It is an aptitude test based on multiple choice questions, which measures the skills related to arithmetical problem solving, geometry, statistics, data interpretation, logical reasoning, puzzles, and English language.
The CAT paper is a 140-minute test.
CAT is designed to assess the natural ability of a person towards their desired objective. Hence CAT is designed to test the inclination of the applicant towards managerial tasks and roles.
CAT is conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for admission to IIM's 20 branches.
It is held once in a calendar year nearing November or December.