                             3

Parajumble(Odd Sentence)             4

Logical Reasoning                               Maxima-Minima Concept               4

Arrangement                                     4

Circular Arrangement                      4

Set Theory based                              4

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students forIIM-CAT-Overview
their business administration programs. The test is conducted every year under the aegis of one of the IIM’s based on a policy of rotation. Since 2014, IIM-CAT has been conducted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). IIM-CAT is taken by approximately 1.67 Lakh students for admission to various MBA programs conducted by the 19 IIMs, 17 IITs, IIScs, NITs, FMS, and about 100 other Business Schools.

Structure of the IIM-CAT : This test is different from the exams, subjects and testing methods that students in India are familiar with. Most exams that students have given so far such as Class X boards, XII boards and College exams are knowledge based and subjective in nature. In these classical exams, ability to mug up (learn by rote) and write long subject answers translates into good scores, while in the IIM-CAT ability to answer objective questions needs you to have the intelligence to apply your knowledge. So the challenges in this exam are :

  1. Understanding the concepts tested on the IIM-CAT
  2. Developing the ability to apply concepts to solve questions
  3. Ability to understand the confusing and tricky language of questions
  4. Familiarity with newer types of questions. Example Data Sufficiency, Critical Reasoning, etc
  5. Attempting a greater number of questions in a short time span to maximize scores

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