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CAT Exam Eligibility

The CAT eligibility criteria 2024 is a list of requirements that one has to attain to appear for the CAT exam. Every year the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) will release the CAT eligibility criteria in the official website . Academic qualifications, past academic performance, and the CAT age limit are included in the CAT eligibility criteria. You can find more details about CAT 2024, who can apply for, what the age limit is, etc. in this article.

The below table shows the important highlights of CAT 2024:-

Name of the Exam
CAT 2024
Official Website
Exam Conducting Authority
Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)
Mode of the exam
Computer-Based Mode (CBT)
Duration of the CAT Exam 2024
2 Hours (120 Minutes)
Duration (Section-wise)
40 Minutes for (VARC, DILR, QA).
Each section -53 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates.
Session (Slot-wise)
Morning Session – 8:30 am – 10:30 pm
Afternoon Session – 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Evening Session – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
No. of Questions
66 Questions
Total Marks
198 marks
Candidates who wish to appear in this MBA entrance exam this year should meet the following eligibility criteria for CAT 2024:

1. Educational Qualification:

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC/ST/PWD candidates).
The degree should be awarded by any recognized university or educational institution.
Candidates with work experience will have some added preference/ weightage. However, work experience is not mandatory as per CAT exam eligibility 2024.

2. Age Limit:

There is no specific age limit for candidates applying to take the CAT exam. There is no minimum or maximum age limit for the CAT exam. The only criterion for CAT exam eligibility is that candidates must have a degree with the required marks.

3. Final Year Students::

Candidates appearing for the final year of their Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply. However, they must complete all degree requirements by the specified date as stipulated by the respective IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) or other participating institutions

CAT Eligibility for IIM:

Reserved Percentage
NC-OBC (Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes)
SC (Scheduled Caste)
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)
up to 10%
ST (Scheduled Tribe)
PwD (Person with Disability)

Who is not eligible for CAT 2024?

If the candidate is in the process of completing their professional degree (CS/ CA/ ICWA) without appearing for their bachelor’s degree.
The candidate is pursuing both a bachelor’s degree and a professional degree but has not yet completed both.
If the candidate’s score in the degree is less than 50% (45% for SC/ ST/ PWT candidates), he or she is ineligible to apply for the CAT exam.
If the degree is not recognized by MHRD/ AICTE/ UGC, the candidate will be considered ineligible for the CAT examination.

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