CAT 2018 - Common Admission Test

CAT 2018 Admit Card: Download Now @
CAT Admit Card download is available now at official CAT website IIM Calcutta has released the CAT exam Admit Card 2018 at 1 PM on October 24, 2018. The last date to download the CAT Admit Card is November 25, 2018. The Admit Card has been released on the pre announced date and time without delay. 


5 Steps to Download CAT Admit Card

  1. Logon to CAT official Website
  2. Enter CAT Login ID & Password
  3. Click on ‘Admit Card’
  4. At Assessment drop down menu select Common Admission Test 2018
  5. Click on Action-Download & Take Print of CAT Admit card

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IIMs have released the CAT 2018 full length Mock Test on October 16, 2018, more than a month before the CAT 2018 exam which is scheduled on November 25, 2018 in two sessions. This is the first time that the IIM-CAT official mock test with 100 questions has been released by IIMs even before the release of CAT Admit Card. The official CAT 2018 Mock Test is the most authentic source to familiarise yourself with the actual CAT 2018 exam pattern, changes in topics in CAT 2018 syllabus, sectional composition, type and pattern of questions expected in CAT 2018 exam and the scoring pattern.


Key Changes in IIM-CAT 2018 Mock
IIM Calcutta  has made three important changes in release of CAT 2018 Mock Test:

  1. Separate CAT 2018 Mock Test Navigation Guide PDF Released
  2. Separate login link provided for candidates with normal vision
  3. Login Link separately provided for the candidates who have low vision with two magnifying glass icons at the top of the screen. You can click on icon to zoom-in and click on icon to zoom out the question.. Read More on CAT Mock Test and Previous Test Papers

The CAT 2018 Exam will be held in Morning and Afternoon sessions in 147 cities in India on Sunday, November 25, 2018. 2.41 lakhs candidates have registered and applied for CAT 2018. In 2017, there were 2.32 lakhs candidates who had applied for CAT.


CAT 2018 Important Dates

Important Dates
CAT 2018 Registration Start Date
August 8, 2018
CAT 2018 Registration End Date
September 26, 2018 
CAT 2018 Registration & Application Fee
CAT 2018 Admit card release date
October 24, 2018
CAT 2018 Exam date
November 25, 2018
CAT 2018 Result date
January 2019 second week

CAT Full Form
CAT is the abbreviated form of the Common Admission Test. For the last 5 decades since IIMs have been conducting the Common Admission Test for admission to their various PGDM programmes, the full form of CAT is seldom used except in the release of CAT notification, advertisement and other official CAT documents. So despite carrying the official full form Common Admission Test, the exam is more known by CAT – the abbreviated form of Common Admission test.  


CAT 2018 Exam Day Activity
CAT Exam day instructions as contained in CAT admit card must be meticulously followed. Important activities to get ready for the CAT exam and to appear in the exam on the CAT exam day November 25, 2018 should be adhered to.

CAT Exam Day Activity

Error Correction Facility Closed
IIM Calcutta earlier opened the CAT 2018 application error correction window with only photo re-upload edit option on September 27 for 4 days till September 30, 2018. CAT 2018 applicants were allowed to re-upload their blur photographs on CAT application. The Photo Re-upload facility was closed on Sep 30. No further error correction facility in CAT 2018 Application form was allowed by IIMs. For any rectification in the CAT Application 2018, now the candidates who have successfully submitted their form should contact on phone or email to CAT 2018 Exam Centre immediately, as nothing would be done after the CAT 2018 Admit card is released. 


CAT Registration Closed
Registration process for CAT 2018 was closed at 11.59 PM on September 26, 2018. No further extension in the last date to apply for CAT 2018 was announced. Earlier the CAT 2018 registration last date was September 19, 2018. IIM Calcutta had extended the last date for CAT 2018 registration to Sep 26, 2018 (11.59 PM). CAT 2018 exam is scheduled on November 25, 2018. 


IIMs Announce CAT 2018 cut offs for Admission 2019
One by one all the 20 IIMs have started announcing their admission criteria and CAT 2018 score cut offs for the batch 2019-21. Following IIMs have released their admission policy  

Name of the IIM Required CAT 2018 Percentile Weightage in Shortlisting for 2019-21 batch
IIM Ahmedabad 80 70%
IIM Calcutta 90 56%
IIM Bangalore 90 40%
IIM Lucknow 90 60%
IIM Indore 90 20%
IIM Kozhikode 90 75%
IIM Tiruchirappalli 90 100%
IIM Ranchi 95 100%
IIM Visakhapatnam 90 100%
IIM Udaipur 90 40%


8 Steps Admission Process to IIMs through CAT 2018


CAT is the largest MBA entrance exam leading to admission in top MBA colleges of India. IIM Calcutta is conducting CAT 2018 and has announced that CAT 2018 will have a combination of MCQs and Non-MCQs to provide level playing field to the students of all streams. With an increase of Rs.100/- in its exam fee to Rs.1900/-, the CAT Registration process has already begun and will close on September 26, 2018. No change in the CAT 2018 exam pattern has been announced by the CAT convening IIM Calcutta. Besides, the CAT exam duration remains of three hours with 100 questions divided in three sections, as was the last year.


Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 is the computer based exam and is the largest MBA entrance exam in India for MBA admission in 2019 to 20 IIMs and more than 500 other top MBA/PGDM colleges including FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, among others.


CAT Test Centre
CAT 2018 Exam is scheduled on November 25, 2018 in two slots. The CAT 2018 exam centre, time slot and CAT exam day instructions are made available in the CAT Admit Card. This year IIMs have not provided any facility to choose the CAT test centre in Delhi NCR and any city in Delhi NCR can be allotted as CAT test centre. The information will be available only after release of CAT Admit Card 2018.


CAT 2018: Important Points

  • Low Cost Exam: CAT 2018 Registration and CAT exam application fee taken together comes to less than Rs.100 per IIM for General category and less than Rs.50/- per IIM for Reserved category. No fee to be paid to apply for any individual IIM
  • CAT 2018 Convener: Dr Sumanta Basu, Faculty at IIM Calcutta is the Convener of CAT 2018 Exam  
  • One Day Exam: CAT 2018 exam will be held in single day on Sunday November 25, 2018 in Morning and Afternoon sessions. CAT is a Computer Based Test. Earlier it was held in 15 to 20 days testing window till 2013 by IIMs. Since 2014, CAT exam testing window has been shortened to one day only.
  • 40 Days CAT 2018 Registration Window: The CAT 2018 Application process is open from August 8 to September 19, 2018
  • Dual Degree Accepted: A candidate with dual bachelor's degree should mention the academic scores of both the bachelor's degree programme in CAT 2018 application form
  • Single Fee for MBA Admission: CAT 2018 provides admission opportunity in 20 IIMs with the single point payment of CAT 2018 registration fee of Rs.1900/- for General candidates and Rs.950/- for reserved category. 
  • Choice of 50 MBA Programmes in IIMs: CAT 2018 offers a choice of more than 50 management programmes in 20 IIMs without any additional application fee for admission to academic session 2019-21.

CAT 2018: Exam Pattern

  • Computer Based But Not Online Test: CAT 2018 exam is a computer delivered exam of 180 minutes (3 hours) duration but it is not an Online Exam
  • 100 Questions: CAT 2018 exam will have 100 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability.
  • 30% No Penalty Questions: CAT 2018 is divided into MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions. Out of 100 questions, 30 will be of Non-MCQ type without any penalty of negative marking.
  • 70% CAT Questions with Negative Marking: 70% questions in CAT 2018 are of MCQ type and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking
  • Minimum CAT Score Requirement by IIMs: A Minimum qualifying score between 70 and 90 percentile in CAT 2018 is required by IIMs in each of the 3 sections to shortlist candidates for final admission round
  • Other Criteria with CAT score: Apart from High score in each of the 3 sections in CAT 2018 exam 2018, you need to have good academic profile, diversity, to get into IIMs.

CAT Syllabus
During the last 3 years, CAT exam syllabus has substantially changed. The biggest change is in type of questions some of which are no penalty questions now. Most of the changes in CAT syllabus have taken place in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section. The topics and number of questions in VARC section have changed. Similarly a few changes in CAT syllabus have been introduced in Quantitative Ability section also.


Although CAT 2018 exam Syllabus is not pre-defined by IIMs, it overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning... Read More about CAT Syllabus


CAT Exam Preparation
The best way to prepare for CAT exam is to devise your own preparation strategy and then find out whether you need to join CAT coaching institute. CAT exam toppers (Link with toppers page) have advised following CAT preparation strategy:

CAT 2018 Eligibility
If you have completed Bachelor’s degree with 50% marks or completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA), or are in the final year of Bachelor’s degree you can appear in CAT 2018 exam. There is no Age bar to apply and appear for CAT 2018 exam.


CAT 2018 will therefore offer a stiff competition for admission to top MBA colleges accepting CAT. Over the years the candidates applying for CAT aptitude test leading to IIM admission have been increasing year after year


During the past six years this is the first time that IIM Calcutta will be conducting Common Admission Test (CAT). had predicted that IIM Calcutta could be assigned the responsibility of CAT 2018 convening IIM. 


CAT 2018 Registration Process: Closed Now
The CAT Registration 2018 is a 30 minutes process and the candidates should collect all the required documents/material before starting their CAT registration and Application Process. 

  • Open CAT 2018 website 
  • Register at ‘New Candidate Registration’
  • Complete the single page CAT 2018 Registration Form in 3 minutes
  • Your next step is to use the OTP received from CAT Centre 2018 to login again as registered Candidate and fill in the CAT application form.. Read More

CAT 2018 Application Process: Closed Now
Once you have successfully registered for CAT 2018, you should login again as Registered Candidate on CAT website to fill in your CAT application form in simple steps.​

  • Page-1: Fill in your personal details
  • Page-2: Fill in your academic details from class 10 onwards in CAT application form
  • Page-3: Fill in your work experience in months only
  • Page-4: Fill in the preferred programmes offered by 20 IIMs and the choice of Interview cities
  • Page-5: Choose the 4 CAT exam cities in order of preference from drop down menu and fill in the choice in application form
  • Page-6: Make payment of  CAT exam fee (Rs.1900 for General and Rs.950 for Reserved category candidates
  • Preview your CAT Application details before clicking on ‘Submit’ button as you will not be allowed to edit your details after submitting your CAT application.. Read More

CAT 2018 Notification
The CAT Notification 2018 was published on July 29 and after one week of its publication IIM Calcutta began the exam registration process on August 8. The CAT Notification 2018 contains details about CAT Registration dates, CAT Admit card dates, CAT exam date and CAT Result Date. Apart from this, the CAT 2018 official notification has details about the CAT Eligibility criteria and the details about the MBA programmes offered by all the 20 IIMs.

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Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 29-07-2018 06:00 AM (Confirm)
    Registration – Online: 08-08-2018 10:00 AM to 26-09-2018 05:00 PM (Confirm)
    Admit Card Release: 24-10-2018 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 09:30 (Confirm)
    Result: 06-01-2019 10:00 AM (Tentative)

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CAT Exam

CAT 2019 exam date is November 24, 2019. IIMs will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 exam on the last Sunday of November 2019 in two sessions. IIM-CAT 2019 is the MBA entrance exam for admission to 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other highly ranked and internationally recognized top MBA colleges in India. The CAT 2019 Registration and application process will begin in the first week of August, 2019 and will remain open for more than 45 days.

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CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation for CAT 2018 exam on November 25, 2018, with an aim to get admission in top IIMs and other top MBA colleges accepting CAT must be started well in advance as per the revised CAT exam pattern. In view of the experts and past CAT toppers, the preparation for CAT exam papers must be well defined. A key component in CAT 2018 preparation strategy is your CAT preparation time.


Mission CAT 2018

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CAT Preparation Books

Is getting into IIMs is your Aim? Are you looking for best books for CAT preparation? There are more than 50 CAT preparation books – comprehensive and section wise. However, choosing the best books for CAT carefully during your preparation journey is very important. We have reviewed these CAT books by popular authors and publishers, for example Arun Sharma CAT books, Arihant Reasoning books and other best books for CAT recommended by toppers. In this article, we will share the  detailed review of the best CAT books for CAT preparation 2018 section wise.    


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Verbal Ability for CAT

Verbal Ability (VA) questions in CAT 2018 exam on November 25, will constitute 33% share in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Section. Since the CAT Verbal Ability questions are more grammar and Vocabulary based, CAT toppers with varying back ground, studying in IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, FMS Delhi a

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CAT 2018 Application Form

CAT 2018 Photo Re-upload facility has been closed by IIM Calcutta on Sep 30. No further error correction facility in CAT 2018 Application form is allowed by IIMs. For any rectification in the CAT Application 2018, now the candidates who have successfully submitted their form should contact on phone or email to CAT 2018 Exam Centre immediately  as nothing would be done after the CAT 2018 Admit card is ready to be released. 


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Reading Comprehension For CAT

CAT Reading Comprehension (RC) questions occupy 70% share in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) for CAT.

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CAT Coaching

Candidates preparing for Common Admission Test (CAT), the mandatory MBA entrance test for admission to IIMs, search for best CAT coaching institutes in their cities and in nearby areas where they can prepare for the CAT exam. There are many CAT coaching institutes in India and many individual CAT trainers also exist.

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CAT online Preparation

Online CAT Preparation has become an easy CAT 2018 preparation tool alongwith the self preparation. Apart from low cost, the CAT online preparation offers quickly updated preparation material with the relevant exercises. Top CAT Coaching Institutes like TIME, CL, Byjus, Mindworkzz of Arun Sharma offer CAT preparation online. 


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Data Interpretation For CAT

Many candidates who scored 99 percentile in CAT could not get a call from any IIM only because of the reason that their score in DILR was below the IIMs cut off. The CAT Data Interpretation proved to be the most difficult and time consuming section resulting in a low score for them.


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Logical Reasoning for CAT

Logical Reasoning for CAT constitutes 50% share in the newly created Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Comprehension (DILR) Section in CAT with 32 questions. As such, the Logical Reasoning questions for CAT can be your score booster now upto 48 marks leading to an improvement of overall percentile by 20-25 in CAT now and the goal can be achieved with small but consistent efforts and time devoted to this section.


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CAT Previous Year Question Papers

CAT Previous Year Papers are the best guide about the CAT question paper 2018. Last year for the first time IIMs released the CAT 2017 Question Paper With Solution Pdf. It is a big change as CAT previous year question papers with solutions have never been earlier released by IIMs.


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Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

CAT Quantitative Aptitude (QA) questions contribute 34% share in overall CAT exam which consists of 3 sections with 100 questions and is divided into MCQs with negative marking and Non-MCQs without negative marking. Quant 2018 will be the 3rd section in CAT 2018. IIMs have revamped the difficulty level in Quantitative Aptitude Questions for CAT and have tried to ensure that the Quantitative Aptitude Questions are not skewed towards a particular section of CAT test takers.

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CAT Answer Keys 2018

CAT 2018 Convener, IIM Calcutta will release the CAT 2018 answer keys along with CAT 2018 question paper in the first week of December 2018 after 4-5 days from the CAT 2018 exam date -  November  25, 2018. The CAT 2018 Question Papers with solutions pdf for all the sets will be live on official CAT website


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CAT Exam Pattern

IIM Calcutta has published all the details about CAT Exam Pattern 2018 for the IIM CAT exam 2018 to be held on November 25, 2018 in Morning and Afternoon sessions separately.   CAT exam pattern which carries slight changes for CAT 2018, has gone with perceptible changes since 2014 not only in CAT structure but also in content. Going by the tradition in changes in different type of questions in CAT, you cannot rule out a different CAT 2018 Exam pattern.  Next 4 months will be a crucial period to devise a well chalked out plan for your CAT preparation as per the CAT 2018 pattern.


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CAT 2018 Syllabus

CAT 2018 Syllabus is based on the past CAT exam pattern as it is not pre-defined by IIMs. CAT 2018 Syllabus shared below is based on revamped and updated Syllabus of CAT Exam, the structure of which was totally changed by IIM Ahmedabad in 2015. Since then CAT exam syllabus has gone through many changes. Here is the updated CAT syllabus for all the 3 sections of VARC, DILR and QA including some forgotton topics which may appear again in CAT exam 


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CAT Eligibility 2018

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria for General & Reserved category candidates define different percentage of marks in the qualifying graduation degree. However, there is no age bar for either category candidates to apply for IIMCAT 2018 exam.


CAT Eligibility for General & NC-OBC Candidates

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CAT Registration

CAT 2018 Photo Re-upload facility has been closed by IIM Calcutta on Sep 30. No further error correction facility in CAT 2018 Application form is allowed by IIMs. For any rectification in the CAT Application 2018, now the candidates who have successfully submitted their form should contact on phone or email to CAT 2018 Exam Centre immediately  as nothing would be done after the CAT 2018 Admit card is ready to be released. 


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CAT Admit Card 2018

CAT 2018 Admit card download is now available on official CAT website till November 25, 2018. IIM Calcutta released the CAT 2018 admit card on October 24 at 1 PM with some changes.

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CAT Exam Sample Paper

CAT 2018 Sample Paper to guide about the CAT question paper 2018 has been released by IIM Calcutta on October 16, 2018. There is still more than a month to practice for CAT 2018 exam with the help of IIM CAT Sample paper 2018 or Model CAT Question paper. The CAT 2018 Tutorial Guide or the CAT sample paper released by IIMs is the best preparation guide for the CAT exam 2018 scheduled on November 25, 2018.

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IIM Call Predictor

CAT 2018 Exam date is Sunday, November 25, 2018. In the first week of December 2018, IIM Calcutta, the Convener of CAT 2018, is to release CAT 2018 Official Questions and Answer Keys. IIMs have started to officially release CAT Questions & Answer keys since 2017.


Register Now for CAT 2018 Call Predictor

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Reading Comprehension (RC) Passages

Reading Comprehension (RC) Passages in CAT exam occupy 70% share in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Section and 24% share in overall CAT exam.

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CAT Percentile Predictor

CAT Percentile predictor can let you know your expected percentile score in CAT 2018 exam. The best CAT percentile predictor should give you the nearest CAT percentile calculation so that you may decide which IIM or top MBA college you could get based on your CAT 2018 predictions on your percentile score.


After taking your CAT 2018 exam on November 25, 2018, you will be anxious to know your CAT percentile and your chances to get one of the top 3-4 IIMs or other top MBA colleges like FMS, SPJIMR, MDI among others.


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CAT 2018 Exam Analysis

CAT Exam Analysis 2018 will be published by immediately after the CAT 2018 exam is over on November 25, 2018. The CAT Exam Analysis 2018 for Slot-1 and Slot-2 will be published separately. The CAT 2018 exam analysis will reflect the CAT exam pattern, key changes and ideal attempts to improve your scores.


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CAT Mock Test for CAT 2018 Exam

CAT 2018 Mock test to guide about the CAT question paper 2018 has been released by IIM Calcutta on October 16, 2018. There is still more than a month to practice for CAT 2018 exam on November 25, 2018. The CAT 2018 actual test will be based on CAT 2018 Mock Test officially released by IIM Calcutta.
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CAT 2018 Exam Date

CAT 2018 exam date is Sunday, November 25, 2018. The CAT 2018 exam will be conducted in Slot-1 Morning Session and Slot-2 in Afternoon Session. CAT 2018 Exam Date is not changed by IIMs unless there are certain compelling reasons. The CAT 2018 Exam date and Session timings are:


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CAT 2018 FAQs

CAT 2018 FAQs for Registration and IIM admission 2018 – answered by experts


Q.1 Who will convene CAT 2017?
A. CAT 2017 will be conducted by IIMs in partnership with testing agency TCS Tata Consultancy Services) on November 26, 2017 on a single day.


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CAT Results 2018

CAT 2018 Result will be out on January 7, 2019. IIM Calcutta has announced the CAT 2018 result date as the second week of January 2019. Going by the past three year trends, the CAT exam result is released between January 7 and 9. CAT result date is the most important day for the CAT aspirants who have done well in the CAT exam and on the basis of their performance have high hopes to get into one of the top IIMs


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CAT Exam Centers 2018

CAT 2018 will be held in 147 test cities across the country and at more than 400 test venues. The CAT test cities 2018 are spread across the country. It is expected that in comparison to last year, number of CAT 2018 test centres will be increased beyond 147 to accommodate the test takers.

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CAT Score Vs Percentile

The process to obtain high percentile score at a moderate raw score of 100 which is scaled to 160 and then again converted to percentile score of 85 to 90+ in CAT 2018 exam will pass through various stages. However, the key process is detailed as under:

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