CAT 2018 Eligibility

Exam Date : 26th November 2018
Result Date : 15th January 2019

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Updated on - Mar 09th, 2018 | 06:26 PM by Vishnu Kausthub

CAT Eligibility Overview

No Restriction.
Bachelor degree. General: 50% aggregate. SC/ST/ PwD: 45% aggregate.
Seats Reserved: SC-15%, ST- 5% NC-OBC-27%, PwD-3%.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria:

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria Highlights:

Criteria Description

 Age Limit

There's no prescribed age limit for CAT 2018.

Minimum Qualification

The applicants should have completed graduation with a minimum of 50% marks.

Reserved category candidates must have completed graduation with a minimum of 45% marks.


Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degree (Gen: 50% & SC/ST/ PWD: 45%) can also apply.

Final Year Candidates

Candidates pursuing the final year of graduation will be admitted on a provisional basis if qualified.

Number of Attempts

There's no restriction on the number of attempts.

 Note: For a candidate to be eligible for CAT 2018, he/she has to satisfy all the CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria based on Academic Qualification:

Qualification University Percentage Required

Engineering Degree – B. Tech/ B.E.

Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE

50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)

Bachelor’s Degree from any University

Recognized by UGC

50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)

Candidates in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree

Continuing graduation from University Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE or UGC

50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria for Final Year Students:


Eligibility Criteria


For Post-Graduation Programmes in IIMs

Shortlisted CAT 2018 candidates will be admitted on a provisional basis only if they submit a certificate, stating- he/she has completed all the requirements (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.

Admission for Post-Graduation Programmes in IIMs through CAT 2018 will be confirmed only after the original mark sheet and degree certificate of having passed the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of their college/institute is submitted. 

Must have obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent to be eligible for CAT 2018. They must submit a photocopy of the mark sheets and degree certificate.

For B-Schools

CAT 2018 Candidates should show an original certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the University/Institution certifying that they have obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of reserved category) based on latest available grades/marks.

Candidates should submit a set of photocopy of the original certificates at the time of interview.

CAT 2018 Reservation scheme:

  • Reserved Seats: For CAT 2018, Reserved seats are 27% of the total seats.

    CAT 2018 Reserved seats 

    Scheduled Caste (SC)

    For SC applicants, CAT Reserved seats are 15% of the total seats.

    Scheduled Tribes (ST)

    For ST applicants, CAT Reserved seats are 7.5% of the total seats.

    Physically Disabled

    For Physically challenged applicants, CAT Reserved seats are 3% of the total seats.

CAT 2018 Percentage conversion:

  • Percentage Conversion: Bachelor’s degree percentage is calculated on the basis of conversion schemes followed by the concerned university/institution.

  • CGPA calculation: Candidate’s CGPA is divided by maximum possible CGPA and the result is multiplied by 100 and that is used to check CAT 2018 Eligibility in absence of any percentage conversion scheme.
  • Final year students: Applicants in the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to fill the CAT 2018 Application form

Institute wise CAT Cutoff in percentile:


CAT Cut off in

 IIM, Ahmedabad


IIM, Bangalore


IIM, Calcutta


IIM, Lucknow


IIM, Rohtak


IIM, Kozhikode


IIM, Indore


IIM, Trichy


IIM, Raipur



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