CAT 2024 Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Dates, Pattern, Syllabus

One of the prominent management entrance test exams in India is undoubtedly the Common Admission Test 2024 which is also commonly known as the CAT 2024 . A large number of candidates will be appearing for these exams as it will be conducted by one of the most prestigious IIMs which are popular very much among the management students. Other top-notch institutes in India will also be accepting the of CAT 2024 other than IIMs. The registration of the CAT 2024 exam is expected to start from August 2024. Every detail regarding the examination of CAT 2024 will be provided in this article such as the application form, important dates for the complete process, examination pattern, eligibility criteria etc.

Eligibility Criteria of CAT 2024

In order to appear for CAT 2024 examination, it is important for the candidate to fulfil the eligibility criterion which is mentioned below.

The candidates who are applying must have a bachelor’s degree with 50% of aggregate marks from any recognized university.

The candidates from SC/ ST category who are applying must have a bachelor’s degree with 45% of aggregate marks from any recognized university.

Candidates from their final year or final exam of the bachelor’s degree can also apply to the examination of CAT 2024 but their admission would be conditional and shall be cancelled if it leads to non-fulfilment of any of the above-stated eligibility criteria.

Exam Date Of CAT 2024:

The examination of CAT 2024 shall be conducted in November 2024 .

EventsExam Date
Notification Release Date of CAT Exam 2024 July 2024
Registration of CAT 2024 August 2024
Last date for filling out the Online Application form of CAT 2024 September 2024
Beginning of Application Correction for CAT 2024 September 2024
Availability of Admit Card for CAT 2024 October 2024
Date Of Examination of CAT 2024 November 2024
Release Date of Answer Key for CAT 2024 December 2024
Last date to submit an objectionDecember 2024
Announcement of Results for CAT 2024 January 2025

Registration of CAT 2024 Examination:

An applicant must have scanned copies of caste and candidate details certificates in appropriate legal formats with visible legal attestations, bachelor and master’s degree marks certificates, and provisional certificates if any, as well as scanned photograph and signature images, in order to register for the CAT Exam 2024. The photograph pf the candidate which he will be using must have a white background and be no more than 6 months old.

Application Form for CAT 2024:

From July 2024, an advertisement inviting qualified candidates to enrol for the application form shall be out.  The registration process will begin in August 2024.

 Prior to actually taking the test, an applicant must register with accurate and up to date personal and contact information. Registration is only possible through an online application form.

 For CAT 2024, there are no other kiosks or offline mode of application options.

 Once the commercial is posted, the official website will display important dates for CAT 2024 examination.

To prevent any kind of misunderstanding, the applicant should check all of the documents submitted for registration, qualifications, placement, ranking, and disclaimers about the CAT 2024 on the official website.

When an applicant has registered and received login credentials, he or she can take a practise test.

Steps to Edit the Application Form of CAT 2024:

Go to the official CAT website,

Then, using the User ID and password, log in to your account.

The Online application form will now appear on your phone.

Select Edit from the drop-down menu and make the necessary changes.

Once you’ve finished editing the form, click Save and then Submit.

Application Fee for CAT 2024

The following will be the fee of the application for CAT 2024:

For Candidates belonging to General/ OBC: Rs. 1800/-

For candidates belonging to SC/ST: Rs. 900/-

Mode of payment: The application fee can be paid in online mode.

CAT Exam 2024 Admit Card:

Use the online mode to get your admit card. You must go to the official website and download the admit card as soon as possible. This card, which contains personal details such as name, address, exam centre, exam date and time, and so on, is needed for use when going to the exam centre.

Steps to download Your CAT Admit Card 2024:

• Go to the CAT’s official website.

• Then choose ‘Login’ from the menu.

• Next, type in your registration ID and password.

• The window for admit cards will open.

• Download and print the CAT 2024 admit card by clicking on the download button.

CAT 2024 Exam Pattern                                                                  

• The test pattern for the CAT 2024 exam is as follows:

• Examination Mode: Online (Computer Based Test) 

• Duration of exam: 180 minutes

• Question Type: Both MCQ and Non-MCQ questions will be posted.

• There are three sections in total (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal & Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Aptitude)

• Questions are only asked in the English language.

• Grading system: +3 for a correct response, -1 for an incorrect response.

Non-MCQ form questions have no negative marking.

• Exam Centres: The CAT 2024 exam is scheduled to be held in more than 147 exam centres throughout India.

Section-wise distribution of Questions and Marks for CAT 2024

SectionsNumber of QuestionMaximum Marks
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning3296
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension34102
Quantitative Ability34102

Syllabus for CAT 2024

The CAT exam does not have a specific syllabus. However, based on the previous year’s test, the following are the relevant topics from the various sections:

Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Variation
  • Linear and Quadratics Equations
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Surds and Indices
  • Critical Path
  • Mensuration and Geometry
  • Logarithms
  • Percentage
  • Allegations and Mixtures
  • Critical Path and more.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning:

  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Bar Graph
  • Syllogism
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzles
  • Propositions
  • Syllogism
  • Data Arrangement
  • Blood Relations
  • Venn Diagram
  • Combination of Graphs
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Assumptions etc.

Verbal & Reading Comprehension:

  • Analogies
  • Idioms
  • Fact Inference Judgement
  • Para completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Word usage
  • Sentence Correction etc.

How should you prepare for the CAT 2024?

CAT is considered one of India’s most difficult management entrance tests, and there is still plenty of time to apply for CAT 2024. As a result, candidates should thoroughly prepare for this test. Here are a few helpful hints for prospective candidates to adopt in order to do well on the exam.

Given the ample amount of time remaining for this test, the very first thing you need to do is thoroughly understand the exam pattern and syllabus.

Determine where you are weak and strong in each section. Focus your efforts on your weaker section while enhancing your strengths.

Analyze some previous year’s model question papers to get a better understanding of the exam format and question complexity.

Always read books by well-known writers.

Self-study would be completely necessary. You can use coaching centres for assistance, but never completely rely upon them.

You can also take some CAT practise tests that are available online.

Recommended Books for CAT 2024?

Here are several books that are recommended for the CAT 2024 test.

 Nishit K. Sinha’s Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

 Arun Sharma’s CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Preparation

 Sarvesh K.Verma’s Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs

 NCERT books (National Council of Educational Research and Training) to cover the basics from 6th to 10th grades.

 Nishit Saxena’s Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

 Sarvesh Sharma’s Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT

 Abhijit Guha’s Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams

Exam Centers of CAT 2024:

The CAT 2024 exam will be held in 156 cities across India. The following are a few of them:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Ahmednagar
  • Ambala
  • Amravati
  • Anand
  • Aurangabad
  • Aurangabad
  • Bahadurgarh
  • Balasore
  • Belgaum
  • Bengaluru
  • Berhampur
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Bidar
  • Blair
  • Chandigarh
  • Chikballapur
  • Cuttack
  • Davanagere
  • Dhanbad
  • Dibrugarh
  • Faridabad
  • Gandhinagar
  • Gaya
  • Gurgaon
  • Guwahati
  • Gwalior
  • Hasan
  • Indore
  • Itanagar
  • Jabalpur
  • Jalgaon
  • Jammu
  • Jamshedpur
  • Kasaragod
  • Kochi
  • Kolar
  • Kolhapur
  • Kollam
  • Kozhikode
  • Madgaon
  • Malappuram
  • Mandya
  • Mangalore
  • Mumbai
  • Mysore
  • Nagpur
  • Nanded
  • Nashik
  • Navi Mumbai
  • Palwal
  • Panipat
  • Pune
  • Purnea
  • Raipur
  • Ramnagara
  • Ranchi
  • Ratnagiri
  • Rohtak
  • Rourkela
  • Sagar
  • Sambalpur
  • Satara
  • Shillong
  • Shimoga
  • Solapur
  • Sonipat
  • Surat
  • Thane
  • Thrissur
  • Tirupati
  • Trivandrum
  • Tumkur
  • Udupi
  • Vadodara
  • Verna
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam

Answer Key for CAT 2024:

The CAT 2024 answer key would be available on in December 2024. By proceeding to the objection management tab, candidates can check the official CAT 2024 answer key for slots 1, 2, and 3, as well as the question paper and response sheet. The CAT answer key can be challenged until December 2024.

How to download the CAT Answer Key 2024:

First, go to, which is the official CAT website.

Look at the Announcements with Important Dates section on the home page.

Then select CAT Response Key 2024 from the menu.

Go to the PDF link provided and open it.

You will get the answer key here.

Download the answer key of CAT 2024 and keep it safe.

Result of CAT 2024

The CAT 2024 scorecard will be available on the CAT website. The candidate will also be notified individually via SMS when the results are announced. The CAT 2024 score will be valid until December 2024. The results are scheduled to be released in the second week of January 2025.

Remember that no centralised counselling would be provided by the authorities. Specific call letters will be sent to selected candidates by the IIMs. For entry, the institutes can perform additional rounds of selection, such as GD and PI.

FAQ’s (Most Asked Questions) about CAT 2024
Question 1: What is the age limit to take the CAT exam?

Answer: There is no upper age limit.

Question 2: Is it possible to take the CAT in more than one slot?

Answer: No, it is not possible.

Question 3: Who can I contact if I am unable to obtain my admit card?

Answer: A candidate who has successfully submitted his or her application may obtain his or her admit card through his or her User ID and Password from the CAT’s official website. If you are unable to obtain your admit card, please contact –

18002663549 (toll-free)

Email: [email protected]

Question 4: How many times can I take the CAT exam?

Answer: There aren’t any such limitations.

Question 05: Is it permissible to carry a calculator into the exam room?

Answer: No, it is not feasible. You can, however, use the onscreen calculator.

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