CAT 2018

CATCAT 2018 - IIM Calcutta will conduct CAT 2018 on November 25 (Sunday). Common Admission Test (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. CAT undergoes major changes or introduction of new elements almost each year. CAT 2018 notification will be released in the last week of July. Prof. Sumanta Basu will be the CAT convener for this year.

CAT 2018 score card will be valid only for one year until December 31, 2019. Around 4,000 seats are offered through the 20 IIMs. The CAT 2018 Scores are allowed to be used by the listed non-IIM member institutions. The list of non-IIM member institutions that have registered to avail the CAT 2018 scores is provided at www.iimcat.ac.in. Please note that IIMs have no role in the selection process of non-IIM institutions. The CAT 2018 registration process is scheduled to commence from the second week of August. 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, etc.

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About CAT 2018

Events

Overview

Name of test

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Purpose of test

Qualifying test for admission to post-graduate management programs

Conducted by

IIM Calcultta

Exam type

National level

Periodicity

Once in a year

Score or Grade Validity

One Year

Annual Number of Test Takers

1,99,632 in 2017

Pattern of Test

MCQs and Non-MCQs

Number of Questions

100

Test Duration

3 hours

Negative Marking

-1 for each wrong answer in MCQs

No negative marking for Non-MCQs or TITA

Syllabus

Questions from VARC, QA and DI & LR

Mode of Conduct

Computer-based (Online test)

CAT 2018 Convener

Prof. Sumanta Basu

Application Fees

Rs. 1800 for General/NC-OBC category

Rs. 900 for SC/ST/PWD/DA category

Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schools

As per the Government of India regulations

CAT 2018 Official Website

iimcat.ac.in

Score or Grade Used by

IIMs and various B-schools in India

CAT 2018 Important Dates

 

The schedule for CAT 2018 is expected to maintain the similar timeline as that of CAT 2017. Take a look at the tentative CAT important dates 2018 in the below table.

 

CAT 2018 Important Dates

Events

Dates (Tentative)

CAT 2018 Notification Released

Fourth week of July 2018

Application Commencement

Second week of August 2018

Last date to apply

Fourth week of September 2018

CAT Application form edit

Fourth week of September 2018

Admit Card Release

Third week of October 2018

CAT Tutorial/Mock Test

Fourth week of October 2018

CAT 2018 Exam

November 25, 2018 (Sunday)

CAT 2018 Answer Key

Second week of December 2018

CAT 2018 Result

Second week of January 2019

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 lot of hard work accompanied with smart planning. In order to ensure 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.

  • Have specific dedicated study hours.

  • Practise Previous Years Question Papers and Sample Papers

  • Practise of sample papers/model papers help 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 covers the entire syllabus.

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

Important links:

CAT 2018 - Must read books for preparation

CAT 2018: When and how to start preparations

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CAT Exam Pattern 2018

 

According to the exam pattern of CAT 2018, it is a computer based test of three 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). The table below brings the CAT 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 three 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

The order of the sections is pre-decided (as mentioned in the above table), starting from VARC and ending with QA. The weightage of VARC and QA is equal, whereas that of DILR is little lower.

 

The above CAT exam pattern is that of last year’s. The CAT 2018 exam pattern may undergo changes based on the discretion of the conducting IIM.

 

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 few topics which will be added to the CAT 2018 syllabus and some topics might get omitted, the overall syllabus is likely to remain same.

 

CAT Exam 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

 

CAT 2018 aspirants can download the CAT Sample Papers from the Careers360 Sample Paper Store for free. By solving the CAT Sample Papers, test takers will be able to test their preparation status, as well as be familiar with the test taking process.

 

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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 percent 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

CAT 2018 Registration

 

The registration for CAT 2018 is likely to be available from the second week of August. CAT 2018 registration process is completely online wherein the CAT aspirants have to visit the CAT 2018 official website and click on the Registration tab. After filling up the registration form with basic details such as name, email address and mobile number, they would receive the CAT 2018 credentials- User ID and password through email and SMS respectively.

 

In order to fill up the CAT 2018 application form, applicants have to login through their CAT user ID and password and fill up the application form by entering the correct information. The CAT application form 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

  • The application fee is Rs. 1800 for General category candidates and Rs. 900 for SC/ST/PWD category candidates.

  • The mode of application fee payment is through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.

CAT Application Trend

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 2018 Mock Test

 

IIMs will release the CAT 2018 mock test in the last week of October. The CAT mock test 2018 will enable 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 CAT 2018 mock test 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 Admit Card 2018

 

The admit card of CAT 2018 is expected to be released in the third week of October. The procedure to download the admit card is completely online. IIMs would not send the CAT 2018 admit card by post, hence candidates must ensure that they download the admit card before 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.

 

CAT 2018 Exam Centres

 

The exam centres of CAT 2018 will be located in over 140 cities and 28 states across India. It is expected that IIMs will increase the number of CAT 2018 exam centres to accommodate and offer convenience to test takers across India. While filling the CAT 2018 registration form, candidates have to select three 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 exam centres

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Haryana

Odisha

Andhra Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh

Puducherry

Arunachal Pradesh

Jammu and Kashmir

Punjab

Assam

Jharkhand

Rajasthan

Bihar

Karnataka

Tamil Nadu

Chandigarh

Kerala

Telangana

Chattisgarh

Madhya Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh

Delhi

Maharashtra

Uttarakhand

Goa

Meghalaya

West Bengal

Gujarat

 

 

 

CAT Question Paper 2018

 

In a first, IIMs had released the official CAT question paper for 2017. It is expected CAT 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 CAT question paper in order to know the types of questions and topics to expect. To Download CAT 2017 question paper - Click here

 

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 CAT 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 score card to be downloaded online by entering the CAT ID and password. The CAT result or score card will carry information like sectional and overall scaled scores and percentiles. The CAT 2018 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 score card and preserve it till the admission process is over.

 

CAT 2018 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 scores using a formula similar to that of GATE. At the time of 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 refers to the minimum percentile to secure in order to get shortlisted by the CAT participating institutes. The CAT cutoff varies from institute to institute. While the top rung B-schools have the higher range of CAT cutoff and vice versa. CAT cutoff generally depends on the factors like difficulty level of the exam, number of test takers, number of seats among others. The following table brings to you the CAT cutoff of IIMs for the previous year (CAT 2017, admission year 2018).

 

CAT Cutoff for IIMs

IIM

Section

General

OBC-NC

SC

ST

PwD

IIM Ahmedabad

VRC

70

65

60

50

60

DI & LR

70

65

60

50

60

QA

70

65

60

50

60

Aggregate

80

75

70

60

70

IIM Bangalore

VRC

85

75

70

60

60

DI & LR

80

70

65

60

60

QA

80

70

65

60

60

Aggregate

90

80

75

75

75

IIM Calcutta

VRC

80

75

65

60

60

DI & LR

80

75

65

60

60

QA

80

75

65

60

60

Aggregate

90

85

70

70

70

IIM Lucknow

VRC

85

77

55

50

50

DI & LR

85

77

55

50

50

QA

85

77

55

50

50

Aggregate

90

82

70

65

65

IIM Indore

VRC

80

70

55

45

45

DI & LR

80

70

55

45

 

45

QA

80

70

55

45

45

Aggregate

90

80

60

50

50

IIM Kozhikode

VRC

80

70

60

40

40

DI & LR

80

70

60

40

40

QA

80

70

60

40

40

Aggregate

90

80

65

55

55 

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 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 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 and GD/WAT and 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. 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 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.

 

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Hello According to the previous year cutoff the chances are moderate of getting a seat in A category in private colleges but based upon your category you might get a seat. Go through the below given ...Read More
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