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If you aim for something, you must first check that whether or not you are fit for that. Similarly, one must first carefully and thoroughly check the eligibility criteria before applying for any test. As CAT 2016 has been announced by the conducting body- IIM Bangalore, Careers360 presents a guide on CAT 2016 eligibility criteria to let the aspirants know whether or not they can apply for this national level test.
The eligibility criteria for CAT 2016 are prescribed by the conducting body, although there are rare chances that the officials change the eligibility criteria, it has remained same as that of past years. As per the basic criterion, candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised university with minimum 50% marks are eligible to register for the test by filling the CAT application form; which has started from August 8, 2016. But there is more to that, as there are different guidelines for final year graduates, for students belonging to different categories, or even for candidates with a correspondence degree.
Before exploring the eligibility under different category, let us first check the list of qualifications, as per CAT 2016 Eligibility Criteria, which a candidate must fulfil.
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, recognised by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India).
Any Qualification recognised by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognised University/Institutions.
Cases not covered above need equivalency certificate to be produced from Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi
Descriptions of category wise official CAT eligibility guidelines:
1. General Category Students: A candidate belonging to this category must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
2. Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Category Students: Aspirants belonging to this category must have45% marks at their graduation level. They must have a graduation degree from a recognised university. If you belong to SC or ST categories, your caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that you submit to IIM should be in the Government approved format and should clearly state:
(a) Name of your caste/tribe;
(b) Whether you belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe;
(c) District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence; and
(d) The appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
It is important for the aspirants under this category to upload a copy of SC/ST certificates at the time of submitting the CAT application form. The certificates will be available at the CAT 2016 website itself. If an applicant fails to upload the same, it might result in the rejection of registration.
3. Non-Creamy Other Backward Class (NC-OBC) category students: Candidates belonging to this category has eligibility criteria similar to that of General category students. They must also have minimum 50% marks at graduation level from a recognised university. However, if you belong to the Non - Creamy Other Backward Classes (NC - OBC), you must produce the NC - OBC certificate duly signed by a competent authority and enclose its photocopy at the time of interviews.
4. Differently Abled Candidates: Under this category, aspirants must have at least 45% aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA at graduation from a recognised university. As per the “Persons with Disability Act, 1995”, a candidate qualifies to be a Differently Abled (DA) candidate if he/she suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40% as certified by a competent medical authority. Following are the categories defined by IIM for DA candidates:
Locomotive Disability/ Cerebral Palsy
DA candidates suffering from low vision/blindness/cerebral palsy will be allowed to bring a scribe. Such candidates will also receive a time extension during the examination. Also, there is no eligibility criterion for a scribe/reader. It is important for the aspirants under this category to upload a copy of PWD (DA) certificates at the time of submitting the CAT application form. If a student fails to upload the same, it might result in the rejection the registration.
5.Final year Students under all categories: Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply for CAT. If shortlisted or selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally. Final admission will be granted only after s/he submits a pro forma latest by June 30, 2016 from the Principal/Registrar of her/his College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2016) stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. The format of the pro forma is provided below:
6. Transgender Category Students: From 2015 onwards, candidates from the transgender category were also eligible to apply for CAT. IIM Ahmedabad, the conducting body of CAT 2015 announced that the students under transgender category will be eligible to apply and take admissions in their preferred programme through CAT scores. Students must have a minimum of 50% marks at graduation level from a recognised university or institution to be able to apply for CAT 2016.
CAT 2016 Reservation Policy:
As per the Reservation Policy of the Government of India, 15% of the seats are reserved for the 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).
Many a time, students get quite confused not only regarding the category wise eligibility but also about the eligibility in regards to their degree status. The eligibility criteria of CAT not only include regular degree student but also students from distance or correspondence background. A candidate having a bachelor’s degree through correspondence or Distance learning can also apply for CAT 2016.
7. General category Distance/Correspondence students: Students having a distance/correspondence graduate degree with minimum 50% marks from a recognised university or institution are eligible to apply for CAT 2016.
8. SC/ST/DAP category distance/correspondence students: Students under this category with distance or correspondence degree must have 45% marks at graduation level to be able to fill CAT applications forms.
CAT 2016 Application process: IIM Bangalore has announced CAT to be conducted on December 4, 2016, on the similar pattern. The Application Form of CAT 2016, starting from August 8, is available in an online mode only. The registration process is a 3-step procedure consisting of – creating a profile, login with system generated user id & password, submit application form after entering the details and online payment of application fee. Candidates must ensure that they fill the CAT application form appropriately as there is no option to edit the data after final submission. Candidates have to select four exam centres as per their preference while filling up the form. Applicants will be allotted any one of their chosen exam centres after their registration.
CAT Application Fee: The Application Form fee can be paid either through Credit/Debit Card or through Net banking
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Dear Akshat, CAT is exclusively conducted by the IIMs. So the selection for admission to any of the 20 IIMs is through CAT exam. Unfortunately no other score except for CAT score is accepted for IIM Ahmedabad. You can check their selection process at:
Dear Sai, IIMs look for Diversity factor in Academics. They have a special rating scale for Professional courses like MBBS,BDS, CA, etc. We shall help you with the admission process of IIM Ahmedabad just as an example to show how does the selection process work. There are 3 sections in CAT: QA, DILR, VRC. IIM A has released its 2019 cut off percentiles. Only those Candidates who have scored this percentiles will be shortlisted for further rounds. The cut offs are as follows:
VRC DILR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 80
OBC-Transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70
PWD-ST 50 50 50 60
On an average IIMs need a cut off 90 percentile and more for admission to their colleges. You can check the complete selection process of IIM A at:
Now based on these cut offs top 5 percentile from each Category will be short listed for WAT and PI. So inorder to be able to score these cut offs, you need to know the exam pattern and marking scheme. CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.
Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months
We can recommend a few books for you:
NCERT books to cover the basics from 6th to 10th Class
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT by Sarvesh Sharma
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Abhijit Guha
You can also download free downloadable e books at:
NIFT has nothing to do with CAT or GAT. Those are the exams for MBA. NIFT is for admission in fashion courses.
The eligibilitiy is just marks of your 10th and intermediate. The main point is the candidate must have qualified both from a recognised board and must be having PCM as the compulsory subject.
The exam has an age limit to be 23 and there is 5 years relaxation for category reserved candidates.
For more information please check the article:-
Hope it helps!
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