CAT (Common Admission Test)

CAT 2018 Notification, Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Admit Card, Result and Counselling

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a PG level common entrance exam conducted by one of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) every year, for selecting students into their business management PG programs. Recently Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have also joined the list of institutes where CAT is a pre requisite for admission in various management programmes offered by them.


CAT 2018 Notification:

The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C) has released the notification for the Common Admission Test or CAT 2018 on 29 July. The national level exam will be held on 25th November, 2018 in two slots. The application process is scheduled to begin on 8th August and continue until 26 September (5 pm).

CAT 2018 Exam Dates 

Notification Releases on

29th July 2018

Online Registration starts from

8th August 2018

Last Date for submission of Applications

September 26, 2018 (till 5 PM)

Admit Cards

24th October 2018

Examination Dates

Morning and Afternoon sessions

25th November 2018


2nd week of January 2019

CAT 2018 Application Form:

Registration Fee:       NON REFUNDABLE


Fees in Rs





Mode of Payment:

Registration Fee can be paid through Credit/Debit Card/Net Banking/Cash Card & Wallet.

How to Register/Apply:

1) Application should be submitted through online mode only. For Online submission, visit the official website of CAT 2018.

CAT 2018 Registration:

1) Fill the required fields carefully as the details on this form cannot be changed once submitted.

2) Candidate will receive their User ID on the registered email address after registering.

3) Candidate will also receive the login Password as an SMS on the registered mobile number.

CAT 2018 Application Form:

1) Login to fill the application form using the user id and password.

2) Fill the application form with personal and academic details.

3)  Upload the scanned images of photograph and signature along with other required documents like caste certificate or PwD certificate etc.

4) Once all the required fields are filled with correct and authentic information, submit the application form.

5) Once candidate submit the application successfully, he/she will receive a confirmation email.

6) Candidates are advised to take a printout of the application for future reference.

Get complete details of CAT 2018 Application Form

CAT 2018 Eligibility:

1) Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% SC/ST/PWD category candidates), by recognized University or educational institution.

2) Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.

3) Such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of certificate.

4) Eligibility may be verified at different stages of selection process.

Percentage Calculation:

i) The percentage would be calculated as per their respective University/Institution.

ii) In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion of marks would be based on the procedure of the respective University/ institution.

iii) The equivalence will be taken by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100, if there is no conversion.


As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC), 3% seats are reserved for Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates.

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern:

1) The exam is for 3 Hours of duration from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM.

2) Examination will be conducted in Online Mode: Computer Based Test.

3) Questions in each section may or may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, for some questions direct answers are to be typed on the screen.

4) Basic on-screen calculator for computation is allowed.

5) There a total of 100 questions.

6) Each question carries 3 marks.

7) Negative Marking: For every wrong answer 1 mark is deducted.

Get the details of CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

 CAT 2018 Syllabus:

CAT 2017 syllabus is comprised of subjects like

a) Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension,

b) Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning,

c) Quantitative Ability.

For detailed information on  CAT 2018 Syllabus

CAT 2018 Admit Cards:

Admit cards will be available from 24th October 2018. Candidates have to download their admit cards from the CAT official website.

Click here: CAT 2018 Admit Card

Click here: CAT 2018 Exam Centers List State Wise

CAT 2018 Results

The CAT 2018 results will release on 2nd week of January 2019 through official portal. Score/Rank card will be available after the release of results. Candidates can check and download the results and rank card from CAT official websiteRank card will NOT be sent in post or mail to candidate.

CAT 2018 General Instructions:

1) No changes are entertained once registration process is done.

2) Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs.

3) Candidates must have a valid and unique email account and mobile number throughout the selection process.

4) At the time of CAT Application registration SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD certificate(s) must be uploaded.

5) Registration of Candidate will get cancelled if failed to upload caste/class certificate.

6) Reach the test centre by 7:30 AM for morning session/1.00 PM for afternoon session.

7) Candidates are not allowed inside test centre after 8:45 AM/1:00 PM.

8) Candidates must carry original ID proof.

9) Candidates must handover their admit cards to invigilator.

10) Electronic gadgets, written/blank paper/books, calculators etc are not allowed.

11) Finger print of candidate is taken on the day of test.

Click here: CAT 2018 Exam Centers List State Wise

Preparation Tips:

Follow the syllabus and prepare in a scheduled manner.

In the examination Time management is a challenge for the students.

CAT 2018 Preparation Tips and Tricks

Prepare for exam using CAT Sample question papers. Students can get an idea about exam pattern, type of questions given in each subject and how to manage the time.

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