CAT Answer Key 2018

CAT Answer KeyCAT Answer Key 2018 – The answer key of CAT 2018 will be released by the exam conducting body IIM Calcutta along with the question paper in the first week of December 2018. IIMs started releasing the CAT answer key only from last year. In the CAT 2018 answer key, along with the question paper, the correct answers will be marked in the green colour. Starting from last year, IIMs also allowed the test takers to file an objection if they find any discrepancy in the CAT answer key. To file an objection, candidates will have to pay a certain amount. Last year, the fee to file an objection was Rs. 1000. Candidates who appear for CAT exam will be able to download the CAT 2018 answer key along with the question paper here on this page. Also, the process to download the answer key is also given on this page. Read on to know more.

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Important Dates related to CAT Answer Key 2018



CAT 2018 Exam

November 25, 2018, Sunday

CAT Answer Key and Question paper

First week of December 2018

Deadline for submitting Objection form

Second week of December 2018

CAT 2018 Result

Second week of January 2019

How to Download CAT Answer Key 2018

  • Candidates need to visit the official website of CAT 2018

  • Use login credentials – CAT registration id and password

  • Click on the tab Shift1/ Shift2 Question Paper

  • Download the PDF form or check the website itself

  • The correct answer option is marked in green prefixed with a tick mark, whereas the incorrect answer options are marked in red and prefixed with 'x' symbol

Previous Year CAT Answer Key


Download CAT 2017 Answer Key and Question paper Shift 1 below:


What after checking CAT 2018 Answer Key

  • Candidates would be able to calculate the estimated score after checking the correct answers

  • Candidates can file for objection in case they find any discrepancy in the answers provided

How to file Objection on CAT Answer Key 2018?

  1. Go to the official website of CAT 2018

  2. Login with the registered credentials

  3. Click on the tab 'Objection Form' and then '+' sign to add an objection

  4. Now, select section name, question number and type of objection among the three options given:

    a)      None of the options is a correct answer

    b)      More than one option is a correct answer

    c)      Answer Key is incorrect

  5. An option to add remarks will also be given within 500 words

  6. Now, submit the objection and pay the Objection Fee i.e. Rs. 1000 per question

  7. A candidate can file for as many objections as s/he wants

  8. In case, the objection is found valid by IIM expert panel, the objection fee (excluding transaction charges) will be refunded

  9. If an objection filed by a candidate is found to be valid, the remedial measures taken by IIMs will be applicable to all the candidates and not just the candidate who has raised the objection.

CAT 2018 Answer Key Objection Form - Transaction Processing Fee

Mode Of Payment

Transaction Fees

Credit Card (Visa/Master)

1.20% of the value of the transaction

Credit Card (Amex/Diners Club)

2.85% of the value of the transaction

Debit Card (Visa/Master/Rupay )

0.75% of the value of the transaction for value up to Rs 2000 and 1.00% for value more than Rs. 2000

ATM-cum-Debit Cards

0.75% of the value of the transaction for value up to Rs 2000 and 1.00% for value more than Rs. 2000

Net Banking

Rs 18.00 per transaction for HDFC, ICICI, AXIS and SBI Rs 15.00 per transaction for rest of the banks

Cash Card & Wallet

1.75% of the value of the transaction.

CAT Marking Scheme

Marking Scheme



Correct answer



Negative marks


No negative marking

Unattempted questions

No marks

No marks

CAT Answer Key

Earlier, as per official statement, if any organisation, either official or other institutes, releases CAT answer key, would have to bear legal consequences. Even if a particular person or organisation claims to share the CAT answer key, rather than following it, inform the CAT officials. Even though the officials had earlier mentioned that no CAT answer key will be released in any form, many test takers and experts had demanded the officials to release the same for more transparency.

CAT 2018 answer key will be provided to make the test process completely transparent and to strengthen its credibility. Also, it will allow the test takers to estimate their score they can plan admission in a suitable B-School. CAT experts have been suggesting that IIMs must release CAT Question Paper and Answer Keys for transparency.


CAT 2018 Exam Structure

The structure and the exam pattern of CAT 2018 will be same as that of last year. As per the important dates of CAT 2018, the exam will be held in online mode on November 25, 2018, Sunday. The result of CAT 2018 is expected to be declared in the second week of January 2019. The result will be available in the form of scorecards and it can be checked by logging into the official CAT 2018 website. The IIMs and other participating institutes declare the shortlist of candidates separately.


As per the Non-Disclosure Agreement of CAT, test takers are not allowed to discuss or disclose any item of the question paper or exam or release CAT answer key in public domain or social media platforms. Let’s have a look at previous year’s CAT Cutoff.


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CAT 2017 was applied by 2, 31,067 candidates out of which 1,99,632 candidates appeared for the actual test. As per the trends previous years, the numbers are expected to increase this year.

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