CAT 2018 Counselling

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

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Documents required for CAT Counselling

Photo & Signature
Minimum 4 passport size photograph.
Admit Card Proof
Original and photocopy of CAT admit card.
Marks Card
Original and photocopy of class 10th and 12th certificate.
Caste Certificate
Community certificate signed by the authorized authority (if applicable).

Counselling Process for CAT 2018:

Admission Process for CAT 2018:

  • More marks to written test and GD: In recent years, it is seen that the IIMs tend to give more weight to the Written test and not the group discussion.

  • Not Preferrable: The Group Discussion is not as preferable as the other steps. 

  • Personal Interview: The Personal Interview is a very important step and can be the deciding factor in the Candidate's selection in the IIMs.

CAT 2018 Written Ability Test:

  • CAT Selection Process: The aspirants must also be prepared for the subsequent rounds of CAT Selection process also. IIMs have preferred Ability Test (WAT) over Group Discussion (GD) round. 11  out of the 19 IIMs have removed the Group Discussion round from their selection process.
  • IIM tests: In fact, a few IIMs like IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode still conduct both Ability test and GD for selection of candidates.

  • WAT: Written Ability Test Analyzes the candidate’s critical thinking ability, and their ability to solve the problems precisely and clearly. As part of Written Ability Test, a student will have to write a paragraph essay on a given topic.

  •  Structure of the Essay: IIM Ahmedabad, the duration of this test was still low, i.e., 10 minutes.A candidate must improve his writing skills to score good marks in WAT. While the structure is important, since time is limited, a student must not spend too much time in planning the structure of the essay.

The topics for essay writing can be from a variety of topics like current affairs, socialism:

  1. life and work balance

  2. Corruption in India

  3. Women's welfare

 CAT 2018 Group Discussion:

  • GD: Group Discussion is a part of the selection procedure for admission to IIMs. In this stage, generally, a group of 5-6 students are given one topic.

  • First round: This round includes the ability of a candidate to communicate their idea clearly to a group. The candidate must be Highly convincing and reasonable.It also helps shortlist candidates who do well in group discussion good team players.The topics for group discussion, for each and every group, will be varied.

  • Hot topics of GD:  The topics are based National and International Politics, Current Affairs, topics of socialism, so be prepared by reading newspapers daily and be updated socially. Some hot topics for Group Discussion are as follows:

  • Narendra Modi- Innovating India
  • Make In India
  • Currency Demonetization
  • Reliance Jio

CAT 2018 Personal Interview:

  • PI: Personal Interview is very important part of shortlisting procedure for IIM. Each IIM compulsorily has Personal Interview round for selection of candidates. So develop some soft skills and be prepared for Face to face interviews.The questions may be asked in an IIM interview based on  Personal life, Academic Record, Extra-curricular activities, work experience, hobbies and some technical questions.

Reservation of Seats for CAT 2018:

  • seats for CAT: According to the policy of Indian government, the seat reservation will be applicable for CAT and the seats are reserved for the various categories are as follows:



Schedule Caste (SC)

15% seats

Schedule Tribe (ST)

7.5% seats

Other Backwards Classes (NC-OBC)

27% seats

PWD Differently Abled (DA) candidates

3% seats


Institutes that take part in CAT 2018:

IIM Institutes taking part in CAT 2018

 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

 Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

 Indian Institute of Management Rohtak

 Indian Institute of Management Raipur

 Indian Institute of Management Trichy

 Indian Institute of Management Ranchi

 Indian Institute of Management Kashipur

 Indian Institute of Management Udaipur

 Indian Institute of Management Nagpur

 Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya

 Indian Institute of Management Vishakapatanam

 Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur

 Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur

 Indian Institute of Management Amritsar

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta 

 Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

 Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

 Indian Institute of Management Indore

 Indian Institute of Management Shillong

 Indian Institute of Management Jammu

  • Non-IIMs Participating in CAT 2018

IIM institutes: CAT 2018 scores are valid for some Non-IIM institutions also. But these institutions don't participate in the selection process. Check out the below Non-IIM institutions which consider CAT 2018 scores. This below information is as per CAT official website, There might be more than 100 Non-IIM institutions accepting CAT 2018 score.

List of Non-IIM Member Institutes:

 Andhra Pradesh  


Institute for Financial Management & Research (IFMR University)




Jawaharlal Nehru School of Management Studies



Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP)

Development Management Institute




University Business School



Faculty of Management Studies

Fore School of Management

Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management

IMM-Fostiima Business School (IFBS)

Fortune Institute of International Business

International Management Institute

Apeejay School of Management

Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Technical Campus

New Delhi Institute of Management



Goa Institute of Management




Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

School of Petroleum Management, PDPU

Institute of Rural Management Anand

Institute of Management, Nirma University




Management Development Institute (MDI)


 Jammu & Kashmir 


Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University



Indus Business Academy

Myra School of Business

AIMS Institute of Higher Education (AIMS Institutes)

Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies

T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI)

ISBR Business School

Alliance University

International School of Management Excellence

Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research

Institute of Finance & International Management (IFIM Business School)

GIBS Business School

International Institute of Business Studies (IIBS)


Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute For Mangement Development



SCMS School of Technology & Management

SCMS Cochin School of Business

Saintgits Institute of Management (Dept of MBA, Saintgits College of Engineering)


Rajagiri Business School


 Madhya Pradesh 

Jaipuria Institute of Management (Indore)

Indian Institute of Forest Management

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, Gwalior


K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research

Institute For Technology And Management

S P Jain Institute of Management & Research

National Institute of Bank Management

Balaji Institute of Telecom & Management (BITM)

Balaji Institute of International Business (BIIB)

National Institute of Industrial Engineering

Balaji Institute of Management and Human Resource Development (BIMHRD)

Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM)

National Insurance Academy

Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research

MILE - Management Institute for Leadership and Excellence


Flame School of Business (FLAME University)



Xavier University Bhubaneswar

KIIT School of Management KIIT University



LM Thapar School of Management

University Business School - Ludhiana



Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipur)

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani


 Tamil Nadu 

Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM)

National Institute of Technology

VIT University


KCT Business School



Institute Of Insurance and Risk Management (IIRM)

University of Hyderabad (School of Management Studies)

Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE)

Siva Sivani Institute of Management

Hyderabad School of Business Management

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management


Vishwa Vishwani Institute of Systems and Management


 Uttar Pradesh 

Institute of Management Technology (IMT)

Jaipuria Institute of Management (Lucknow)

Jaipuria Institute of Management (Noida)

Birla Institute of Management Technology

Indian Institute of Information Technology

Institute of Management Studies (BHU)

University Of Lucknow

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Jais, Amethi

Shiv Nadar University



Doon Business School


 West Bengal 

Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management (IISWBM)

International Management Institute (Alipore)

Army Institute of Management

Management Development Institute, Murshidabad

Calcutta Business School


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