CAT Admit Card 2018
Vikas Gaur, 24 Nov 2018, #CAT
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CAT Admit Card 2018 – IIM Calcutta released the CAT 2018 admit card on October 24 at 1 PM. CAT admit card 2018 was available online only for those candidates whose application form was accepted by the examination authority. To download the CAT 2018 admit card, candidates had to login to the official website using their CAT user ID and password received at the time of registration. The admit card of CAT 2018 carries information like personal details of the candidates, test venue details and exam day instructions.

Without the CAT admit card 2018, candidates were not allowed to appear for the exam. Candidates are suggested to preserve the print out of the admit card till the admission process is over. IIM Calcutta conducted CAT 2018 on Sunday, November 25, 2018, in across 374 exam centres in two slots, under the convenorship of Prof. Sumanta Basu. This article of Careers360 brings to you all the details related to CAT 2018 admit card such as how to download and FAQ's etc.

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Important Dates related to CAT Admit Card 2018



CAT 2018 admit card (released)

October 24, 2018 (1:00 pm)

Last date to download CAT admit card

Until the day of the exam

CAT 2018 exam

November 25, 2018 (Sunday)

CAT 2018 Exam Schedule 

SessionExamination TimingReporting TimeLast Entry Time
Forenoon session9:00 AM to 12:00 PM7:30 AM8:45 AM
Afternoon session2:30 PM to 5:30 PM1:00 PM2:15 PM


How to download CAT Admit Card 2018?

Candidates had to follow the steps given below to download the admit card of CAT 2018:

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  • Visit the official website of CAT 2018 

  • Log in through your registered credentials (CAT login ID and Password)

  • CAT admit card appears on the screen

  • Download the PDF file of the admit card

  • Candidates are advised to print at least two copies of the admit card. Keep a soft-copy for future use 

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Details mentioned on CAT 2018 Admit Card/ Hall Ticket

The CAT admit card carries the following information:

  • Name of the candidate

  • Date of birth of the candidate

  • CAT 2018 Registration Number and User ID

  • Category – Whether the candidate belongs to General category or Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe or Differently Abled

  • Date and slot of CAT 2018

  • Name of the Exam centre and address

  • Test system number

  • Candidate’s signature

  • Candidate’s photograph

  • Exam day instructions

  • Google Map Link - As a new feature this year, the exact location of the test centre has been added on the admit card which can be checked on Google Maps by clicking on the Google Map link.

  • Reference Number

  • Emergency Number

Snapshot of CAT Admit Card

Candidates who completed the CAT 2018 application process by paying the application fee before the application deadline were able to download the CAT 2018 admit card. Those who had uploaded improper or blurred photograph, were given the opportunity to re-upload correct photograph from September 27 (10 AM) to September 30 (5 PM). This opportunity was provided only to those candidates who had completed the application process by paying the application fee. 

Problems in downloading CAT Admit Card 2018

Candidates may face the following issues while downloading the CAT 2018 admit card/ hall ticket. Here are the solutions.

  • Forgetting login credentials – In case the candidates forget their login ID and password which were generated at the time of registration, they have to click on the ‘Forget Password’ tab. They will receive a link to reset the password to their registered email address. They have to visit the link and create a new password.
  • In case of any other doubts or queries, candidates can contact the CAT Helpline Desk number: 1-800-209-0830 (Toll-Free) or email at [email protected]

Note: Monday to Saturday (9 am to 6 pm); Not available on Public/National holidays

What to Carry along with CAT Admit Card 2018 on exam day? 

Along with the admit card of CAT 2018, candidates had to carry at least of the following photo identity cards in original: 

  • Aadhaar Card

  • Voter ID Card

  • Passport

  • PAN Card

  • Driving License

  • Photo ID issued by current education institute or employer among others.

CAT Exam Day Instructions

  • Copy of CAT 2018 admit card should be clear and legible

  • Candidates have to paste passport size colour photograph in the space provided

  • Test takers should not sign in the space provided as the signature has to be made in presence of the invigilator

  • Test takers have to carry at least two copies of CAT admit card print out, of which, one copy has to be submitted to the invigilator

  • Candidates have to check the exam and exam centre reporting timing properly from the CAT 2018 admit card. For the first slot, they had to report by 7.30 AM and for the second slot, the timing was 1 PM. Beyond 8.45 AM and 2.15 PM, candidates were not allowed to enter the test centre.

  • Test takers will not be allowed to carry anything else apart from their CAT admit card 2018 and photo ID card. Rough sheets and pencils will be provided inside the exam hall.

  • Mobile phones, electronic gadgets, watches, calculators, stationery items, papers, wallets, goggles, jackets, etc. will not be allowed inside the Exam Hall.

  • This year, the exam authority has introduced that candidates must not wear any jewellery or other items containing metal to the exam hall. Candidates will also be asked to remove their jackets, footwear before entering the Test Hall.

  • The Reference Number on the CAT admit card is provided only for limited purpose of identifying the floor/wing/lab at the Test venue on the day of the Test. For any correspondence with CAT Centre, candidates must provide his/her CAT Registration Number.

  • The CAT 2018 admit card will not only be required till the exam day but also till the entire admission process is concluded.

FAQs on CAT Admit Card 2018

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

A. Candidates can take the print out of the CAT 2018 admit card directly from the CAT website using their CAT registered User ID and Password. It will be available for download from the fourth week of October. The admit card will not be emailed personally to any candidate. If you are unable to view your Admit Card after logging in, contact the CAT Helpdesk:

Toll-free: 1-800-209-0830

Email: [email protected] 

Q. In case I forget to carry the CAT admit card, will I be able to appear for the exam? Can I show the digital copy of the admit card?

A. No. Without admit card, no candidate will be allowed to appear for the test under any circumstances. Make sure that you carry the printed copy of the admit card of CAT 2018 on the exam day. Digital copy will not be accepted. Apart from Admit Card and ID proof, you’ll not be allowed to take anything inside the exam hall.

Q. Can I carry a photocopy of ID card?

A. No.  Candidates must carry their original photo ID proof. A scanned copy or photocopy will not be accepted at the test centre.

Q. Can I change my preferred exam centre?

A.  No. The exam centre should be chosen carefully while filling the application form. Candidates have to appear for the CAT at the exam centre mentioned on the CAT admit card 2018. No request to change the test centre will be accepted under any condition.

Q. What is Test System Number mentioned on the Admit Card of CAT 2018?

A. Test System Number, mentioned on the admit card, is to help the candidate identify the computer and floor at the examination centre. Candidates must not confuse the Test System Number with the registration number. Only Registration Number is to be used for communication with the CAT centre.

Q. Can I bring a calculator to the CAT test centre?

A. Carrying a calculator to the test centre is prohibited. An onscreen calculator will be available throughout the exam for candidates while taking the test, which they can use any time. 

Q. What do I need to do after downloading the CAT admit card?

A. Candidates must verify all the details mentioned on the CAT 2018 admit card. If any error is found, they must rectify it immediately from the authority. It is recommended to print at least two copies of the CAT admit card.

Q. Is there a specific order for answering sections? Can I attempt sections the way I want?

A. Candidates will have to answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order will remain the same for all the candidates. They will not be allowed to toggle in between sections. 

Q. As a PwD candidate, will I be given any time extension?
A. PwD candidates will be given a time extension of 20 minutes per section, which comes to a total extension of one hour for the full test. Hence, the total test time allowed for PwD candidates will be four hours, making it 80 minutes per section of CAT. 

Q. Can I take the exam from any computer at the test centre?

A. Each candidate will be assigned a workstation at the test centre based on the test cities selected while registering for CAT. They must take the test only from the system name which is mentioned on the CAT admit card. The test centre details will be printed on the Admit Card.

One month preparation tips for CAT 2018

CAT 2018 is just one month away. It's very important for the candidates to know what exactly they should be doing or what should be the strategy in the last one month. A right strategy can make a huge difference on the exam day. Here are few last-month tips for CAT 2018.

Strengthen your basics

If your basics are clear, you will be able to tackle any kind of question on the exam day. Arks Srinivas, National Head, MBA Prep, Career Launcher says, “Regularly practice and revise the formula, vocabulary and grammar rules so that you don’t have to think hard on the exam day.” So, make sure you revise the basics every day.

Practice Full-length Mock Tests

Make sure to take as many mock tests as possible in the last one month to CAT. This is the best way to prepare for the actual exam. IIM Calcutta has already released CAT mock test on the official CAT website. You can simply login and practise online.

Develop an exam-day strategy

Make your own exam-day strategy that you are comfortable with. This strategy must include how you going to attempt questions in each section. A pre-planned strategy will save a lot of time for you on the exam day.

CAT 2018 was held on November 25, 2018, across 147 cities of CAT exam centres. The exam pattern of CAT 2018 states that it was a computer-based test of three hours carrying 100 objective type questions divided into three sections -

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Compression (VARC) - 34  Questions
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) - 32 Questions
  • Quantitative Ability (QA) -34 Questions

CAT Exam Pattern: Number of MCQs & Non-MCQs

SectionNo. of QuestionsNo. of Non-MCQsMCQs
DI & LR32824

Marking Scheme 

It is very important to be aware of marking scheme of the CAT exam to devise an exam-taking strategy which includes number of attempts to be made, accuracy along with time management. As per the marking scheme of CAT 2018, each correct answer will be awarded three marks and one mark would be deducted for each wrong answer. However, this marking scheme is applicable only for MCQs. For Non-MCQs (or TITA questions), there is no negative marking.

Rough Sheet - Candidates will be provided with pages for rough calculations at the test centre; however, one needs to submit the same after completing the examination. Candidates are not allowed to carry anything inside the examination hall except their admit card and ID.

More than 2.41 lakh candidates applied for CAT 2018. As many as 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India are CAT participating institutes, i.e. they accept CAT score for their admission process.

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