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Common Admission Test or “CAT” is a national-level entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). CAT 2018 is conducted for admissions in Postgraduate Business Administration Programme and other programs in various IIMs and other B-Schools accepting CAT 2018.


Common Admission Test or “CAT” is a national-level entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotation basis every year. CAT scores are used by the IIMs and other top business schools in India such as SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, NITIE etc. for admission to their MBA, PGDM, and other management courses. CAT 2018 is expected to be held in November 2018. More than two lakh aspirants apply for CAT every year.

 IIM Calcutta is expected to be the convener for CAT 2018.

 CAT 2018 Highlights:

Date of Exam

25th November, 2018

Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management

Mode of Exam


Official Website

Duration of Exam

180 Minutes


Minimum 50% marks in any Bachelors degree.

Courses offered

Postgraduate Management courses

Minimum cutoff  percentile

60 percentile

 CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria:

 There are certain eligibility criteria to appear for CAT. Candidates must meet these criteria before they decide to fill the application form.

§  Age Limit: Candidate must be 20 years of age or above that.

§  Education Qualification: The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. It is 45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category.

1.      Percentage obtained in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the concerned university or institution.

2.      In case of grades or CGPA, the conversion would be based on the process defined by the concerned university or institution.

3.      Candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and multiply the result with 100 in the absence of percentage conversion scheme.

4.      Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to sit for the CAT exam.


Some interesting facts about CAT 2018 follow:

 -IIM Calcutta will be conducting IIM CAT after six years.
-Professor Sumanta Basu is the CAT 2018 convener this year
-The task-taking agency for CAT 2018 is Tata Consultancy Service (TCS).
-CAT 2018 will consist of MCQs and Non-MCQs questions. The percentage of MCQs in the examination will be 70% and of Non-MCQs it will be 30%.

 CAT 2018 Important Dates (Tentative)


Exam Dates (Tentative)

CAT 2018 Official Notification

28th July 2018

Start of CAT 2018 Online Registrations

4th August 2018

Last Day of Registrations

1st week of September 2018

Correction Window

Last week of September 2018

Issuance of CAT Admit Cards

3rd week of October 2018

CAT 2018 Exam Date

25th November 2018 (Announced)

Declaration of CAT 2018 Results

1st or 2nd week of January 2019

CAT 2018 Application Form:


CAT 2018 Application Form can be filled in online mode only. In order to apply for CAT, candidates have to visit the official website of CAT and register themselves first.

 Candidates can simply follow the steps discussed below to fill and submit their form:

 §  Log onto the official website of Indian Institute of Management

 §  Register yourself with a valid Email ID and Phone number.

 §  IIM will send the login credentials to the candidates through SMS and email.

 §  After receiving the login credentials, candidates have to log into the application window and fill up the online application form which is divided into the following areas-

1.      Personal Details

2.      Contact Details

3.      Academic Details

4.      Work Experience

5.      Selecting IIMs to apply for

6.      Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities

 §  Candidates are advised to review the application form once filled. Make sure to upload the necessary attachments with the form

1.      Candidates Photograph- jpeg format

2.      Candidates signature- jpeg format

3.      Photograph should be clear and the signature should be legible enough in order to be eligible.

CAT 2018 Application Fees:



General/ OBC

Rs. 1800/-


Rs. 900/-

Seat Reservations:


Reserved Seats

SC (Scheduled Caste)


ST (Scheduled Tribe)


OBC- NC (Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy Layer)


PWD (Person with Disability)


 Exam Pattern:


The duration of CAT 2018 will be 3 hours or 180 minutes, with 60 minutes for each  section.

The paper shall have both objective-type questions (MCQs)and subjective-type questionsEach question shall carry 3 marksThere shall be 3 sections in the CAT 2018 paper: Quantitative AbilityVerbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

While there shall be a penalty of 1 mark for each incorrect answer to an MCQ, there shall be no negative marking for the subjective questions.






Quantitative Ability



60 Min


Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension



60 Min


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning



60 Min





180 Min



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