CAT Important Dates 2018
Vikas Gaur, 05 Jan 2019, #CAT
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CAT Important Dates 2018 - IIM Calcutta released the important dates of CAT 2018 along with the official notification of CAT 2018 on July 29. The result has been declared on January 5, 2019, on the official website. The application procedure for CAT 2018 started on August 8 and concluded on September 26, 2018 (11:59 PM). Option to change the improper/blur photographs in the submitted application forms was available from September 27 (10 AM) to September 30 (5 PM). The admit card of CAT 2018 was released on October 24. IIM Calcutta had released the candidate response file on November 30 so that candidates can check their responses given during the exam.
The official answer key of CAT 2018 had been released on December 7 on the official website and the last date to raise objection based on the official CAT 2018 answer key was December 10, 2018. Prof. Sumanta Basu is the exam convener this year. CAT or Common Admission Test is a national-level management entrance test conducted by the IIMs every year on a rotational basis. According to the CAT important dates 2018, the exam was conducted on November 25, 2018 (Sunday) in online mode across 374 centres located in 147 cities pan India. Candidates who wish to appear for the exam must check all the important dates of CAT 2018 and other relevant information. This article explains the same.
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CAT 2018 Important Dates



CAT 2018 Notification

July 29, 2018

CAT 2018 application commencement

August 8, 2018

CAT 2018 last date of application

September 26, 2018 (till 11:59 PM)

Re-upload of improper photograph in CAT 2018 application

September 27 (10 AM) to September 30 (5 PM)

Admit Card

October 24, 2018 (1 PM onwards) - Released

CAT 2018 Mock Test (Released)

October 17, 2018

CAT 2018 Exam

November 25, 2018, Sunday (Two Slots: 9 am-12 pm and 2:30 pm-5:30 pm)

Candidate Response FileNovember 30, 2018

Answer Key (Released)

December 7, 2018

Last date to raise objection (if any) based on the official answer keyDecember 10, 2018 (5 pm)

CAT 2018 Result (released)

January 5, 2019

CAT 2018 Selection Procedure

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Highlights of CAT Important Dates 2018 

All the above-mentioned events of CAT 2018 in detail are explained below to provide a better understanding of the exam to the candidates.

CAT 2018 Registration: IIM Calcutta released the application form of CAT 2018 online on August 8, 2018. Before filling the application form, aspirants had to register for the exam by visiting the official website of CAT 2018. Candidates who successfully registered for the exam received the login credentials through which they could log in and fill in the application form by entering the asked details, uploading the photograph, signature and other necessary documents and payment of application fee. A small window of three days was also given to the registered candidates from September 27  (10 AM) to September 30 (5 PM) to re-upload their photograph in case they uploaded blurred photograph previously in the CAT application form. The last date to fill the application form for CAT was September 26, 2018 (11:59 PM).

CAT 2018 Admit Card: Candidates who successfully submitted the application form along with application fee can download the admit card of CAT 2018. It has been released on October 24, 2018, 1 PM. The admit card will be available until the exam day. Candidates can download the admit card from the official CAT website.

CAT 2018 Exam: The official date for CAT 2018 exam is November 25, 2018, Sunday. The exam was conducted in online mode in two sessions same as the last year. The mock test of CAT 2018 was released on October 17, 2018, for candidates to know the exam pattern and navigation features of the actual CAT exam.

CAT Candidate Response File 2018: IIM Calcutta had released the Candidate Response File (CRF) on November 30, 2018, along with the question paper of the exam. Candidates had to simply login to the official website with their CAT user id and password to check their responses. It allowed them to check whether their responses were registered correctly or not during the exam. After this, IIM Calcutta released the answer key on December 7, 2018.

CAT Answer Key 2018: IIM Calcutta had released the official answer key of CAT 2018 on December 7, 2018. With the help of the answer key, candidates can check the correct answers and calculate their estimated scores. Candidates need to login to the official website to download the CAT 2018 answer key. Moreover, IIMs also provided the option to challenge answer keys or questions by paying Rs. 1200 per challenge within December 10, 2018, until 5 pm. Based on the validity of the challenge, IIMs would take appropriate action and refund the challenge application fee.

CAT 2018 Result: IIM Calcutta has declared the result of CAT 2018 on January 5, 2019. The result of last year's exam was declared on January 8. The CAT 2018 result has been declared in the form of scorecard in PDF format which will carry the overall and sectional scores of the candidates. The same can be downloaded from the official website.

Last year, IIMs allowed the test takers to submit their objections to the question paper and the answer key. It would be interesting to see if they do the same this year. 

CAT 2018 Selection Procedure: The selection procedure of CAT 2018 is expected to start in the month of March and likely to continue till May 2019. The selection procedure at IIMs includes Writing Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).  will be conducted from March-May. The courses commence from July 2019.

Around 2.41 candidates registered for CAT 2018. Last year, around 2,31,000 candidates had applied for the test and 1,99,632 candidates appeared for it. Around 4,000 seats are offered by 20 IIMs. Apart from IIMs, over 100 B-schools across India, both from private as well as public ownership accept CAT scores for admission to their flagship management programmes.

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