The Common Admission Test or the popularly known as CAT is an entrance test conducted by the seven Indian Institute of Management for admission to their post graduate programs. Currently the CAT test is also accepted in other institutes like the Balaji Insitute of Modern Management and the S.P.Jain Insitute of Management & Research.
With nearly 300,000 aspiring candidates sitting in for about 1500 seats in the seven Indian Institute of Managements in India this examination is considered even more selective than the famed Ivy League in the United States which comprises of 8 pre and post colonial Institutions.
The CAT comprises of a objective set of questions divided into three sections which consists of questions in English language, logical reasoning, arithmetic, statistics, geometry, puzzles, reasoning and problem solving.
The duration of the paper used to be 2 hours but has been modified to 2.5 hours later on. The questions also varied between 180 and 60 recently. The questions have changed from being speed to base to more analytical in the recent years.
The examination is conducted perpetually in the third Sunday of November every year. The results are usually out by the second week of January the year next. After the results are out the Institutes declare a list which contains the candidates who have been shortlisted for the next group discussion and personal interview rounds.
Institutes offering CAT coaching:-
Fermat Education’s 2IIM – CAT Coaching Classes in Chennai
The Fermat Education’s coaching classes are conducted in Chennai. The institute was started by IIM Alumni. 2IIM conducts classroom coaching for the CAT entrance test in Chennai and including Mock tests, group discussions and personal interview. The director of the course is an Alumni of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Another of the teaching staff is an alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Career Forum is a training institute offering coaching for the CAT examination along with a few other competitive examinations conducted in India. The institute has presence in six cities across India with its headquarters in Hyderabad.
Career Launcher India Limited has branches across 130 locations in India and also in USA and the Middle East. Career Launchers focuses primarily at the requirements and aspirations of the students.
Apart from CAT they also provide test preparation at all levels of graduate and post graduate education also to those aspiring to go abroad for pursuing their further education.
IMS Institute is established in Mumbai. The institute offers training for a wide range of management entrance examinations including that of the CAT and the GMAT. The institute offers one of the finest coaching classes for preparing for the CAT. It offers classroom coaching, mock tests, test papers and also individual counseling for the students.
Triumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt Ltd (T.I.M.E)
Triumphant Institute of Management Education is a venture floated by Indian Institute of Management, Hyderabad Alumni. It offers classroom coaching in Hyderabad for CAT, MCA, XAT and other management and engineering entrance tests.