CAT 2018: Application Form, Dates, Pattern, Syllabus

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a top level management entrance examination organized by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotational basis every year. Interested candidates can apply through online mode only. For admission in MBA, PGDM, and other management courseswhich is offered IIMs and other top business schools in India such as SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, NITIE etc CAT scorecard are required. IIM Delhi will conducts CAT 2018 on November 2018(Tentative). Every year more than two lakh aspirants apply for CAT exam. Here candidates can get the details about CAT 2018 application form, including how to apply, exam dates, eligibility, pattern etc.

CAT 2018 Important Exam dates

Events Exam Dates (Expected)
CAT 2018 Official Notification 1st week of August 2018
Start of CAT 2018 Online Registrations 1st or 2nd week of August 2018
Last Day of Registrations 3rd or 4th week of September 2018
Correction Window Last week of September 2018
Issuance of CAT 2018 Admit Cards 3rd week of October 2018
CAT 2018 Exam Date 3rd or 4th week of November 2018
Declaration of CAT 2018 Results 1st or 2nd week of January 2019

Registration: Candidates are advised to register and submit their CAT 2018 exam applications form well before 27th September 2018. The CAT 2018 registration process will be completely ONLINE.

Important Information

CAT 2018 Conducting Body IIM Delhi
CAT 2018 Exam Date December 2018
CAT Eligibility Criteria Graduation with 50%
Mode of Exam Online
Duration of Exam 3 Hours
Types and Number of Questions MCQ and Non-MCQ (100 Questions)
Sections 3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal & Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)
Courses Offered MBA/PGDM
CAT Help Desk 1800-2663-549 |

CAT Eligibility Criteria

Before you may go filling application form check your eligibility for CAT 2018 exam which are given here:

  • Qualification: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from any recognized college or university.
  • Percentage Criteria: In the qualifying exam, candidates must have scored minimum 50% marks for general and 45% marks in case of SC, ST and PWD candidates.
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing in the final year of the qualifying exam or who have completed the degree requirements and waiting for the result are also eligible to apply.
  • Other Qualification: CA/CS/ICWA professional degree holders are also eligible to apply.
  • Age Limit: No age limit for CAT.
  • Foriegns candidates can apply with their GMAT Score.

CAT Application Form:

CAT 2018 Application form will be available in the month of August 2018. Candidates can apply via official website. The application process will be only online mode. Follow the below given steps to apply for CAT Exam.

How to Apply

Those who are seeking to admission in IIMs or other top business schools for management schools can register themselves via the official website The application procedure for filling the application form is mentioned here:

  • Visit the official website which are given above.
  • Register yourself by entering your email ID and mobile number.
  • After completion of the registration process, the User ID and password will be generated. It will be sent to the candidate’s mail ID and registered mobile number.
  • Login your account using system generated User ID and password.
  • Application process involves 5 sections namely personal details, academics, work experience, programmes and payment.
  • Candidates have to upload the scanned images of photograph, signature, category & PwD certificate in the prescribed format.
  • Pay the requisite application fee through online mode.
  • At last, take a printout of the filled-in application form and keep it safe for future references.

CAT Application Fee

Candidates can pay application fee via offline and online mode:

  • For online mode candidates can pay via credit card/debit card.
  • For offline mode can pay via e-challan form.
Category Application Fee
General INR 1800
SC INR 900

CAT Admit Card

Those who successfully registered for the CAT exam can avail to download their CAT Admit Card via online and from the official website. Follow the below given instruction and download your admit card:

  • Login in the official website.
  • Enter the required details into the form.
  • Click on Download Admit card link.
  • Then admit card will be generated in your computer screen.
  • Download it and review with your original documents.
  • Take a printout of admit card and keep it safe for future reference.

CAT Exam Pattern

  • Exam Mode: Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Exam Duration: 180 minutes (3 hours). 60minutes duration has been allotted to complete each section.
  • Type of Question: Multiple choice type and subjective type.
  • No. of Question: Total 100 questions.
  • Marking Scheme: Three marks will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: For multiple choice questions(MCQs), one mark will be deducted for a wrong answer and for questions other than MCQs no marks will be deducted. There will be not penalty of negative marking on wrong answers to Non MCQs in CAT 2018 Exam.
  • The 3 section are CAT 2018: Verbal ability and & Reading comprehensive(VARC), Data Interpretation& Logical Reasoning(DILR); Quantitative Aptitute(QA).
Section No. of Question Duration Total Marks
Quantitative Ability 34 60 Min 102
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 60 Min 102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 60 Min 96
Total 100 180 Min 300

CAT 2018 Syllabus

The most desired management entrance exam in India have not any prescribed syllabus, but with the basis of previous year question papers and other trends below are the important topics which we need to prepared for CAT Exam. CAT Syllabus is comprises in four section:

  1. Verbal Ability
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Logical Reasoning
  4. Data Interpretation

Verbal Ability

  • Reading Comprehensation
  • Sentence Correction
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Para Jumbles
  • Vocabulary Based(Synonyms Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts/Inferences/Judgements

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Numbers
  • Number System
  • LCM and HCF
  • Geometry-Straight Lines and Circles Being the most important
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Percentages
  • Profit,Loss And Discount
  • Interest(Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Time And Work
  • Averages
  • Ratio And Proporation
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarthim
  • Permutations And Combination
  • Probability
  • Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures And Allegations

Logical Reasoning

  • Arrangements
  • Distribution
  • Games and Touraments
  • Selection
  • Cubes
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical Deduction
  • Logical DI(Combination of DI representation and a logic based caselet)

Data Interpretation

  • Tables
  • Column Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Charts
  • Pie Charts
  • Venn  Diagrams

How to prepare

Here we are listed some preparation strategy for CAT Examination:

  • Make proper time table for preparation.
  • Review your syllabus.
  • Try to discover your weak point and find out how to overcome them.
  • Try to solve more and more problem every day.
  • Try to select best study material for CAT Examination preparation.
  • Solve lot of previous year question papers will help you and give the idea about the difficulty level.
  • Attempt mock test.
  • Manage your timing.
  • Stress free and take a proper rest.

CAT 2018 Exam Centers

In 2017, CAT was held in 140 cities all over India. Yet, for 2018 the exam centers has not been announced, here we are listed the exam centers of 2017  which are as follows:

Exam State Exam Cities
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati
Bihar Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chattisgarh Raipur, Bhillai
Delhi New Delhi
Goa Madgaon, Verna
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Haryana Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipath, Rohtak, Sonipath
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikballapur, Davanagere, Hasan, Kolar, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi
Kerala Kasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Trivandrum
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar
Maharashtra Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli
Telangana Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Noida, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Roorkee
West Bengal Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Sliliguri

CAT Answer Key

Once the exam will be conducted successfully by the IIM Delhi then answer key will released after one week of exam via online in the official website. From the answer keys candidates can evaluate their performance in the Examination. The authority gives a facility i.e. objection against the incorrect answer. If any answer they found wrong in the answer keys then they can objection for this.

CAT Result

IIM Delhi will released CAT 2018 result on 2nd to 3rd week of January 2019. Those who appeared for CAt exam can download CAT result from the official website by entering their application number and password in the application form. In CAT result candidates scores are also mentioned which are useful for admission in the IIMs. The CAT result will be available via online mode.  Candidates can follow the below given steps to down the scorecard.

  • Visit the official website.
  • Click on download scorecard button.
  • fill the required details in the result form.
  • then click on download button.
  • Take a printout of this admit card.

CAT Cut off

Cut off are minimum marks are required to crack the exam. It is calculated on the basis of candidates appeared for the examination, difficulty level of the exam, and seats availability in the different IIMs. As Every IIMs have their own cut off but here we are listed a common cut off score for each category with section wise.

General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70

CAT Counseling

Those who successfully clear the examination and shortlisted for one of the IIMs and for other participated institutes can go for a counseling process.  Some IIMs also consider past academic marks and work experience while counseling. Those who shortlisted in Written examination will go for the some other test.

  • Written Ability test
  • Group Discussion
  • Group Activity
  • Extempore Activities
  • Personal Interview round

Final selection is the base final performance over all the phases.

Some new IIMs conduct their own common admission process(CAP). For this they made their own Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds.

IIMs will be responsible to release the final shortlisted candidates list for the various IIMs.

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