CAT Answer Key 2018
Vikas Gaur, 05 Jan 2019, #CAT
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CAT Answer Key 2018 – IIM Calcutta released the CAT 2018 answer key for both Slot 1 and slot 2 on December 7. The result of CAT 2018 has also been declared by the Institute on January 5. As stated by the official website of the exam, the final answer key has remained the same after the objections. IIM Calcutta has shared the result of the objections with the candidates who filed the objections on the official answer key of CAT 2018. The last date to raise objections, if any, based on the Question Paper PDF was December 10, 2018 (5:00 PM). Candidates can check the CAT answer key 2018 by entering the login details. Objection file was made available to the test takers against a payment of Rs. 1200 per objection. The fee does not include transaction processing fee and applicable GST (if applicable). Aspirants can check the same through the link given below. IIM Calcutta has also released the candidates' response sheet on November 30. CAT 2018 was conducted on Sunday, November 25, 2018. IIMs started releasing the CAT answer key only from last year. In the CAT 2018 answer key, the correct answers will be marked in green for both slot 1 and slot 2 exams. Since last year, IIMs also allowed the test takers to file objections if they find any discrepancy in the CAT answer key 2018. Candidates who appear for CAT exam will be able to download the CAT 2018 answer key pertaining to both the CAT slots (1 & 2) along with the question paper here. The process to download the answer key of CAT 2018 is provided on this page as well.

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Important Dates related to CAT Answer Key 2018



CAT 2018 Exam (conducted)

November 25, 2018, Sunday

CAT candidate response sheet and question paper 2018 (released)November 30, 2018

CAT 2018 Answer Key (released)

December 7 2018

Deadline for submitting objection form

December 10, 2018 (5 PM)

CAT 2018 Result (Declared)

January 5, 2019 (1 PM)

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

To Download CAT 2018 shift 1 Answer Key, Question paper - Click here  Or CHeck from the below window:

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To Check the CAT 2018 Response sheet and File Objection - Click Here

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What after checking CAT 2018 Answer Key

  • Candidates would be able to calculate the estimated score after checking the correct answers for both slot 1 and slot 2 exams.

  • 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. 1200 per objection. This fee will not include transaction processing fee and applicable GST (if applicable). 

  7. A candidate can file for as many objections as s/he wants, however, objections once submitted cannot be edited later. 

  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.

  10. Wherever applicable, the indicated mark of 1 for the wrong answer is the mark deducted for incorrect answer.

CAT 2018 Answer Key Objection Form - Transaction Processing Fee

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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

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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, would release 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.

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CAT 2018 Exam Structure

The structure and the exam pattern of CAT 2018 have remained the same as that of last year. As per the important dates of CAT 2018, the exam is held in computer-based mode on Sunday, November 25, 2018. The result of CAT 2018 will be declared on January 5, 2019. The result will be available in the form of scorecards in the second week of January 2019 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 2018 was conducted by IIM Calcutta in 374 test centres located in 147 cities across India. Around 2.41 lakh candidates have applied for the exam this year. 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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