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

cat-2018CAT 2018 Registration Last Date has been extended till 25th September 2017. CAT 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.

Registration Eligibility Exam Dates

Exam Pattern FAQs

CAT 2017 Notification – Registration Last Date Extended till 25th Sep

newiconCAT 2018 Registration Last Date has been extended till 25th September 2017. Click here to view registration details.

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Note: Candidates who indicate their interest for IIM Indore PGP while applying for CAT 2017 will be considered for PGP (both Indore & Mumbai campus) of IIM Indore. Final selection will be as per the admission procedure for the respective programme.

CAT 2018 Official Notification has been released now.  Click here to view notification.

CAT Exam Dates

The official dates of CAT 2018 examination are mentioned below:

Advertisement released30th July 2017
Online registration starts9th August 2017
Last date for registration25th September 2017 (Extended)
Admit card release date18th October – 26th November 2017
Exam date26th November 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 has been released from 9th August 2017.
  • Last date for registration has been extended till 25th September 2017.
  • Go through the official website of CAT (link is 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.
  • The authority may also provide the correction facility in CAT Application Form.
  • 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. 1800/- for General / NC-OBC candidates.
  • SC/ST /PWD candidates are required to pay Rs.900/- 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

Candidates can check the CAT exam pattern from below:

  • 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 CAT 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 CAT 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 has been started from 9th 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. 1800/- for General / NC-OBC and Rs.900/- 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 from 18th October 2017.
  • 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. Sowjanya says:

    If we apply for CAT2107 now we can apply for CAT 2018

  2. Yuiyongam khansu says:

    What are the cut off percentile for each sections for st

  3. Hemangini Dave says:

    My son is in Sybcom and interested in doing Mba please guide us with the steps

  4. Ashok says:

    Is there any provision regarding change the examination center?

  5. Anirudha says:

    Sir with due humble i want to know,is there any type of schollarship available to study in EDI or IIM…i am a final year student …studing in EE branch…still i have 7.5 cgpa….and through which exams i can join there….

  6. Risika says:

    I have 5.5 sgpa in first nd third semester,is their any criteria tht ,all semster sgp should be 6.75,can I aaply for cat

  7. moni rajput says:

    If someone have reappair in 5th semester and clear in all other semester so they can give the cat exam or not?

  8. Shubham says:

    How many times exams is conducted once or twice in a year ???

  9. prashant gaikwad says:

    please tell me …is there mba in biotechnology….i have completed gradution in bsc biotechnology at this running year…tell me about it which college provide this pg degree in management

  10. Karmveer Ranga says:

    I am appearing in b. Tech in one sem result is declared in April 2018 what I can apply cat 2018 exam

  11. silpa says:

    i lost my 10th original marks memo can i apply for CAT

  12. lavanya says:

    I have backlogs in ug degree and i am waiting to write it..can I apply?

  13. Shalu says:

    last year of bba i am eligible for cat entrance test

  14. Amey kakpure says:

    Please recommend me the best book for logical reasoning and data interpretation for cat exam.

  15. Ankush says:

    Ate distance education graduates eligible for cat?
    M in my final year of bba

  16. Bindu says:

    I got a backlog in my final year degree can i appear for cat exam in 2018

    • Your Name...chaithanya says:

      No, you cannot apply for CAT if you have any backlogs in the present year next year you can apply by completing it man

  17. sisira says:

    i am studying bba course now…how can i apply for cat exam

  18. Dhatchayini Rajendran says:

    I’m a student of Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore,Tamilnadu . But I’m a CPP student in my university.whether I can appear for CAT

  19. Jaymala says:

    Is there any attempts limit to CAT exam? How many times can i appear for it?

  20. Aman Khullar says:

    can MCA passout go for CAT?

  21. Richa says:

    I have secured 892/1800 which gives a percentage of 49.5 in my graduation. Am I eligible to apply for CAT exam.

  22. Supriya Ghodgerikar says:

    I am B pharmacy student & now working in pharma company if I appeared Cat & scored well then can I complete my MBA as exteranl

  23. Tapan Bag says:

    Without Working Experience can I join any IIM for MBA?

  24. Tapan Bag says:

    Sir I am a final year student of computer science and engineering,can I eligible for CAT 2018?

  25. athira says:

    i am studying in final year btech..i have one supply in previous semester..can i apply for cat exam

  26. Nandha says:

    is necessary to submit NC-OBC certificate?if it is yes,how to get it?

  27. Shital says:

    I got 49.5%in my graduation so can I right cat exam

  28. Aquib Khan says:

    Can i take admission for mba in puna unversity without cat?

  29. Raj Mehta says:

    I will take admission in Mumbai University DIstance Learning Correspondence(TY), but the dates for taking admission in Kalina university(Mumbai University) is not out yet. What should I do?
    Can I apply for CAT?
    Please reply

  30. poonam says:

    i have completed be(cse)in 2013 can i write cat

  31. Prachi says:

    Hello.cat2018 exam date in mention admit card or application form?

  32. k ashok says:

    I am studying in final year B.Tech(ME).can I write cat Nov 2017 or may 2018

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