CAT 2024 Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility Admit Card

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2024 examination is a national level examination for aspirants seeking admission in various postgraduate programmes in IIMs across India. There are currently 20 IIM offering management courses for bachelor’s degree holders. Many IIMs such as Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Jammu, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirapalli, Udaipur, and Vishakapatnam conduct the second phase of tests and exams after CAT. CAT is conducted annually by various IIMs. The article discusses in-depth the eligibility criteria, the important dates, and the application process for CAT 2024.

Important dates to remember

The initial notifications are released from July 2024, with the registrations opening by May. The exam is to be completed by December 2024, and the result declaration will be completed by January 2023. The results will be evaluated using ranking systems, and there will be a cut-off mark to select eligible students.

Notification releaseJuly 2024
Application form arrivesAugust 2024
Last day for submissionSeptember 2024
Last date for fee submissionSeptember 2024
Admit card releaseOctober 2024
CAT exam 2024 November 2024
Answer keyDecember 2024
ResultJanuary 2023

Eligibility criteria for CAT 2024

The eligibility criteria for appearing for CAT is to be met for availing admissions in IIMs. The criteria are listed below:

  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree and must have an aggregate of at least 50% or its equivalent CGPA.
  • There is a 5% relaxation in the minimum marks required for reserved categories.
  • Students attending their final year of their Bachelor’s degree can also appear for the exam.
  • Candidates with a Master’s degree with relevant work experiences can also apply for the exam.
  • The reservations for the candidates are as prescribed by Central Government.

Application Process

The application for CAT 2024 can be done online. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria can proceed to apply for the exam. Candidates can apply for the exam via official websites;

How to apply for CAT online

  • Candidates can visit the official website of IIM CAT mentioned above.
  • New users can click on the register now button to begin registration.
  • Candidates have to fill in their personal, educational and communication details in the provided places.
  • Candidates can log in to your portal using the ID and password to complete the registration.
  • The candidate can submit the final form after submission and move to payment procedures.

Application Fee

Women candidates along with Ex-servicemen and candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD are exempted from fee payment.

The application fee can be paid online. There are facilities for net banking, debit/credit cards, etc. The application fee is Rs. 2000/-, and Rs. 1000/- for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories. The candidates are required to pay the fees only once, even if they are to apply for multiple IIMs. There is no refund of the fees paid.


The reservations for the CAT exam is as follows:

  • Scheduled Caste: 15%.
  • Scheduled Tribe: 7.5%.
  • Backward Classes (OBC, NC): 27%
  • PWD Differently Able candidates: 3%

Exam Pattern

The CAT 2024 exam is held online. There are exams centres placed all over India for the exam. The duration of the exam is 180 minutes. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The candidate is awarded 3 marks for each correct answer, and 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. The breakdown of the question paper is given below:

TopicsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning3296
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension34102
Quantitative Ability     34102

Syllabus for CAT 2024

A detailed breakdown of each section of CAT 2024 is given below:

Quantitative Aptitude SyllabusData Interpretation & Logical Reasoning SyllabusVerbal Reasoning Syllabus
Number SystemsTablesEnglish Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss and DiscountCaseletsVocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
LCM and HCFBar GraphsFill in the blanks
Speed, Time and DistanceLine ChartsSentence Correction
PercentagesColumn GraphsCloze Passage
Time and WorkVenn DiagramsJumbled Paragraph
Ratio and ProportionPie ChartMeaning-Usage Match
AveragesOther Basic Reasoning QuestionsAnalogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear EquationsCalendarsSummary Questions
Complex NumbersNumber and Letter SeriesVerbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound InterestClocksFacts-Inferences-Judgments
LogarithmVenn DiagramsReading Comprehension
Sequences and SeriesCubes 
InequalitiesSeating Arrangement 
ProbabilityBinary Logic 
Surds and IndicesLogical Matching 
Set Theory & FunctionLogical Sequence 
Permutation and CombinationSyllogism 
Mixtures and AlligationsLogical Connectives 
TrigonometryBlood Relations 
Coordinate Geometry  

Admit Card

The admit card is released on their official website. The candidates can check their status by logging in to the website once in a while. Once the admit card is published on the website, candidates can download and take a printout of the same. Admit cards are mandatory for appearing in the examination.

Follow the steps to download the admit card.

  • Visit the official website.
  • Login with your id and password
  • Once released, the admit card will be available for download
  • Take a printout and keep it safe for further use.


The result of the CAT exam will be published in January 2023. Candidates can apply to IIMs and will receive a callback according to their cut-off for further tests and interviews.

Courses offered in various IIMS

IIMPost Graduate Programmes (PGP)/MBA
IIM AmritsarPGP
IIM Bodh GayaPGP
IIM CalcuttaMBA
IIM KozhikodePGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL)
IIM SambalpurMBA
IIM SirmaurPGP
IIM TiruchirappalliPGPM, PGPBM, PGPM-HR
IIM UdaipurMBA
IIM VisakhapatnamPGP

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