CAT 2018
Sreetama Datta, 30 Oct 2018, #CAT

CAT 2018 - IIM Calcutta has released the CAT 2018 admit card on October 24. CAT 2018 will be conducted on Sunday, November 25 in two sessions across 147 exam cities. The Common Admission Test or CAT is the most competitive MBA entrance exam of India taken by around 2 lakh candidates every year. IIMs conduct CAT on a rotational basis every year for admission to 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India. Around 4,000 seats are offered through the 20 IIMs for PG management programmes. Prof. Sumanta Basu of IIM Calcutta is the CAT convener for this year.
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The exam pattern of CAT 2018 will remain the same as last year. The exam will be held for a duration of 180 minutes with three timed sections, namely VARC, DILR, and QA carrying a total of 300 marks. This article of Careers360 brings to you the detailed information on CAT 2018 regarding the notification, important dates, eligibility criteria, registration process, application form, exam pattern, result, cutoff, selection process etc.

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What's New in CAT 2018

  • CAT Admit Card 2018- Candidates can check their exam centre location using the link of the Google Map given on the admit card to get the location of the respective examination centre on Google maps
  • Above 2.41 lakh candidates have applied for the exam.

  • As many as seven new exam cities have been added to the list of CAT 2018 exam cities. The exam will be conducted in 147 cities this year (2 new states added - Mizoram and Nagaland).

  • The application fee of CAT has also been increased to Rs. 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. Earlier the CAT registration fee was Rs. 1800 and Rs. 900 respectively.

  • Addition in Modes of Payment- The new CAT 2018 payment partners are BillDesk, PayU and Paytm.
  • From this year onwards, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, will also accept the CAT score for admission to its MBA programme offered by the School of Management and Entrepreneurship.

CAT 2018 Overview

EventsOverview
Name of testCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Purpose of testQualifying test for admission to post-graduate management programs
Conducted byIIM Calcutta
Exam typeNational level
PeriodicityOnce in a year
Score or Grade ValidityOne Year
Annual Number of Test Takers1,99,632 in 2017
Pattern of TestMCQs and Non-MCQs
Number of Questions100
Test Duration3 hours
Negative Marking+3 for every correct answer
-1 for each wrong answer in MCQs
No negative marking for Non-MCQs or TITA
SyllabusQuestions from VARC, QA and DI & LR
Mode of ConductComputer-based test
CAT 2018 ConvenerProf. Sumanta Basu
Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schoolsAs per the Government of India regulations
CAT 2018 Official Websiteiimcat.ac.in
CAT 2018 Helpdesk contact detailsPh: 1800-209-0830
Email: [email protected]
CAT centre office contact detailsPh:033-24679178
Email:[email protected]
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CAT 2018 Important Dates

IIM Calcutta has released the important dates of CAT 2018. Take a look at the important dates in the below table-

CAT Important Dates

Events

Dates

CAT 2018 Notification Released

July 29, 2018

Application Commencement

August 8, 2018

Last date to apply (concluded)

September 26, 2018 (till 11:59 PM)

Re-upload of blur/improper photograph in CAT Application form

September 27 (10 AM) to September 30 (5 PM)

Issuing Admit Card (Released)

October 24, 2018, from 1 PM onwards

CAT 2018 Tutorial/Mock Test (started)

October 17, 2018

CAT 2018 Exam

November 25, 2018 (Sunday)

Releasing of Answer Key

Second week of December 2018

Announcement of CAT 2018 Result

Second week of January 2019

CAT Admit Card 2018

The admit card of CAT 2018 has been released on October 24. The procedure to download the CAT 2018 admit card is completely online. IIMs would not send the admit card by post, hence candidates must ensure that they download the admit card before the exam date, by logging in with their credentials.

CAT admit card 2018 is one of the most important documents which must be carried on the exam date and preserved till the admission process is over.

How to Download CAT 2018 Admit Card?

  • Visit the CAT 2018 official website

  • Logging in through your CAT login ID and Password

  • Click on the tab ‘Admit Card’
  • The admit card of CAT 2018 will appear on the screen

  • Download the admit card and keep a soft copy for future use

How to correct errors in CAT Admit Card 2018?

In case any discrepancy is found in the CAT 2018 Admit Card, candidates must contact the exam authority immediately to get it corrected. Contact the CAT Helpdesk at the following details for any corrections that must be made in the hall ticket:

CAT Toll-Free Number: 1800-266-3549; Call on the Toll-free number, Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (excluding National holidays).

CAT Helpdesk email address: [email protected]

How to prepare for CAT 2018

The examination of CAT is one of the toughest entrance tests to crack. So “How should one go about preparing for the exam?” is the most fundamental question CAT aspirants have. What you need is a lot of hard work accompanied by smart planning. In order to ensure a higher rate of success in the test, Careers360 brings you some tips and tricks for CAT 2018 preparation:

  • Candidates must carefully go through the syllabus of the respective CAT paper they are appearing in.

  • Prepare a day-to-day timetable for yourself.

  • Plan for dedicated study hours.

  • Practise Previous Years Question Papers and Sample Papers

  • The practice of sample papers/model papers helps to know your strengths and weakness. After knowing the weak areas, you can plan how to work and improve in those areas.

  • Take more and more Mock Tests which will give you the real taste and feel of the actual exam.

  • Refer to the important CAT Books that cover the entire syllabus.

  • Apart from every strategy and planning, the most important aspect of CAT 2018 preparation includes taking good care of your health.

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Important links:

Best books for CAT preparation

CAT 2018: When and how to start preparations

How to prepare for CAT without Coaching

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CAT 2018 Mock Test

IIMs has released the CAT mock test 2018 on October 17, to help the candidates to understand the exam pattern/structure. The mock test enables the test takers to practice and get familiar with the online test format and navigation process of the test.

Candidates can also check the usage of the online calculator and timer. However, aspirants must note that the mock test of CAT 2018 is meant for practice purpose only and the questions should not be treated as sample questions as there is hardly and qualitative similarity in the questions.

CAT Exam Pattern 2018

According to the exam pattern of CAT 2018, it's a computer-based test of 3 hours duration carrying 100 objective type multiple choice and non-multiple choice type questions. The areas or sections from which the questions are asked include Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR).

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The table below brings the CAT 2018 exam pattern or structure of the exam-

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Section

No. of MCQs

No. of Non-MCQs

Questions from each section

Total Marks

Time allotted to each section (minutes)

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

24

10

34

102

60

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

24

8

32

96

60

Quantitative Ability (QA)

27

7

34

102

60

Total

75

25

100

300

180

Marking Scheme –Each question carries 3 marks. For each wrong answer, there is negative marking of one mark. There is no negative marking scheme for non-MCQs or TITA (Type In The Answer) questions.

Marking Scheme

Correct Response

Incorrect Response

+3

-1

CAT 2018 Syllabus

There is no specific syllabus for CAT 2018. The experts have laid out the CAT syllabus 2018 based on the previous years’ exam analysis and the topics covered. While there might be a few topics which will be added to the syllabus and some topics might get omitted, the overall syllabus is likely to remain the same.

CAT 2018 Syllabus

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • Caselets and Tables

  • Bar Graphs and Column Graphs

  • Venn Diagrams

  • Line Charts & Pie Chart

  • Combination of two or more types linked to each other

  • Number and Letter Series

  • Calendars, Cubes and Clocks

  • Binary Logic

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Syllogism

  • Logical

  • Matching

  • Logical Sequence

  • Logical

  • Connectives

  • Blood Relations, etc.

  • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)

  • Grammar or English Usage

  • Correction in Sentence

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage

  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies

  • Meaning/Usage Match

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Summary Questions

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Facts Inferences Judgements, etc.


  • Number Systems

  • LCM & HCF

  • Profit, Loss & Discount

  • Percentages

  • Speed, Time & Distance

  • Time & Work

  • Simple & Compound Interest

  • Ratio & Proportion

  • Averages

  • Quadratic & Linear Equations

  • Complex Numbers

  • Logarithm

  • Binomial Theorem

  • Sequences & Series

  • Surds & Indices

  • Inequalities

  • Probability, Permutation and Combination

  • Set Theory

  • Functions & Geometry

  • Mixtures & Allegations

  • Trigonometry

  • Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration, etc.

CAT Sample Paper 2018

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CAT 2018 Exam Centres

The exam centres of CAT 2018 will be located in around 147 cities and 28 states across India. Two new exam states have been added to the list this year - Mizoram and Nagaland.

While filling the CAT 2018 registration form, candidates have to select four exam centres city in the order of preference. The exam centre will be allotted by IIMs and the final centre can be seen on the CAT admit card.

CAT 2018 exam centres

Exam State

Exam Cities

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair

Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Kakinada, Guntur, Chirala, Rajahmundry, Vizianagaram

Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar

Assam

Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur

Bihar

Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Aurangabad, Gaya, Darbhanga

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

Chattisgarh

Bhillai, Raipur, Bilaspur

Delhi-NCR

Delhi-NCR

Goa

Goa

Gujarat

Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana

Haryana

Panipat, Rohtak, Hisar, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal

Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Hamirpur

Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, Samba

Jharkhand

Bokaro, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh

Karnataka

Belagavi(Belgaum), Bengaluru, Dharwad, Hubballi(Hubli), Kalaburagi(Gulbarga), Mangaluru(Mangalore), Mysuru(Mysore), Shivamogga(Shimoga), Udupi

Kerala

Kannur, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Trivandrum

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain

Maharashtra

Amravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad-Maharashtra, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Ulhasnagar

Meghalaya

Shillong

Mizoram

Aizawl

Nagaland

Kohima

Odisha

Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur

Puducherry

Puducherry

Punjab

Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur

Rajasthan

Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur

Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, Trichy

Telangana

Karim Nagar, Warangal, Hyderabad

Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi

Uttarakhand

Roorkee, Dehradun, Haldwani

West Bengal

Asansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

CAT Question Paper 2018

In a first, IIMs had released the official CAT question paper for 2017. It is expected that the question paper for 2018 will also be declared by IIMs in the first week of December. Candidates aspiring to appear for CAT 2018 must download the question paper in order to know the types of questions and topics to expect. To Download CAT 2017 question paper - Click here

CAT 2018 Analysis

Typically, every year the experts from top CAT coaching institutes bring out their own analysis of CAT. Based on the analysis, test takers can obtain an estimate of their scores and chances of getting admission to their preferred institutes. The CAT exam analysis 2018 will be released after the first slot gets conducted and a final analysis will be announced after the completion of both slots (Morning and Afternoon). As per the previous year analysis, 2,31,067 candidates had applied for CAT 2017 and the test was of a moderate level of difficulty. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) was the toughest section followed by Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC). Quantitative Ability(QA) was the easiest among all the sections. The following table would help candidates plan the exam day strategy-

Previous Year's CAT Analysis

Name of  Section  

N  umber  of Questions  

N  umber  of  N  on-MCQ questions  

Level of Difficulty  

Good Attempts  

Quantitative Ability (QA)

34

8

Easy-moderate

25-26

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

8

Difficult

12-14

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

7

Easy-Moderate

25-27

Total   10023


64-68

CAT Answer Key 2018

Along with the question paper, IIMs also released CAT answer key last year. Hence, following the last year’s trend, it is expected that the CAT 2018 answer key will also be released by the conducting IIM. With the help of the answer key, candidates can check the correct answer and calculate their estimated scores.

Moreover, IIMs also provided the option to challenge answer keys or questions by paying Rs. 1000 per challenge within the stipulated deadline. Based on the validity of the challenge, IIMs would take appropriate action and refund the challenge application fee.

CAT Result 2018

The result of CAT 2018 is expected to be declared in the second week of January 2019. The CAT 2018 result will be declared in the form of a scorecard. To download the result, candidates will have to enter with their user ID and password. The result or scorecard of CAT 2018 will carry information like sectional and overall scaled scores and percentiles.

The result will be available only in online mode and IIMs won’t send it to the test takers by post. Candidates must take print out of the CAT 2018 scorecard and preserve it till the admission process is over.

How to Download CAT 2018 Result

  • Visit the CAT 2018 official website

  • Login through your CAT user id and password

  • Click on the ‘Score Card’ tab

  • Check and download your result of CAT 2018

CAT Normalization Procedure

CAT 2018 is conducted in multiple slots across single day window, it is necessary to normalize the scores of test takers from both slots. IIMs normalize the CAT 2018 scores using a formula similar to that of GATE. At the time of CAT 2018 result, scaled scores for each section along with percentiles will be announced. The practice is followed in order to equate the scores and to ensure that none of the candidates from either slot be in an advantaged or disadvantaged position.

CAT Cutoff 2018

The cutoff of CAT 2018 refers to the minimum percentile to secure in order to get shortlisted by the participating institutes. The CAT 2018 cutoff varies from institute to institute. While the top running B-schools have the higher range of cutoff and vice versa. The cutoff of CAT 2018 generally depends on the factors like difficulty level of the exam, number of test takers, number of seats among others.

Some of the IIMs have already released the CAT cutoff 2018 for different categories. Other IIMs and top B-schools are expected to release the same very soon. Here is the CAT 2018 cutoff for the IIMs who have released it officially.

CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad

Category

VARC

DILR

QA

Overall Percentile

General

70

70

70

80

NC-OBC cum Transgender

65

65

65

75

SC

60

60

60

70

ST

50

50

50

60

PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)

60

60

60

70

PWD (ST)

50

50

50

60

CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Lucknow

Category

VARC

DILR

QA

Total

General

85

85

85

90

NC-OBC

77

77

77

82

SC

55

55

55

70

ST

50

50

50

65

PWD

50

50

50

65

CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Calcutta

Category

QA

DILR

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 2018 cutoff for IIM Indore

Category

QA

DILR

VARC

Overall Percentile

General

80

80

80

90

OBC (NC)

70

70

70

80

SC

55

55

55

60

ST

45

45

45

50

PWD

45

45

45

50

CAT 2018 Cutoff for IIM Udaipur

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall

General

80

80

80

90

SC

50

50

50

60

ST

30

30

30

40

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

DAP

30

30

30

40


CAT 2018 Cutoff for IIM Bangalore

Section

General

OBC-NC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

85

75

70

60

50

DILR

80

70

65

60

50

QA

80

70

65

60

50

Aggregate

90

80

75

70

60


CAT 2018 Cutoffs for Non-IIMs

The cutoff of CAT 2018 for non-IIMs is expected to be similar to that of last year. Check the expected cutoff figures below:

CAT Cutoff

B-School

Expected Cutoff of CAT 2018

FMS, Delhi

98.20 Percentile

DMS, IIT Delhi

98+ Percentile

SJMSOM, IIT Bombay

99+ Percentile

MDI Gurgaon

95+ Percentile

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai

95+ Percentile

DMS, IIT Madras

95+ Percentile

XIMB Bhubaneswar

90+ Percentile

IMT Ghaziabad

90+ Percentile

SPJIMR Mumbai

85+ Percentile

TAPMI Manipal

85+ Percentile

CAT Selection Procedure 2018

According to the selection procedure of CAT 2018, each participating institute conducts its admission process separately. They shortlist candidates based on CAT 2018 cutoff. The shortlisted candidates have to then appear for the selection rounds including Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or both and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The new IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) where the shortlisted candidates from all participating IIMs have to appear for WAT and PI rounds. Followed by the CAT 2018 selection procedure, each IIM release their separate merit list.

The final selection process of B-schools or the CAT selection procedure of participating B-schools is based on multiple criteria such as performance in CAT 2018, GD/WAT & PI rounds and past academic records and/or work experience. The criteria or parameters vary from institute to institute. IIMs release their detailed admission criteria after the CAT notification every year.

CAT 2018 Reservation Criteria

IIMs and other Government institutes follow the reservation criteria of candidates. The following table brings to you the category wise seat reservation percentage.

Category wise seat reservation

Category

Percentage

PWD (Person with Disability)

3

ST (Scheduled Tribe)

7.50

SC (Scheduled Caste)

15

OBC-NC (Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy Layer)

27

CAT 2018 Counselling

CAT authorities do not conduct a common counselling process for the final admission. The participating institutes conduct their selection procedure separately. However, the new IIMs conduct a Common Admission Process (CAP) or a common counselling process for the candidates who have been shortlisted by all the new IIMs.

Candidates shortlisted for the CAT 2018 counselling rounds of new IIMs will have to appear for essay writing (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. Apart from the new IIMs, other B-schools do not conduct CAT counselling process.

CAT 2018 Participating Institutes

A total of 115 B-schools accepted CAT scores last year out of which 114 are in India and one is in Singapore. In a first, there is an international CAT participating institute. Singapore Management University, joined the list of CAT participating institute last year to become the first ever international B-school to accept the CAT score. It is expected that more than 100 B-schools in India and abroad will register for being the CAT 2018 participating institutes. Out of the total number of participating institutes, 20 are IIMs.

Apart from that, CAT 2018 participating institutes include public and private institutes. Among the former, noted ones are IITs, NITs, FMS Delhi, MANAGE Hyderabad, IISc Bangalore to name a few. The top private participating institutes include MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, IMT Ghaziabad to name a few. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has also joined the list of CAT participating institute from this year for admission to its MBA programme.

Check the fee, number of seats and programmes offered by IIMs in the table given below:

IIMs Seats and Fee

Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) [equivalent to Ph.D.]
InstitutesProgramme
IIM Ahmedabad FPM
IIM Bangalore FPM
IIM Calcutta FPM
IIM KashipurFPM & EFPM
IIM Kozhikode FPM
IIM lndore FPM
IIM RaipurFPM & EFPM
IIM RanchiPhD, EPhD
IIM Rohtak FPM
IIM Tiruchirappalli FPM
IIM Udaipur FPM
IIM Visakhapatnam FPM
lIM Lucknow FPM
RGIIM Shillong FPM


CAT 2018 Registration

The online application form of CAT 2018 was released on August 8 and the last date to apply was September 26, 2018 (11:59 PM). CAT 2018 registration process was completely online. Candidates had to visit the official website tofill the application form. IIM Calcutta has allowed the aspirants who have registered for the exam to change improper/blur photographs between September 27 (10 AM) to September 30 (5 PM).

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How to fill CAT Application Form 2018

In order to fill up the application form, applicants have to login through their user ID and password and fill up the application form by entering the correct information. The application form of CAT 2018 is divided into following categories or sections:

  • Personal Details

  • Contact Details

  • Academic Details

  • Work Experience

  • Selecting IIMs to apply for

  • Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities

After filling up information on each page, candidates have to click on Save & Next tab. Applicants have to upload their photograph and signature in the given dimension. The last step is to pay the application fee through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.

CAT 2018 Application Fee

Category

Fee (Rupees)

Payment mode

General

1900

Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking,BillDesk, PayU and Paytm

SC/ST/PwD

950

CAT Application Trends

Year

No. of Registration

No. of Test Takers

2017

231,000

1,99,632

2016

2,32,434

1,95,000

2015

2,18,664

1,79,602

2014

1,96,988

1,67,829

2013

1,94,516

1,73,714

2012

2,14,000

1,95,000

2011

2,05,000

1,86,000

2010

2,04,000

1,85,000

2009

2,41,000

2,30,000

2008

2,90,000

2,76,000

2007

2,50,000

2,30,000



CAT Application Form Status

  • After submitting CAT 2018 online Application Form, a pop-up message will appear on the screen with information related to the success status of the application. An SMS on the registered mobile number and an email to the registered email ID will also be sent informing the same.

  • Once the application form is successfully submitted, the application status appears as “Successfully Submitted.” In case there has been an error it will appear as “Application Rejected.”

CAT 2018 Application Form Correction

IIM Calcutta has announced that registered candidates who had uploaded improper or blur photographs can upload their new photograph between September 27, 2018 (10 AM) to September 30, 2018 (5 PM).

During the form-filling process, it might occur that candidates enter incorrect details due to lack of information or some other reason. After the submission of the CAT online application form 2018, the authorities may allow also a limited window to correct the application form. Candidates will be allowed to make corrections only in certain fields like percentage of marks, work experience and programmes selected. Information like personal details, academic details, exam city preference etc. cannot be edited. The correction window might be open in the fourth week of September 2018 by IIM Calcutta.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2018

As per the eligibility criteria of CAT 2018, candidates should fulfil the following parameters:

  • Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised University or Institute

  • General and OBC-NC category candidates should obtain at least 50 per cent marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to secure is 45

  • The duration of the graduation programme should be minimum 3 years

  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018 provided they complete their programme within the stipulated schedule

  • Age Limit - There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2018 exam

CAT 2018 FAQs

Q. I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?

A.As per CAT 2018 eligibility criteria, you must submit the percentage according to your university norms.

Q. I have not completed my Bachelor’s Degree/I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks do I need to enter in the Application form?

A.You have toprovide the Aggregate Percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.

Q. Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT 2018 exam?

A.No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT 2018 exam.

Q. I have changed my name with the due procedure after completing my degree. Should I enter my name as per the degree certificate or the changed name?

A. You must enter your changed name and provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview, and admission.

Q. Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT 2018?

A.No. You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2018 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.

Q. I have done 5 years integrated course of B.Tech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.Tech and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA. How do I enter my marks?

A.As per your University norms, you will enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and the remaining 1.5 years under Master’s degree.

Q. I have completed 5-year dual degree course (BTech+MTech, BS+MS, BTech+MSc etc.)? How do I enter my marks for the bachelor degree?

A.As per your university norms, you must enter the aggregate of marks that are equivalent to Bachelors’ Degree under the Bachelor’s Degree section and the equivalent Marks for the Masters’ degree under the Master Degree section.

Q. Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2018?

A.You cannot appear for more than one slot. It will be deemed as a fraudulent activity if you attempt to appear more than once for CAT 2018. To ensure that candidates have only one attempt, Admit Cards, photo IDs, candidate pictures, and biometric information will be verified. Candidates who attempt to take the test more than once will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.

Q. In case the website does not work and I am unable to complete my application, what should I do?

A.If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close the Internet browser (delete browsing history, cache & cookies of the web browser) and try again.

Q. How much is the CAT exam fee and how can I pay it?

A. The fee is Rs. 1900 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD category, the applicable fee is Rs. 950.  You can pay the CAT exam fee during online registration. The payment of application fee should be done payment gateway. Use a valid credit card, debit card, or net banking facility.

Q. If I want to apply and register for more than one institute, should I pay the exam fee each time?

A. A candidate needs to pay registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying. 

Q. If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?

A.The Admit Card needs to be directly printed from the CAT 2018 website using your User ID and Password. It will be available for printout from the third week of October. The admit card will not be mailed to your postal address.

If you are unable to view your Admit Card after logging in, contact the CAT 2018 Helpdesk:

Q. I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2018but have backlogs, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2018?

A.Yes, as per the CAT 2018 eligibility norms, candidates who are completing their degree by May 2019 are eligible to appear for CAT. However, the candidate should select Yes to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree”.

Q. My University name is not mentioned in the drop-down list while filling the application form?

A. If your university’s name does not appear in the drop-down, you may select the option as “Others” from the drop-down.

Q. Can I take the exam from any computer?

A.A candidate must take the exam on a workstation assigned at the exam venue based on the city selected while registering for CAT. The venue details are printed on the Admit Card.

Q. Where can I select my preference of shift and test date?

A. The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application. A candidate cannot select the shift. 

Q. Can I bring a calculator to the testing centre?

A. Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. You may use the on-screen calculator that will be available throughout the exam. 

Q. How many non-MCQs are there in each section?

A. The number of questions varies and cannot be disclosed. 

Q. When will IIM Calcutta release the result of CAT 2018?

A. IIM Calcutta has not released the exact release date of CAT 2018 result. However, it is expected to be released on January 7, 2019 (tentative).

Q. Will I get my CAT result 2018 on SMS?

A. Yes. IIM Calcutta will send the overall CAT result 2018 to the registered mobile number of the candidates through SMS. 

Q. How do I check if I belong to the NC-OBC category?

A. To know whether you belong to the NC-OBC category, see the following website: https://www.ncbc.nic.in. Refer the updated list of state-wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer.

Q. What is the aid given to PWD candidates with Blindness or low vision/cerebral palsy?

A. PWD candidates suffering from low vision/blindness/cerebral palsy will be allowed to bring a scribe. Such candidates will also receive a time extension during the examination.

Q. What will be the time extension given to a PWD candidate?

A. PWD candidates with or without Scribe requirement will be given a time extension of 20 minutes per section, which comes to a total extension of one hour for the full test.


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