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CAT 2018 – Notification, Dates, Eligibility, Application, Syllabus


CAT 2018 Notification is out – Common Admission Test for Post Graduate and Fellow program admission

CAT 2018
CAT 2018 –  Indian Institute of Management (IIM) invites application for Common Admission Test (CAT 2018) for admission in Post Graduate and Fellow programs in IIM”s and top B-School of India. CAT is the most popular mba entrance exam in india

CAT 2018

CAT or Common Admission Test is one of the largest MBA entrance exams conducted in India, annually. Every year it is conducted by one of the IIMs at rotational basis. Apart from 20 IIMs, CAT scores are used for admission to various management institutes across the country. CAT 2018 will be conducted by
CAT 2018 will be conducted on 25th November 2018
Also See : CAT 2018 Registration Date Extended


CAT 2018 Important Dates

  • Online registration starts from: 8th August 2018
  • Last date for online register: 19th September 2018  extended to September 26, 2018
  • Admit Card Download: 24th October to 25th November 2018
  • CAT 2018 Exam Date: 25th November 2018
  • Result Declaration: 2nd week of January 2019 (Tentative)


Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2018

  • Candidates should have bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized institution/ university.
  • Candidate should secure 50% marks in aggregate (45% for SC/ST/Pwd categories) in the qualifying exam
  • CA/ ICWA/ CS candidates are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification exam and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply
  • Bachelor’s degree must be of minimum 3 years
  • No upper or lower age limit


  • As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC), 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, 27% of seats for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)


Selection Process

  • Every IIMs and B-school has its own selection criteria and cut-off list
  • The first stage for selection includes admission test, academic performance & relevant work experience,
  • On the basis of candidate’s performance in the admission test, academic performance & relevant work experience, the candidates will be shortlisted for the second stage of selection  process
  • The second stage of selection includes – Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).
  • Written Test– Candidate has to write on one or more topics a brief essay in the time duration of 15-45 minutes.
  • Group Discussion- A round is held where 8-10 candidates are given a particular topic and they have to discuss on it. This is to check the candidate’s group dynamics.
  • Personal Interview- In this round candidate has to present himself/herself before the panel of 4-8 interviewers. This is a final round and is held to check the candidates educational qualification, hobbies, interests and work experience
  • Students will be selected for admission on the basis of Entrance test, WAT, GD and PI

Note: Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.

Application Form  – How to Register for CAT 2018

  • Candidates can register for Common Admission Test (CAT) through online mode only from 8th August to 19th September 2018.
  • The registration can only be done online on the official website: iimcat.ac.in.
  • The CAT registration involves three simple steps:
    • Step-1: Registration
    • Step-2: Fill Application Form and Upload Images of required documents, photograph, signature etc.
    • Step-3: Make Payment
  • The details will be available in the registration guide on the website iimcat.ac.in.
Registration Fee
  • For SC/ST/PWD Category Candidates: Rs. 950/-
  • For Other Category Candidates: Rs. 1900/-
  • The candidates will have to pay the registration fee in online mode only. The payment can be done by using Debit Card / Credit Card / Net Banking
Exam Pattern
  • CAT is a computer- based objective type test with a mix of multiple choice of questions (MCQs) as well as some non-MCQs
  • The CAT 2018 will comprise of three sections, i.e. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning & Quantitative Ability
  • The exam duration will be 180 minutes (3 hours) – 60 minutes will be given for each section.
  • Total Number of Questions: 100
    1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension: 34 questions
    2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning: 32 questions
  • Quantitative Ability: 34 questions
  • Marking Scheme
    1. +3 for right answer
    2. -1 for wrong answer
  • No negative marking for non-MCQs


Test Centres
  • CAT will be conducted in centres spread across around 147 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned in CAT website and the name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card.
  • IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test centre / city and / or change the test time and date at their own discretion


CAT 2018 Score

  • Candidates’ CAT 2018 score card will be made accessible at the CAT website.
  • Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS.
  • The CAT results are likely be declared by second week of January, 2019.
  • CAT 2018 score is valid only till December 31, 2019 and will accordingly be accessible on the website. Thereafter, no queries related to issuance of CAT 2018 score cards will be entertained.

For more detail information on Cat 2018 visit the website

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