CAT Admission: Know Complete Application Process 2024

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CAT Admission Process

Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted every year for aspirants who want admission to top management colleges and universities. The exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management for getting admission into the Post-Graduate management programs. It is one of the most competitive exams in which more than 2 lakh students appear annually to fulfil their dream of getting admission to top IIMs. IIMs are India’s top management institutes that offer high-quality education, placements, and environment. Interested candidates can fill out the application form available on the website and submit the documents needed. The blog post entails all the details regarding CAT Admission 2024.

CAT Admission: Important Dates 2024

Applicants must know about tentative dates of when the application forms start, and end, and the application fee submission date: Check the table given below for the CAT exam 2024 tentative date schedule. 

Events CAT Examination 2024Important Dates 2024
Notification release dateJuly 2024
CAT Exam RegistrationAugust to mid of September 2024
Form CorrectionEnd of September 2024
Admit Card CAT examOctober 2024
Mock Test releaseStarting weeks of November 2024
CAT exam dateNovember 24, 2024
Answer Key releaseDecember 2024
Challenge Answer KeyDecember 2024
Result DeclarationThe last week of December 2024 or the Start of January 2024

Also Read: CAT Syllabus

CAT Admission: Eligibility Criteria 2024

The eligibility criteria for getting into the prestigious IIMs for the CAT examination are

  • The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% or equivalent. For the categories such as SC, ST, and PWD the percentage required is 45% from a recognized university.
  • Candidates who are currently in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can also apply for the examination. Additionally, candidates who are waiting for results can also apply if they complete degree requirements.

CAT Admission: Application Process 2024

Every year lots of candidates apply for the CAT exam on the official website. The students sometimes face difficulties filling out the application form. So, here is the step-by-step application process for the CAT exam.


The important step in the CAT exam application process is the registration to generate the user ID and password. You must have browsers with the following versions

  • Google Chrome(version 85 to 103)
  • Mozilla Firefox(version 85 to 102)
  • Microsoft Edge(version 80 to 103)

After the user profile is created, enter the OTP received, Captcha, and submit the declaration. 

Login Using Credentials

The candidate can log in to the website using the user ID and password received and can complete the CAT exam application using it. 

Filling the Application Form

The application form is divided into six different sections which include Personal Details, Work Experience, Academics, Programs, Test City, and Payments. If a candidate has any other professional degree they can add it and save it also.

Select the Required Program

You can choose the program that you wish to pursue in the future from the various options available. 

Choose the Examination Centre

A candidate can choose a total of six cities according to their preferences from the drop-down box. The six preferred examination centres will be assigned after the deadline for registration and pending availability.

Complete the Payments

Candidates can pay the transactional fees from the available payment options after reading the instructions given on the website. 

Applications Fees CAT Admission 2024

The application Fees vary each year as per the modifications. The candidate applying for the CAT exam must pay a certain application fee that is mentioned below:-

CategoriesApplication Fees
GeneralINR 2300
SC, ST, or PwDINR 1150

It is advised to pay the Application Fee once despite how many colleges you have applied to. The candidates belonging to SC, ST, or PwD for identification need to upload a copy of the required documents. 

CAT Admission: Selection Process 2024

IIMs select the candidates if they clear the final interview along with other stages of the selection. The stages of the selection procedure are as follows:-

  1. CAT Exam 2024 – After the announcement of the CAT Exam 2024 result IIMs start the shortlisting process for the candidates. The shortlisted candidates list can be seen on the website of the conducting body to which the IIM sends the interview letters.
  2. WAT, PI, and Group Discussion – The candidate who clears the cut-off will advance to the next stage of the selection process WAT, Personal Interview, and Group Discussion. In this round, candidates are evaluated based on communication ability, General knowledge, performance, and presence of mind.
  3. Final Selection and Verification of Eligibility – The candidates are finally selected by verifying the eligibility and marks obtained at various stages.

The parameters and weightage of marks based on which candidate gets the selection are

ParametersMarks Weightage
CAT Exam 202425
Written Ability Test(WAT)10
Work Experience10


How to apply for the CAT examination 2024?

Candidates can apply for the CAT examination by visiting and clicking on the new registration after the start date of registration.

How many sections are there in the CAT exam?

There are three sections in the CAT exam 
1. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
2. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
3. Quantitative Ability (QA)

Who will conduct the CAT exam in 2024?

Every year different exams conduct CAT exams. It is expected that IIM Calcutta will conduct the CAT exam in 2024.

The management aspirants dream of getting admission to an IIM as they are the topmost institutes for MBA courses in India. Every candidate works hard to clear the CAT exam while preparing for different subjects related to the exams. However, most of the aspirants think of getting into IIMs and living their dream in just one go!

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