Ans. Ans. You can reschedule the location, date and time of your test within the registration window
(30 July - 19 September 2012). No reschedules are permitted once the registration window has closed.
Note 1: Until further communication, all candidates applying under the NC OBC Minority category shall be inevitably considered under the NC OBC category provided they meet the NC OBC eligibility as explained in question number (3) below. Note 2: No changes in the category will be entertained after the closure of registration window.
Ans. 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 send 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.
Ans. Candidates will belong to the Non Creamy Other Backward Class (NC-OBC) if their caste/community appears in the
Central List of Other Backward Classes which is recognised as a Backward Class under:
i. Government of India, Ministry of Welfare ‘Resolution No. 12011/68/93-BCC (C) dated 10th September, 1993 published in the Gazette of
India Extraordinary Part-I Section-I dated the 13th September, 1993. ii. Government of India, Ministry of Welfare Resolution No. 12011/9/94-BCC dated 19.10.1994 published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary
Part-I, Section-1, No. 163 dated 20.10.1994
For an updated list of state-wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer visit
the website http://www.ncbc.nic.in.
Ans. Candidates belonging to Minorities, as defined in clause (c) of Section 2 of the National Commission for Minorities
Act, 1992, and also belonging to the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes/ OBCs in the Central lists of SEBCs/ OBCs as per
Resolution No. 12011/68/93-DCC(C) of the Ministry of Welfare/ Social Justice and Empowerment as modified from time to time by that
Ministry, based on the advice of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).
Ans. The 4.5% of reservation for minorities among OBC Non-Creamy Layer is not
in force today as the Hon'ble High Court Andhra Pradesh in PIL Nos 1, 22
and 56 of 2012 has set aside the resolution of MHRD dated 22.12.2011
through which a sub-quota of 4.5% in favour of OBC (minorities) from out
of 27% quota for OBCs was carved out. The Central Government in
consultation with the Dept. of Legal Affairs had filed a Special Leave
Petition in the Hon'ble Supreme Court against the aforesaid Judgement
and the same is pending consideration.
Ans. Since the judgement of the Hon’ble High Court Andhra Pradesh in the aforementioned cases, MHRD had required
(vide D.O.No. 21-61/2012-TS.II) that Centrally Funded Technical Institutes may provide necessary flexibility in the admission system.
Hence IIMs are collecting information about NC-OBC – Minorities..
Ans. Please note that availability of reservation for NC-OBC-Minority are currently not in force until any further
legal developments and MHRD directives. All applications under NC OBC Minority category shall be inevitably considered
under the NC OBC category, provided they meet the eligibility criteria..
Ans. One and a half (1.5) hours prior to the test time. If the test begins at 10 AM, you must reach the test centre no
later than 8:30 AM. If the test begins at 3:15 PM, you must reach the test centre no later than 1:45 PM.
Ans. Candidates will need to bring the following identification documents on the test day:
a. CAT 2011 Admit Card
b. At least one original (not photocopied / scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. The name on your photo
identification must match your name as entered in the CAT application. Acceptable forms of photo identification types are
limited to Driver's license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID (this must be supported with a valid ATM/Credit/Debit Card
with your name), Employee ID, UID card or a notarized Affidavit (in English) with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential
Address. Photocopies of the original are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if photo identification
is not presented.
c. A valid document as proof of SC/ST eligibility (if applicable).
If you are a Differently Abled candidate and have requested for support during the test, please carry the copy of the authorisation of
the support mailed to you by Prometric
Important: Admit Card and one photo identification, mentioned above, are mandatory in order to test.
Note: You will have to store all other personal items at the test centre at your own risk. Please do not bring any other items
to the test centre, as they are not permitted into the testing centre.
Ans. Your name needs to be exactly identical to the name on your school-leaving certificate.
Note: - If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, you must show the relevant document mentioned
below and submit a photocopy at the time of the test, interview and at the time of joining a programme.
Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change Document
Ans. The total duration is 2 hours 35 minutes including a 15-minute tutorial. CAT is a multiple choice test,
delivered in 2 sections, 70 minutes per section. The actual test will contain 60 questions, 30 questions per section.
For further details, refer to Test Duration & Pattern.
Ans. At the test centre, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided
with a pencil, eraser and scratch paper for calculations. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing
will be allowed inside the testing room. On completion of the test, candidates will have to hand all the scratch paper and
stationery back to the Administrator.
Ans. Your raw scores will be calculated for each section based on the number of questions you answered correctly, incorrectly, or
omitted. You will be given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. There will be no points for
questions that are not answered. This scoring methodology ensures that candidates are only awarded points for what they know.For
further details, refer to the Development, Scoring & Equating Process.
Ans. The CAT, like virtually all large-scale exams, will utilise multiple forms, or versions, of the test. While all
forms are carefully assembled to ensure that the content is comparable, the difficulty of each form may vary slightly. Such
minor differences in the overall difficulty level cannot be accurately measured until after all of the forms have been
administered and the results analysed. To facilitate this comparison, each form will contain equating blocks comprising a
pre-defined number of statistically profiled questions selected from a large item bank. By comparing candidate responses
to these equating blocks across multiple forms, the ability level of the individuals can be evaluated and the precise
difficulty of the forms calculated. The raw scores are then adjusted, as necessary, through a process called equating.
Equating assures fairness for all candidates by allowing accurate comparisons to be made of performance across all of
the test forms. Equated raw scores are then placed on a common scale or metric to ensure appropriate interpretation of
the scores. This process is called scaling. For details, refer to the
Development, Scoring & Equating Process.
Ans. Three scaled scores will be presented for each candidate: an overall scaled score and two separate scaled scores for each
section. As the two sections evaluate distinct sets of knowledge and skills, scores do not correlate across sections. A high score in
one section does not guarantee a high score in another section. Percentile rankings are provided for each individual section as well
as for the overall exam score. Raw scores will not be made available under any circumstances as they do not represent a fair
interpretation of your performance in relation to other candidates who have taken the CAT during the same testing window. For details,
refer to the Development, Scoring & Equating Process.
Ans. A percentile rank is the percentage of scores that fall below a given score. For example: a 75 percentile would
imply that your score is greater than or equal to 75% of the total CAT test-takers. For details, refer to the Development,
Scoring & Equating Process.
Ans. You need to login on the website www.catiim.in
or https://iim.prometric.com using your username & password and select “Resend
Admit Card”. The Admit Card will be emailed on the email address provided during registration. There is also an option for you to print
you Admit Card directly from the website.
Ans. If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close your Internet browser and try again. You can
register for and schedule your test anytime between 30 July and 19 September 2012.
Ans. Voucher once sold cannot be refunded under any circumstances including but not limited to loss of voucher,
inability to read voucher number due to mishandling of the voucher by candidate, candidate being ineligible for taking CAT,
CAT not being a prerequisite for a programme, and rejection of candidate registration due to incomplete and/or incorrect
Ans. Yes, you may login to www.catiim.in
or https://iim.prometric.com and select “Edit Profile” to make changes to your
personal details such as address. Note that no changes may be made after 19 September 2012.