(Eligibility) CAT Exam
The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least
50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to
Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD)
categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as
incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or
declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or
possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD,
Government of India.
Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s
degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree
requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted
that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme
provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar
of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by
the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for
obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the
issue of the certificate.
Candidates applying for CAT 2016 should fulfill any one of the following
- Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks*
- Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage*.
- Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required
* SC / ST / PWD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC
candidates, minimum is 50%.
The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be
calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective
University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage
of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective
University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no
scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be
established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and
multiplying the result with 100.
IMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection
process, the details of which are provided at the website www.iimcat.ac.in.
Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria
will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare
and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the
As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are
reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST)
candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates
belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC)
For the purpose of being considered for reservations, the
applicable Central Government list as on the last date of CAT registration
shall be binding. No subsequent changes will be effective for CAT 2016 and
any subsequent selection process of the IIMs. For an updated central list of
state - wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and
information in respect of the creamy layer, visit the website
As per the provision under section 39 of the PWD Act,
1995, 3% seats are reserved for Persons With Disability (PWD) candidates.
The three categories of disability are: a) low vision blindness, b) hearing
impairment and c) loco motor disability/cerebral palsy. This provision is
applicable if the candidate suffers from any of the listed disabilities to
the extent of not less than 40%, as certified by a medical authority as
prescribed and explained in the said Act
The candidates belonging to the reserved categories need
to note the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be
noted that while it is the endeavor of IIMs that the candidates belonging to
SC/ST/PWD/NC-OBC categories join the Programme in proportions mandated by
the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain
minimum level of performance to be considered for the admission process
The candidates should read the updated description of
selection processfollowed by each IIM on their respective websites. No
change in the category will be entertained after CAT registration; hence,
the applicants are advised to give attention while registering.
Note for SC, ST, NC-OBC, and PWD Candidates
If you belong to SC or ST categories, your caste /tribe
must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate
that you submit to IIM should be in the Government approved format and
should clearly state: (a) Name of your caste/tribe; (b) Whether you belong
to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; (c) District and the State or Union
Territory of your ordinary residence; and (d) the appropriate Government of
India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled
Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
A copy of the SC / ST / N C-O B C / PWD certificate(s)
must be uploaded at the time of CAT Application registration. Failure to
upload a copy of the caste/class certificate will result in the rejection of
your CAT registration.
The SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD certificate(s) must be shown
and a photocopy should be submitted at the time of interviews. Moreover, the
certificate(s) must be submitted at the time of joining the programmes of
any of the IIMs. Failure to do so during the post CAT selection process will
result in you not being considered under the reserved category.