Common Admission Test (CAT 2018)

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    Common Admission Test (CAT 2018) is a national-level MBA/PGDM entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) every year. Common Admission Test (CAT) considered India’s largest window for admission in management programme. Through this exam, candidates can get admission to PG management courses offered by the IIMs or top B-schools of India. Almost all the reputed management institution accept CAT scorecard.

    Common Admission Test (CAT 2018)

    In this article, we are going to share all the essential details of CAT 2018 like Entrance Date, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria,  Admit Card/Hall Ticket, Result Counselling Details, Last Year/Old Papers etc.

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    Why choose CAT Exam?

    Before going to the deep, let us have a look at some of the silent features of CAT Entrance Exam 2018, Which will give you the answer why choose this Entrance Exam.

    • Common Admission Test (CAT) is the biggest national level MBA/PGDM Entrance Test is taken by more than two lakh candidates every year. Getting top rank in the CAT is first and foremost priority for MBA aspirants.
    • CAT is conducted by IIM and this year CAT will be conducted by Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.
    • CAT 2019 scores will not only be accepted by the 20 Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) in India but over 100 B-schools across the country like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR, MDI, NITIE, TAMPI, etc. Around 4,000 seats are offered through the 20 IIMs.
    • After the disconnection of JMET in 2011, it was announced that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc) would also use the CAT scores.

    So, if you have already made up your mind to be a part of it, then the very first thing you have to do is to read this article carefully. You will find all the detailed information about CAT admission Test 2018. Let us first have a brief look at the Eligibility Criteria and Exam Pattern of Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018.

     CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

    Aspirants are advised to read the full detail information on CAT 2018 Eligibility criteria to check whether they are eligible or not. Once going through all the necessary requirements, the student can apply for this MBA Entrance Test. The eligibility conditions of the exam are given below:

    Here are the eligibility criteria for CAT 2018:

    • Students should have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST, and PWD/DA category).
    • Percentage obtained in bachelor’s degree would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the concerned institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion would be based on the process defined by the concerned university/ institution.
    •  Candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and by multiplying the result with 100.
    • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply for CAT.
    • Candidates applying for CAT 2018 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:• Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks*• Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage*.• Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*.

      * SC/ST/PwD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, minimum is 50%.

    Category wise seat reservation: 

    Category Percentage
    PWD 3%
    ST 7.50%
    SC 15%
    OBC 27%

    CAT Exam Pattern

    The CAT 2018 Entrance Examination will consist of 3 sections. the total no. of questions will be 100 questions. Each section is timed with the individual time limit of 1 hour. You need to get a high score in each of the 3 sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIMs for shortlisting.

    • Total No. of Questions: 100
    • Number of sections: 3
    • Questions with negative marking (MCQs): 75
    • Questions without negative marking (Non-MCQs): 25
    • Score awarded for each correct answer: 3 marks
    • Negative marking Applicable for  wrong answers in MCQs: -1 mark

    Exam Pattern of Each Section

    Section name Total questions Total MCQs (With negative marking) Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking) Total maximum marks
    VARC* 34 24 to 27 7 to 10 102
    DILR* 32 24 8   96
    Quant* 34 23 to 27 7 to 11 102

    *VARC: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
    *DILR: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
    *Quant: Quantitative Ability

     CAT Syllabus 2018

    The CAT syllabus is not predefined by the authority and nor the CAT 2018 syllabus was outlined. Every year, after the each CAT Examination the syllabus is changed by the Examination Authority. The syllabus for CAT question paper 2017 may be changed for CAT exam syllabus in 2018. The CAT 2018 Entrance Examination is Consist of three sections:

    • Verbal and Reading Comprehension
    • Verbal Ability
    • Logical & Analytical Reasoning
    • Data Interpretation
    Exam Section Syllabus
    Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Part 1: Reading Comprehension-

    • The Reading Comprehension passages are generally of medium length, carrying 250 to 500 words. Question types can be both direct or inferential.

    Part 2: English Language-

    • Fact Inference
    •  Judgment
    • Fill in the blanks
    • Grammar
    • Para Completion
    • Para Jumble
    • Sentence Correction
    • Verbal Reasoning
    • Analogies and Reverse Analogies
    • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based), etc.
    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) Part 1: Data Interpretation-

    • Bar Graph
    • Combination of Graphs
    • Caselet
    • Data Sufficiency
    • Line Graph
    • Pie Chart
    • Tables, etc.

    Part 2: Logical Reasoning–

    • Assumptions
    • Blood Relations
    • Binary Logic
    • Clocks and Calendars
    • Constraint-based puzzles
    • Data Arrangement
    • Family Tree
    • Matching Puzzles
    • Proposition
    • Statements
    • Seating Arrangement
    • Sets and Syllogism
    • Venn Diagram, etc.
    Quantitative Ability (QA) Major Topics-

    • Algebra
    • Arithmetic
    • Geometry
    • Higher Maths
    • Mensuration
    • Modern Mathematics
    • Number System
    • Trigonometry etc.


    • Arithmetic progression
    • Arithmetic mean
    • Average
    • Angles and triangles
    • sphere’s rectangles
    • cubes and cone
    • BODMAS
    • Clocks
    • Geometric progression and Geometric mean
    • HCF and LCM
    • Harmonic mean
    • Installment and payments
    • Lines
    • Median and Mode
    • Percentage
    • Partnership
    • Profit and loss
    • Ratio and proportion
    • Partnership
    • Pipe and cisterns
    • Speed and distance
    • Work & time etc.

    CAT 2018 Application Process

    How to apply?

    • Aspirants have to visit the official website which is given below to register by filling up personal information like name, date of birth, email address, country and mobile number.
    • After pressing the agree on the button, You will receive the login credentials – Login ID and Password through SMS and Email.
    • Login to the website by clicking on ‘Existing User’ tab.
    • Fill up the form with essential details like Personal Details, Academics, Work Experience, Programmes.
    • Upload recent passport size photograph and signature in .jpg or .jpeg format, not exceeding 80 KB in the given dimensions, 35mm x 45mm for photograph and 80mm x 35mm for the signature.
      (Customize your photo in the above-given form with a various photo editing tool like Paint, Photo manager etc.)
    • NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD-DA category candidates have to upload requisite attested certificates.
    • Select the IIM and programmes for admission.
    • Select any four test cities in terms of preference.

    Registration Fee

    Category Application Fee
    SC, ST and PwD category candidates 950/-
    all other categories of candidates 1900/-

    Please note that a candidate needs to pay registration fees only once, irrespective
    of the number of institutes, he/she is applying for. Fees once paid cannot be
    refunded under any circumstances.

    Modes of Payment

    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card
    • NEFT
    • Net Banking
    • Demand Draft

    CAT Admit Card 2018

    The admit card of CAT 2018 has been released from October 24, 2018. CAT 2018 admit card is available only in online mode which the candidates have to download by visiting the CAT 2018 official website  and go to the right side of quick tour option. The candidate has to enter User ID and Password.

    CAT 2018 Exam Centers

    This year, CAT will be conducted in test centres spread across around 147 test cities. Aspirants will be given the option to select any four test cities in order of their
    preference. Below we have mentioned all the examination centres where the CAT Exam will be conducted.

    State Test Cities
    Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
    Andhra Pradesh Guntur; Kakinada; Kurnool; Nellore; Rajahmundry;  Tirupathi; Vijayawada;  Visakhapatnam
    Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
    Assam Dibrugarh; Guwahati; Silchar
    Bihar Aurangabad; Muzaffarpur; Patna; Purnea
    Chandigarh Chandigarh
    Chhattisgarh Bhilai; Raipur
    Delhi Delhi; New Delhi
    Goa Madgaon; Panaji
    Gujarat Ahmedabad; Anand; Gandhinagar; Rajkot; Surat;  Vadodara
    Haryana Ambala; Bahadurgarh; Faridabad; Gurgaon; Hisar; Palwal; Panipath; Rohtak; Sonipat
    Himachal Pradesh Simla; Waknaghat
    Jammu & Kashmir Jammu; Samba
    Jharkhand Bokaro; Dhanbad; Jamshedpur; Ranchi
    Karnataka Banglore; Belagavi (Belgaum); Dharwad; Gulbarga; Hubli; Mangalore; Mysore; Udupi
    Kerala Ernakulam; Kasaragod; Kollam; Kozhikode; Malappuram;  Thrissur; Trivandrum
    Madhya Pradesh Bhopal; Gwalior; Indore; Jabalpur; Sagar
    Maharashtra Ahmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur;  Mumbai, Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded;  Nashik; Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar
    Meghalaya Shillong
    Odisha Balasore; Berhampur; Bhubaneswar; Cuttack; Dhenkanal; Sambalpur; Rourkela
    Puducherry Puducherry
    Punjab Bhatinda; Chandigarh; Fatehgarh Sahib; Jalandhar;  Ludhiana; Mohali;  Pathankot; Patiala; Ropar; Sangrur
    Rajasthan Ajmer; Alwar; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Kota; Sikar; Udaipur
    Tamilnadu Chennai; Coimbatore; Madurai; Namakkal; Thanjavur; Tiruchirappalli; Tirunelvelli
    Telangana Hyderabad; Karim Nagar; Warangal
    Uttar Pradesh Agra; Allahabad; Barabanki; Bareilly; Ghaziabad; Gorakhpur; Greater Noida; Kanpur; Lucknow; Mathura; Meerut; Muzaffarnagar; Noida;  Varanasi
    Uttarakhand Dehradun; Roorkee
    West Bengal Asansol; Bankura; Burdwan; Durgapur; Hooghly; Howrah; Kalyani; Kolkata; Siliguri

    CAT Cutoff 2018

    Below we have mentioned the expected cutoff of CAT 2018, however, the CAT cutoff 2018 will be Declared on 2nd week of January 2019 just after as the result will declare. The CAT cutoff 2018 will be released by IIM Calcutta.

    Category QA DI & LR VARC Overall Percentile
    General 80 80 80 90
    NC-OBC 75 75 75 85
    SC 65 65 65 70
    ST 60 60 60 70
    PWD/DA 60 60 60 70

    CAT 2017 Cutoff

    IIM Calcutta 2017 Cutoff

    Category QA DI & LR VARC Overall Percentile
    General 80 80 80 90
    NC-OBC 75 75 75 85
    SC 65 65 65 70
    ST 60 60 60 70
    PWD/DA 65 65 65 70

    Important Dates

    Events Dates
    Online registration will start from 8th August 2018
    Registration will be closed on 19 September 2018
    Admit card Download October 24, 2018 – November 25, 2018
    The result will be declared on the Second week of January 2019(Tentative)

    Contact Information

    For queries regarding application form, payment, document uploading please contact us given contact details:

    CAT Centre 2018
    C/o. Admissions Office
    Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
    Prabandh Nagar, IIM Road
    Lucknow – 226013


    Phone: 1-800-266-3549 (Toll Free)
    [email protected]

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