CAT- Common Admission Test Program Explained

CAT- Common Admission Test Program Explained

One of the most important and must for a student who are willing to pursue their higher education is The College Level Examination Program or CAT test. It is a system of testing students college level knowledge acquired through course work, independent study, cultural pursuits, travel, special interests, study materials knowledge, Placement Eligibility Skills and professional development. The CAT is comprised of a series of CAT exams that are organized at testing centers on college and university campuses.

At present there are Over 2,900 colleges and universities accept CAT General and Subject exams for credits and admit students on the basis of this Examination. A CAT test or exam helps the Indian students in high schools or universities to win credits for the successful completion of their respective courses for each academic term. A CAT test covers the syllabus taught in courses that are taken by most students, as requirements in the first two years of college.

CAT Test Patterns

The CAT exam may have different designs or patterns; some correspond to one-semester courses and some correspond to full-year or two-year courses. The pattern or design is usually given in a CAT exams description. Generally, a CAT test is intended to cover material in a one-semester course. A CAT test is usually 90 minutes long, and except for English Composition with Essay, a CAT exam mostly includes multiple-choice questions or fill-ins.


The minimum score for awarding credit is recommended by the All India Institute Management Studies (AIIMS), but the standard of acceptable score and the amount of credit granted for each CAT test is determined by the institutions concerned. Usually, a college or University grants the same amount of credit to students earning satisfactory scores on the CAT test as it grants to students successfully completing that course.

The CAT Management Board

The CAT tests are managed by the College Board, a not-for-profit examination board in India. Founded in the 19th century, the College Board also manages standardized tests, such as the arithmetical problem solving, geometry, statistics, data interpretation, logical reasoning, puzzles, and English language skills.

Applying for CAT and Fee Structure

The current fee for this test is INR. 1100/1200 for general category students and half of that for SC/ST. The College Board brought in a computer-based version of the CAT tests at national test centers at colleges and universities in July 2001. There are now over 120 MBA colleges and universities that accept CAT score.