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

CAT 2018 Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam pattern, Important Dates, Syllabus

CAT 2018 notification is going to be released very soon. Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by IIM for admission to various postgraduate programmes offered by IIMs including IIM Visakhapatnam, Udaipur, Tiruchirappalli, IIM Sirmaur, Shillong, Sambalpur, Rohtak, Ranchi, Raipur, Nagpur, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Kashipur, Jammu, Indore, Calcutta, Bodh Gaya, Bangalore, Amritsar and Ahmedabad. CAT 2018 application form will be most probably available from August 2018 and exam will be held in the month of December 2018. A candidate, who is willing to appear in CAT 2018, he/she is suggested to read this post as it will give him/her an overall idea about minimum eligibility for appearing in the entrance exam, how to register online, exam pattern, syllabus of the exam etc.

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CAT 2018 Calendar: Important Dates

Available Application Forms
SRM University B.Tech admission 2018 Open Apply Here

Find below all important dates related to CAT 2018. These timelines will make it easier for you to participate in the events of CAT exam.

SL. No Events Dates (Tentative)
1. Online application process will start August 2018
2. Deadline to submit the application form September 2018
3. Correction window will be open October 2018
4. Admit Card will be downloaded from October 2018
5. Examination Date December 2018
6. Answer Key will be released December 2018
7. Announcement of the result January 2019

Programmes Offered Under CAT 2018 Exam

Post Graduate programmes Offered in Management

Name of the Institutes Programmes Offered Website Addresses
IIM Visakhapatnam PGP
IIM Udaipur PGP
IIM Tiruchirappalli PGP, PGPBM
IIM Sirmaur PGP
IIM Sambalpur PGP
IIM Nagpur PGP
IIM Kozhikode PGP
IIM Kashipur PGP, EPGP
IIM Indore PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
IIM Amritsar PGP

Fellow Programme Offered in Management

Name of the Institute Programme Offered
IIM Udaipur FPM
IIM Tiruchirappalli FPM
RGIIM Shillong FPM
IIM Rohtak FPM
IIM Ranchi FPM
lIM Lucknow FPM
IIM Kozhikode FPM
IIM Kashipur FPM & EFPM
IIM lndore FPM
IIM Calcutta FPM
IIM Bangalore FPM
IIM Ahmedabad FPM

Eligibility Criteria for Common Admission Test  (CAT) 2018

if you are planning to appear in CAT exam then it is your utmost responsibility to verify your eligibility before you make an application for the entrance test. You should fill up the form by providing the genuine details only otherwise it will lead to rejection.

  • The minimum qualification, a candidate should have, is Bachelor’s degree with 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/PwD). In case your university is offering is offering in terms of CGPA/grades then you need to convert it into the percentage as per your university norms.
  • Candidates, who are appearing in the final year exam of Bachelor’s degree, are permitted to apply.

Reservation Policy

Reservation norms in CAT exam 2018 are as follows:

  • SC- 15% seats;
  • ST- 7.5% seats;
  • NC-OBC- 27%
  • PwD- 3%

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Common Admission Test:  CAT Application Form 2018

You should not get confused while applying for CAT 2018 as if you commit any mistakes then your form won’t be accepted by the exam conducting authority. Therefore, students are suggested to read the information brochure before you start the application session.

One can apply for CAT by following the information we have furnished below:

  • Candidates will have to register for CAT in online mode from its official web portal.
  • Before applying for CAT exam, candidates must be eligible according to the University’s norms.
  • Payment can be made through credit card/debit card/net banking.
  • Application Fee (Rs. 1800/- for General/NC-OBC & Rs.900/- for SC/ST).

If you are claiming under SC/ST/PwD category then you will have to you will have to submit the relevant certificate. Along with that, you will have to give the four preferences of exam city. The authority will allot one of the four centres once the last date of registration will get over.

CAT Exam Pattern 2018

Here are the important information related to CAT exam pattern which will help during preparation for the exam. We have provided a quick overview of exam pattern below:

  • Examination Type: The exam will be conducted in CBT mode.
  • Exam Duration: Candidates are required to solve the question paper in 180 minutes.
  • No. of Questions: There will be 100 objective type questions in the exam.
  • Participating Subjects:  Questions are to be asked from verbal ability & Reading Comprehension, logical reasoning & data interpretation and quantitative ability.
  • Marking Procedure: There will be 3 marks provided for every correct response.
  • Deduction for Wrong Attempt: There will be deduction of 1 mark for every incorrect response.

Distribution of Questions

Description of Sections No. of Questions Marks Given Examination Duration
Quantitative Ability 34 102 60 Minutes
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 96 60 Minutes
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 102 60 Minutes
Total 100 300 180 Min

CAT 2018: FAQ’s (Most Asked Questions)

Ques: Who is eligible to appear in the exam?
Ques: Presently I’m in final year of my graduation degree, so what marks do I need to provide in the form?
Ques: What is the age limit for appearing in CAT exam?
Ques: Is it possible to appear in more than one slot for CAT 2018?
Ques: I’m unable to get my admit card, to whom should I contact?
Ques: Do I belong to the NC-OBC category? How to find?
Ques: How many times can I appear for CAT?
Ques: Is it possible to bring calculator inside the examination hall?

Admit Card

Admit card will be generated for candidates who have successfully submitted their application before the given timeline and in the requisite format. We’ll mention the timeline of downloading the admit card as we find the same officially. You may find here the procedure of downloading the admit card provided below:

  • Go to the official website of CAT 2018 (link will be provided here soon);
  • Soon after clicking the link, a new page would appear on screen;
  • Now, you need to provide your login credentials;
  • After entering the credentials click the login button to access your admit card;
  • You can download your admit card in pdf format;
  • Obtain the extra printouts of your admit card and keep it preserved for future reference.

CAT Exam 2018 Result

The result of the exam is possible to be announced in the second week of January 2019. Candidates can easily check their result from the official web portal of IIM CAT with using their valid ID and password. Along with that, candidates will also receive information about their result to their registered phone number. I’m sharing the manual process of checking your result below:

  • Access the official website of CAT exam i.e.;
  • Now hit the ‘Download CAT 2018 Result’ option available at the bottom of home page;
  • Now provide your hall ticket number or registration number in the respective fields;
  • Soon after clicking the enter button your score and rank card would be displayed on the screen;
  • At the last, you can download your rank card for future reference;

CAT 2018: Selection Procedure

IIM will release cutoff of CAT Exam 2018 and based on which candidates will be shortlisted for the Group discussion, Personal Interview and Written Ability Test. The final selection of candidates will be based on their performance in CAT, PI, GD and WAT. Including this candidates’ previous academic performance and work experience will be also counted in terms of giving preference.

If a candidate is shortlisted for the interview then his/her eligibility would be verified in the following means:

Mark Sheets and Degree Certificates

A candidate is required to produce the mark sheets and submit attested copies of the same at the time of interview. Further, if he/she is shortlisted for a course then he/she has to submit the original degree certificate and mark sheets of all semesters/years along with its attested copies to the concerned authority for the verification purpose.

Requirements for Reserved Category 

After getting shortlisted for Interview, SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD category candidates have to produce the caste and/or disability certificate and submit its photocopy at the time of interview. Further, if he/she is shortlisted for a programme then he/she will have to submit the original certificate of qualifying degree along with its attested copies at the time of joining the particular programme.

Students of Final Year of the Qualifying Degree

Final year’s candidate; if shortlisted for the interview, then they will have to show an original certificate obtained from the Principal / Registrar / Director of the university/ institution certifying that he/she has acquired 50% marks or its equivalent (45% for SC/ST/PD category). Along with that, they will also have to submit attested copy of the original certificate at the time of interview.

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