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, Dates, Syllabus, Exam Centres for CAT 2018:

CAT also known as Common Admission Test is one of the most widely recognized competitive examinations in India. It is administrated by the 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 programmes (MBA). In order to recieve admission into any of the IIMs, a candidate must qualify the CAT exam. Various reputed colleges other than IIMs also consider the CAT 2018 score for offering admission.

The CAT scores are used for admission in various management courses in 19 IIMs and 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.

 CAT has 5 sections- Qualitative ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA), Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR).

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

Institutes that take 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)
  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)

CAT 2018 Important Dates

Important Dates for CAT 2018:

CAT 2018 Important Events


Official Date for CAT 2018 Notification

31st July 2018

Registration for CAT starts

8 August 2018 (10.00 AM)

Last Date to fill and submit online Application Form to CAT

27th September 2018 

Admit Card to CAT 2018

24th October 2018 

CAT 2018

4th December 2018 

CAT 2018 Results

15th January 2019 

CAT 2018 Eligibility

Eligibility summary for CAT 2018

  • The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised institution with minimum 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA.
  • Students who are studying in their last year can apply for CAT 2018.
  • Candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category have to score minimum 45% in graduation to be eligible for CAT 2018

CAT 2018 Application Process

Application Process Summary for CAT 2018

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

Registration process:

  • Registration 
  • Logging in
  • Filling 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

CAT 2018 Application Form Summary:

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 programmes 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

Syllabus Summary for CAT 2018:

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Verbal Ability
  • Logical & Analytical Reasoning
  • Data Interpretation.

CAT 2018 Results

Results Summary for CAT 2018:

  • 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.
  • Reservation is provided to students belonging to backward classes.

CAT 2018 Counselling

Counselling Summary for CAT 2018:

  • All MBA colleges that accept CAT have 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 into the college based on the performance in the GD and PI.

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