Common Admission Test [CAT]

CAT 2018

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

Home > CAT 2018

Application, Dates, Syllabus, and Pattern for CAT 2018:

  • Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most widely recognized competitive examinations in India.
  • CAT is organized by the various IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) according to the rotation policy method.
  • It is a national level examination and a management aptitude test organized for giving admission to students in postgraduate management programs (MBA).
  • The CAT scores are used for admission in various management courses in 20 IIMs and above 150 B-schools across India. CAT is conducted on a single day in 2 different slots. The candidates can choose a CAT examination centre across different cities in India.
  • The CAT 2018 exam is conducted in 2 different sessions. On July 9th the application process for CAT 2018 began by IIM Lucknow.
  • The CAT 2018 result also depends on the student's performance in Personal Interviews and Group Discussions conducted by different colleges based on the students scoring above minimum CAT 2018 cut-off percentile.
  • Details of CAT 2018 Exam Centres will be accessible from the official website.

What is CAT?

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an online exam held in India. The test scores of a candidate on the basis of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) began this exam and utilize the test for choosing understudies for their business organization programs. The test is led each year by one of the IIMs in view of an arrangement of turn. In August 2011, it was declared that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) would likewise utilize the CAT scores, rather than the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), to choose understudies for their administration programs beginning with the 2012-14 batch. Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015 was directed by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad) on November 29, 2015. IIM Lucknow is going to hold Common Admission Test for the years 2017-18.

  • CAT has 3 sections-
  1. Qualitative ability (QA)
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

The CAT result is followed by Group Discussions and Interviews conducted by different colleges for students scoring above the minimum CAT cut-off percentile.

CAT Registration Trend over the years:

Cat Registration over the year is shown in the table below.


Approximate Number of Registration















Detailed registration trend for CAT is shown in the Graph as well

Last 7 Year Trends in CAT:

In the graph above, Candidates can check below the number of applicants who have applied for CAT and they are who have actually appeared for the exam. The number of applicants has gradually increased, owing to its massive popularity among management aspirants in India as well as abroad. For CAT 2018 it is expected that the number of Registration will increase by 3%.

Exam Details:

Exam Name

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Exam Level

National Level

Conducting Authority

Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

Exam Category


Institutes that take part in CAT 2018:

  • IIM Institutes taking part in CAT 2018

 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

 Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

 Indian Institute of Management Rohtak

 Indian Institute of Management Raipur

 Indian Institute of Management Trichy

 Indian Institute of Management Ranchi

 Indian Institute of Management Kashipur

 Indian Institute of Management Udaipur

 Indian Institute of Management Nagpur

 Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya

 Indian Institute of Management Vishakapatanam

 Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur

 Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur

 Indian Institute of Management Amritsar

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta 

 Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

 Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

 Indian Institute of Management Indore

 Indian Institute of Management Shillong

 Indian Institute of Management Jammu

  • Non-IIMs Participating in CAT 2018:

CAT 2018 scores are valid for some Non-IIM institutions also. But these institutions don't participate in the selection process. Check out the below Non-IIM institutions which consider CAT 2018 scores. This below information is as per CAT official website, There might be more than 100 Non-IIM institutions accepting CAT 2018 score.

List of Non-IIM Member Institutes-

 Andhra Pradesh  


Institute for Financial Management & Research (IFMR University)




Jawaharlal Nehru School of Management Studies



Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP)

Development Management Institute




University Business School



Faculty of Management Studies

Fore School of Management

Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management

IMM-Fostiima Business School (IFBS)

Fortune Institute of International Business

International Management Institute

Apeejay School of Management

Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Technical Campus

New Delhi Institute of Management



Goa Institute of Management




Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

School of Petroleum Management, PDPU

Institute of Rural Management Anand

Institute of Management, Nirma University




Management Development Institute (MDI)


 Jammu & Kashmir 


Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University



Indus Business Academy

Myra School of Business

AIMS Institute of Higher Education (AIMS Institutes)

Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies

T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI)

ISBR Business School

Alliance University

International School of Management Excellence

Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research

Institute of Finance & International Management (IFIM Business School)

GIBS Business School

International Institute of Business Studies (IIBS)


Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute For Mangement Development



SCMS School of Technology & Management

SCMS Cochin School of Business

Saintgits Institute of Management (Dept of MBA, Saintgits College of Engineering)


Rajagiri Business School


 Madhya Pradesh 

Jaipuria Institute of Management (Indore)

Indian Institute of Forest Management

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, Gwalior


K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research

Institute For Technology And Management

S P Jain Institute of Management & Research

National Institute of Bank Management

Balaji Institute of Telecom & Management (BITM)

Balaji Institute of International Business (BIIB)

National Institute of Industrial Engineering

Balaji Institute of Management and Human Resource Development (BIMHRD)

Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM)

National Insurance Academy

Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research

MILE - Management Institute for Leadership and Excellence


Flame School of Business (FLAME University)



Xavier University Bhubaneswar

KIIT School of Management KIIT University



LM Thapar School of Management

University Business School - Ludhiana



Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipur)

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani


 Tamil Nadu 

Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM)

National Institute of Technology

VIT University


KCT Business School



Institute Of Insurance and Risk Management (IIRM)

University of Hyderabad (School of Management Studies)

Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE)

Siva Sivani Institute of Management

Hyderabad School of Business Management

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management


Vishwa Vishwani Institute of Systems and Management


 Uttar Pradesh 

Institute of Management Technology (IMT)

Jaipuria Institute of Management (Lucknow)

Jaipuria Institute of Management (Noida)

Birla Institute of Management Technology

Indian Institute of Information Technology

Institute of Management Studies (BHU)

University Of Lucknow

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Jais, Amethi

Shiv Nadar University



Doon Business School


 West Bengal 

Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management (IISWBM)

International Management Institute (Alipore)

Army Institute of Management

Management Development Institute, Murshidabad

Calcutta Business School


CAT Website:

Help Desk Number:  1-800-266-3549  E-mail:

CAT 2018 Important Dates

  • The Official Date for the Common Admission Test (CAT 2018) Notification CAT 2018 is on  4th December 2018 to 4th December 2018.
  • The registration for the CAT2018 exam will begin on 8th August 2018 at 10.A.M  to 27th September 2018 at 5.00 P.M.
  • 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 15th January 2019 

CAT 2018 Eligibility

  • 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 in their final year are also eligible for CAT 2018.

CAT 2018 Application Process

CAT 2018 application process starts on 8th August and will end on 27th September 2018. 

Registration process:

  • Registration 
  • Log in
  • Fill the application form

Required documents:

  • Passport size photograph
  • Image of the applicant’s signature
  • Signed NC-OBC/SC/ST, PWD/DA certificate

CAT 2018 Application Form Details

There are five sections in the CAT 2018 Application Form:

  • Personal Information
  • Academics
  • Work Experience
  • Programmes
  • Fee Payment

Personal Information to fill in the CAT 2018 Application Form

The name of the candidate will be filled automatically according to the information provided during the CAT Registration. Here the candidates are required to fill in their –

  • Father’s/Husband’s/Guardian’s Name and Gender.
  • Category (under which they will be applying)
  • Select the Person with disability/Differently Abled (If they fall in this category)
  • Enter communication address.
  • Upload documents (scanned images of passport size photograph, signature, category certificate and PWD/PA certificate).

Academic Details to be filled in the CAT 2018 Application Form:

In this part of the CAT Application form, the candidates are required to enter their education details. So fill in the sections applicable. The various sections are –

  • SSC/10th Std/Equivalent Details
  • 12th/Equivalent/Diploma Course Details
  • Graduation Details
  • Other Professional Degree Details
  • Postgraduate Details

Work Experience:

If the candidates have any prior work experience, then they can fill in their experience details in the CAT 2018 Application. The calculation of the experience must be in completed months until July 31, 2018. The work experience refers to

The work experience refers to the paid and full-time work done after graduation.

Programmes offered through CAT 2018

In this section, the candidates are expected to fill the CAT program details such as select the number of CAT programs they wish to apply for.

Also, they must select the city for the Interview rounds from the respective drop-down list of CAT centres.

However, the candidates opting for the PGP/PGDM courses at the following IIMs are advised to select the same city for the Interview rounds for all the selections.

CAT 2018 Admit Card

Admit Card Summary for CAT 2018:

CAT admit cards can be downloaded from the official CAT 2018 website from 24th October 2018 

Carrying the CAT 2018 Admit card is mandatory to write the CAT 2018 examination and can be downloaded using your CAT Enrolment ID and Password. The admit card can be downloaded from release date until the day of the CAT exam.

The CAT 2018 admit card will have the following details:

  • Name
  • Exam date
  • Time (Forenoon or Afternoon Session)
  • Exam centre address
  • User ID No./Registration Number
  • PWD/DA status


CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern Summary for CAT 2018

  • The duration of the paper CAT 2018 exam will be of 3 hrs
  • Subjects covered in CAT exam will be logical reasoning & data interpretation, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Ability.
  • 3 marks will be rewarded for every correct answer.
  • 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Candidates will get 60 minutes for answering questions in each section.



CAT 2018 Syllabus

  • CAT consists of four sections that are 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

  • CAT results will usually come out by the second week of January 2019 and can be checked on the official CAT website by providing the CAT username and password. 
  • 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 organized.
  • The cut-off marks will be published once the results are declared.

CAT 2018 Counselling

  • All MBA colleges that accept CAT have a reservation of seats for backward classes and differently abled candidates.
  • During counselling, candidates have to attend a group discussion and a personal interview.
  • They will be selected by the college based on the performance in the GD and PI.

Discussion Forum

  View all exams