Common Admission Test [CAT]

CAT 2018

Exam Date : 4th December 2018 To 12th December 2018
Result Date : 15th January 2019

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Application Form, Dates, Syllabus, Exam Pattern for CAT 2018

  • The Common Admission Test (CAT 2018) exam is a national level management entrance examination conducted for MBA admissions.
  • It is basically based on Qualitative ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA), Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR).
  • Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) conducts CAT 2018  according to the rotation policy method every year.
  • In 2015 2.2 lakh students enrolled for CAT 2018 and it is expected in CAT 2018  number can increase up to 2.8 lakh CAT 2018 applicants
  • The CAT 2018 scores are also used for admission in various management courses in 19 IIMs and 150 B-schools across India. Earlier the CAT 2018 window used to be open for a particular time frame and students had an option of choosing a suitable date and slot. But CAT 2018 is now conducted on a single day in 2 different slots.
  • The CAT 2018 result is followed by Group Discussions and Interviews conducted by different colleges for students scoring above the minimum CAT 2018 cut-off percentile.

Exam Details:

Exam Name

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Exam Level

National Level

Conducting Authority

Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

Exam Category


Institutes taking part in CAT 2018

  • Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM)`
  • Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM)
  • Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM)
  • Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM)
  • Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRM)
  • Xaviers' Labour Relation Institute Jamshedpur (XLRI)
  • Management Development Institute Gurgaon (MDI)
  • Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM)
  • P. Jain Institute of Management and Research Mumbai (SIMR)
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Delhi (IIFT)
  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)

CAT 2018 Important Dates

Important Dates Summary for CAT 2018

  • The Official Date for the Common Admission Test (CAT 2018) Notification CAT 2018 is on  4th December 2018 to 12th December 2018.
  • The registration for the CAT2018 2018 exam will begin on #appliCAT#yearion_from_date at 10:00 a.m. and it will end on #application 2018.
  • The Admit Card for CAT2018 2018 will be available from 24th October 2018 (1 PM onwards) to December 4th 2018.
  • The results will be published on 24th October 2018.

CAT 2018 Eligibility

Eligibility Summary for CAT 2018:

  • The applicant must have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognised institution with minimum 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA. 
  • The SC/ST and PWD/DA category applicants have to have minimum 45% marks or an equivalent CGPA.
  • The CAT reservation for SC, ST, OBC and Physically challenged applicants is 15%, 7.5%, 27% and 3% respectively.
  • The percentage obtained in Bachelor's degree is calculated on the basis of conversion schemes. In the case of CGPA, the conversion would depend on the equivalent certificate awarded by the concerned university. The score calculated determines the applicant's eligibility.
  • Students who are appearing for their final year exam are eligible for CAT 2018.

CAT 2018 Application Process

Application Process Summary for CAT #year

  • The CAT 2018 application process will begin on 8th August 2018  at 10:00 a.m. and will end on application_to_date  at 5:00 p.m.
  • Candidates can apply through online mode only.
  • The application process is a three-step process which consists of registration, logging in and filling the application form.
  • Candidates have to upload a scanned passport size photograph and signature along with an attested NC-OBC/SC/ST or PWD/DA certificate. The attested certificate should be uploaded as a PDF document.
  • Applicants can pay the fee using the debit card, credit card or net banking.


CAT 2018 Application Form Details

Application Form Details Summary for CAT #year

  • Basically, the applicant has to create a profile on the official website. Here the applicant has to fill in his basic details such as name, DoB (date of birth) and the like.
  • After the form has been submitted the candidates will receive their login ID and password. Here the applicant has to log in and fill in the CAT application form.
  • There are five sections in the application form that is personal information, academics, work experience, programmes and fee payment.  In the first section, applicants have to fill in their personal details. In the second section, applicants have to fill in their academic details such as marks, graduation details, etc. In the third section, applicants have to fill in details of their work experience. Work experience refers to either part-time or full-time work. In the fourth section, applicants have to select the number of CAT programmes they wish to apply for. They must also select the city for the interview rounds.
  • Applicants are requested to read the instructions carefully and then fill in the details in the respective sections.
  • Applicants have to pay the application fees online. Once the fees are paid the applicants will receive a confirmation mail. They have to take a printout of the CAT 2018 form and save the file for future reference. The applicants can select the preferred test cities but the exam centre will be allotted on a random basis. The application form is Rs. 1700 for General category candidates and INR. 850 for SC/ST/PWD category candidates.

CAT 2018 Admit Card

Admit Card Summary for CAT 2018

  • CAT 2018  admit cards will be available on the official website and can be downloaded from 24th October 2018.
  • Candidates have to enter their Enrolment ID and Password to download the admit card. It is a compulsory document.
  • The admit card will be issued to the candidates who have met the eligibility criteria and completed their CAT 2018 application process successfully.
  • The admit card will be available on the official website in the applicant's profile.
  • The applicant has to save the admit card and take a print out of the same.
  • The admit card will contain details such as Name, exam date, etc.
  • If there is any discrepancy then the authorities should be informed.

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern Summary for CAT 2018

  • Type of test: The CAT examination will be a computer based test.
  • Duration: The CAT examination will be for a duration of 3 hours.
  • Subjects: The CAT exam will cover logical reasoning & data interpretation, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Ability.
  • A number of questions: There are 100 objective questions.
  • Marking Scheme: 3 marks will be given for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

CAT 2018 Syllabus

Syllabus Summary for CAT 2018

  • CAT consists of four sections that is Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation.
  • The mathematics syllabus covers percentages, geometry, ratios, etc.
  • The English syllabus covers reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, etc.
  • The analytical reasoning syllabus covers direction sense, puzzles, series, etc.
  • The data interpretation syllabus covers questions related to organised and unorganised data.

CAT 2018 Results

Results Summary for CAT 2018

  • The CAT result will be declared on 15th January 2019 
  • The result will be put up on the official website.
  • Applicants are required to enter their CAT ID and password to view their results.
  • The CAT results will be sent to applicant's phone number.
  • There is reservation of seats for the SC/ST/OBC and PWD category applicants.
  • The cut-off marks will be published once the results are declared.

CAT 2018 Counselling

Counselling Summary for CAT 2018

  • The counselling process starts with putting up candidates for each IIM separately.
  • Counselling and admission are conducted separately for all the IIMs.
  • The selection process depends on factors that are CAT scores, Group Discussion, Essay Writing and Personal Interview.
  • IIMs give more preference to the written test rather than the group discussion.
  • However, the personal interview is the deciding factor in the selection process.

Colleges which accept [CAT]

Srishti MBA/PGDM, batch of 2019
15 Jun 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • To get an admission in Apeejay, one can clear any of the following 3 entrance exams-
  • 1. CAT (min. 60 percentile)
  • 2. MAT (min. 70 percentile)
  • 3. XAT (min. 65 percentile)
  • There will be a GD followed PI, if the student has cleared the above entrance exam.


Manoj MBA/PGDM, batch of 2016
29 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • A candidate who has Passed Bachelor degree of University by law or equivalent from a recognised university with a minimum of 50%marks is eligible for applying in Sri Sai University.
  • Admission will be made on the basis of merit of CAT/XAT/C-MAT/SUET/HPU/HPTUET.
  • In case the seats remain vacant after exhaustion the merit of written test, the remaining vacant seats will be filled up on the merit of qualifying examination i.e. graduation.


Naina MBA/PGDM, batch of 2016
26 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • Eligibility criteria are good score in any national level exam such as MAT, CMAT, CAT etc to get admission at NCU India. 
Ravindra MBA/PGDM, batch of 2017
22 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • Cutoff percentage in CAT-65%, MAT-75%,CMAT-75%,TANCET-75% for eligibility and after that you have to clear WAT,GD and Pi which will be conducted at TSM
Satish MBA/PHD , batch of 2016
21 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • Eligibility criteria for Auroras Degree College, [ADC] Hyderabad is 50% marks in graduation along with good scores in  CAT, MAT, XAT entrance exams.
  • Admission procedure also involves a group discussion and personal interview.
RESHMA M.Sc (Others), batch of 2017
20 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • The eligibility criteria to get an admission at Sree Narayana Guru Institute of Science and Technology are to either apply online or write the entrance examinations like CUCET or MGU CAT
  • The typical cut-off is 60%. 
Swati MBA/PGDM, batch of 2015
15 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • The eligibility criteria to get an admission at Balaji Institute of International Business are to score 60% in the entrance exam and GDPI and the student must also clear graduation without any backlog. 
  • CAT, MAT Finance, and HR specialization are preferred. 
Rajni MBA/PGDM, batch of 2016
08 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • In the School of Management Sciences, [SMS] Varanasi, the eligibility criteria are 12th pass and admission can be based on CAT/MAT/XAT/ATMA also. 
Henisha MBA/PGDM, batch of 2020
06 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • The candidate should be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university (AIU), with a consistent record of first class in Std X, XII and graduation. Candidates appearing for their final year graduate examination may also apply provided they produce a course completion certificate.
  • CAT 2016  - 86 Percentage XAT 2017  - Percentage are the entrance exams and cutoffs at Loyola Institute of Business Administration.
Aditya BCA, batch of 2019
06 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • Admissions in Institute of Management Education are based on 12th marks, CAT and personal interviews.

Discussion Forum View all 61 Questions

I have a dual degree (Bachelor’s + Master’s) of my own. How do I enter my marks while registering for CAT?

Asked By: Allen James,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

While registering for CAT, if the candidate holds a dual degree, the following steps should be followed:

  • The first 3 years aggregate percentage will be taken as the Bachelors’ Degree Percentage.
  • The next 2 years will be taken as the Master’s Degree Percentage.

The candidates are advised to take an assessment of themselves and make sure you verify all the details before entering them on your CAT Application Form.

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Can I use a calculator inside the CAT Exam hall or will they provide calculators for our use?

Asked By: Justin Jose,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No, you will not be allowed to enter the CAT Exam Hall with a calculator or any other Electronic Device for that matter.

Although, the candidates will be provided with the facility to use the on-screen keyboard.

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What are the important topics I should look into while preparing for CAT 2017 for Analytical Reasoning?

Asked By: Mustafa Naushad,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Individuals trying to clear CAT for getting admitted to IIMs' must have a good idea about the syllabus at hand.

The important topics to be covered under Analytical Reasoning are:

  • Direction Sense
  • Puzzles
  • Series
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Data Structures
  • Blood Relations
  • Arrangements
  • Coding-Decoding

Aspiring candidates can have a good view of the Syllabus on our web page.

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When will the registrations start for the 2017 CAT exam session and when will the exam take place?

Asked By: Shemeer Salim,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The registrations for CAT 2017 will begin on the 8th of August and will be closing by the 27th of September.

The CAT 2017 Exam will be held on the 4th of December and the Results will be released by the 2nd week of January 2018.

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QTo get admitted into IIMs'

What should be my average score for CAT in order for me to get admitted to one of the prestigious IIMs'?

Asked By: Manish Chopra,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Candidates having 98, 98+, 99+ percentile in CAT, but lack past academic record, meaning, having 92, 96, 97, 99+ percentage in class 10 & 12 and 78, 80, 85, 88+ percentage in Bachelor’s again loses the chance of being shortlisted into IIMs'.

Another point which must be taken note of is that having an overall percentile of 99+ won’t make you eligible to get that call.

Along with it, you need to have a balanced and high percentile in all the three sections of CAT. Having 98 in QA, 99 in VARC but 75 in DILR would again mean losing that call.

So, If you're a candidate hoping to get admitted to any of the prestigious IIMs', I advise you to keep all your educational records top notch.

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I heard about a recent tie-up between IIM Bangalore and Goldman Sachs? What was it about?

Asked By: Rekha Sharma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, it is true.

IIM Bangalore had recently fired up an association with Goldman Sachs.

Goldman Sachs conducted a screening test for about 50 female students.

In the final level of this programme, top-12 business ideas were to be selected. But, instead, the final round saw 15 ideas getting selected by the panel.

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Which are the best management institutes in and across Mumbai, India that I could get admissions for through CAT?

Asked By: Mohammed Altaf,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

A candidate looking for admissions in Management studies is expected to clear the Common Admission Test or usually known as CAT.

Given below are a list of top institutes of Mumbai available for admissions through CAT:

  • Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai
  • Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, [SJMSM] IIT Bombay, Mumbai
  • Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of CoOperative Management, Pune
  • Institute for Technology and Management, [ITM] Mumbai
  • Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development, [IMED] Pune

There are a lot more institutes offering admissions through CAT all over India. 

Have a look at the list of institutes offering admissions through CAT on the following link:

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Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT for the CAT Exam 2017?

Asked By: Prabhakar,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No, You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2017 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.

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When should I register for the CAT Exam 2017?

Asked By: Prabhu K,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Online registration for CAT 2017 begins on Monday, 8th August 2017 10:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, 22nd September 2017 05:00 p.m. Additional instructions for online registration and the application process will be available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website.

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QFEE for the CAT EXAM 2017

What is the fee for the CAT exam 2017?

Asked By: Anuj L,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The fee is Rs.1700 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD category, the applicable fee is Rs.850.

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