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CAT 2018 Answer Keys (Released), Paper Analysis, Results and Cut off

Updated On - December 12th 2018 by ANUPAMA SINGH

IIM Calcutta has released CAT 2018 Answer Keys on the official website. Along with the keys, question papers with solutions has been published at www.iimcat.ac.in. As per the experts and aspirants, Quants section was the toughest as compared to the others. 

Latest:- To check CAT 2018 Shift Wise Answer Keys: Click Here

  • Candidate’s response sheet released at CAT’s official portal. Check the same using your login credentials.
  • The results for the examination is expected to release in the 2nd week of January 2019. Check CAT Results
  • With the increase in the registration, CAT Cut off 2018 is expected to rise.
  • CAT 2018 concluded on Nov. 25 in two sessions to maintain equality in scores. Read about CAT Score Calculation
  • It is mandatory to keep CAT Admit Card preserved till the admissions are finalised. 

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Common Admission Test or CAT is a national-level management exam, conducted by one of the IIM’s on a rotational basis. It is a gateway to all 20 IIMs and other top B-schools in India. More than 2 lac candidates are expected to appear for CAT 2018 Exam. For this year, IIM Calcutta will conduct the exam and few changes are expected to be made in the paper pattern. Get details about CAT 2018 Coaching Institutes 

CAT tests a candidate’s Quantitative, Verbal/reading, Data Interpretation and Reasoning Skills. The paper has 100 MCQ & Non-MCQ questions that are to be completed in 3 hours. As per the analysis for CAT 2018 by Collegedunia team, DILR is expected to be toughest, VARC to be moderate and QA should be the easiest. An attempt of total 63-67 will be considered good. CAT has a success rate of 1 in 200. CheckCAT Exam Pattern

What is CAT 2018 Exam Date?

CAT 2018 Exam Date is November 25.  Every year CAT is organized on the fourth Sunday of November. Last year CAT was organized on November 24, 2017. 

When will CAT 2018 Notification be out?

For this session, CAT 2018 Notification released on July 29. It had the details about CAT 2018 Application Date, changes introduced, application fee etc.

What is CAT 2018 Application Date?

CAT 2018 Application Date is August 8, 2018. Registration can be done online at iimcat2018.ac.in. The registration process for CAT 2018 will start from August 8 and will end September 26, 2018.


What is CAT Exam?

What is CAT exam
CAT 2018 Conducting BodyIIM Calcutta
CAT 2018 Official Websiteiimcat.ac.in
CAT 2018 SyllabusQuantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning
CAT 2018 Exam Pattern3 Hours (180 Minutes- 60 Minutes for Each Section)
CAT Exam Date 2018November 25, 2018
CAT 2018 Eligibility CriteriaGraduation with 50%
CAT Application ModeOnline
CAT 2018 Participating InstitutesIIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB and Other Management Institutes
Candidates Expected to Appear in CAT 2018Over 2,00,000
Courses OfferedAdmission to MBA/PGDM Courses
CAT Helpdesk1800-2090-830 | cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

Geographical Diversity of Candidates in CAT

Going by the statistics of last year, most CAT registrants belonged to the northern part of India (29%). This was followed by southern (27%) and western (24%) regions.

CAT GEOGRAPHICAL DIVERSITY

Degree-Wise Student Bifurcation in CAT

Talking about the degree-wise bifurcation of students, most of them hold an engineering degree (62.7%). It is followed by a degree course (25%), Management Course (11.7%) and then the Medicine (0.6%). 

CAT DEGREE WISE BIFURCATION

CAT 2018 Notification

  • The official notification for CAT 2018 was released on July 29.
  • The conducting body announced the schedule for CAT at the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in. 
  • IIM Calcutta opened CAT 2018 registration window from August 8. The last date for CAT registration 2018 is September 26. 

All exam related events and dates are mentioned below. Make sure you do not miss upon any of these.

EventDateReference Links
CAT 2018 Official NotificationJuly 29, 2018Check CAT 2018 Official Notification 
CAT 2018 Application FormAugust 8, 2018CAT Application Form ends on September 26, 2018 
CAT 2018 Form Correction WindowSeptember 27- September 30, 2018-
Release of CAT Admit Card 2018October 24 – November 25, 2018 Download CAT Admit Card 2018 from iimcat.ac.in
CAT 2018 Exam DateNovember 25, 2018 Exam duration will be of 3 hours
CAT Result Date 2018Second Week of January 2019Check CAT Result 2018 online at iimcat.ac.in

Check  CAT 2018 Exam Dates


CAT 2018 Eligibility?

In order to be eligible for CAT Exam, an aspirant must be a graduate degree holder in any stream. Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of their degree program can also apply for CAT 2018.

  • Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degree (Gen: 50% & SC/ST/ PWD: 45%) are also eligible.
  • As for CAT Age Limit, there is no minimum/ maximum limit defined. There is also no restriction on the number of attempts.
  • The percentage requirement for the exam is different for different categories. It is explained in the table below:
CategoryPercentage Required
General and OBC50%
Scheduled Caste45%
Scheduled Tribe45%
Persons with Disabilities45%

Why is it important to verify eligibility criteria before applying?

  • Wrong information provided at the time of registration will result in rejection of the application form.
  • The required set of certificates will be verified at the time of the interview, failure to do so will not be considered for admission.
  • Mere fulfillment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. 

Read More About CAT Eligibility

CAT Reservation Criteria 2018

A certain percentage of seats in IIMs are reserved for SC, ST, OBC and PWD candidates. The table given below provides an overview of the same:

cat reservation
CategoryReservation (%)
Scheduled Caste (SC)15

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

7.5
Non-Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)27
People with Disability (PWD)3
Total Percentage of Reserved Seats52.5

Check Here CAT Reservation Criteria 2018


CAT 2018 Online Application

CAT 2018 Application Form has been started from August 8 - September 26. The entire procedure will be conducted in online mode only at iimcat.ac.in.

Quick Facts:

  • CAT Registration Form: 5-page documents
  • Registration Window: Minimum for 45 days
  • CAT Application form is a part of Registration form only.
  • IIMs sends unique CAT registration ID and Password to login into the online portal of the Common Admission Test.
  • Applying online will mean that you have to opt for the relevant management programs in all the 20 IIMs mentioned in the registration form.

CheckCAT Participating Colleges

Documents Required to complete CAT Registration

  • Academic history
  • Mark sheets (10th /12th/ Degree/Diploma)
  • Work experience (if any)
  • Certificates (if any)
  • Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature
  • Debit/Credit cards, Net banking

Steps to Apply for CAT 2018

Registration for the exam is usually a four-step procedure. Read the instructions mentioned at the start before beginning to fill up the form. In case of filling incorrect information not only the candidature will be treated as invalid but CAT registration fee will also be forfeited. The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Registration - Visit the official website of CAT and enter your email id, phone number, and date of birth.

Note: Number and ID must be active and valid, as the entire communication related to the exam will be notified on it.

Step 2: Fill CAT Application Form – Enter your personal details, contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam center preference.

Note: In case, any information is found incorrect, there is a risk of application rejection. A one-time facility to make corrections in the form is also provided. 

Step 3: Upload Documents – Scan and Upload your documents (Photograph, Signatures & Required certificated) according to CAT 2018 Photo Size, Dimension, Format and Other Details.

Note: You can resize the documents using MS Paint or MS Office Picture Manager. The steps are available on the link given above.

Step 4: Payment of Application Fee - CAT 2018 Application Fee can be paid online via net banking/credit card/debit card. Mentioned below is the category wise application fee for CAT 2018:

CategoryCAT 2018 Application Fee (in INR)
General/OBC1900
PWD950
SC/ST950

CAT Application Form Status

  • After CAT Application Form is finally submitted, an email, a pop-up message on the screen and a message on the registered mobile number are sent related to the status of the application.
  • As the process of applying for CAT 2018 is completely online, no delay can occur during final submission. 
  • If the application form is successfully submitted, the application status is “Successfully Submitted” else “Application Rejected”.

CAT Application Form Correction

  • It may be possible that some of the candidates had entered incorrect details due to lack of proper information or documents.
  • As CAT Exam is an important exam, the exam authority allows candidates to make corrections in few entries only.

Read aboutCAT Form Correction

CAT Registration Trend

Candidates can check the number of applicants who applied for CAT and those who actually appeared from 2012-2017. The number of applicants has steadily increased, owing to its massive popularity among management aspirants in India as well as abroad.

CAT YearRegistrationsTest Takers
CAT 20172,31,0001,99,632
CAT 20162,32,4341,95,000
CAT 20152,18,6641,79,602
CAT 20141,96,9881,67,829
CAT 20131,94,5161,73,714
CAT 20122,14,0001,95,000

CAT Statistics: Registration VS Test Takers Trends

cat registration trends

 

Registration of Non-IIMs for CAT 2018

  • There are various institutions or B-schools accepting CAT Scores.
  • Non-IIM Institutions interested to avail CAT 2018 scores must download the MoU and Application Form available at https://www.iimcal.ac.in/registration-of-non-iim-institutions-for-cat-2018.
  • This facility is available for the academic session 2019 – 2021 only.

Steps to Register are given below:

Step 1: Visit the official portal of IIM Calcutta.

Step 2: Click on CAT 2018 link, available on the right side of the screen.

Step 3: Click ‘Downloading of MOU and the Application Form’

Step 4: Payment of Annual Fees and Mode of Payment.

Step 5: Fill up the Application Form and MOU and send the scanned copies duly filled-in, signed and stamped along with the required enclosures (mentioned inside application form) over email.

Note: Program Brochure can be sent separately along with other hard copies as stated above.

Step 6: Send duly filled-in, signed and stamped MOU (two copies), Application Form (single copy) in original and other supporting documents (hard copies) as specified in MOU and Application Form to Admissions Office of IIM Calcutta latest by July 25, 2018 at the following address:

CAT Centre, C/o Admissions Office,
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta,
Diamond Harbour Road, Kolkata 700 104

Other Top Management Exams in India

  • XAT 2018 – Registration to begin in the second week of August 2018

  • MAT 2018 – Registration to begin in the first week of March 2018

  • GMAT 2018 – Registration runs throughout the year

  • NMAT 2018 – Registration to begin in the second week of August 2018


CAT 2018 Admit Card

  • Admit Cards for the management exam will be available from October 24 onwards at the official website of CAT 2018.
  • CAT Hall Ticket contains personal details and exam related details such as test venue, session.
  • It is a provisional document and must be supported at the test center with a valid photo id issued by Govt of India.

Discrepancy in CAT 2018 Hall Ticket

In case of any discrepancy found in CAT Admit Card, candidates can contact the exam authority for the corrections. They can contact the CAT Helpdesk at the following details- 

Toll-Free Number: 1800-2090-830

Helpdesk email address: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

Documents Required with Admit Card

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Voter ID Card
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Driving License
  • Photo ID issued by current education institute or employer among others.

Check 7 Pointers to check in CAT Admit Card 2018

Reasons for Delay

The previous year trends simple states that there is a possibility that this time also there will be a delay in the release of admit card. 

  • Last year, the official date of release was October 18, but IIM Lucknow issued the document on October 25, 2017.
  • In 2016 too, the hall ticket was released after 6 days after the scheduled date.
  • In case, the document is not available on the scheduled time and date then do not worry. Keep checking the official website for latest intimation. 

CAT 2018 Exam Centers

  • CAT is conducted in exam centers spread across around 140 test cities in India.
  • Candidates are required to provide the preference of their exam centre while registering for CAT 2018. 
  • Preferences for up to 4 CAT test cities can be provided in the form. The time slot for CAT Examination is generally allocated randomly.
  • CAT Exam Centers are available in all the major cities across India to accommodate the growing number of test-takers. Given below is a list of newly added CAT Exam Cities:
Recently Added CAT Exam Center 2018
Bhatinda in PunjabPurnea in BiharWaknaghat in Himachal Pradesh
Samba in J&KDharwad and Gulbarga in KarnatakaErnakulam in Kerala
Ulhasnagar in MaharashtraDhenkanal in OdishaBankura in West Bengal

List of Prohibited Items

  • Do not wear any jewelry that contains metal. In case an aspirant is caught while frisking, they’ll be asked to remove.
  • Do not wear jackets and footwear inside the exam hall.
  • Do not bring any mobile phones, electronic gadgets, watches, calculators, stationery items inside the exam center premises.
  • Do not to wear socks, plain pullovers/ sweaters/cardigans (without any pockets) inside the exam hall.
  • Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body would bring a medical certificate of the same at Test Centre.
  • All personal belongings would be kept aside at this point and the authorities would not take any responsibility for loss of items.

Exam Pattern (Exam on Nov. 25)

CAT exam pattern is unpredictable and undergoes some changes each year. For now, no change in the paper pattern has been notified by the IIMs. However, modification in the level of difficulty of the exam is expected. 

As per the revised exam pattern of CAT 2018, exam will consist of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions. You need to ensure high score in each of the sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIMs for shortlisting.

Latest CAT 2018 Exam Patten

Quick Highlights of CAT Exam Pattern are discussed below:

  • Mode of Exam: Computer-based test
  • Total Questions: 100
  • No. of Sections: Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Exam duration: 3-hour duration exam, where one hour is assigned to each section.
  • Ques. with negative marking (MCQs): 75
  • Ques. w/o negative marking (non-MCQs): 25
  • Marking Scheme: +3 marks for correct answer; -1 mark for wrong answers.
cat exam pattern
Is CAT an online test?
Most candidates deal with this query. Although CAT exam pattern is computer-based, the IIMs do not regard CAT as an online test. They call it a ‘Digital or Computer-based exam’, rather than an ‘Internet-based exam’. This means that a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option. Additionally, the timer on the computer screen tells you the remaining time to complete the current section.

CAT 2017 Paper Analysis

The level of difficulty CAT 2017 was moderate. The order of the sections was fixed with a time limit of 60 minutes each. The following table represents the distribution of questions in each section of CAT 2017 exam-

SectionNo. of QuestionsNo. of non-MCQ questionsDifficulty LevelGood Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension347Easy-moderate26-27
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning328Difficult12-14
Quantitative Ability348Easy-Moderate25-26
Total1002363-67

Download CAT 2017 Answer Key, Question Paper and Analysis


CAT 2018 Detailed Syllabus

IIM’s do not release an official CAT Syllabus. However, based on previous year question papers, we have curated below the most frequently occuring topics. An in-depth knowledge of CAT 2018 Syllabus forms the basis of your preparation journey. It is designed to assess the prospective admission-seekers' suitability for MBA education. Read More MBA Education Loans for CAT Aspirants

Check below the most important topics for CAT Exam Preparation:

Quantitative AbilityData Analysis & SufficiencyLogical ReasoningVerbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
GeometryGraphsCritical ReasoningVerbal Reasoning
Arithmetic ProgressionColumn GraphsVisual ReasoningSyllogisms
Installment PaymentsBar GraphsAssumption-Premise-ConclusionContextual usage
Ratios and ProportionsLine ChartsAssertion and reasonsAnalogies
Arithmetic MeanPie ChartsStatements and assumptionsSentence completion
LogarithmGraphs representing AreaMatrix arrangementsIdioms
Work and TimeVenn DiagramCoding and DecodingSentence Correction

Check Complete CAT 2018 Syllabus


How to Prepare for CAT 2018?

CAT is one exam that requires a rigorous practice. The key to ace CAT Exam is to refer the most recommended and reliable books in the market. This is so because they are the best source to revise whole of the CAT syllabus, as well as include sets of most important questions.

Candidates often get confused in regard to which CAT Books or study material to refer to. They look for the material which all toppers have sworn by. This is bound to happen since their no dearth of CAT Preparation Books in the market. Given below are some of the Best Books for CAT Preparation 2018 :

SectionBook NameAuthor Name/Publisher
Quantitative AbilityHow to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMsSarvesh K. Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CATNishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation and Logical ReasoningCAT 2018 Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningGautam Puri
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation & Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma
Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionHow to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market PaperbackWilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CATSharma and Upadhyay
PSC for VA for CAT Exam

Nishit Sinha

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CAT Result 2018

CAT 2018 Result is expected in the 2nd week of January 2019. The conducting body of CAT 2018 will release the scorecards at the official website. An SMS will also be sent to all test-takers, informing them about their CAT Percentile. CAT Score is valid for 1 year. 

The step-wise process to obtain CAT result is given below: 

  1. Visit the official website of CAT 
  2. Click on ‘Download CAT Score Card’.
  3. You will be redirected to the login page. 
  4. Enter your User Id and Password.
  5. You will be redirected to your candidate’s account page.
  6. Click on Download Scorecard link and download it for future correspondence.

Highlights of CAT Result 2017

Total candidates who appeared1.99 lacs
Perfect scorers20
Total non-engineers in top 203
Total women in top 202
Total women candidates78,009
Total seats offered in IIMs4,000

Check CAT 2017 Toppers

CAT 2018 Rank Predictor

  • CAT Result will be declared in January and candidates can check their score on the official website.
  • However, candidates can use the CAT Percentile Predictor on Collegedunia.com to determine the ranks based on their respective percentiles.
  • All the participating institutes release cut-offs for next rounds.
  • They shortlist the candidates on the basis CAT percentile scores.
  • Candidates can predict their scores using the Collegedunia percentile predictor provided below. It is an easy way to predict your scores beforehand, and choose a college accordingly.
CAT RANK PREDICTOR

Expected CAT Cut off 2018

After the results are declared, each IIM will declare a separate cut off list for shortlisting candidates for the selection procedure. The cut off comprises an overall cut off and a sectional cut off.

  • Sectional cut off is the percentile score a candidate must score in each section to qualify the exam.
  • The overall cut off for the IIMs generally falls in the bracket of 90-99 percentile. 

CAT 2018 Expected Cut Off for IIMs

IIMCAT Cut off in Percentile
IIM, Ahmedabad99.6
IIM, Bangalore99.5
IIM, Calcutta99.5
IIM, Lucknow99.5
IIM, Rohtak97.11
IIM, Kozhikode96.3
IIM, Indore94.7
IIM, Trichy94.0
IIM, Raipur90.0

The following table enlists the institutes based on CAT Cut off where we have classified IIMs and B-schools on the basis of the level of cutoffs from previous years’ trends-

RatingLevel (Approx. CAT cut-off Percentiles for General)Institutes
A+I (CAT Percentile 98.5+)IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-L, IIM-I, IIM-K, IIM-S, FMS, MDI-PGPM, IIT- B, JBIMS
II (CAT Percentile 96.5+)SPJIMR, IIT-D, NITIE-PGDIM, MDI-PGP HR/IM, IIM-RH, IIM-RN, IIM-RP, IIM-KS, IIM-UP, IIM-T
III (CAT Percentile 94.5+)IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-M, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-BG, IIM-N, IIM-V, IIM-Asr, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, MDI-M, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-L (ABM)
AI (CAT Percentile 90+)MICA, IMT-G/N, IMI-D, FSM, IRMA, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA, PUMBA
II (CAT Percentile 87+)WIMDR-M, LBSIM, LIBA, IMI-K/B, GLIM, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H
III(CAT Percentile 85+)MISB, ISBM-P, AJKMCRC, WIMDR-B, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, MBE-DU

CAT 2018 Selection Procedure

The selection process of CAT is a two-step process. Candidates who qualify the cutoff marks are invited by CAT Colleges for GD or WAT and Personal Interview round. CAT Selection Process is carried out individually by each college, except for the new IIMs. The ratio for admission in IIMs and candidates shortlisted for selection is generally 1:4, but it varies for different IIMs. 

It must be noted that there is no common Common Counselling Process for CAT. The process for form-filling for IIMs is done while preliminary registration for the exam. 

Shorlisting Candidates for PI & WAT- Candidates are shortlisted with a weightage system, as given below:

ComponentsWeightage
CAT 2018 Score28
Class X Marks10
Class XII Marks10
TOTAL50 (48 + 2 Gender Diversity Factor)

Final Selection- For final selection, weightage of all the stages in selection process with work experience is calculated. 

ComponentWeightage
CAT Score15
Personal Interview24
Written Ability Test5
Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor's Degree (ADFB)*2
Work Experience4

*Points awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree level (Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (ADFB)): Candidates with any of the following bachelor’s degree in the list  below are eligible for ADFB: 
List X: BA, BA(H), B.Sc, B.Sc.(H), BS, B.Com, B.Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, LL.B, MBBS, BDS or any other Non-Engineering subject areas at the Bachelor’s level not mentioned above.


More About CAT 2018

CAT 2018 Convening Body

Each year, one of the IIM’s convene the CAT Exam. It is interesting to see the new changes they introduce with its structure and pattern. CAT 2017 was conducted by IIM Lucknow. It was after a gap of 6 years that IIM Lucknow was given this responsibility.

For CAT 2018, the convening body is yet to be disclosed. We will update you as soon as it gets official. For now, you can check below the CAT convening IIMs from the year 2013:

YearConvening IIM
2018Ye to be announced
2017IIM Lucknow
2016IIM Bangalore
2015IIM Ahmedabad
2014IIM Indore
2013IIM Indore

Scholarships after CAT 2018

Don’t want to fund your MBA with an education loan? Get MBA admission through CAT and escape from the ever-rising MBA fees. Scholarships through CAT for MBA studies are categorized in Merit Based Scholarship and Need-Based Scholarship.

Merit-Based Scholarship

  1. Amity Business School- a) 100% Fees Waiver for candidates having 93% in 10th, Above 80% in 12th and Above 80% in Graduation. b) 5% Seat for 25% Candidates Securing more than 85 Percentile in CAT
  2. BIMTECH- 85% Percentile in CAT Scorecard
  3. IIM Ahmedabad- Scholarship worth One Lac on merit basis (selected after interview)

Need-Based Scholarships

  1. IIM Ahmedabad Need-Based Scholarship for candidates having family income less than 200000
  2. GOI Merit Cum Means Scholarship for First Year and Second year top 10% rankers

Top Colleges Accepting CAT 

CAT is conducted mainly for admission to MBA/PGDM programs offered at 20 IIMs. Apart from IIMs, other top management institutes like FMS, MDI, NTIE, SP Jain, Department of Management Studies at IITs, Manipal University, ITM Delhi, Chandigarh University and over 115 management B-schools also accept CAT score as qualifying criteria for their management programs. The cut off percentile for IIMs and other top institutes may be above 90 percentile.

  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Calcutta
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Indore
  • Vinod Gupta school of Management, IIT Kharagpur
  • FMS Delhi

Check all CAT Colleges

Courses Offered through CAT 

On the basis of CAT score, candidates can take admission to the following courses offered by 20 IIMs and other top B-schools in India:

Different Courses Offered by IIMs
PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management)PGP-UAE (Post Graduate Programme at UAE)
PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management)PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)
PGP (Post Graduate Programme)PGP-Mumbai (Post Graduate Programme at Mumbai)
PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive)PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)
PGPPM (Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management)PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)
EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)
PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets)-

CAT 2018 FAQs

Ques. When is CAT 2018 scheduled to take place?

Ans. IIM Lucknow will conduct CAT 2018 on November 26. The exam will take place in online mode. Nearly 2 lac candidates are expected to sit for the exam.

Ques. Is there an option to write CAT in offline mode?

Ans. No, as per the directives issued by the authorities, CAT 2018 exam is conducted in online mode only. However, CAT was conducted in offline mode till 2009.

Ques. How many seats are expected to be filled through CAT 2018 in the top IIMs?

Ans. As per the new ordinance passed in 2016, there are 4300 seats that were filled in the academic year 2016-17.There is no increase in the number of seats this year, so it is expected to remain the same.

Ques. How many registrations are received for CAT 2018?

Ans. There are approximately 2.3 lac students who have registered for CAT 2018.

Ques. Is there any reservation of seats for female candidates in IIMs like we have in GATE?

Ans. No, there is no reservation policy defined for female category candidates. Although it was proposed in 2015, no further report on the same came out.

Ques. Can you give details of seat matrix for IIMs in the country for the year 2018?

Ques. When is the form correction window for CAT 2018 application form?

Ans. You can edit the information provided in your CAT 2018 application form between September 27- September 30 only. This option can be exercised on CAT 2018 Official Website.

Ques. How many institutes in total are considering CAT Scores this year?

Ans. This year there are around 100 colleges and 20 IIMs are considering CAT score for their admission process.

Ques. Do I have to fill the application form separately for each CAT College?

Ans. YES, apart from 20 IIMs, you need to fill the application form separately for each of the participating institutes. You need to fill the application forms for all the institutes in which you wish to apply on the basis of the CAT 2018 result.

Ques. If I do not clear the minimum CAT 2018 Cutoff, will I still be eligible for admission?

Ans. You need to clear the minimum cut off for further admission process. If you fail on this step, you cannot get admission in any of the IIMs. However, some private college might invite you depending upon their admission rules.

Ques. When will I receive my CAT 2018 admit card?

Ans. Authorities are not sending CAT admit card 2018 manually, so best to download online through the official website in the time slot defined. It can be last downloaded till November 26.

Ques. In case I misplace my admit card at the exam center, can I download the CAT admit card at the exam center?

Ans. Yes, you must contact the authorities at the exam center and report the incident to them. They will help you with downloading the duplicate admit card.

Ques. What stationery items can I carry on the day of CAT exam?

Ans. Candidates DO NOT have to carry any stationery items. You will be given a pen and paper at the exam center itself, which have to be returned before you leave the exam hall.

Ques. Is there any traveling allowance issued to the candidates of reserved categories for CAT 2018 exam?

Ans. NO TRAVELLING ALLOWANCE is issued to candidates, whether from reserved or non- reserved categories.

Ques. What is the last time to enter CAT exam center on the exam day?

Ans. Students in the morning shift will not be allowed to enter the exam center premises after 8.45 am, and for evening shift the deadline time is 2:15 pm.

Ques.Can you give me a list of items that are banned to be carried at the CAT 2018 exam center?

Ans. Students are not allowed to carry the following items at the exam center:

  • Mobile Phones
  • Pen, pencil
  • Books/ chits/ sheets/ clips
  • Electronic Gadgets
  • Watches
  • Calculator
  • Stationary

Ques. Is it true that students are not allowed to take bio- breaks during CAT exam hours?

Ans. Yes, it is funny but an important point issued by the authorities that no- bio breaks are allowed during the exam time.

Ques. What support are PwD candidates getting while writing the CAT 2018 exam?

Ans. You will get the following privileges while writing CAT Exam:

  1. Scribe/ reader- candidates suffering from visual impairment or cerebral palsy are allowed to bring a scribe as an assistant, who has filled or submitted affidavits which ensure scribe’s authenticity. 
  2. Other allowed devices- an abacus without a calculator is allowed to candidates suffering from visual impairment or hearing impairment.

Ques. What items are to be carried on the day of CAT 2018 exam?

Ans. A candidate needs to carry CAT 2018 admit card, along with a valid photo ID proof.

Ques. Can you give a list of items that can work as valid photo Id proof?

Ans. The following documents are accepted as the photo Id proof:

  • College ID
  • Employer ID
  • Driving License
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Voter ID
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Identification Affidavit

Ques. What fields can be corrected in CAT application form 2018?

Ans. CAT authorities are allowing only the following fields to be edited from this year onwards:

  • Programs selected
  • Percentage of marks scored
  • Work experience

Rest, cannot be edited within the form correction window. So best to preview the application form before hitting the final submit button.

Ques. What steps to follow to edit details in my CAT application form 2018?

Ans. Following steps have been defined by the authorities to edit the application form:

  1. Open the official CAT website 2018.
  2. Click on the “existing user” tab.
  3. Log in to the portal with the username and password.
  4. Check the date supplied in the fields.
  5. Edit the information that needs to be corrected.
  6. Click on “save “and continue once the whole form has been edited.

Ques. Are transgender candidates allowed to write the CAT exam?

Ans. Yes, since 2015, transgender candidates are allowed to write CAT exam. All the rules ply on them as is.

Ques.What is the minimum academic eligibility criteria for writing CAT 2018?

Ans. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute is compulsory and mandatory for writing the CAT 2018 exam, this must meet the minimum percentage requirement of 55% in the qualifying examination.

Ques.What information do I need to keep handy before filling the CAT application form?

Ans. The following information must be kept handy before CAT Registration:

  1. Candidate’s name
  2. Candidate’s DOB
  3. A valid email address
  4. Educational history
  5. Mark sheet of the previous qualifying examinations
  6. Additional certificates to be uploaded
  7. Scanned images of the passport size photo
  8. List of IIMs in the order of application

Ques.What details are asked in CAT Application Form?

Ans. You will find the following fields in the form:

  1. Personal details
  2. Academic details
  3. Work experience
  4. Programmes
  5. Payment of application fee

Ques. I have worked as a part time employee with a management firm. Will my experience be counted during CAT Registration?

Ans. No, your experience will not be counted, ONLY FULL TIME JOB EXPERIENCE AFTER COMPLETING GRADUATION is considered as WORK EXPERIENCE.

Ques.What are the dimensions for the photograph to be uploaded with the CAT application form?

Ans. Only a scanned copy of the photograph and signature is accepted if it meets the following criteria:

DocumentSizeFormat
Pass port size photographupto 80KB30mmX 45mm .jpg or .jpeg. minimum resolution of 150 px/ inch.
Signatureupto 80 Kb80mmx 35mm, .jpg or .jpeg. minimum resolution of 150 px/ inch.

Ques.Can CAT application fee be paid in offline mode by bank challan?

Ans. NO, application fee has to be paid in the online mode only, by the help of credit/debit card or internet banking. No other mode of payment even in the online mode is accepted.

Ques.What documents do I have to upload with my CAT application form?

Ans. A candidate has to upload compulsorily following set of documents with their CAT 2018 application form:

  1. A recent scanned photograph
  2. Scanned image of the signature
  3. SC/ST/OBC certificate must be signed by competent bodies and must be self attested, and then scanned and uploaded.
  4. PWD/DA certificate must be signed by authorities and self attested thereof, thus scanned and uploaded.

Ques.Do I have to send a hard copy of the completely filled CAT application form to the authorities?

Ans. No, you do not have to send any copy of the application form, however you must keep one print out for yourself ready.

Ques.Can the details in the application form be edited after paying the CAT application fee?

Ans. No, only the information can be edited before the payment of application fee. Some fields can be edited after the payment of application fee but some will be frozen so cannot be altered. The system thus provides you the freedom to log in multiple times and fill the details before hitting the final submit button.

Ques.How to contact CAT helpdesk in case of some emergency?

Ans. You can contact the authorities by the following methods:

Toll free number: 1-800-266-3549

Email ID: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in.

Ques. What is the minimum age requirement for appearing for the CAT 2018 exam?

Ans. There is no minimum age bar defined for writing CAT entrance exam.

Ques. Are students in the final year of examination eligible to apply for Common Admission Test?

Ans. Yes, students can apply but their admission on the basis of their CAT result will be provisional un till they produce their final year graduation marksheet.

Ques. Is graduation degree from an Open University or correspondence recognized and accepted for CAT eligibility criteria?

Ans. It will be accepted only if it falls in one of the following categories:

  • Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutionswill be regarded as “Equivalent Qualification”.
  • In case the equivalent qualification possessed by the candidate is not covered in those mentioned above, then he/she will have to get an equivalence certificate from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi

Ques. How many non- MCQ type questions can I expect in my CAT 2018 question paper?

Ans.The following table will help you with the details of the MCQ and non- MCQ questions distribution:

SectionQADI & LRQA
Number of questions343234
MCQs242427
Non- MCQ1087

Ques. Can you give me the exam pattern of CAT 2018 in brief?

Ans. Read below the highlights:

  • There are total 100 questions divided among the three sections.
  • Candidates have to finish the exam in 3 hours or 180 minutes.
  • CAT is a computer based test or exam.
  • Candidates cannot switch between sections.
  • Question paper is printed in English only.
  • TITA question must be attempted carefully.

Ques. Is there a marking scheme for non-MCQ questions in CAT 2018 exam?

Ans. There is no marking scheme defined for non-MCQ/ TITA questions, but the marks awarded if you type the answer accurately will add to your percentile.

Ques. What is the marking scheme defined for MCQ type questions in CAT?

Ans. As per the marking scheme, 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Ques. Can you list some important topics for preparing the QA section in CAT?

Ans. Yes, you must prepare the following important topics for QA:

  1. Number system
  2. Arithmetic
  3. Algebra
  4. Geometry
  5. Permutation and combination
  6. Set theory, trigonometry and logarithms

Ques. Can you list the topics to prepare for the Verbal and Reading comprehension section?

Ans. On the basis of the previous years analysis following topics must be prepared as part of CAT VRC syllabus:

  • Fact Inference Judgment
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Word Usage (Vocabulary)

Ques. How can I check my CAT result online?

Ans. A simple 4 step process to check the CAT result online is as follows:

  1. Open the official website: iimcat.ac.in.
  2. Look for the link that reads “CAT 2018 result”.
  3. Click on the link and provide the details of the username and password.
  4. Click on submit button and your CAT score card 2018 is displayed on screen.

Ques. Can you give the details of interview cut off percentile for the year 2016?

Ans.The cut off percentile for the year 2016 is as follows:

InstituteInterview cut off percentileCut off percentile stated in admission criteria

IIM Ahmedabad

96

90

IIM Ranchi

96

90

IIM Raipur

96

90

IIM Trichy

96

90

IIM Udaipur

1

90

Ques. I am in my final year of Bachelor‘s Degree. What marks should I enter while filling CAT Application Form?

Ans. You have to mention the marks as per the last marksheet you have received from the University.

Ques. Is there any maximum age cap for CAT exam?

Ans. No, there not age limit criteria for appearing in CAT.

Ques. Can I appear for multiple slots for CAT?

Ans. No, a candidate can take exam only in one time slot.

Ques. I have done a dual degree programme i.e. B.Tech+M.Tech. I am confused about how to enter my marks under qualification column?

Ans. Mention your graduation marks in Bachelor’s degree column and Master’s marks in master degree’s column.

Ques. I did not have a graduation degree, However I have completed a professional degree, Can I apply for CAT?

Ans. No, only candidates who are graduate from a recognized University can apply for CAT. No, professional degree is accepted as a graduation degree.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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52 Comments
Nikita Karayat

Hey Can u guide me Recently j have done my graduation with BA and my subject were education english and sociology.. So please tell me Am i qualified to give CAT exam Nd Can i get admission in MBA Please please guide me.. nd answer my questions please

21 Oct, 2018 06:31
Akansha Expert

Hi Nikita, Admission in MBA Course is based on the CAT, as above mentioned the Application information or Eligibility Criteria.

23 Oct, 2018 15:58
RITHVIK K V

hi,MBA colleges accepting CW Category in exams?(other than dse,dfs,tiss)and cut offs

14 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Rithvik, You may please check this link for getting the Reservation of CAT.

17 Oct, 2018 16:51
RITHVIK K V

hi,yaa i checked but this is specific to cat exam ,i wanted to know about other colleges accepting cat score and having this category

17 Oct, 2018 17:05
Akansha Expert

Hello, We are sorry to you, that information do you want does not exist just because as per officially CAT is not given reservation or other benefits fro CW Category.

17 Oct, 2018 17:33
Shikha shukla

i am a student of 5th semester B.Com. I will complete my graduation in may 2019 so am i eligible for this exam?

16 Sep, 2018 00:20
Garima Bansal

Hi Shikha, The eligibility for the cat exam is candidate must possess a Bachelors degree having a minimum of 50% marks or has an equivalent GPA.

17 Sep, 2018 11:47
Pavan

I have a backlog in my 4th sem, kindly let me know if I can attend CAT this year.I am in final year of my degree.

15 Sep, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Pavan, Yes, candidates who complete their degree by May 2019 are eligible to appear for CAT.

15 Sep, 2018 14:29
navyaa singh

I want to ask questions regarding Cat Registration Form 2018

27 Aug, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Navyaa, Please check this link for getting the information about the Application Procedure for CAT Entrance Exam.

27 Aug, 2018 11:43
Nikhil Mishra

Hello mujhe ye information chahiye tha ki mere bsc me 50% marks nhi hi to kya mai msc karne ke baad cat ke exam ko attend kar skte hi ya nhi

06 Aug, 2018 00:53
Akansha Expert

Hi Nikhil, Please check this link for getting the information about the Eligibility for the CAT Entrance Exam.

06 Aug, 2018 12:07
nikunj tyagi

bba 5th sem. students eligible for this exam or not ?

04 Jul, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Nikunj, You need to Qualify Your 6th Semester for getting Participating the CLAT Entrance test.

04 Jul, 2018 15:03
Pankaj Bhattacharya

I will due to appear B.Tech final June 2019 and my final year starts from July 2018. Can I appear in CAT 2018 exam?

31 May, 2018 21:57
Garima Bansal

Hi Pankaj, A candidate should have completed his Bachelor’s degree program in any stream from a recognized university or have an equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Ministry of HRD, India.

11 Sep, 2018 15:50
suchismita mishra

hiii sakshi i want to know whether i have to appear for cat in order to get selected in UBS chandigarh ? and if yes then what is te average percentile required to do so ?

02 May, 2018 11:34
Garima Bansal

Hi Suchismita, Yes , you have to appear for cat in order to get selected in UBS Chandigarh and the average percentile 90+ which is required for the admission

19 Jun, 2018 15:53
Isha Gupta

Hlo sir i want to do mba i have socred 62 percent in b.com account hons. How can i get addmiddion in top colleges

26 Mar, 2018 22:31
Bhawna Vedwal

You have to qualify CAT exam. To get more information regarding process you can use this link : Application Process

04 Jun, 2018 15:57

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