IIM CAT Official Notification 2018 Released

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has released the official notification for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 on its official website, the link for which is www.iimcat.ac.in.

This year, IIM Calcutta will conduct the CAT 2018 on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at around 147 test centres around different cities.

Registration process:

As per the schedule, the online registration for the CAT 2018 will begin on August 8 and will continue till September 19.

CAT 2018: Eligibility Criteria

Educational qualification:

All the candidates interested in applying need to possess a Bachelor's degree with at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA (45 per cent in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste [SC], Scheduled Tribe [ST] and Persons With Disability [PWD] categories), awarded by any university or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

Meanwhile, 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.

Further, candidates can get more details on eligibility criteria once the official notification is released on iimcat.ac.in.

The CAT 2018 entrance examination is held for admission to these 20 IIMs and more than 100 institutes across India:

Centres: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Jammu, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam.

List of courses offered by IIM:

  • Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management
  • Post Graduate Programme in Management
  • Post-Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management
  • Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management
  • Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets

CAT 2018: Exam details

  • The duration of the CAT will be 180 minutes
  • Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice types

In addition, candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.

The test will have three sections namely:

  • Section I: Verbal ability and reading comprehension
  • Section II: Data interpretation and logical reasoning
  • Section III: Quantitative ability

Selection procedure:

The selection of candidates will be done on the basis of a Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), followed by a Personal Interviews (PI) round.

All the selected candidates will get admission in around 20 IIM institutes established in various parts of the nation.

Normalisation of CAT scores:

In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of 'Normalisation'.

  • The normalisation process shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms
  • After normalisation across different forms, the scores shall be further normalised across different sections

Important dates:

  • Registration process: August 8
  • Registration ends: September 19
  • Admit cards download begins: October 25
  • Test day: November 25
  • Declaration of results: Second week of January, 2019
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