CAT 2018

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

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

Introduction to CAT 2018 Exam:

  • About: CAT 2018 exam is an online test held in India and it is one of the most widely recognized competitive examinations in India.

  • Conducted By: Common Admission Test [CAT] 2018 exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management.

  • Admission: The CAT 2018 exam is known as the India's Biggest Entrance test for Admission in MBA and it helps to get eligibility for admission to Top Management Colleges in India.

  • Institute: The CAT 2018 exam scores are also used for admission in various management courses in 19 IIMs and 150 B-schools across India.

  • Date: CAT 2018 exam will be conducted on 4th December 2018 respectively.

  • Syllabus: CAT 2018 Exam has 3 sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal & Reading Comprehension.

  • Course: CAT 2018 Exam will be conducted for giving admission to students in postgraduate management programs (MBA).

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

  • Application: In 2017 more than 2.31 lakh students have registered for CAT 2017 exam which was held on November 26th, 2017.

Important Details regarding CAT 2018 Exam:

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


Exam Date

4th December 2018 

CAT 2018 Exam Schedules:

  • Registration: Candidates are advised to register and submit their CAT 2018 exam applications form well before 27th September 2018. 

  • Admit card: After the CAT 2018 exam registration candidates can download the admit card from 24th October 2018.

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

CAT 2018 Exam Eligibility Criteria:

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

  • 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 exam criteria click here.

CAT 2018 Exam Registration:

  • Date: Online application form for CAT 2018 exam will commencement from 8th August 2018  to 27th September 2018.

  • Payment: Candidates can pay the CAT 2018 exam Application form fee through online mode (Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking).

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

CAT 2018 Exam Admit Card:

  • Login: To download CAT 2018 exam admit card candidates have to enter their login credentials like "CAT user Id and password".

  • Details: CAT 2018 admit card includes the candidate’s name, date of birth, CAT registration Id, exam centre, exam date and time.

  • Note: Admit card is the mandatory document that has to be carried to the CAT 2018 exam centre along with a photo identity card. 

CAT Exam 2018 Counselling:

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

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

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

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern:

  • Questions: CAT 2018 examination 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 if the answer is wrong.

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

CAT 2018 Exam Syllabus:

  • Note: The key point in CAT 2018 exam syllabus is that there will be no repetition of questions from previous test papers.
  • Topic: Questions related to "Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal & Reading Comprehension" will be asked in CAT 2018 exam.

  • To download CAT 2018 examination syllabus PDF click here.

CAT 2018 Exam Results:

  • Date: The CAT 2018 examination results will be declared on 15th January 2019 at the official website.

  • Login: Candidates need to enter the CAT 2018 user ID and password to check their results.

  • For the detailed instruction on CAT 2018 exam results and cut off percentage click here.

Preparation Tips for CAT 2018 Exam:

CAT 2018 Exam Planning:

  • After analyzing the CAT 2018 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 CAT 2018 exam 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 2018 exam, you should not leave any topic of three sections, hence you need to pay equal attention to all 3 sections.

Make a Time Table for CAT 2018 Exam:

  • 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.

CAT 2018 Exam Time Management:

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

CAT 2018 Exam Mock Test:

  • The applicants can check CAT 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.

Various Programs offered through CAT 2018 Exam



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


Fellow 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


CAT Exam Registration Trend over the years:

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


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CAT 2018

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CAT 2018 Important Dates

CAT Exam 2018 Dates Summary

  • 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.
  • The Counselling process starts from 22nd January 2019.

CAT 2018 Eligibility

CAT Exam 2018 Eligibility Summary

  • The applicant must have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized 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 Exam 2018 Application Process Summary

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

CAT Exam 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 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 2018 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 hours.
  • Subjects covered in CAT 2018 exam will be logical reasoning & data interpretation, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Ability.
  • 3 marks will be rewarded for every correct answer.
  • b 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:

  • CAT 2018 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

Results summary for CAT 2018:

  • CAT 2018 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

Counselling summary for CAT 2018:

  • 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.

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