Common Admission Test [CAT]

CAT 2018

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

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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 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 center across different cities in India.

 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 Indore held Common Admission Test for the years 2013-14.

  • CAT has 5 sections-
  1. Qualitative ability (QA)
  2. Verbal Ability (VA)
  3. Reading Comprehension (RC)
  4. Data Interpretation (DI) 
  5. 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.


CAT Registration Trend over the years:

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

Year Approximate Number of Registration
2010 2,04,000
2011 2,05,000
2012 2,14,000
2013 1,95,000
2014 1,97,000
2015 2,19,000
2016 2,32,000

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

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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:

    • Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM)`
    • Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode(IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Rohtak (IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Raipur (IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Trichy (IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Ranchi(IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Kashipur (IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya
    • Indian Institute of Management Vishakapatanam (IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur (IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur (IIM)
    • Indian Institute of Management Amritsar (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 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 recognized 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 2018. 

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 programs they wish to apply for.

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

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 center 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 counseling, 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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