CAT 2025: Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria, Notification, Registration, Exam Dates

CAT 2025 is expected to be conducted on the last Sunday of November, 30th November 2025. The official notification for the exam is expected to be released by July 2025. IIM Kozhikode is expected to administer the exam. Around 4 Lakh+ aspirants are anticipated to take the CAT 2025 exam, owing to the fact that it is a gateway to the prestigious 21 IIMs & other top B-schools.
CAT 2025: Key Highlights
CAT stands for Common Admission Test which is conducted once a year. Each year the exam is conducted in a Computer-based Test (CBT) mode which spans over 500+ test centres across India. The exam is conducted in 3 slots. The exam will consist of 3 sections VARC (Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension, DILR ( Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning) &  QA (Quantitative Ability). The official notifications of CAT 2025 will be released in July 2025 which will consist of all essential details such as the date of registration, exam date, release of admit cards, etc. The CAT 2025 Application Form is expected to go live in August 2025. This article will provide all inclusive information about the CAT 2025 exam and all the essential details that an aspirant must know.
Category
Details
Exam Name
Common Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting Body
Indian Institutes of Management, Kozhikode (Expected)
Official Website
www.iimcat.ac.in
Medium of exam
English
Exam Level
National
Frequency
Annual
Exam Mode
Computer-Based Test (CBT)
Number of Questions
66
Question Types
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Type in The Answer (TITA)
Selection Process
CAT scores, Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI) for some IIMs
Score Validity
1 year
Number of IIMs Participating
21 IIMs
Other Institutes Accepting CAT Scores
1000+ Prestigious management institutes and business schools in India
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CAT 2025 Important Dates
Mentioned below is the timeline of CAT 2025. Through this, the aspirants will be able to get familiar with CAT 2025 registration date, last date to register, exam date etc.   
CAT 2025 Important Dates & Timeline
Important dates (Tentative)
CAT 2025 Notification Date
Last week of July 2025
CAT 2025 Registration Date
First week of August, 2025
CAT 2025 Registration Last Date
First week of September 2025
CAT 2025 Exam Date
November 30, 2025
CAT 2025 Result Date
First week of January 2026
CAT 2025 Eligibility Criteria
CAT Eligibility Criteria 2025 has been provided below that the aspirants must keep in mind before starting their preparation for the exam. The criteria mentioned below are based on the trends of the previous  year.
  • For the General and NC-OBC categories, a bachelor's degree from any discipline with a minimum score of 50% is required. For ST, SC, and PWD candidates, the required score is 45%.
  • Final-year bachelor’s degree candidates are eligible to take the exam upon graduation completion with the necessary scores. Failure to meet requirements will result in admission cancellation.
  • Candidates with a professional degree, such as CA/ CS/ ICWA/FIAI, are eligible for the CAT exam.
  • CAT 2025 imposes no age restrictions yet mandates a bachelor’s degree for eligibility.
CAT 2025 Exam Pattern
Aspirants aiming for the the CAT 2025 exam must familiarize themselves with the CAT Exam Pattern 2025 to better understand the topics and type of questions that will be asked in the exam. Below is the tentative CAT 2025 exam pattern based on previous CAT exams.
Mode of Examination
Computer-based
Medium of Examination
English
Slots for Exam
3
Total Questions
66
Questions Per Section
VARC: 24
DILR: 20
QA: 22
Time Allotted
120 minutes (40 minutes per section)
Type of Questions
MCQs and TITA
Marks Awarded for Correct Answer
+3 for every right answer
Marks Deducted for Wrong Answer
-1 for every wrong answer
No negative marking for TITA
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CAT Exam Syllabus 2025
There is no official CAT Exam Syllabus 2025 prescribed by the test conducting authorities of CAT 2025. An aspirant is suggested to follow the class X syllabus for English & Math. However, based on the trends of the CAT exam in previous years, the tentative topics asked in  CAT exam syllabus 2025 is mentioned below. The aspirants must take note of the topics mentioned below and continue their preparation accordingly.
CAT 2025 Application Process
The CAT 2025 application process is expected to begin in August 2025. The official notification will be made available on the CAT  official website iimcat.ac.in. Based on the application process of the previous years, a step-by-step description of how an aspirant can undergo the process is mentioned below-
CAT 2025 Registration Process
Given below is a detailed CAT 2025 registration process that an aspirant will have to undergo while filling out the CAT 2025 application form for the exam-
  • A candidate must visit the official website and provide their basic information under "New Candidate Registration."
  • They will receive an OTP for registration verification after submission
  • Candidates will receive a login ID and password on their registered email and mobile number after the verification is complete
  • Candidates can begin adding the necessary information to the application form now.
  • Candidates can choose the interview city and the programmes they want to participate in.
  • Candidates can choose up to six preferred test cities for the CAT 2025 exam.
Uploading Documents
It is crucial for the candidate to upload the necessary documents as specified during the application process.
  • Passport size Photograph
  • PwD certificate (if needed)
  • Signature
  • EWS.NC-OBC/SC/ST certificate
  • Candidates will be required to present their mark sheets and degrees in person.
Application Fee Payment (Tentative)
  • In order to finalize the CAT 2025 registration, candidates are required to make a payment of the application fees, which can only be submitted online.
  • Moreover, candidates have the option to review their application before making the payment and submitting the form.
  • After successful payment, candidates will receive a confirmation email within a few minutes.
CAT Admit Card 2025 
  • The CAT admit card 2025 is anticipated to be released in October 2025. Here are some key points to remember for the same.
  • Registered candidates can securely retrieve their CAT admit card 2025  by logging into their account on the official website. 
  • The admit card will contain essential details like the test center, exam date, and time. Remember to carry the CAT admit card 2025  on the day of the examination.
CAT Answer Key 2025
The CAT response sheet, which includes recorded responses and the CAT answer key 2025, is usually released by authorities around 8-10 days after the exam. Participants can view and download their recorded responses and answers from the official CAT website at iimcat.ac.in. Students can view their response sheets and question papers. By utilizing the answer key provided, students can estimate their probable scores for the examination.
The initial step involves the authority releasing the provisional CAT answer key 2025  for CAT 2025. Candidates are permitted to raise objections during this phase within the allotted timeframe. After a thorough review of the objections, the authority will unveil the final CAT answer key 2025 concurrently with the CAT result 2025 result announcement.

CAT Result 2025
The CAT Result 2025 is expected to be published on the official website around December 2025. Following the release of results and cut-offs the IIMs and other B-schools will commence their interview and discussion rounds for admissions to the 2025-27 cohort.
CAT 2025: Preparation Tips
How to Prepare for CAT 2025?
Every aspirant who wishes to secure a place in the top management institutes of the country must qualify for the CAT 2025 exam. In order to crack the exam successfully an aspirant must keep in mind the following tips while preparing for CAT 2025.
  • Understand the Exam Pattern: Get acquainted with the CAT format and its various types.
  • Early Start: Commence your preparation at least a year ahead. This timeframe provides you with sufficient opportunity to grasp concepts, hone your skills and review thoroughly.
  • Structured Study Plan: Develop a study timetable encompassing all syllabus topics, prioritizing additional time for sections where you have identified weaknesses.
  • Conceptual Clarity: Emphasize grasping fundamental concepts particularly for the Quantitative Ability section. Strengthening the basics paves the way for easier handling of challenging questions.
  • Regular Practice: Practice by solving past years' CAT papers and consistently take mock tests. This will allow you to assess the difficulty level and monitor your preparation progress effectively.
  • Stay Updated: Keep yourself updated with any changes in the exam pattern or syllabus by regularly checking the official CAT website.
CAT 2025 Cut off Scores
Upon the release of CAT result 2025 prestigious B-schools such as IIMs, MDI, FMS and others will announce their respective CAT 2025 cut off scores for admissions to their MBA programs. These cutoff scores will be used to shortlist candidates for the subsequent selection process which includes personal interviews. Explore the anticipated CAT 2025 cut off scores for both IIMs and non-IIMs below.
Expected Cutoffs for IIM in CAT 2025
 IIMs
CAT 2025 Expected Cutoff
IIM Ahmedabad
99-100 %ile
IIM Bangalore
99-100 %ile
IIM Calcutta
99 %ile
IIM Lucknow
97- 99 %ile
IIM Indore
97- 99 %ile
IIM Kozhikode
97 - 98 %ile
IIM Amritsar
95- 99 %ile
IIM Nagpur
95- 99 %ile
IIM Sambalpur
95- 99 %ile
IIM Trichy
93-94 %ile
IIM Raipur
92-94 %ile
IIM Ranchi
93-94 %ile
IIM Kashipur
92- 94 %ile
IIM Vizag
92- 93 %ile
IIM Udaipur
92-93 %ile
IIM Bodhgaya
90-92 %ile
IIM Shillong
90-92 %ile
IIM Sirmaur
93-95 %ile
IIM Rohtak
90- 95 %ile
IIM Mumbai
97+ %ile
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Expected Cutoff for Non-IIM Colleges in CAT 2025 
CAT Colleges
 Expected Cutoff 
FMS, Delhi
98.20  %ile
BITSOM
94  %ile
DMS, IIT Delhi
98-99  %ile
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai
90-95 %ile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay
99-100  %ile
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad
90- 99  %ile
 MDI Gurgaon 
95- 97  %ile
IIM Mumbai
95-99  %ile
 SPJIMR
85-90  %ile
XIMB
90-99 %ile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
95-99  %ile
TAPMI, Manipal
85-90 %ile
CAT Exam Analysis 2025 
A detailed analysis for all the 3 slots will be updated after the successful conduction of the exam. The CAT exam analysis 2025 helps the test takers to get a better understanding of their performance in the exam. Through the CAT 2025 analysis a tentative score and the cutoffs can be estimated. Students can exclusively check the CAT exam analysis 2025  posted by CAT experts at Hitbullseye.
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CAT Exam Centres 2025
The CAT 2025 exam is expected to be conducted in more than 400 centres across the country. An aspirant can choose his desired location & centre to take the exam while filling out the examination form. Listed below are the tentative CAT exam centres 2025 based on the previous year.
List of exam centre for CAT exam:
Exam  Centres
Test Cities
 Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Port Blair
 Andhra Pradesh
Tirupathi; Vijayawada; Visakhapatnam, Guntur; Kakinada; Kurnool; Nellore; Rajahmundry; 
 Arunachal Pradesh
Itanagar
 Assam
Dibrugarh; Guwahati; Silchar
 Bihar
Aurangabad; Muzaffarpur; Patna; Purnea
 Chandigarh
Chandigarh
 Chhattisgarh
Bhilai; Raipur
 Delhi-NCR
Panipat, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Delhi, New Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, 
 Goa
Madgaon; Panaji
 Gujarat
Ahmedabad; Anand; Gandhinagar; Rajkot; Surat; Vadodara
 Haryana
Ambala; Bahadurgarh; Hisar; Palwal; Rohtak; Sonipat
 Himachal Pradesh
Simla; Waknaghat
 Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu; Samba, Kashmir
 Jharkhand
Bokaro; Dhanbad; Jamshedpur; Ranchi
 Karnataka
Banglore; Belagavi (Belgaum); Dharwad; Gulbarga; Hubli; Mangalore; Mysore; Udupi
 Kerala
Ernakulam; Kasaragod; Kollam; Kozhikode; Malappuram; Thrissur; Trivandrum
 Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal; Gwalior; Indore; Jabalpur; Sagar
 Maharashtra
Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded; Nashik; Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar, Ahmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur; Mumbai, 
 Meghalaya
Shillong
 Manipur
Imphal
 Odisha
Balasore; Berhampur; Bhubaneswar; Cuttack; Dhenkanal; Sambalpur; Rourkela
 Puducherry
Puducherry
 Punjab
Jalandhar; Ludhiana; Mohali; Pathankot; Patiala; Ropar; Sangrur, Bhatinda; Chandigarh; Fatehgarh Sahib; 
 Rajasthan
Ajmer; Alwar; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Kota; Sikar; Udaipur
 Tamil Nadu
Chennai; Coimbatore; Madurai; Namakkal; Thanjavur; Tiruchirappalli; Tirunelvelli
 Telangana
Hyderabad; Karim Nagar; Warangal
 Uttar Pradesh
Gorakhpur; Greater Noida; Kanpur; Lucknow; Mathura; Meerut; Muzaffarnagar; Noida; Varanasi, Agra; Allahabad; Barabanki; Bareilly; Ghaziabad; 
 Uttarakhand
Dehradun; Roorkee
 West Bengal
Hooghly; Howrah; Kalyani; Kolkata; Siliguri, Asansol; Bankura; Burdwan; Durgapur; 
 Dadra
Kohima
 Ladakh
Leh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman &  Diu
Silvassa
 Tripura
Agartala
 Mizoram
Aizawl
CAT 2025 FAQs
Q. When is CAT 2025 expected to take place?
The CAT 2025 is expected to be held on the last Sunday of November specifically on the 30th November 2025
Q. When will the official notification for CAT 2025 be released?
The official notification for CAT 2025 is anticipated to be published by the end of July 2025
Q. Which institute is expected to conduct CAT 2025?
IIM Kozhikode is tentatively expected to be the administering body for CAT 2025
Q. How many aspirants are likely to appear for CAT 2025?
It is estimated that over 4 lakh aspirants will take the CAT 2025 given its significance as the entry point to 21 IIMs and other top business schools
Q. What is the format of the CAT 2025 exam?
CAT 2025 will be conducted as a Computer-Based Test (CBT) in three slots, comprising three sections: VARC, DILR and QA
Q. What is the eligibility criteria for CAT 2025?
Candidates should have a bachelor's degree with a minimum score of 50% (45% for SC, ST and PWD candidates) or an equivalent qualification. Final-year students can also apply, subject to meeting the degree requirement with the necessary scores upon graduation.
Q. Is there an age limit to appear for CAT 2025?
There is no age restriction for candidates taking the CAT exam; however they must have completed their bachelor's degree
Q. What types of questions are included in the CAT 2025 exam?
The CAT 2025 will have a mix of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Type in The Answer (TITA) questions.
Q. What is the selection process after the CAT 2025 exam?
Post-CAT, selected candidates will undergo a selection process which may include a Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI), particularly for admissions into various IIMs
Q. How can I apply for CAT 2025?
Candidates can apply for CAT 2025 by visiting the official website (www.iimcat.ac.in) when the registration opens typically expected in the first week of August 2025. Follow the online application process, upload the necessary documents and pay the application fees to complete your registration
Q. When and how can I download the admit card for CAT 2025?
The admit card for CAT 2025 is likely to be available from October 2025. Registered candidates will be able to download it from the official CAT website by logging into their accounts
Q. How and when can I check my CAT 2025 results?
CAT 2025 results are expected to be declared in the first week of January 2026. Aspirants can check their results on the official CAT website by logging in with their credentials
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