CAT (Common Admission Test) for two-year Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGDIM) is held every year and is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). This is the first step in the process of seeking admission to this course. CAT is held at Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Tiruchirapally, Vijayawada, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Nagpur, Patna, Lucknow, Chandigarh and New Delhi.
CAT is a multiple choice written exam designed to test a candidate's ability & aptitude under a time constraint. CAT is not a test of intelligence, it only indicates whether one has the necessary aptitude to do well in the course one wishes to pursue. This test also identifies the candidate's general scholastic ability.
CAT gives the students a scorecard stating their section-wise and overall performance. CAT scorecard does not give any absolute or actual scores rather being an aptitude test, it grades students on a relative scale. The scores are presented in two formats Percentage score (%score) and Percentile scores for each section and the overall test. The percentage score represents normalized percentage of scores secured by the candidate. It is a relative method of representing the score. This is not the actual percentage score. Percentile indicates student's relative performance position among the total students who took the CAT.
Selection to PGDITM is based on the performance in CAT, group discussion, personal interview with due weightage to scholastic achievements and work experience. PGDIM caters to those aspiring to pursue careers in Management. CAT consists of questions in areas such as Quantitative, Reasoning, Verbal Skills, Comprehension of ideas and English Language as a means of assessing ones ability to undertake PG studies in Management.
NITIE has chosen to align with CAT. PGDITM, a management programme of NITIE is an MBA/PGDBM equivalent course; thus admissions to PGDITM will be through CAT.