The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad is going to conduct the  2015 exam for candidates seeking admission to graduate management programmes being offered by the and other top management institutes of India. In 2014, IIM Indore had introduced some major changes to the . It is expected that CAT 2015-16 exam pattern and syllabus will not see any major changes. Also Read - UPSC Recruitment 2021: Applications Invited for Various Posts, Here's How You Can Apply

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CAT 2014 exam was conducted online and had a total duration of 2 hours and 50 minutes (or 170 minutes) – instead of 2 hours and 20 minutes (or 140 minutes) earlier. Students with physical disabilities who needed scribes were allowed an extra hour to do their paper. Candidates had to remain at their seats for the entire test duration – even if they complete the exam early as they could only ‘Submit’ the test after the assigned time duration. If they left the exam hall early, they were not allowed to re-enter and submit the test later. Also Read - Operation Smile: Indore Cop Turns Teacher For Slum Children Who Couldn't Attend Online Classes Due to Pandemic

The medium of CAT was English Language.

No. of questions in CAT 2015 is expected to be 100, just as it was in CAT 2014 – divided equally into two sections:

  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and
  • Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

Earlier, candidates had to solve only 30 questions in each section.

Candidates could attempt questions in any order and toggle between the two sections. There was negative marking in the exam. For each correct answer, candidates were awarded 3 marks. For each incorrect answer, 1 mark was deducted from the total score of the candidate.

Candidates were directed not to touch the keyboards at any time during the exam and use only mouse to click at the answers. Touching the keyboard led to locking of the terminal.

The right-hand side panel on the test screen had several user-friendly features for MBA aspirants:

  • An online timer showed the candidates how many minutes were left to complete the exam.
  • Colour coding allowed candidates to know the status of various questions at once. White for questions you have not viewed yet, Green for questions you have already answered, Red for questions you viewed but left answered and Violet for questions you marked for review later.
  • On the bottom of the panel, you could view all the questions at once by clicking on ‘Question Paper’, view your profile or read test-related instructions by clicking on relevant buttons and click on ‘Submit’ button at the end of the test.

CAT 2015 Syllabus

Syllabus for CAT 2015 is expected to be same as CAT 2014 syllabus.

Quantitative Ability

AveragesLinear EquationsProgressions (Sequences & Series)
Binomial TheoremLogarithmQuadratic Equations
Complex NumbersMensurationRatio and Proportion
Co-ordinate GeometryMixtures and AlligationsSet Theory
FunctionsNumber SystemsSpeed, Time and Distance
GeometryPercentagesSurds and Indices
InequalitiesPermutation and CombinationTime and Work
Interest (Simple and Compound)ProbabilityTrigonometry
LCM and HCFProfit, Loss and Discount

Data Interpretation

Bar GraphsPie Chart
Column GraphsVenn Diagrams
Line Charts


Logical Reasoning

Binary LogicLogical Matching
Blood RelationsLogical Sequence
CalendarsNumber and Letter Series
ClocksSeating Arrangement
Logical ConnectivesVenn Diagrams

Verbal Ability

Analogies or Reverse AnalogiesMeaning-Usage Match
Cloze PassageReading Comprehension
English Usage or GrammarSentence Correction
Facts, Inferences, or JudgementsSummary Questions
Fill in the blanksVerbal Reasoning
Jumbled ParagraphVocabulary Based (Synonyms & Antonyms)

CAT 2015 Exam Dates

Important Dates of CAT 2015 exam are expected to be as follows:

Exam EventTentative Dates
Applications are expected to be invited in August 2015
Students would probably be able to download admit cards from October 2015 onwards
CAT 2015 examination is expected to be held in November 2015
CAT 2015 results are expected to be released byThird week of December, 2015


As soon as the CAT 2015 notification is released, we will update the article with latest details.

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