CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria


CAT exam put forward strict qualification criteria as it is one of the most sought after exams for admission to MBA programs in premium business schools in India. Any graduate can appear for this exam provided he meets the criteria of desired pass percentage.

Basic eligibility for CAT

The qualification criterion that is needed for a student to apply for the Common Admission Test is a graduate degree from an approved college. The students can be from any stream, but they are required to have a score of atleast 50 percent in their final exams. Students of the Sc/St/PH and OBC communities require only 45 percentage marks. Those who are writing their final year exam are qualified to appear for the exam too.

Qualifying Examinations for CAT

Candidates who have cleared the qualifying exam by means of any of these methods can apply for the CAT exam. Aspirants who have done their graduation from any university accepted by the Association of Indian Universities or the All India Council for Technical Education can apply for the CAT exam. Albeit this is the basic qualification required to write the CAT exam, the criterion will change according to the norms of the institutions.

Who can apply for CAT?

All permanent residents of India are eligible to appear for the test. In addition to it, foreign nationals who fulfill the needed eligibly criterion can apply for the Common Admission Test.

Eligibility for the Foreign Nationals/NRI/PIO for CAT

The eligibility that is needed for foreign nationals, PIO’s or NRI’s is that they must have a Bachelors degree with a minim of 50% (candidates of the SC/ST, PWD categories must have a minimum of 45%). The certification must be from any of the Universities that are accredited by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. Candidates who will be writing the final exam are also qualified to appear for the CAT exam. Those who have finished their studies and are expecting their results can submit an application for the exam too.

Special reservation and scholarship for Diaspora Children for CAT

The candidates of the Diaspora category will be given scholarships in India through the CAT. 100 seats are allotted to these candidates. Amongst that 50 percent of the scholarship slots will be reserved for the NRI’s and the remaining 50 percent for the PIO’s. Incase there are no eligible PIO candidates, the vacant seats will be allocated to the to NRI candidates.



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39 Responses to “CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria”

  1. 39

    when will be the form published please give the updates of the form.and now im taking addmission for MBA then can i fill this form.

  2. 38
    Dr Neelam Shinde:

    I have done BHMS from keluskar college ,Alibaug which approved by MUHS..Maharashtra university of health sciences I eligible for appearing CAT….and If yes then please let me know about preparation and guidence source,

  3. 37

    i am currently doing B.Com through distance mode and i did my intermediate from NIOS.does i am eligible for cat,mat….

  4. 36

    iam detained student in 4th year btech 2nd semesterof 2013 batch. i will be completing my graduation by 2014 april. Am i eligible for cat 2013 examination? please inform me…

  5. 35

    I did my BSc. IT but failed in my last semester. I will re-appear for my exam in Oct, am I eligible to write the CAT in Nov, 2014?

  6. 34
    aditi agarwal:

    i am hons 3rd year student of DU but i have 1 subject backlog in 3rd semester of 2nd year which i need to given in november month…plzz suggest me can i appear for CAT exam in this year?

  7. 33

    I am a Commerce Graduate. I have secured 48% only in Bcom and 67% in MBA. Can i appear for CAT exam in any way.

  8. 32

    i got 60% in
    due to backloks i wasted one year of my i eligible to write cat xm.

  9. 31
    vinit anand:

    can i fill CAT exam form if my 7 sem. is running….plz send me info. as soon as possible

  10. 30

    hello sir.. I have completed my 3rd yr but i have 1 subject back log which i need to appear in november month.. PLZ assist me can i appear for CAT Exam commencing this year..?

  11. 29

    sir i got 73% in 10th and 58% in 12th can i eligible 4 cat

  12. 28

    i am giving 10th class exam can i give cat exam.after which class we can give cat exam

  13. 27

    Hi, I am a second year B.Sc. student and i had a year down in first year.. am i still eligible for CAT??

  14. 26
    Pooran Mali:

    sir i m student of bsc it . can i give cat exam???
    plz sir tell me

  15. 25
    akash sarswat:

    i m student of 2nd year .i got 55% in 12th class and 58% in 10th class and in 70% .so i want ask you sir am i eligible for cat entrance exam??plz tell sir..

  16. 24
    ranjan kumar:

    sir i am student of B.COM part third i want appear in cat but in 10th i have only 55% marks i eligible for cat… plz plz tell me about that

  17. 23
    kunal bhattacharjee:

    i got second division(57.2%)in 12th standard .So am i eligible for cat entrance examination

  18. 22
    amit rana:

    i am in 3rd year in btech
    am i eligible for cat

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  20. 20
    Abinash mishra:

    hello sir i am abinash mishra i am 47% in 10th and 45% in +2 commerce and 70% in bcom can i am eligable for cat please tell me

  21. 19

    Dear sir,
    I am in B.B.A. 3rd year through correspondence , can i appear for CAT ????

  22. 18

    does carrier marks of +2 & graduation matters at the time of interview or gd.

  23. 17
    Shreshth Jain:

    Dear Sir,
    I have completed my ‘Advanced Diploma in 3D animation & visual effects’ from ‘Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics’ for which I will get Diploma from Cambridge University.

    I also have work experience of 3.5 years. Can I apply for CAT next year?

  24. 16
    suresh yadav:

    percentile for ph candidate to qualify exam and marks…

  25. 15
    Deendayal bisht:

    what is the percentage criteria of 10 & 12 class

  26. 14

    i want to appply for cat 2012 how to apply ?
    what are different ways to apply how much i have to pay?
    what is the eligibility for this exam?
    please give proper details.

  27. 13

    i am doing my s.y. BBA .. Can i appear for CAT ?? and then again give CAT in my TY.. ??

  28. 12

    I am in 3rd year of my graduation, but i am not yet a graduate …can i give CAT exam helding this year??????

  29. 11

    hello sir i got detained in the 2nd year of B.E am i eligible for cat entrance exam

  30. 10

    can detained student of B.E are eligible for the cat entrance exam.i had detained in 2nd year of B.E am i eligible for cat exam

  31. 9

    iam in my B.Tech 3rd year
    am i eligible for appearing cat exam in 3rd year itself?

  32. 8

    How much percentage we have to aggregate in our CAT exam to join in MBA course?

  33. 7

    I am enggineering student,my stream is ECE.
    I am 2nd (52%)division in12th standard.I am eligible for cat exam or not.what are the difficulties arisses for 2nd divison in 12th standard.

  34. 6
    srinivas jayanthi:

    i have completed my diploma in mechanical. engineering and pursuing my job in TATA MOTORS from last 3years .i have also completed section A in INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING from IIIE query is that can i appear for this session of CAT?and wat is the age limit?

  35. 5
    mansi parekh:

    Hello sir,
    I m doing my BA with music.I am in final year..
    Am i aligible to appaer in CAT as i m doing BA with music??

  36. 4

    What is the best option to choose after graduation to get a monthly pay of Rs.30000/- for both Government & Non-Government jobs ?

  37. 3
    Dhavalkumar Motavar:

    i finished my 12th science in 2006 then i came to london for my further study , i got the admission in London School of Management Education school and my course is Diploma in Business Management level 5, i done this course and i m going to BTEC strategic and leadership management level 7 i will finish this course may 2012
    so my question is can i able for CET Exam and how can i apply ?
    can i do online ?

  38. 2
    manidhar chowdary:

    i want cat exam date

  39. 1

    M Phil & M Tech which one is best for teaching line & which university best for these 2 courses.