CAT 2018

Exam Date : 26th November 2018
Result Date : 8th January 2019

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Updated on - Feb 03rd, 2018 | 06:23 PM by Mohammad Azzam

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

Introduction to CAT 2018:

  • About: The Common Admission Test (CAT) is India's Biggest Entrance test for Admission in MBA.

  • Admission: CAT 2018 exam helps candidates to get admission in Top Management Colleges in India.
  • Conducted By: The CAT 2018 exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management.

  • Offers: CAT helps to get eligibility for admission to various management courses in 19 IIMs and 150 B-schools across India.

  • Date: CAT 2018 will start at 26th November 2018 respectively.

  • Post Graduate Management Programmes: PGP, PGP-FABM, PGPEM, PGDM, EPGP PGPSM, PGPWE, PGDHRM, PGPEX, and PGPBM are offered by the IIMs.

  • Applications: In 2018 more than 2.32 lakh students have registered for CAT 2018.

Important Summary for CAT 2018:

Important Details regarding CAT 2018:

Exam Name

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Exam Level

National Level

Conducting Authority

Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

Exam Category

Management (MBA Admission)

Total Number of Seats


Registration Period

9th August 2018 to 25th September 2018 

News Update for CAT 2018:

  • CAT 2018 Results are likely to be released on 8th January 2019. The CAT 2018 entrance examination results will be published on the official website.

  • The candidates who are waiting to apply for this management entrance test may apply for the test by September 2018 as notice released on

  • Candidates who have applied for CAT 2018 examination can take the mock test to get familiar with the exam pattern and practice well to prepare for the main exam.

CAT 2018 Schedules:

  • Application: Candidates are advised to register and submit their CAT exam applications form well before 25th September 2018 as the last date is the same.
  • Admit Card: After the CAT exam registration, candidates can download the admit card from 25th October 2018.

  • Click here to know all important dates of CAT 2018. 

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria:

  • Qualification: Candidates who have completed their Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 50% aggregate can apply for CAT 2018.

  • Reservation: A specific number of seats will be reserved for candidates who possess SC/ST/NC-OBC/PWD certificate.

  • To know more about the age limit and other CAT 2018 criteria click here.

CAT 2018 Registration:

  • Date: Online application form for CAT 2018 will commence from 9th August 2018  to 25th September 2018.

  • Fee Mode: Candidates can pay the registration fee through online mode (Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking).

  • For a detailed stepwise procedure to submit CAT 2018 Application Form click here.

CAT 2018 Admit Card:

  • Dates: CAT 2018 admit cards can be downloaded from the official CAT 2018 website from 25th October 2018.

  • Credentials: The candidates will have to submit their application number, date of birth and security pin to download CAT 2018 admit card.

  • Availability: If the candidate has registered email address while registration then they will receive the CAT 2018 admit card via email.

 CAT 2018 Exam Pattern:

  • Question type: CAT 2018 will have two types of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and non-MCQ type questions.

  • Marks: For every correct answer, 3 marks will be awarded and 1 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

  • To know more about CAT 2018 exam duration and pattern click here.

CAT 2018 Syllabus:

  • Key point: In CAT exam there will be no repetition of questions from previous test papers.
  • Topics: "Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal & Reading Comprehension".

  • To download CAT 2018 examination syllabus click here.

CAT 2018 Counselling:

  • Authority: The counseling dates for CAT exam 2018 is released by Indian Institute of Management.

  • Counselling Date: CAT 2018 counseling will commence on 22nd January 2019.

  • Eligibility: To attend CAT 2018 counseling a candidate has to qualify the written and interview round. 

Preparation Tips for CAT 2018:


  • After analyzing the CAT Exam Pattern, Make a personalized syllabus for yourself and take that to study.

  • Personalized syllabus - it means you need to categorize each and every syllabus according to the difficulty level.

  • Eg. Categorize the syllabus according to the topics that you find ‘easy’, ‘Moderate’, ‘Difficult’ and ‘Very Difficult’ also understand the topics that you’re good at and topics which you aren't good enough. Try to study the topics thoroughly in which you are good at.

Give Equal Attention to all 3 Sections:

  • While preparing for CAT exam 2018, you should not leave any topic of three sections, hence you need to pay equal attention to all 3 sections.

Make a Time Table:

  • Prepare a Timetable for CAT 2018 exam which is sensible and flexible.

  • For just because you have to study for 15 hours a day, but you can't, if you do the timetable which is not sensible, you might skip the timetable written schedule, and the timetable will be of no use.

  • So prepare the timetable which is manageable. Make time for your extracurricular activities as well to cool up your mind.

Time Management:

  • Keep it in mind, when you are at end of the preparation for CAT exam 2018 do not start learning new topics, rather focus more on the concepts that you’ve already learned and solve.

Mock Test:

  • The applicants can check CAT 2018 exam Mock test papers and Solve previous year Question papers for practice.

  • By solving the practice papers A candidate may familiarize himself/herself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam.

  • The CAT 2018 Mock test Papers will be uploaded to Getmyuni website by the end of October.

CAT 2018 Registration Trend over the years:

CAT 2018 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:


CAT 2018 Post Graduate Programmes in Management:



IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Amritsar


IIM Bangalore


IIM Bodh Gaya


IIM Calcutta


IIM Indore

PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM

IIM Jammu


IIM Kashipur


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Lucknow


IIM Nagpur


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Rohtak


IIM Sambalpur


RGIIM Shillong


IIM Sirmur


IIM Tiruchirappalli


IIM Udaipur


IIM Vishakapatnam


CAT Programmes in Management [FPM] Equivalent to Ph.d:



IIM Ahemdabad


IIM Amritsar


IIM Bangalore


IIM Calcutta


IIM Indore


IIM Kashipur


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Lucknow


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Rohtak


RGIIM Shillong


IIM Tiruchirappalli


IIM Udaipur


Important Guidelines for CAT 2018:

  • Things to be brought: Admit Card and ID proof are mandatory for every candidate, Without ID card candidate is not allowed inside the examination hall.

  • Time to reach the exam hall: The candidate must reach the examination center at least 30 minutes before the commencement of examination for the security checks, identity verification, and check-in may take a considerable time.

  • The candidates are not allowed to enter the Examination Centre after the commencement of the examination.

  • Silence to be Maintained during the Exam: The candidate is not allowed to talk with anybody, while the examination is going on, these will leads to cancellation of examination or sent outside the examination hall without any type of warnings.

  • Prohibited Materials: Candidates are not allowed to carry any textual material, Calculators, Docu Pen, Slide Rules, Log Tables, Electronic Watches with facilities of calculator, printed or written material, bits of papers, mobile phone, pager or any other device, except the Admit Card, identity proof, document as required inside the Examination Room/Hall.


CAT 2018 Important Dates

CAT 2018 Important Dates Summary:

  • Exam Date: The Official Date of the Common Admission Test (CAT 2018) Notification CAT 2018 is on  26th November 2018 to 26th November 2018.

  • Registartion: The registration for the CAT2018 exam will begin on 9th August 2018 at 10.A.M to 25th September 2018 at 5.00 P.M.

  • Admit card: The Admit Card for CAT 2018 2018 will be available from 25th October 2018 (1 PM onwards) to December 4th 2018.

  • The results will be published on 8th January 2019. 

  • Admission: After the results announcement, admission process will be started.

CAT 2018 Eligibility

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria Summary:

  • Minimum criteria for general: The applicant must have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized institution with minimum 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA. 

  • Minimum criteria for reservation: The SC/ST and PWD/DA category applicants have to have minimum 45% marks or an equivalent CGPA.

  • Respective percentile reservation: The CAT reservation for SC, ST, OBC and Physically challenged applicants is 15%, 7.5%, 27% and 3% respectively.

  • Eligibility: 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 can also apply: Students who in their final year are also eligible for CAT 2018.

CAT 2018 Application Process

CAT 2018 Application Process Summary:

  • CAT 2018 application process starts on 9th August 2018 and will end on 25th September 2018. 

The 3 steps of Application Process are:

  • Registration

  • Logging in

  • Filling the application form

Documents Required:

  • Passport Photo.

  • Image of Candidate's signature.

  • NC-OBC/SC/ST Certificate if applicable.

  • PWD/DA Certificate if applicable.

CAT 2018 Application Form Details

CAT 2018 Application Form Details Summary:

There are five sections in the CAT 2018 Application Form:

  • Personal Information: Candidates are required to fill in the personal details such as Father's Name, Gender, Category, Communication Address and upload the necessary documents that has been mentioned.  

  • Academics: Here the candidates have to fill in their 10th and 12th std marks, Graduation details, Postgraduate details and other professional details. 

  • Work Experience: Candidates can enter their work experience if they had any before. The work experience refers to the paid and full-time work done after the graduation.

  • Programmes: Candidates must fill the CAT program details such as select the number of CAT programs they wish to apply for and also select the city for the interview rounds from the respective drop-down list of CAT Centres.

  • Fee Payment: Here the candidates should pay the registration fee through online only.

CAT 2018 Admit Card

CAT 2018 Admit Card Summary:

  • Availability of admit card: CAT 2018 admit cards will be available on the official website and can be downloaded from 25th October 2018.

  • Necessary details: Candidates have to enter their Enrolment ID and Password to download the admit card. It is a compulsory document.

  • Eligibility: The admit card will be issued to the candidates who have met the eligibility criteria and completed their CAT 2018 application process successfully.

  • Profile: The admit card will be available on the official website in the applicant's profile.

  • Print out: The applicant has to save the admit card and take a print out of the same.

  • Information: The admit card will contain details such as Name, exam date, etc.

  • Discrepancy: If there is any discrepancy then the authorities should be informed.

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern Summary:

  • Type of test: The CAT 2018 examination will be a computer-based test.

  • Duration: The CAT 2018 examination will be for a duration of 3 hours.

  • Subjects: The CAT 2018 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.

  • Duration for one section: Candidates will get 60 minutes for answering questions in each section.

CAT 2018 Syllabus

CAT 2018 Syllabus Summary:

  • Sections: CAT 2018 tests the candidate on 4 sections. They're Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation.

  • Maths: The mathematics syllabus covers percentages, geometry, ratios, etc.

  • English: The English syllabus covers reading vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, etc.

  • Analytical Reasoning: The analytical reasoning syllabus covers puzzles, series, direction sense, etc.

  • Data Interpretation: The data interpretation syllabus covers questions on organized and unorganized data.

CAT 2018 Results

CAT 2018 Results Summary:

  • Dates: The CAT result will be announced on 8th January 2019.

  • Enter ID and Password: Candidates are required to enter their CAT ID and Password to see their outcomes.

  • Mobile number: The CAT results will be sent to candidate's telephone number.

  • Reservation: There is reservation of seats for the SC/ST/OBC and PWD class sorted out.

  • Cut-off: The cut-off imprints will be distributed once the outcomes are announced.

CAT 2018 Counselling

CAT 2018 Counselling Summary:

  • Shortlisting: After the CAT results are out and cut-offs, the shortlisted candidates will have to appear in the selection process held in one of the old IIMs.

  • Rounds: Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test round and Personal Interview are the different rounds for selection.

  • GD/PI: GD/PI round, along with CAT Score candidate’s academic work and relevant work experience will be also taken into account for shortlisting of candidates. 

  • WAT: In recent years, IIMs prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion.

  • Interview: Personal Interview is an important part of the selection procedure.

  • Participating Institutions: Other participating institutes also conduct selection process comprising GD/WAT and PI.

  • Performance Based: Based on performance in CAT exam and selection procedure rounds shortlisting of candidates is done.

Colleges which accept [CAT]

Akshay Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2019
17 Apr 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

In this city of Banglore where we can find so many B-Schools. I choose Vanguard because of the students, as before joining I had interacted with some of the students and got to know their experiences.  I would proudly say that it is one of the best decisions that I had taken till date. 

So before going to the review, I would JUST tell a brief about the admission criteria; One should have a minimum of 50% in any of the following entrance tests like CAT, XAT, CMAT, NMAT KMAT.

The faculties, the individual attention, practical learning, using case studies, doing group work all of this helped me in improving myself and also my knowledge. One of the main attraction of Vanguard is it's 100% placement record. 

So at last, I would say that, if one is looking for a decent tire-2 B-School, one should definitely consider it.

Anshuman Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2019
02 Apr 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

Our college ISME is a good college. Based on the placement record,the placement record is average because it gives good (ROI).Our college campus is also very nice.We have a good education culture and faculty.In our campus sporting facility is also there.For admission procedure, the student should have the minimum of 50% in their graduation. Next procedure is, the student has to give (CAT/CMAT/MAT) entrance.In the entrance, the student has to get minimum 50 % percentile on their entrance examination.Most of the time college cutoffs go to 60 % percentile.

Venkat Keshav Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2019
02 Apr 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

First we would have cleared Under Graduation with a minimum of 60% in aggregate.

Then we need to write any entrance exams in management like CAT,MAT,GMAT,CMAT..etc.

I have attended Management Aptitude Test(MAT). In MAT the cutoff mark of Composite Score is 550.Later we have to apply for the couse of P.G.D.M which is offered in our college through college website or you can visit the campus directly for interview.If you apply through online they will conduct Skype interview if you match all the criteria then they will offer you the admission.

Coming to the course,the course which they are offering in Ramaiah is Post Graduate Diploma in Management(P.G.D.M).It is Credit Course where You will be having 19 subjects each year i.e 36 in total. You need to clear a minimum of 15 subjects in order to qualify for second year. You will be having 2 Semessters in a year. Each semester will be having One Mid-term Exam,Internal Component and One End term exam,you need to pass in individual components to clear the semester.

Want to get in ?
Abhinav MBA, batch of 2017
05 Mar 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

Need a decent CAT Score for getting a call, ~96 is the cut off percentile. Then after GD PI, one has to reserve for joining their seat by making a deposit. The Institute is well managed and the rest of the admission process will be easy to go through.

Aditya Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2019
04 Mar 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

Admission is based on CAT scores and cutoffs keep changing. 150 will ensure your admission.

Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2016
04 Mar 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

Eligibility criteria would be, to appear for CAT, CMAT or SRMIST , and if you achieve the highest score in SRMIST exam then you will get the deduction in your fees structure .Admission procedure is simple there is no need to worry about the admission procedure . There will be a slot, in that particular slot you have to reach there and submit all the documents there.College campus is good .Its spread in around 100 acres. Asia's larger auditorium is at SRM University.

Hashim Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2016
03 Mar 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

* min. 60% in 10,+2, degree * CAT 60percentile/MAT cutoff scores *CAT and MAT * 5 cgpa

Harsh Bachelor of Engineering [BE], batch of 2022
02 Mar 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

It has a 51% of Gujarati minority you should have given the CAT entrance exam on that basis you are eligible for this cllg I gave cet and JEE MAIN entrance exam and got into the cllg through cet This year the cutoff of electronics for around 91

Mohit Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2018
01 Mar 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

Eligibility is graduation and admission procedure is based on entrance examination CAT, marks weightage of 10th, 12th, graduation, work experience, Written aptitude test and interview. CAT cut-off varies year on year and based on the student's category (General, OBC, ST, SC, or PH) for general, it is around 95 percentile. And percentile of students varies from 95-99.7 percentile.

Kailash Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2016
28 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

1. Minimum 50% of any bachelor degree.. 2 CMAT ok CAT it's an entrance exam was I took. 3. Cutoffs in CMAT exams they decide to the particular college.

Entering Marks to Common Admission Test (CAT) Application Form for Dual Degree holders

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,
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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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Using calculator during CAT Exam

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

Asked By: Justin Jose,
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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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Analytical Reasoning Syllabus for CAT

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

Asked By: Mustafa Naushad,
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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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Common Admission Test CAT 2017

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

Asked By: Shemeer Salim,
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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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To 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,
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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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