CAT 2018 Notification released; Applications to start from August 8

CAT 2018 NotificationCAT 2018 Notification - IIM Calcutta has released the official CAT 2018 notification on July 29, 2018. Like every year, the official notification was released in all the national dailies. The exam CAT 2018 will be conducted on Sunday, November 25. As per the official CAT 2018 notification, the registration for CAT 2018 will start from August 8 and will continue until September 19.

Prof. Sumanta Basu, the exam convener this year, has said that "Candidates will be given the option to select 4 test cities in order of preference. Cities and centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date for CAT 2018 registration and hence candidates need not rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration."  CAT is the gateway to admission at 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India. Last year, the CAT notification was released on July 30, 2017 and the exam was held on November 26, 2017.

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The CAT 2018 Convenor Prof. Sumanta Basu has not mentioned any change regarding the CAT exam pattern or window. According to him, after the CAT committee reviews the past year’s CAT, they would take a decision on whether to introduce any change or not. The expected timeline for CAT 2018 is given in the below table.

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CAT 2018 Notification - Timeline


Below are the CAT 2018 important dates. The CAT 2018 registration starts from August 8 and continue September 19. Aspirants may take a look at the CAT 2018 important dates below.


CAT 2018 Important Dates


Important Dates

Official notification of CAT 2018

July 29, 2018

CAT 2018 Registration Commencement

August 8, 2018

Last date of CAT 2018 Registration

September 19, 2018

CAT 2018 Admit Card

October 24, 2018

CAT 2018 exam

November 25, 2018

CAT 2018 result

Second week of January 2019

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

There are three sections in CAT on the basis of which candidates’ aptitude is tested. The three sections are Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability (QA). Each section is of 60 minutes duration making the total duration to be three hours or 180 minutes. The structure and pattern of the test is given in the table below.

S. No.


Number of Questions



Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)


1 hour


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)


1 hour


Quantitative Ability (QA)


1 hour

The questions are objective, multiple choice type. Some of the questions are non-MCQs or Type in the answer (TITA) type. Each question carries three marks and for each wrong answer, there is negative marking of one mark. There is no negative marking scheme for non-MCQs and unattempted questions.


IIM Calcutta had conducted CAT earlier in the year 2011 and introduced several changes in the exam pattern. This year, the institute has kept the exam pattern same as last year.


This is the last year of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to be the CAT testing partner as the five year contract is getting exhausted this year. Last year, out of 2,31,000 applications, as many as 1,99,632 candidates took the test which was conducted across 140 cities and 28 states across India.   

First Published On : 27 Jul 2018 04:43 PM IST

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