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CAT 2025: Registration, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation Tips

CAT 2025: Registration, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation Tips

Edited By Anusha Bhalotia | Updated on Jul 04, 2024 03:44 PM IST | #CAT

CAT 2025 will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode on November 30, 2025. As per trends, CAT notification will be released on July 30, 2025, on IIMCAT official website iimcat.ac.in. The CAT 2025 registration window is expected to be open on August 2, 2025, and the last date to apply for the CAT 2025 might be on September 21, 2025. More than 3 lakh candidates are expected to register for the computer-based CAT 2025 exam and over 2.5 lakh are likely to take it. About 21 IIMs, IITs, and 1200+ B-schools will be accepting the CAT 2025 score for admissions in management courses across India. All details about CAT 2025 like the CAT exam date, registration date, admit card release date and CAT 2025 result declaration date will be given therein. Know CAT eligibility criteria here and follow tips on CAT preparation using the detailed CAT 2025 exam information.


CAT 2024 Latest News & Updates

Check out the below latest updates and news for the CAT exam 2024.

  • This year, the CAT 2024 is expected to be conducted by IIM Calcutta
  • The CAT official website is iimcat.ac.in
  • The registration process for CAT 2024 will begin in the first week of August 2024
  • The CAT 2024 notification will be released in the last week of July 2024.

CAT 2025 Exam Highlights

IIM admissions and other top B-school admissions in India will be based on CAT 2025. One of the most MBA entrance exams, CAT 2025 is expected to be conducted by IIM Kozhikode. An overview of CAT exam is given below:

Particulars

CAT 2025 Exam Details

CAT full form

Common Admission Test

CAT 2025 conducting body

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode (Expected)

CAT official website

https://iimcat.ac.in

Mode of CAT 2025

Computer based exam

Questions in CAT exam

66 (Expected)

CAT 2025 Exam Dates

The official CAT 2025 exam dates will be announced along with the CAT notification 2025. The tentative dates of CAT 2025 are mentioned in the table below. As per the CAT 2025 schedule candidates can prepare a study plan for the CAT preparation 2025.

Events

Dates (Tentative)

Release of CAT 2025 notification

July 30, 2025

CAT 2025 registration start date

August 2, 2025

CAT 2025 registration last date

September 21, 2025

CAT 2025 application correction date

September 25-28, 2025

CAT 2025 admit card release date

November 7, 2025

CAT 2025 exam date

November 30, 2025

CAT 2025 answer key release date

December 5, 2025

CAT 2025 results date

December 21, 2025

Are you eligible for CAT 2025?

To do an MBA at the IIMs or leading business schools, good scores in CAT 2025 are required. However, its more important to know what the CAT eligibility criteria is before starting the preparation. There is no age limit for the CAT exam. Eligibility to appear in CAT 2025 can be summed as follows

  • Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks (45% in case of SC, ST and PwD) from a recognised university.

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Note: Final-year students or result awaiting students will get admissions only if they submit proof of eligibility during admissions.

What is the CAT exam pattern?

A quick overview of the CAT exam pattern is given below to get an idea of CAT 2025 exam.

Particulars

Details

Mode of CAT examComputer based test

Sections in CAT 2025

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC),
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR),
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Section wise duration of CAT exam

40 minutes per section (Total 120 minutes)

Total number of questions in CAT 2025

66 (Expected)

Total marks

198

Medium of CAT exam

English

Type of questions

MCQs and Non-MCQ

Marking Scheme for CAT 2025

  • Each question will carry 3 marks
  • 1 mark negative marking for every wrong answer
  • No CAT negative marking for Non-MCQs

CAT 2025 Syllabus

The CAT 2025 syllabus is not officially specified by the authorities. It is based on the topics from which the questions are asked in the exam. For CAT 2025 aspirants knowing the CAT syllabus is the first step toward planning an effective preparation strategy. Check out the CAT total questions asked from various topics given below:

CAT 2025 Syllabus

CAT 2025 Topics

Verbal Ability

Para jumbles, Para summary, Odd sentence out, and Inferences, Odd one out, One-word substitution, Syllogism and Analogies, Verbal logic

Reading Comprehension

RC passages

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

Blood Relations, Syllogism, Directions, Clocks and calendars, Tables, Graphs, Charts, Connectives, Logical Sequence, Matching/ Puzzles, Number and Letter Series, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagrams, Coding-Decoding, Binary Logic, Caselets and Table

Quantitative Aptitude

Geometry, Trigonometry, Averages, Percentages, Number Systems, Arithmetic, Algebra, Mensuration, Modern Maths, Profit and loss, Simple & Compound Interest

CAT 2025 Preparation

The following CAT preparation tips can help candidates prepare effectively for their CAT 2025 exam.

  • Create a daily study schedule for CAT 2025 by organising the syllabus into sections and allocating time for each of them.
  • Opt for self-study or enroll in coaching classes, utilising reliable study resources.
  • Compile notes on crucial topics and prepare flashcards containing quick techniques and formulas.
  • Consistently practice with CAT previous year question papers and mock tests and review your performance.
  • Set a timer when solving questions to monitor time spent on each one.
  • Enhance general knowledge by reading the newspaper daily.
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How to register for CAT 2025?

The steps for CAT registration are as follows:

  1. Visit the official website, iimcat.ac.in and click on "New Candidate Registration."
  2. Enter personal details, generate OTP and verify your email ID and mobile number.
  3. Login using the CAT ID and password created and fill in personal, communication, and emergency contact details.
  4. Upload documents as specified, provide academic details (SSC/Class 10 onwards to graduation/ postgraduation) and enter relevant work experience (if applicable).
  5. Select preferred exam cities (up to six choices).
  6. Pay the CAT 2025 fees - Rs 2300 for the general category and Rs 1150 for SC/ST/PwD.
  7. Take a printout of the filled CAT 2025 application for future reference.

CAT 2025 Admit Card

The CAT 2025 admit card is the most important document that must be carried on the exam day. Candidates must be aware of the following points about the CAT admit card mentioned below:

  • Only registered candidates can download the CAT 2025 admit card.
  • Candidates must log in with their ID and password on official website of IIM CAT - iimcat.ac.in. to download the admit card.
  • The CAT 2025 admit card will contain details such as the test centre, exam date, and other important information related to the exam.
  • The CAT admit card is a mandatory document that must be carried on the day of the exam.
  • Candidates should ensure that all the information mentioned on the admit card is correct. In case of any discrepancies, they should contact the authorities immediately.

CAT 2025 Analysis

According to previous CAT analysis, it is anticipated that the CAT 2025 entrance exam will range from moderate to difficult. In the preceding year, all three slots of the CAT exam were seen to be of high difficulty level. The conclusive CAT 2025 analysis will rely on the feedback provided by aspirants and experts who took the exam. The earliest insights into the CAT 2025 exam analysis can be accessed through live coverage on the Careers360 YouTube channel from the CAT 2025 exam center.

CAT 2025 Answer Key and Response Sheet

The CAT response sheet containing recorded responses and CAT answer key are typically made available by authorities approximately 8-10 days post the examination. Participants can access and download their recorded responses, along with the answers, from the official CAT website at iimcat.ac.in. Additionally, Careers360 will offer a memory-based CAT 2025 answer key before the official release of the CAT 2025 response sheet.

CAT 2025 Score Vs Percentile (Expected)

After estimating the CAT 2025 score candidates can calculate their probable percentile with the help of CAT score vs percentile. Know what percentile a candidate can fetch based on their marks in the CAT 2025 exam with the help of expected CAT marks vs percentile table:

Percentile

Score VARC

Score DILR

Score QA

Overall Score

99.5

42

30

30

86

99

36

25

25

74

95

30

20

22

52

90

24

14

13

42

80

20

11

9

35

70

18

9

7

30

CAT 2025 Results

The announcement of CAT 2025 results is anticipated in the third week of December. To check the results, candidates should go to the official CAT website and click on the designated link for CAT results. Logging in with their CAT login credentials like ID and password will be required. The validity of the CAT scorecard extends for one year until 2026.

CAT 2025 Cutoff

After the release of CAT 2025 results top B-schools like IIMs, MDI, FMS, etc., will start releasing their CAT 2025 cut off for admission to their MBA programmes. Based on this CAT cutoff they will shortlist the candidates for their selection process, the personal interview round. Check out the expected CAT 2025 cutoff of IIMs and non- IIMs disclosed under:

Expected IIM CAT 2025 cutoffs

Expected CAT Colleges 2025 Cutoff (Non-IIMs)

CAT 2025 selection process

After clearing the CAT 2025 and achieving the necessary cutoff, they will be called for the CAT selection process by the participating institutes, including the IIMs and non-IIMs. The admission procedures may differ across various colleges, relying on factors such as CAT 2025 scores, Written Ability Test (WAT), and Group Discussion/Personal Interview (GD/PI). Refer to the details of the selection process below:

  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Personal Interviews (PI)

Candidates must thoroughly research and understand the CAT 2025 selection criteria. They must go through the CAT selection process of institutes of their interest to prepare accordingly and increase their chances of securing admission.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. Which IIM is conducting CAT 2025?

The CAT 2025 exam completing IIM is yet to be announced. The CAT 2025 exam conducting IIM will be announced in the official notification.

2. How do I prepare for CAT 2025?

Candidates who wish to apply for the IIM MBA/PGDM admission 2026 can attend the CAT exam 2025. To obtain a good score in the CAT 2025, candidates can start their preparation 8 to 9 months before the conduct of the exam. Start the CAT exam preparation with CAT mock tests and a proper study plan. The real-life experience of previous year's CAT takers will also help to prepare the best CAT exam 2025 study plan.

3. Is 1 year sufficient for CAT 2025?

Yes, candidates can easily achieve a decent score in the CAT 2025 exam with the right CAT preparation strategy and study tips, even with 1 year of preparation.

4. What is the CAT syllabus 2025?

As per the previous year's, the CAT exam syllabus can contain topics such as Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). Changes in the CAT 2025 exam syllabus will be notified along with the CAT notification 2025.

5. What is the total marks in CAT 2025?

The IIM Kozhikode is expected to conduct the CAT 2025 out of 198 marks. 

6. Which IIM will set CAT 2025?

As per the reports, IIM Kozhikode will be conducting the CAT 2025 exam.

7. When will the CAT 2025 registration starts?

As per the previous year's trends, the CAT 2025 notification will be released by the last week of July 2025. The CAT registration 2025 window is expected to be open by August 2, 2025.

8. What is the CAT 2025 fees?

The candidates will have to pay the CAT registration 2025 fees of Rs 1200 for SC/ST/PwD category and Rs 2400 for General/EWS/NC-OBC category. The CAT exam fees can be changed in 2025.

9. Will CAT 2025 MBA Exam be easy?

No, the difficulty level of the CAT 2025 is expected to be high as per the past trends. 

10. Who is eligible for CAT 2025?

Candidates with a bachelor's degree of a minimum of 50% aggregate (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD/DA category) from a recognised university can apply for the CAT 2025. There is no age limit to apply for the CAT exam 2025.

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Hello aspirant,
The CAT exam syllabus is not officially prescribed, but it generally includes topics from the following sections:

1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
2. Data interpretation and logical reasoning
3. Quantitative ability

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  • Geometry and Mensuration

  • Number System

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It seems unlikely that you would be able to get admission in the BTech CS branch at BIT Sindri or Mesra with a CML rank of 2058 and category rank of 433.

Key points:

1. The search results indicate that a CML (Common Merit List) rank of 2058 is quite low for admission to premier engineering colleges like BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra.

2. The cutoff ranks for BTech CS branch at these institutes are usually much higher, often in the range of 1000-2000 for the general category.

3. With a category rank of 433, you may have a better chance of getting admission in the reserved category quota, but the competition is still quite high.

4. The search results do not provide specific cutoff details for BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra, but the general trend suggests your current ranks may not be sufficient for the CS branch in these institutes.

My advice would be to:

1. Check the latest cutoff ranks and admission criteria on the official websites of BIT Sindri and NIT Mesra.

2. Explore other options like state-level engineering colleges or NITs where your current ranks may have a better chance of securing admission.

3. Consider improving your performance in the next attempt of the entrance exam to increase your chances of getting into your desired BTech program.



For VARC, read daily from diverse sources (newspapers, novels, journals) to improve comprehension and vocabulary. Practice RC passages and verbal ability questions regularly. For DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) and QA (Quantitative Aptitude), solve previous years' papers and take mock tests to identify weak areas. Join a coaching institute or online courses for guidance and stay consistent with your study schedule. Review and analyze your performance in mocks to understand mistakes and improve. Maintain a positive mindset and stay disciplined in your preparation.

Hello aspirant,

Every year, IIMs conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT), a national MBA entrance exam, in rotation. For admission to over 1,200 institutions and premier B-schools in India, as well as PGDM, Executive MBA, PhD, and FPM programmes, the IIM CAT exam is regarded as one of the most difficult MBA entrance exams to pass. One of the best MBA schools in India, IIMs offers PGDM and MBA programmes for students who pass the CAT exam with scores in the 82nd to 99th percentiles.

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The educational qualification required for CAT exam is bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized university with minimum of 50% for the open category and 45% for the SC/ST/PwD category. Since you have secured more than the required percentage in your bachelor's degree, you are eligible for CAT exam.

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1-radian measures 600. (True/False)

Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

 If the number of satellites serving at least two among B, C, and S is 1200, which of the following MUST be FALSE? 

Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


2839155 is divisible by

Option: 1

2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


'a' for which x^{2}-ax+9= 0 can be written as square of a linear factor is

Option: 1

6


Option: 2

-6,6


Option: 3

\left ( 6,\infty \right )


Option: 4

\left ( -\infty,-6 \right )


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