CAT 2018 - IIM Calcutta has released the official CAT 2018 answer key for both slot 1 and slot 2 on December 7. The candidate response sheet and question paper were released on November 30. To check the CAT answer key 2018, candidates need to login to the official website with their CAT user id and password. For any discrepancy with the answer key of CAT 2018, candidates can file an objection against a payment of Rs 1200 per objection. CAT 2018 was conducted on November 25 in two slots at 374 centres across 147 cities of the country. According to the candidates, the overall difficulty level of the exam was rated moderate to difficult. Test takers have mixed reactions. Some are of the opinion that the questions in the Verbal section were difficult while some said it was the easiest section. Same goes for the Quant section. Some said it was difficult while others commented Quant had the easiest questions among the three sections. The DILR was unanimously rated as moderate in terms of difficulty. The second slot began at 2:30 pm and concluded at 5:30 pm. The Common Admission Test or CAT is the most competitive MBA entrance exam of India taken by around 2 lakh candidates every year. IIMs conduct CAT on a rotational basis every year for admission to 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India. 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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The exam pattern of CAT 2018 remained the same as last year. The exam was held for a duration of 180 minutes with three timed sections, namely VARC, DILR, and QA carrying a total of 300 marks. This article of Careers360 brings to you the detailed information on CAT 2018 regarding the notification, important dates, eligibility criteria, registration process, application form, exam pattern, exam analysis, result, cutoff, selection process etc.
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What's New in CAT 2018
- CAT Admit Card 2018- Candidates can check their exam centre location using the link of the Google Map given on the admit card to get the location of the respective examination centre on Google maps
Above 2.41 lakh candidates have applied for the exam.
As many as seven new exam cities have been added to the list of CAT 2018 exam cities. The exam will be conducted in 374 exam centres located in 147 cities this year (2 new states added - Mizoram and Nagaland).
The application fee of CAT has also been increased to Rs. 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. Earlier the CAT registration fee was Rs. 1800 and Rs. 900 respectively.
- Addition in Modes of Payment- The new CAT 2018 payment partners are BillDesk, PayU and Paytm.
- From this year onwards, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, will also accept the CAT score for admission to its MBA programme offered by the School of Management and Entrepreneurship.
CAT 2018 Overview
|Name of test||Common Admission Test (CAT)|
|Purpose of test||Qualifying test for admission to the post-graduate management program|
|Conducted by||IIM Calcutta|
|Exam type||National level|
|Periodicity||Once in a year|
|Score or Grade Validity||One Year|
|Annual Number of Test Takers||1,99,632 in 2017|
|Pattern of Test||MCQs and Non-MCQs|
|Number of Questions||100|
|Test Duration||3 hours|
|Negative Marking||+3 for every correct answer|
-1 for each wrong answer in MCQs
No negative marking for Non-MCQs or TITA
|Syllabus||Questions from VARC, QA and DI & LR|
|Mode of Conduct||Computer-based test|
|CAT 2018 Convener||Prof. Sumanta Basu|
|Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schools||As per the Government of India regulations|
|CAT 2018 Official Website||iimcat.ac.in|
|CAT 2018 Helpdesk contact details||Ph: 1800-209-0830|
Email: [email protected]
|CAT centre office contact details||Ph:033-24679178|
|Score or Grade Used by||IIMs and various B-schools in India|
IIM Calcutta has released the important dates of CAT 2018. Take a look at the important dates in the below table-
CAT Important Dates
CAT 2018 Notification Released
July 29, 2018
August 8, 2018
Last date to apply (concluded)
September 26, 2018 (till 11:59 PM)
Re-upload of blur/improper photograph in CAT Application form
September 27 (10 AM) to September 30 (5 PM)
Issuing Admit Card (Released)
October 24, 2018, from 1 PM onwards
CAT 2018 Tutorial/Mock Test (activated)
October 17, 2018
CAT 2018 Exam
Sunday, November 25, 2018 (Forenoon slot - 9 am-12 pm) -Concluded
Sunday, November 25, 2018 (Afternoon slot - 2:30 pm-5:30 pm) -Concluded
|Candidate Response File (released)||November 30, 2018|
Releasing of Answer Key (released)
December 7, 2018
Announcement of CAT 2018 Result
Second week of January 2019
|Quantitative Ability (QA)||Easy-moderate|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)||Difficult|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)|
CAT Candidate Response File 2018
IIM Calcutta has released the Candidate Response File (CRF) on November 30, 2018. The candidates who appeared for the exam on November 25 can check their responses by logging in to the official website with their CAT user id and password. It will allow them to check whether their responses were registered correctly or not during the exam. After this, IIM Calcutta will release the answer key in the second week of December.
Once the exam has been successfully conducted, candidates will naturally be eager to know their CAT performance in terms of score and percentile. The wait may seem long for some, since the result of CAT 2018 will be released more than a month after the exam. For the benefit of CAT candidates, Careers360 has created a special tool called CAT Percentile Predictor tool wherein candidates will be able to predict their CAT percentile right after writing the exam.
The CAT Percentile Predictor tool will allow the test takers to estimate their overall and sectional percentile even before the result is announced. They will also be able to estimate their chances of securing admission in top B-schools like old IIMs (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow etc.), new IIMs (Amritsar, Ranchi, Sirmaur, Sambalpur etc.), FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, amongst others. It is ideal to use the CAT percentile tool to calculate the score and analyse the performance after checking the CAT answer key. Further, using this tool will help the candidates prepare accordingly for the selection rounds of whichever B-schools they are targeting.
How to Download CAT 2018 Result
CAT 2018 Cutoffs for Non-IIMs
CAT 2018 Reservation Criteria
CAT 2018 Counselling
|IIM Kashipur||FPM & EFPM|
|IIM Raipur||FPM & EFPM|
|IIM Ranchi||PhD, EPhD|
The admit card of CAT 2018 has been released on October 24. The procedure to download the CAT 2018 admit card is completely online. IIMs would not send the admit card by post, hence candidates must ensure that they download the admit card before the exam date, by logging in with their credentials.
CAT admit card 2018 is one of the most important documents which must be carried on the exam date and preserved till the admission process is over.
How to Download CAT 2018 Admit Card?
Visit the CAT 2018 official website
Logging in through your CAT login ID and Password
- Click on the tab ‘Admit Card’
The admit card of CAT 2018 will appear on the screen
Download the admit card and keep a soft copy for future use
How to correct errors in CAT Admit Card 2018?
In case any discrepancy is found in the CAT 2018 Admit Card, candidates must contact the exam authority immediately to get it corrected. Contact the CAT Helpdesk at the following details for any corrections that must be made in the hall ticket:
CAT Toll-Free Number: 1800-266-3549; Call on the Toll-free number, Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (excluding National holidays).
CAT Helpdesk email address: [email protected]
Do's and Dont's for CAT test day
Do's for CAT test day:
- Candidates who have the morning slot will be required to report at 7:30 AM, and candidates who have the afternoon slot will have to report by 1 PM to allow sufficient time for frisking and completing the formalities before taking the CAT exam.
- It is mandatory to follow the below procedures sequentially on CAt test day, as specified by IIM Calcutta:
- Cooperate with Test centre staff during document Verification and Frisking
- Use the Reference Number printed on the Admit Card, to check the location of Exam Lab from the List displayed on the Notice Board at the Test Centre.
- Return Writing Pad with all pages intact and Pen post the Exam to the Invigilator
- Ask for any help only from Test Centre Invigilator during the exam
- Provide attendance in the Form with the signature when asked for in the Exam Lab.
- Post the Exam, hand over Admit Card duly signed to Invigilator present in the Exam Lab.
Dont's for CAT test day:
- Avoid attempting to appear for CAT 2018 Exam more than once. Candidature will be cancelled if a candidate is found to appear for the test multiple times.
- Do not request entry to the Test Centre post 8:45 a.m. for the Forenoon Session and post 2:15 p.m. for the Afternoon Session.
- Do not involve yourself in any arguments with other Candidates or Test centre staff or attempt to copy or cheat. The decision of concerned authority will be treated s final on the test day.
- Do not use the keyboard at any point in time; this will lock your computer system.
- Do not request for change of Test Centre/Exam Lab/Console on the Exam Day.
- Do not waste Writing pad pages as it is distributed only once per Candidate during the course of the Exam or carry any page from the writing pad outside the exam lab after the test.
What are the things allowed inside the exam hall?
- Only Admit Card of CAT 2018
- Photo Identity Card
- Required Medical certificate and Scribe affidavit (if any)
- Socks, plain Pullovers / Sweaters / Cardigans (without any pockets) are allowed
- Candidates with the metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body should bring a medical certificate of the same at the Test Centre.
What are the things NOT allowed inside the exam test hall?
- Mobile phone
- Bag, wallets
- Electronic gadgets
- Stationery items
The examination of CAT is one of the toughest entrance tests to crack. So “How should one go about preparing for the exam?” is the most fundamental question CAT aspirants have. What you need is a lot of hard work accompanied by smart planning. In order to ensure a higher rate of success in the test, Careers360 brings you some tips and tricks for CAT 2018 preparation:
Candidates must carefully go through the syllabus of the respective CAT paper they are appearing in.
Prepare a day-to-day timetable for yourself.
Plan for dedicated study hours.
Practise Previous Years Question Papers and Sample Papers
The practice of sample papers/model papers helps to know your strengths and weakness. After knowing the weak areas, you can plan how to work and improve in those areas.
Take more and more Mock Tests which will give you the real taste and feel of the actual exam.
Refer to the important CAT Books that cover the entire syllabus.
Apart from every strategy and planning, the most important aspect of CAT 2018 preparation includes taking good care of your health.
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IIMs has released the CAT mock test 2018 on October 17, to help the candidates to understand the exam pattern/structure. The mock test enables the test takers to practice and get familiar with the online test format and navigation process of the test. The test aspirants are advised to take at least 8-12 mock tests prior to appearing the main exam on November 25, 2018. IIM Calcutta has released two mock tests. One for all the candidates and the other for the PwD candidates with low vision. Both the test links are made available on the iimcat.ac.in homepage.
Candidates can also check the usage of the online calculator and timer. However, aspirants must note that the mock test of CAT 2018 is meant for practice purpose only and the questions should not be treated as sample questions as there is hardly and qualitative similarity in the questions.
According to the exam pattern of CAT 2018, it's a computer-based test of 3 hours duration carrying 100 objective type multiple choice and non-multiple choice type questions. The areas or sections from which the questions are asked include Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR).
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The table below brings the CAT 2018 exam pattern or structure of the exam-
CAT 2018 Exam Pattern
No. of MCQs
No. of Non-MCQs
Questions from each section
Time allotted to each section (minutes)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Marking Scheme –Each question carries 3 marks. For each wrong answer, there is negative marking of one mark. There is no negative marking scheme for non-MCQs or TITA (Type In The Answer) questions.
There is no specific syllabus for CAT 2018. The experts have laid out the CAT syllabus 2018 based on the previous years’ exam analysis and the topics covered. While there might be a few topics which will be added to the syllabus and some topics might get omitted, the overall syllabus is likely to remain the same.
CAT 2018 Syllabus
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Aspirants can download the CAT Sample Papers from the Careers360 Sample Paper Store for free. By solving the sample papers, test takers will be able to test their preparation status, as well as be familiar with the test-taking process.
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The exam centres of CAT 2018 will be located in 374 test centres located across 147 cities in India. Two new exam states have been added to the list this year - Mizoram and Nagaland.
While filling the CAT 2018 registration form, candidates have to select four exam centres city in the order of preference. The exam centre will be allotted by IIMs and the final centre can be seen on the CAT admit card.
CAT 2018 exam centres
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Kakinada, Guntur, Chirala, Rajahmundry, Vizianagaram
Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Aurangabad, Gaya, Darbhanga
Bhillai, Raipur, Bilaspur
Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana
Panipat, Rohtak, Hisar, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal
Jammu and Kashmir
Bokaro, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh
Belagavi(Belgaum), Bengaluru, Dharwad, Hubballi(Hubli), Kalaburagi(Gulbarga), Mangaluru(Mangalore), Mysuru(Mysore), Shivamogga(Shimoga), Udupi
Kannur, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Trivandrum
Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain
Amravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad-Maharashtra, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Ulhasnagar
Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur
Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, Trichy
Karim Nagar, Warangal, Hyderabad
Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi
Roorkee, Dehradun, Haldwani
Asansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri
In a first, IIMs had released the official CAT question paper for 2017. It is expected that the question paper for 2018 will also be declared by IIMs in the first week of December. Candidates aspiring to appear for CAT 2018 must download the question paper in order to know the types of questions and topics to expect. To Download CAT 2017 question paper - Click here
The online application form of CAT 2018 was released on August 8 and the last date to apply was September 26, 2018 (11:59 PM). CAT 2018 registration process was completely online. Candidates had to visit the official website to fill the application form. IIM Calcutta has allowed the aspirants who have registered for the exam to change improper/blur photographs between September 27 (10 AM) to September 30 (5 PM).
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How to fill CAT Application Form 2018
In order to fill up the application form, applicants have to login through their user ID and password and fill up the application form by entering the correct information. The application form of CAT 2018 is divided into following categories or sections:
Selecting IIMs to apply for
Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities
After filling up information on each page, candidates have to click on Save & Next tab. Applicants have to upload their photograph and signature in the given dimension. The last step is to pay the application fee through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.
CAT 2018 Application Fee
Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking,BillDesk, PayU and Paytm
CAT Application Trends
No. of Registration
No. of Test Takers
CAT Application Form Status
After submitting CAT 2018 online Application Form, a pop-up message will appear on the screen with information related to the success status of the application. An SMS on the registered mobile number and an email to the registered email ID will also be sent informing the same.
Once the application form is successfully submitted, the application status appears as “Successfully Submitted.” In case there has been an error it will appear as “Application Rejected.”
CAT 2018 Application Form Correction
IIM Calcutta has announced that registered candidates who had uploaded improper or blur photographs can upload their new photograph between September 27, 2018 (10 AM) to September 30, 2018 (5 PM).
During the form-filling process, it might occur that candidates enter incorrect details due to lack of information or some other reason. After the submission of the CAT online application form 2018, the authorities may allow also a limited window to correct the application form. Candidates will be allowed to make corrections only in certain fields like percentage of marks, work experience and programmes selected. Information like personal details, academic details, exam city preference etc. cannot be edited. The correction window might be open in the fourth week of September 2018 by IIM Calcutta.
As per the eligibility criteria of CAT 2018, candidates should fulfil the following parameters:
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised University or Institute
General and OBC-NC category candidates should obtain at least 50 per cent marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to secure is 45
The duration of the graduation programme should be minimum 3 years
Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018 provided they complete their programme within the stipulated schedule
Age Limit - There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2018 exam
CAT 2018 FAQs
Q. I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?
A. As per CAT 2018 eligibility criteria, you must submit the percentage according to your university norms.
Q. I have not completed my Bachelor’s Degree/I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks do I need to enter in the Application form?
A. You have to provide the Aggregate Percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.
Q. Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT 2018 exam?
A.No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT 2018 exam.
Q. Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT 2018?
A.No. You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2018 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.
Q. I have done 5 years integrated course of B.Tech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.Tech and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA. How do I enter my marks?
A. As per your University norms, you will enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and the remaining 1.5 years under Master’s degree.
Q. I have completed a 5-year dual degree course (BTech+MTech, BS+MS, BTech+MSc etc.)? How do I enter my marks for the bachelor degree?
A. As per your university norms, you must enter the aggregate of marks that are equivalent to Bachelors’ Degree under the Bachelor’s Degree section and the equivalent Marks for the Masters’ degree under the Master Degree section.
Q. Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2018?
A. You cannot appear for more than one slot. It will be deemed as a fraudulent activity if you attempt to appear more than once for CAT 2018. To ensure that candidates have only one attempt, Admit Cards, photo IDs, candidate pictures, and biometric information will be verified. Candidates who attempt to take the test more than once will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.
Q. In case the website does not work and I am unable to complete my application, what should I do?
A. If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close the Internet browser (delete browsing history, cache & cookies of the web browser) and try again.
Q. If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?
A. The Admit Card needs to be directly printed from the CAT 2018 website using your User ID and Password. It will be available for printout from the third week of October. The admit card will not be mailed to your postal address.
If you are unable to view your Admit Card after logging in, contact the CAT 2018 Helpdesk:
Q. I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2018but have backlogs, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2018?
A. Yes, as per the CAT 2018 eligibility norms, candidates who are completing their degree by May 2019 are eligible to appear for CAT. However, the candidate should select Yes to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree”.
A. A candidate must take the exam on a workstation assigned at the exam venue based on the city selected while registering for CAT. The venue details are printed on the Admit Card.
CAT 2018 Information Bulletin
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
Diamond Harbour Road, Joka
Phone No. - 033-24679178
Email Address - [email protected]
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