CAT 2018: Registration, Notification, Exam Date, Syllabus

cat-2018CAT 2018 Registration last date has been extended till 26th September 2018. It 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 is organized by the IIM, Calcutta. 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, application form, eligibility, dates, etc.

Registration Exam Dates Eligibility

Exam Pattern FAQs Syllabus

CAT 2018 Notifications – Registration Date Extended

newiconCAT 2018 Registration last date has been extended till 26th September 2018.Check here for registration details. 

newiconCAT 2018 Image Correction will be done from 27th to 30th September 2018.Check here for correction details. 

CAT 2018 Examination will be conducted on 25th November 2018. Check here for other dates.

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CAT Exam Dates

The official CAT 2018 dates are mentioned below:

EventsDates (Announced)
Advertisement released29th July 2018
Online registration starts8th August 2018
Last date for registration26th September 2018
Image correction27th – 30th September 2018
Admit card release24th October 2018 onwards
Mock Test ReleaseOctober 2018
Exam date25th November 2018
Answer key & question paper release1st week of December 2018
Last date to submit objection2nd week of December 2018
Result announcement2nd week of January 2019

CAT Registration 2018

  • Candidates can register for this exam via online mode through the website.
  • CAT Application Form 2018 has been released from the 8th August 2018.
  • Last date for registration will be till 26th September 2018.
  • Go through the official website of CAT (link is given 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 CAT Application correction facility will be provided in the 4th week of September 2018.
  • 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 is Rs. 1900/- for General / NC-OBC candidates.
  • SC/ST /PWD candidates are required to pay Rs.950/- 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 CAT eligibility criteria to apply 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 will be not any such fixed syllabus for CAT examination.
  • Candidates may attempt the mock test to understand the syllabus and exam pattern.
  • The CAT syllabus will comprise 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 CAT 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.

CAT 2019

CAT exam is conducted to offer admission into various management courses offered by the IIMs. It is managed by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotation basis. CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national level examination. Through this exam, candidates can also get admission into other management colleges.

FAQs (Most Asked Questions)

Answer: The registration has been started from the 8th August 2018.
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. 1900/- for General / NC-OBC and Rs.950/- 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.

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CAT 2018 Admit Card

  • Only those candidates will be able to get the admit card who will successfully submitted their online application form.
  • CAT 2018 Admit Card will be provided to students through online mode on 24th October 2018.
  • Candidates will download the CAT hall ticket by entering their User ID and Password.
  • The admit card contains 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 center 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 in the second week of December 2018. Students will get the answer key via online mode through the website. Through answer key, candidates can have an idea about their performance in the examination. Candidates will be able to submit their objections against answer key till the second or third week of December 2018.

CAT Result 2018

Candidates willl check the CAT 2018 Result via online mode. It will be released in the second week of January 2019. 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 will view their score through the login window. Candidates are advised to take printout of the result for further use.

Also Check:

CAT Percentile

CAT Score Card

CAT Cut-Off

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

CAT 2018 Admission

CAT Admission 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. Shalu says:

    last year of bba i am eligible for cat entrance test

  2. Amey kakpure says:

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

  3. Ankush says:

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

  4. 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

  5. sisira says:

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

  6. 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

  7. Jaymala says:

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

  8. Aman Khullar says:

    can MCA passout go for CAT?

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Tapan Bag says:

    Without Working Experience can I join any IIM for MBA?

  12. Tapan Bag says:

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

  13. athira says:

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

  14. Nandha says:

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

  15. Shital says:

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

  16. Aquib Khan says:

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

  17. 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

  18. poonam says:

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

  19. Prachi says:

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

  20. k ashok says:

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

  21. Kavyashree says:

    After the registration as it’s a online exam. Is thir any perticular exam center where we need to come and attend the exam?

  22. Dilip says:

    What’ is the minimum Mark’s for clearing cat exam.

  23. Parvath says:

    Sir,
    When will results be announced and counseling

  24. abhitesh says:

    sir , i am in mca 5th sem (final year). m i eligible for cat 2018.

  25. surya reddy says:

    sir,
    if i attended CAT 2017 on November 26th, is am eligible to write CAT 2018 in may??

  26. shubahm says:

    Sir
    I am pursuing b.tech 4th year(starting tomorrow)
    Am I eligible for cat 2018

  27. Saikiran says:

    HI Team,

    Currently i am working in an MNC. i have 4yrs of exp in IT industry.Is it right to do MBA in B-Schools. or should i choose ISB? as ISB is for Exp candidates.

  28. ankit says:

    i m currently a 3rd year student of btech am i eligible for cat-18

  29. Vardan Mehrotrà says:

    I am pursuing my bcom 3rd year and the exams will be held on March 2018 and result will be out in April 2018 so I am eligible to give exam of CAT 2018 which is going to be held in December 17?

  30. Priyanka dhal says:

    sir !!!can I take addmision in MBA college?? M doing bsc in distance ND it’s my last year?? Can I appear cat exam too??

  31. L R Nanndeesh says:

    I have completed B tech EEE but have one backlog am I eligible to apply for cat 2017

  32. Janavi.P says:

    Am doing my degree final year when will I be taking my cat exam???

    • DARSHAN PATEL says:

      it,s depending on you if you are ready to direct post graduate after your graduation , but before you take admission in any MBA college just research about everything and even you need to time for prepare CAT exam so you have to take rest to understand about MBA and then apply for it there is so many categories in this field so research and analyse ad then take your decision.

  33. likith prasanna says:

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

  34. 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

  35. Bhuvanchowdary says:

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

  36. 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?

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. Prasad says:

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

  40. ankita thapliyal says:

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

  41. Vinay gupta says:

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

  42. Rajan kumar says:

    Can I eligible to apply cat 2017, I’m pursuing b.sc.

  43. 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 ?

  44. 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

  45. Kundan sharma says:

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

  46. Makwana Abhi says:

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

  47. Akash says:

    How many times CAT is conducted in a year?

  48. Anonymous says:

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

  49. 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?

  50. 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.

    Thanks

  51. Aruna says:

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

  52. 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 ?

  53. bharath says:

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

  54. 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

  55. manjay says:

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

  56. Roshan Chopade says:

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

  57. Anonymous says:

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

  58. shiwani shreya says:

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

  59. 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?

  60. Preet says:

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

  61. 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.

  62. sadasiba sahoo says:

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

  63. 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?

  64. 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?

  65. Monika says:

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

  66. BARUN CHANDRA NAIK says:

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

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. tanya says:

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

  70. priya ramola says:

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

  71. 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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