CAT 2018

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

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Updated on - Jan 16th, 2018 | 05:23 PM by Ruba Ahmed

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]

Pramod , batch of 2015
14 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

College requirement is graduation with minimum aggregate of 60%, and students must have clear the respective cut- off of the exam i.e. CAT, MAT, XAT, GMAT.

Deeksha , batch of 2021
13 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

There were two rounds, CAT and round 2 was hands-on material. It's a rank based system.

Swarnav , batch of 2020
13 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

The eligibility criteria are to clear CAT and GATE exam with good rank.

Chaitanya , batch of 2016
12 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

Eligibility criteria are University graduate and after that, you have to write CAT/MAT/XAT/CMAT entrance exam. 

Want to get in ?
Ram , batch of 2018
11 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

The eligibility criteria is have a bachelor's degree with minimum 60%. I wrote CAT entrance exam

Want to get in ?
Mani , batch of 2018
10 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

To get admission one has to clear CAT (common admission test). It is conducted by the Indian institutes of management. The candidate must hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum of 50% marks.

Manvith , batch of 2018
09 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

The eligibilty criteria is have 70% or above in U.G. There is an entrance exam called CAT which I for admission. There was a technical round conducted by the college during admission

Want to get in ?
Jalse , batch of 2018
08 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

The admission process in Alliance University is an overall good experience, even before getting into the university new applicants are usually taken for a tour of the very big university area. The admissions team is very informative and lets the new student feel welcomed. Eventually, the admissions team will ask for the student to present his/her achievements (eligibility) as per the course that is offered. Also, a personal interview will be conducted by the head of the department. Entrance exams such as GMAT and CAT should be done by the entrance. Also, work experience is a plus for MBA admissions.

Nagaraj , batch of 2017
04 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

The candidate must clear the PGCET/KMAT/CAT exam and must be a graduate in any degree from a recognized institute. Minimum 45 cutoff mark is required.

Smart , batch of 2019
03 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

The candidate must clear the TANCET/CAT exam and must be a graduate in any degree from a recognized institute. Minimum 60% cutoff mark is required.