CAT 2018: Registration, Application Form, Exam Dates, Pattern, Syllabus

cat-2018CAT 2018 is also known as Common Admission Test. It is a national level examination administrated by the IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) on rotation basis. CAT 2018 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow. CAT exam is a management aptitude test organized for providing admission to students in postgraduate management programmes (MBA). For admission into IIMs, it is mandatory to qualify the CAT exam. Various reputed colleges other than IIMs also consider the CAT score for offering admission. Here we are providing details about CAT 2018 exam, including notification, registration, eligibility criteria, syllabus, etc.

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NOTE: CAT 2018 Official Notification may be released on 30th July 2017, while registration may begin from 7th August 2017.

CAT Exam Dates

The tentative dates of CAT 2018 examination are mentioned below:

Advertisement releasedLast week of July 2017
Online registration starts1st week of August 2017
Last date for registrationLast week of September 2017
Admit card release date4th week of October 2017
Exam date1st week of December 2017
Result announcement2nd week of January 2018

CAT Registration 2018

  • Candidates can register for this exam via online mode through the website.
  • CAT Application Form 2018 will be released from the first week of August 2017.
  • Go through the official website of CAT (link will be provided above).
  • Enter your registration details and register yourself.
  • A User ID and Password will be generated after registration.
  • Fill all the required details like personal, academic, programmes & other relevant details.
  • Upload the scanned images of photograph, signature & other required documents.
  • Candidates are required to pay the application fee through online mode only.
  • Don’t forget to take printout of the application form for further use.

Application Fee:

  • The application fee will be Rs. 1700/- for General / NC-OBC candidates.
  • SC/ST /PWD candidates are required to pay Rs.850/- as an application fee.
  • The application fee payment can be done through debit/credit card & net banking.
  • The additional charges have been mentioned below:
Payment ModeTransaction Processing Fees
Credit Card (Visa/Master)1.20% of the value of the transaction.
Credit Card (Amex/Diners Club)2.85% of the value of the transaction.
Debit Card (Visa/Master/Rupay)0.75% of the value of the transaction for amount up to Rs.2000.00.
Debit Card (Visa/Master/Rupay)1.00% of the value of the transaction for amount more than Rs.2000.00.
Net BankingRs.20.00 per transaction.
Cash Card & Wallet1.75% of the value of the transaction.

Eligibility Criteria

The detailed eligibility criteria to apply for CAT 2018  exam is given here:

  • Qualification: Students must have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from any recognized college or university.
  • Percentage Criteria: In the qualifying exam, students must have secured minimum 50% marks for general and 45% marks in case of SC, ST and PwD candidates.
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing in the final year of the qualifying exam or who have completed the degree requirements and waiting for the result are also eligible to apply.
  • Other Qualification: CA/CS/ICWA professional degree holders are also eligible to apply.

CAT Exam Pattern

  • Exam Mode: This exam will be organized on digital or Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Exam Duration: The total exam duration will be 180 minutes. Sixty minutes duration has been allotted to complete each section.
  • Type of Question: The questions will be multiple choice type and subjective type.
  • No. of Question: The question paper will comprise of total 100 questions.
  • Marking Scheme: Three marks will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: For multiple choice questions, one mark will be deducted for a wrong answer and for questions other than MCQs no marks will be deducted.
SectionNo. of QuestionDurationTotal Marks
Quantitative Ability3460 Min102
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension3460 Min102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning3260 Min96
Total100180 Min300

CAT Syllabus

  • There is not any such fixed syllabus for CAT examination.
  • Candidates may attempt the mock test to understand the syllabus and exam pattern.
  • The syllabus comprises of four sections, i.e. Quantitative Ability or Mathematics, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & English and Logical Reasoning.
  • Questions will be asked from the above mentioned topics.
  • To score better in the examination, students are advised to consider the whole syllabus for exam preparations.

How to Prepare for CAT

  • Correct strategy & time schedule is the key to crack any exam.
  • Prepare a proper time table according to your daily schedule and manage your time equally for all the subjects.
  • Gather all the details about the syllabus and cover every single topic in your preparation.
  • Find out the best books and study materials for preparations.
  • Practice from previous year question papers it will help you to know more about the exam pattern.
  • Take healthy & nutritious diet and do exercise & yoga it will help you to remain physically fit.

FAQs (Most Asked Questions)

Answer: The registration will be started from the first week of August 2017.
Answer: There is not any upper or lower age limit is prescribed for CAT exam.
Answer: No, payment can be done through online mode only.
Answer: Students must have secured 50% marks for general and 45% marks in case of SC, ST and PwD students.
Answer: You can check the syllabus from the above given section.
Answer: You should provide the aggregate up to the last marks statement received by the university.
Answer: The application fee is Rs. 1700/- for General / NC-OBC and Rs.850/- for SC/ST /PWD candidates.
Answer: You can check the exam pattern section given above in the article.

Answer: You should go through the Existing User login window and click on the “Forgot Password” option.

Still any question, leave your comment.

CAT 2018 Admit Card

  • Only those candidates will be able to get the admit card who have successfully submitted their online application form.
  • CAT 2018 Admit Card will be provided to students through online mode.
  • Candidates can download the CAT hall ticket by entering their User ID and Password.
  • The admit card will contain details like Name of the candidate, Test date, User ID / Registration Number, PWD status, etc.
  • It is mandatory to bring the admit card at the examination centre on the day of the examination.

CAT 2018 Answer Key

  • The answer key will contain the correct answers of the questions asked in the CAT examination.
  • CAT answer key will be published within a week after the examination.
  • Students can get the answer key via online mode through the website.
  • Through answer key, candidates can have an idea about their performance in the examination.

CAT Result 2018

Candidates can check the CAT 2018 Result in the second week of January 2018. CAT score card will be made available via online mode through the website. The authority may also intimate about the result to candidates individually. Candidates can view their score through the login window. Candidates are advised to take printout of the result for further use.

CAT Cut-Off

Students will get admission in various IIMs on the basis of cut-off. CAT Cut-off will depend upon the various terms like number of students, seats availability, exam difficulty, etc. CAT cut-off will be released after the declaration of result. Cut-off will be published separately for various categories like NC-OBC, ST, ST and DA/PwD.

CAT 2018 Admission

CAT counselling 2018 will be started after the result announcement. Each IIM consider their own procedures & eligibility for providing admissions. Admission will be done as per the cut-off released by the IIMs. For admission candidates have to go through various rounds like Personal Interview (PI), Group Discussion (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT). Admission will be done as per the candidate’s performance in the CAT exam & Interview organized by IIMs.

For any other queries related to CAT 2018, you can leave your queries below in the comment box.

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  1. likith prasanna says:

    i am doing my 7th semester engineering in CSE…am I eligible to apply to the CAT exam?

  2. sahil says:

    I am the student of jnv class 12
    Will may I apply this form in this year
    And how much marks is needed for admission

  3. Bhuvanchowdary says:

    actually i am a passed out student in the year 2016(,but i didn’t complete my arrears yet. Am i eligible to apply for CAT exam?

  4. Sreekanta Syam Prasad says:

    If a General candidate got 48% in the first and second year degree and studying final year now(He may get 50%+ with final result), can he apply for the CAT 2018?

  5. Anonymous says:

    currently i am teaching in engineering college from last 8 years..Do Good B schools count this teaching experience or i am wasting my time in preparation of CAT 2018

  6. anand says:

    website for applying for cat

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      registration will be started from the august 2017 for cat 2018. Whenever it will start we will provide the link in our article.

  7. Prasad says:

    I Have 48% in HSC and else more than 50%.Should I eligible for for the C-CAT PG-DAC course?

  8. ankita thapliyal says:

    I m in 5th sem.. Can i apply for cat exm

  9. Vinay gupta says:

    Sir m 54%say pass kiya h m cat karna chayta hoo m kya kroo

  10. Rajan kumar says:

    Can I eligible to apply cat 2017, I’m pursuing

  11. Raaj Mehta says:

    I just gave my second year BA, and now i will be taking admission in TYBA correspondence, ie my Graduation will be done by 2018 may/june. M i eligible to give exam in CAT in December ?

  12. yuvraj banasode says:

    Sir I am doing mechanical engg. In third year but problem is that I failed in first year .so can I apply cat exam? And can I apply for iim coleges for mba

  13. Kundan sharma says:

    Sir mai iss 2nd bsc ka exam dunga kya CAT 2018 ja form fill up kr skte hai.

  14. Makwana Abhi says:

    what is the cut off of cat 2017 for general , sc , st?

  15. Akash says:

    How many times CAT is conducted in a year?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Actually sir I am little poor in verbal English. Is English is compulsory for personal interview and group discussion

  17. surendra nath says:

    hy sir…..!
    could you please confirme about below given qst..?
    am studying btech third year can i write exam?
    and how many years does it valid?

  18. Ashish Kumar Singh says:

    Hi Sir,
    I am currently doing job so i need the details about books best for preparation in home, with answer sheet please give me some books name.


  19. Aruna says:

    How many times cat exam will be conducted by iim in an academic year

  20. Janani says:

    If i appear for the exam and fortunately get a pass. For how long is the result valid ? Is it compulsory to attend the exam in the same year of pg admission ?

  21. bharath says:

    I’m pursuing 3rd bsc I am not completed my ug how to apply and date of apply

  22. alish says:

    I complete my bcom first year cam I apply for cat exam or not if yes than what I want to do and when I apply for this

  23. manjay says:

    I want to ask cat exam occur how many times in a year

  24. Roshan Chopade says:

    What documents are required ?
    As I’m in final year of under graduation.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I hv done B.E. in telecom… would it be helpful me to give CAT exam for getting admission in IT management

  26. shiwani shreya says:

    I am biology student so can I apply for cat entrance exam

  27. Pavan says:

    I’m in degree final year, I’ll complete my graduation by March 2018 & the results will be declared on may. So can i eligible to apply for the cat?

  28. Preet says:

    Can we give exam of CAT in month of March -april rather than in December .

  29. Anil says:

    Hi, I have done my btech in mechanical engineering. I would like to take management courses as my higher studies in iim. So may I know the minimum cutoff score to be placed in iim’s University and I belong obc category. Please reply and thank you in advance.

  30. sadasiba sahoo says:

    I continue final year in graduation, can I apply for cat? ,If I apply then on which month, that I apply.

  31. Shankar says:

    HI, I have dropped out of college 3 years ago, I would like to take this exam to show off to my friends that I still have it in me. How can I write this exam?

  32. Rohit sharma says:

    How much marks required in under graduation and 10th nd 12 th k no matter krte h to get admission in IIM?

  33. Monika says:

    I’m in 3rd year (6th sem) right now, can I appare for CAT exam this year


    Degree or graduate minimum percentage of general 50% and st,sc 45% yes or no

  35. Mrudula says:

    If anyone have drop for one year while appearing Degree,then is it possible to take addmission in IIM ?

    • PriyeshYour Name... says:

      Yes, here your final score in CAT will come into play. But it can be possible that you may be asked about the the reasons of your drop in PI round.

  36. divya says:

    i have an aggregate of 49.65% can i apply for cat exams?

    • PriyeshYour Name... says:

      No divya you cant apply for the CAT entrance exam. It only possible if you are not in general category…
      Wish you the best ahead.

  37. tanya says:

    I am in sy of bcom so wen can i give cat???

  38. priya ramola says:

    i have done bba nd i want to know about cat 2017

  39. Lakshay Jain says:

    I am final year student of BBA and I miss the chance for cat exam so i am interested to participating another exams for MBA. So please kindly provide me information regarding MBA

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