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CAT 2015 notification has been released on July 26, 2015. IIM Ahmedabad, the conducting body of CAT 2015, has announced that this year the test will be held on single day across the country, on Sunday November 29.
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CAT 2015 Application forms are available online on official website from Thursday August 6, 2015. You can fill the application form by Sunday September 20, 2015. Application fee is same like last year i.e. INR 1600 for General and NC-OBC category applicants and INR 800 for SC/ST/PWD/DA category applicants. The application process for CAT 2015 is completely online like last year and no changes have been made in application process. Except the choices of test centers, which earlier were three preferences, this year it has been increased to four. However if someone is applying for the first time, here is the step by step guidance provided for the same.
CAT 2015 application process can be divided into three steps:
Before registering for CAT, you must ensure that you fulfil the CAT Eligibility Criteria for the test. You must be graduate or equivalent in any discipline with minimum 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA (for General category) and 45% aggregate or equivalent CGPA (for reserved category).
CAT 2015 application process requires all your academic records, caste certificates if you are from reserved category, photograph and signature. Owing online process you have to make the checklist of particulars that you will need to fill the application. So before applying make sure you have the following particulars with you:
Step 1. Registration
The first step is registration part and in this step candidates have to register themselves by creating the profile on official website www.iimcat.ac.in
After Clicking on “Register Now” button, the registration window will appear and you have to fill the following required entries
After submitting all these, enter the special set of characters into Captcha Box. After that comes declaration, click on ‘I Agree’ and submit. As soon as you click the submit button you will receive SMS containing Password and Email with User ID, which you will need for further Login
Points to remember while registration
Q1. What to do if someone has not received or lost the password sent to them by SMS?
Ans. If you have not received the password or lost the SMS containing password, you may request the new one. You have to enter you User ID and click on Forget Password button, and enter a captcha and click on ‘Get Password’, the password will be sent to your email address. But In case you haven’t received both, the email and SMS, then you have to register yourself again.
Q2. If someone has made the mistake (spelling mistake or wrong DOB) while registration, can it be changed later?
Ans. You cannot change Name or DOB once filled at time of registration. However you can edit the application form except these details which you have filled at the time of registration. If your mistake is genuine and minor, you have to show the evidence of correct data while examination/interview/admission else your candidature will be cancelled. But if you made some major mistake then you have to register yourself with new email ID and mobile number.
After completing the registration and getting the User ID and Password, you need to re visit the CAT official websites’ home page again. Now click on “Existing User” button and enter your User ID, Password and Login. Page with your registration details will appear and clicking on the ‘Go to Application Form’ tab in the right hand corner of the screen will take you to the application form page.
CAT 2015 Application form will be divided into following parts:
Now we will provide detailed information how to fill each part of application form.
This part consists of following sub parts-
2.1.1 Personal Details: In this part following information will be required-
2.1.2 Other Personal Details: In this part following information will be required-
For Serial Number of caste/tribe and Name of caste/tribe you need to visit the official websites for your category which are:
If the candidate is from PWD/DA category, he must enter the category and percentage of disability and also mention if you require wheel chair at the test center.
2.1.3 Communication Address: In this part following information will be required-
2.1.4 Upload Documents: In this part following documents will be required-
Points to remember while uploading documents
Q. I have caste certificate (SC/ST/NC-OBC) same as the format given on CAT website, can I use this certificate or do I have to download the template from CAT website and fill again?
A. You do not need to download and fill it again if your caste certificate is in the same format. However you will take in consideration that your caste certificate fulfills all the requisite conditions mentioned above.
After uploading these documents click on ‘Save and submit’. Part 1 of Application form ends here. You should now go to the next part which is Academics.
This part consists of following sub parts-
2.2.1. 10th Std/SSC/Equivalent details- In this part following information will be required
2.2.2. 12th/HSC/Equivalent details- In this part following information will be required
Q. How to fill aggregate marks in % in CAT Application if my board provides grades instead of marks?
A. There are two situations in this case:
1. The board awards Grade Point Average (GPA)/CGPA while providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet.
In first situation it may not be difficult to enter the equivalent percentage as it is also mentioned on grade sheet or they have provided a way of calculating aggregate marks through grades.
In second case if only letter grades are provided then the candidate should obtain a certificate from the board/ Institute specifying the equivalent marks which should be used for filling the CAT application form. The original certificate needs to be submitted at the time of interview, if shortlisted for the same.
2.2.3. Bachelor degree details- In this part there are two cases. If you are in the final year of Bachelor Degree or you have completed Bachelor Degree.
If you are in final year of Bachelor Degree: After clicking ‘Yes’, you have to enter the following-
Q. I am in the seventh semester of my degree? How would I enter my aggregate marks?
A. If you have not completed your bachelor degree, you may enter the aggregate % marks up to the last mark statement received from your university. So if you are in seventh semester, you may enter the marks details till sixth semester.
Q. What If my degree does not follow semester system?
A. If you are pursuing a degree that follows yearly semester instead of semester, then you can enter the semester accordingly. For example if you are in third year of your degree, you should enter the sixth semester then.
Q. What if my discipline does not appear in drop down? I am pursuing my B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering but while filling CAT form I am unable to find mechanical in drop down menu?
A. CAT application form doesn’t include all the engineering specializations in its drop down. You may simply choose Engineering/Technology in discipline section. Same goes with other streams’ disciplines. You may choose only your stream like Arts/Science/Commerce etc.
If you have completed Bachelor Degree: After clicking ‘Yes’, you have to enter the following-
Q. How to convert my CGPA to percentage?
A. If your university mentioned a method of conversion, use that. Else, just convert your CGPA into a simple percentage like 6.5/10 = 65%.
Q. How can I fill my academic details if have completed my education in 10+2+2 pattern
A. Enter your duration of degree as 3 years and your starting and completion of the course accordingly. Please make sure your Degree should be recognized by UGC, AIU or equivalent bodies or else your application will get rejected.
Q. I am pursuing integrated/dual degree course. How would I enter my marks in Bachelor degree details?
A. In case you are pursuing integrated course or completed integrated course then it is difficult to segregate the aggregate marks for bachelor degree. CAT 2015 center suggests in this case you should enter the percentage of marks obtained as per your University/Institute norms which is considered as equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree for this section and enter the percentage of marks obtained in the remaining years in the Master’s degree section. If you are pursuing integrated degree, after your 12th/HSC, enter the percentage of marks obtained for the years/semesters completed till date.
For example, As per some university’s norms, in a five year integrated course, the first 3.5 years are assigned for bachelor’s degree and rest 1.5 years for master’s degree, in this case you are supposed to enter the percentage of marks in Bachelor’s degree column for 3.5 years and in Master’s degree column for rest 1.5 years.
In duration of course column you must enter the total duration of course i.e. 5 years.
2.2.4. Other Professional Degree Details: If any candidate has professional degree like CA/ CS and ICWA or any others, he must click ‘Yes’ and enter the following details:
2.2.5. Master Degree Details: If any candidate is pursuing or has completed master’s degree, he may enter the details for the same as entered in bachelor degree. Otherwise after clicking ‘No’, click on the Save Continue button that will take you to the next step. Part 2 of application form ends here.
If any candidate has work experience then he must enter the following in this step-
Q. How do I choose my working area? According to my company or to my profile?
A. Working area should be chosen according to the company. For example if you are working in a Healthcare company and your profile is accounts and finance then you must enter healthcare as your area not accounts/finance.
Click on the Save Continue button and it will take you to the next step that is programs.
In this part IIM programs, interview city and test center preferences are filled.
2.4.1. Choosing programs and interview city
Note: Candidates are requested; please select the same city for interview for all the sections if any candidate is applying for PGP/PGDM course at the following IIMs.
For Example- If any candidate selects IIM Ranchi for PGP course and IIM Kashipur for PGDM course then your interview city should be same for both courses.
2.4.2 Exam Centre City Preferences:
Candidate can select maximum four test centers for CAT 2015 exam. However, the exam city would be allocated to you on the basis of availability of center and node.
This year you can select four choices for the test center which were three earlier. Also the registration window will be open for 46 days this year (which earlier was 30 days). So there are less chances of getting your first preference for the test center.
However this year female candidates will get some benefit in test centers preferences. According to CAT 2015 convener, this year female candidates will get test centers nearest to the cities; the reason behind this is to make the gender disparity low.
Now click on Save and Continue to proceed to the final section. Filling up the application form step ends here. You may make the changes in the application by logging in again. The application need not be completed in one sitting; you can revisit the form several times. However, you cannot edit any details on the Application form after you have made the online payment.
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Application fee can be paid only online through any one the following services:
CAT 2015 application fee is INR 1600 for General category candidates and INR 800 for SC/ST and PWD (DA) candidates. Additional charges will also be included in the application fee and these charges are given in the below table:
Transaction Processing Fees
Credit Card (Visa / Master)
1.20% of the transaction amount, subject to minimum of Rs. 5/-
Credit Card (American Express)
2.85% of the transaction amount, subject to minimum of Rs. 5/-
Rs. 20/- per transaction
Debit Card (Visa / Master)
0.75% of Transaction amount for value upto Rs. 2000/-, subject to minimum of Rs. 5/-
1.00% of Transaction amount for value above Rs. 2000/-, subject to minimum of Rs. 5/-
It is mandatory to select the ‘I Agree’ checkbox in the Declaration section before you click the Submit and Pay button and proceed to the payment gateway. The CAT 2015 payment page will be displayed. On this page, you have various options to make the payment for the examination.
After choosing your payment options, give details of your debit card/credit card or net banking credentials. Now click on ‘Make Payment’ button. After successful transaction of your payment, a Payment Successful message will be displayed on the screen along with the Payment Transaction Number. The site will be automatically redirected to the CAT 2015 website’s home page.
Q. Payment got deducted from my account but the page indicated failure. What is the process now? My application is completed or not?
A. This happens due to internet issue or sometimes due to your banks’ site issue. If your payment is deducted and you haven’t get application confirmation from CAT officials then it means your payment is not received by CAT center and your application is not completed yet. In this case your amount of money automatically reverts to your account and you may pay again. In case if it not returns, you should contact your bank.
You will receive a confirmation email stating the successful submission of your CAT 2015 Application form very soon after submitting. The email will also contain additional details such as Admit Card download window.
To view your complete CAT 2015 application, you have to login again as an Existing User; you will see the Application Summary window with two tabs:
Q. What should I do if the website does not work and I am unable to complete my application?
A. First ensure you are using the correct version of the Internet browser i.e. Internet Explorer 7,8,9 and Mozilla Firefox 14 to 28, Google Chrome 20 to 33. CAT 2015 application form is best viewed in Mozilla or Chrome. If website is not working, you may restart the browser and you are still getting issue, you may contact the candidate helpdesk:
Toll Free: 1800-2100-151
Q. What are the timings to contact the candidate helpline?
A. If you are facing any issues, candidate helpdesk is available by phone on Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. CAT candidate helpdesk will be closed on Sunday and public holidays.
Q. What are the candidate identification affidavit and final year certificates that are given on CAT website? What is the use of them while filling application? I couldn’t find any requirement of them in application?
A. Final year certificate is the pro forma of certificate that is needed to submit for these students whose final year results is awaited. This certificate should be issued from Principal/HOD/Director of the institute. However the candidate identification affidavit is not required for all the candidates, it is only applicable to only some candidates who have ambiguity in their corresponding address or place of residence.
Q. I am facing trouble while entering Captcha, every time the image is changed when I enter something, what to do?
A. This may be the case if you are entering it with caps lock on or you are using space between the letters, make sure your caps lock is off. Try again with a new image by reloading it. Enter the letters as they appear i.e. if a letter is in lower case enter as it is and if it is upper case then use caps lock.
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