CAT 2018 - Common Admission Test

CAT 2018 Registration last date is extended to September 26, 2018 till 5 PM. Earlier the CAT 2018 registration last date was September 19, 2018. The CAT convener IIM Calcutta has announced, "CAT 2018 Registration ends on Sep 26, 2018 (5:00 PM), Wednesday." CAT 2018 exam is scheduled on November 25, 2018. 


Applicants can Re-upload their Photographs
IIM Calcutta will allow the CAT 2018 applicant to re-upload their blur photographs and will open the Application Edit option from September 27 to September 30, 2018. Announcing the facility, IIM Calcutta has shared, "Candidates with improper/blur photographs can login and re-upload their photograph from Sep 27, 2018 (10:00 AM) to Sep 30, 2018 (5:00 PM). This is valid only for those candidates who have paid applicable Registration Fee and have registered successfully for CAT 2018 before the specified deadline."  


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.

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The CAT 2018 Exam will be held in Morning and Afternoon sessions in 147 cities in India. More than 2 lakhs candidates are expected to register and apply for IIMCAT 2018. 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 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

How to Register for CAT 2018

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

How to fill in CAT 2018 Application Form
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

8 Steps Admission Process to IIMs through CAT 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 IIMsCAT 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 TestCAT 2018 exam is a computer delivered exam of 180 minutes (3 hours) duration but it is not an Online Exam
  • 100 QuestionsCAT 2018 exam will have 100 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability.
  • 30% No Penalty QuestionsCAT 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 Marking70% questions in CAT 2018 are of MCQ type and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking
  • Minimum CAT Score Requirement by IIMsA 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 scoreApart 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. 


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 Calcutta Admission 2019 90 56%


IIM Calcutta to conduct CAT 2018: Expect More Changes in CAT this year; Exam on Nov 25  


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.



Register for CAT exam updates

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)

CAT toppers

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CAT Exam

Common Admission Test (CAT), conducted by IIMs,  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 2018 exam date is November 25, 2018. CAT is now conducted as  a computer based test.  More than 2 lakh candidates appear in CAT exam every year.


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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 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 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 Application last date is extended to September 26, 2018 till 5 PM. Earlier the CAT 2018 Application last date was September 19, 2018. The CAT convener IIM Calcutta has announced, "CAT 2018 Application ends on Sep 26, 2018 (5:00 PM), Wednesday." CAT 2018 exam is scheduled on November 25, 2018. 


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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 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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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 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. 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 Registration last date is extended to September 26, 2018 till 5 PM. Earlier the CAT 2018 registration last date was September 19, 2018. The CAT convener IIM Calcutta has announced, "CAT 2018 Registration ends on Sep 26, 2018 (5:00 PM), Wednesday." CAT 2018 exam is scheduled on November 25, 2018. 


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CAT Admit Card 2018

CAT Exam Sample Paper

IIM Calcutta will release the CAT 2018 Sample Papers on October 22, 2018- about a month before the CAT 2018 exam date which is November 25. This IIM CAT Sample Paper 2018 or Model Question Paper will help you to understand the changes and the CAT 2018 expected question paper pattern as it will be based on CAT question paper 2017.


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IIM Call Predictor

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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Reading Comprehension Passages

Reading Comprehension 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 2017 Exam was held in Slot 1 and Slot 2 on November 26, 2017. Slot 1 Paper was slightly more difficult that Slot 2 Paper,but overall CAT 2017 was less difficult than last year.Cut offs are expected to go up.Read complete CAT 2017 Exam Analysis here. 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.


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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 will be released on October 22, 2018 by IIM Calcutta. There will still be a month to practice for CAT 2018 exam on November 25, 2018. The CAT Practice Test will be based on CAT question paper 2017 unless some important changes are expected in CAT question paper 2018 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 2018 Results

CAT 2018 Result date is the second week of January 2019. The CAT exam result is released between January 7 and 9 for the last three years. 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


CAT Results: Key Trends

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

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