CAT 2018 - Common Admission Test

IIM Calcutta and IIM Kozhikode are the biggest contenders to convene CAT 2018, although any of the other top four IIMs can be assigned this responsibility. During the last  5 years, only these two IIMs have not convened the Common Admission Test (CAT). Both these IIMs are known for their  different approach to conduct the exam and may change the exam pattern and difficult level, if they convene CAT 2018.


Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 is the computer based and is the largest MBA entrance exam in India for admission in 2019 to 20 IIMs, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, JBIMS, IMI, IMT, NITIE, MBA programmes at IITs and hundreds of other top MBA colleges in India.


CAT 2018 will be conducted by IIMs on a Sunday in the month of November or December 2018 in two sessions and will be a three hours duration exam with 100 questions.


More than 2 lakhs candidates register and apply for CAT each year. In 2017, there were 2.32 lakhs candidates who had applied for CAT. It is expected that CAT 2018 exam is likely to see participation of higher number of MBA aspirants.


CAT 2018: Computer Based Test

CAT 2018 will be a computer based exam of 3 hours duration with 100 questions divided in 3 sections and will be conducted in more than 140 test cities in India on a Sunday in the last week of November or first week of December 2018. CAT 2018, as per the past trends will be conducted in two sessions – morning and afternoon.


CAT 2018 Important dates

Events Important Dates​ (Tentative)​
CAT 2018 Notification date July 28, 2018 
CAT 2018 Registration start date August 4, 2018
CAT 2018 Registration ends September 20, 2018
CAT 2018 Admit card release date October 25, 2018
CAT 2018 Exam date November 25, 2018
CAT 2018 Result date January 2019 second week


CAT 2018 convening body: One of the top six IIMs

Although name of CAT 2018 convening body and CAT convener is yet to be announced, one of the top 6 IIMs namely – IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode  is assigned the responsibility of CAT convening body. During past 6-7 years since their inception, the 14 new or newest IIMs have not been given the responsibility to convene CAT. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has remained the testing partner of IIMs to conduct CAT since 2014 and for CAT 2018 also.  


Following top IIMs have convened CAT exam in last 5 years:

CAT exam year
CAT convening IIM
IIM Calcutta/IIM Kozhikode
IIM Lucknow
IIM Bangalore
IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Indore
IIM Indore


CAT Exam was held in 15 to 20 days testing window till 2013 by IIMs. However, since 2014, CAT exam testing window has been shortened to one day only. Accordingly, CAT 2018 MBA entrance exam will also be held in single day two sessions.


CAT 2018 Notification will be released by the IIMs in the last week of July 2018 in all the leading news papers simultaneously.  CAT 2018 convening IIM will also release the CAT 2018 notification and CAT advertisement to online websites a day before it is published in news papers.


Immediately after release of CAT 2018 notification by IIMs, the CAT registration and application process will begin in about a week’s time preferably in the first week of August, 2018.


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


Important points about CAT 2018

  • CAT 2018 exam is a computer based exam of 180 minutes duration with 100 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR, Quant.
  • Around 70% questions in CAT 2018 will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking
  • Answers of about 30% questions will be free from any negative marking penalty.
  • One of the top 6 IIMs will convene CAT 2018 exam
  • TCS – Tata Consultancy Services is the test taking agency for CAT exam 2018
  • High score in each of the 3 sections in CAT exam 2018 may lead to admission shortlist for the 2019-21 batch in 20 IIMs.
  • CAT 2018 MBA entrance exam is the low cost MBA entrance test as it provides admission opportunity in 20 IIMs with the CAT 2018 registration fee of Rs.1900/- for General candidates and Rs.1000/- for reserved category. CAT 2018 Registration and CAT exam application fee taken together comes to less than Rs.100 per IIM.
  • CAT 2018 exam will offer a choice of more than 50 management programmes in 20 IIMs without any additional application fee for admission to academic session 2019-21.
  • Apart from IIMs, top MBA Colleges accepting CAT Score 2018 include FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, JBIMS Mumbai, IMT Ghaziabad, TAPMI Manipal, BIMTECH Greater Noida, GIM Goa, Great Lakes Chennai, LIBA Chennai, IFMR Chennai, XIM Bhubaneswar and hundreds of other MBA colleges accepting CAT.

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Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 28-07-2018 06:00 AM (Tentative)
    Registration – Online: 04-08-2018 10:00 AM to 20-09-2018 05:00 PM (Tentative)
    Admit Card Release: 25-10-2018 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 09:30 (Tentative)
    Result: 06-01-2019 10:00 AM (Tentative)

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CAT Exam About

Considered as the mother of all MBA entrance exams, Common Admission Test (CAT) is the biggest MBA entrance test in India leading to admission at more than 5000 seats in all the 20 IIMs including IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow. Apart from the 20 IIMs, hundreds of top MBA colleges including FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, IMT, IMI, XIMB, TAPMI and others accept CAT score as their key admission criteria.


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CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation with an aim to get admission in top IIMs and other top MBA colleges accepting CAT must be started well in advance in accordance with the revised CAT exam pattern. In view of the experts and CAT toppers, a key component in CAT 2018 preparation strategy is your CAT preparation time. As the CAT preparation time goes on reducing month after month and with every passing day, you need to revise time and again your CAT preparation strategy with the tips on ‘How to prepare CAT in 3 months’; ‘How to prepare CAT in 2 months’ and so on.


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CAT Exam Pattern

CAT exam pattern 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. CAT 2018 exam is expected to be held in the month of November/December 2018. Next 6 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

Once you know about the CAT Pattern 2018, your next step for CAT preparation is to scan the CAT Syllabus 2018. In fact, CAT Exam Syllabus has never had any boundaries and this fact also applies to define the CAT 2018 exam syllabus. CAT 2018 exam syllabus is based on past trend of CAT exams and putting it the right way, the CAT syllabus is the outcome of the topics which have earlier appeared in CAT exam although the type of questions, their composition, format and number may change in each subsequent CAT exam.


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CAT Preparation for VARC

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension in CAT 2017 exam would be the 1st section. VARC is considered as the most tricky section as this section can get any composition of topics and different type of questions.

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CAT Preparation for Quant

Quantitative Aptitude in CAT 2017 carries a weightage of 34% in overall CAT 2017 exam. As per the trend in CAT exam during the past 2 years, Quant in CAT exam 2017 will occupy the 3rd and last section. Quant in CAT is considered as the very tricky section as this section can get any composition of topics and different type of questions in MCQ or Non-MCQ format.

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CAT DILR Preparation

Data Interpretation for CAT and Logical Reasoning for CAT are now clubbed together and form a new DILR section. DI questions for CAT with solutions are available online also. The data interpretation for CAT syllabus is also a little more defined than other CAT sections. The Data Interpretation Study material like Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma; The Pearson Guide for logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation are the few of the best books for CAT 2017 prepration.

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CAT Registration

CAT 2018 registration will open in the first week of August 2018 immediately after CAT Advertisement is out in news papers in the last week of July.


CAT 2018 Registration form: 5 page document
After release of CAT notification, IIM CAT registration for CAT exam 2018 will be opened by CAT convening IIM and the testing agency TCS. CAT 2018 online registration form and CAT 2018 application form would be a single document divided in 5 pages. 


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CAT Percentile Predictor

Updated On: Monday, ‎December ‎11, ‎2017, 11:45 AM


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CAT 2018 Eligibility

Eligibility criteria points for CAT 2018 are not changed. IIMs have kept the CAT exam eligibility on the same ground. The only eligibility criterion change in CAT eligibility was introduced in 2014 when CAT convening IIM Indore had announced to accept two years of graduation in CAT exam.


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IIM Call Predictor

Updated On: Monday, ‎December ‎11, ‎2017, 11:45 AM


CAT 2017 Exam was held on November 26, 2017. On December 7, IIM Lucknow, the Convener of CAT 2017, released CAT 2017 Official Questions and Answer Keys. This is the first time that IIMs have officially released CAT Questions & Answer keys.


CAT 2017 Exam Results are expected to be formally released on January 7. IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta and other IIMs will release IIM Calls based on candidate Scores, Percentile and Academic Profile in January Week 2.


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CAT 2017 Admit Card

CAT Admit Card is the mandatory document to appear in the IIMs Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 exam on November 26, 2017 in the designated slot-1 or slot-2 of CAT test day. IIMs issue CAT Admit card on the CAT website and no hard copy of the CAT Admit card is sent to any candidate. CAT 2017 aspirant need to login on CAT website and have to download it from there and must take the print out of CAT 2017 Admit Card. The CAT 2017 Admit Card is available for download till CAT 2017 exam day.


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CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

CAT 2017 Slot 1, which began at 9AM today on November 26, 2017, got over at 12noon. No major technical glitch was reported. As expected, total number of questions were 100. VARC section was of 34 questions, DI LR with 32 questions and Quantitively section had 34 questions. DILR was the toughest section, while Quantitative was easy with more arithmetic question. Verbal and RC were moderately difficulty. Overall, because the paper was slightly easier and on predictable lines, Cut offs for 99% and 95% are expected to go up.


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CAT Mock Test for CAT 2018 Exam

CAT 2017 Mock test with fewer No-penalty questions was officially released by IIM Lucknow on  October 30 after a long wait of more than 10 days. Later some changes appeared to have been made in official CAT Mock Test which increased the number of No-penalty questions back from 19 to 28.


2 very important points observed in the official CAT 2017 Mock released by IIMs are:

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CAT 2017 FAQs

CAT 2017 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 2018 Exam Date

CAT 2018 exam date is Sunday last in November or Sunday first in December 2018. The CAT 2018 exam will be conducted in Slot-1 morning session and Slot-2 in afternoon session. A day before your CAT exam date, ensure about the distance and transport system between your place of stay and the test venue.  Add some more time to the total time taken in reaching the CAT exam centre.


CAT 2018 Exam Date: Be ready

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CAT 2017 Results

Updated On: ‎Monday, ‎January ‎08, ‎2018, 2:00 PM


SMS from IIM Lucknow sharing CAT 2017 percentile on registered mobile number of the candidates received at 1 PM on January 8, 2018 although the result was declared at 10AM. 


CAT 2017 result is out. The CAT result this year has been declared for a total of 1,99,632 candidates who had appeared for the exam on November 26, 2017 in more than 140 test cities. The number of test takers this year was the largest in last 3 years. 


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CAT 2017 Exam Centres

CAT 2017 will be held in 144 test cities across the country and at more than 400 test venues. CAT 2017 will be conducted in 140 test cities spread across the country. Details about the test centres in these test cities will be available on the CAT 2017 website from 18th October, 2017 and the name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card.


IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test centre / city and/or change the test time and date at their own discretion.


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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 exam passes through various stages. However, the key process is detailed as under:

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