CAT 2015 Eligibility Criteria
Sreetama Datta, 29 Nov 2015, #CAT
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CAT 2015 Eligibility Criteria – The official announcement of CAT 2015 exam was made by IIM Ahmedabad on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Before you decide to take the test or even apply for it, you must be aware about the CAT 2015 Eligibility Criteria.

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Over the years, the eligibility process in CAT has remained the same and it is similar even for CAT 2015. The Eligibility Criteria of CAT 2015 is same as per last year, according to which graduate candidates can register for the exam. Conducted by IIMs, CAT is the most competitive MBA entrance exam in India taken by around 2 lakh MBA aspirants.

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CAT 2015 Eligibility Criteria 


In order to be eligible for appearing in CAT 2015, the aspirants should be graduates in any discipline from a recognized university or institute with minimum 50% marks or in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. The final year graduation students were also eligible to apply provided they complete the degree and obtain the cutoff percentage within the stipulated time frame.

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There is no age limit for candidates as per the CAT 2015 Eligibility Criteria. Although IIMs and other top B-schools prefer students with significant work experience, it is not mandatory as far as eligibility is concerned. However, the B-schools have their separate eligibility criteria.


Only the eligible candidates were able to apply for CAT 2015.  


List of equivalent qualifications for CAT 2015 Eligibility Criteria were:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post Diploma ) or B.E/B. Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers India).

  2. Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutions.

  3. Cases not covered above equivalency certificate to be produced  from Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi

CAT 2015 Reservation 


As per the Government of India requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non creamy” layer (NC-OBC).


CAT is a computer based multiple choice objective type test of 180 minutes duration. The total number of questions is 100. This year, CAT has been conducted in a single day window instead of 2 days unlike last year. As per IIM Ahmedabad, the conducting body for CAT 2015, the exam pattern was also expected to undergo change. 


The scores of CAT 2015 will be accepted by 19 IIMs and around 100 B-schools across India. This year, IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2015 with TCS as its online testing partner. Till last year, the total number of seats in IIMs was 3,351. The application process started from August 6 and continued till September 25, 2015. The total number of applications received this year is 2,18,664, which is an 11% increase compared to last year and highest in the past 5 years. This year the CAT Exam Pattern has undergone many changes. The duration has been increased to 180 minutes and the sections have been increased to three.  


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