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CAT 2018 Registration- Online Application Form

Updated On - May 9th 2018 by ANUPAMA SINGH

CAT 2018 Registration is expected to begin from the first week of August. The actual registration dates will release once the notification is out in July. CAT application process involves 4 basic steps viz. registration, application form-filling, uploading documents and paying the fee. To apply for CAT, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree. Upon successful registration, candidates can download their CAT 2018 Admit Card from October onwards. It will be available at the official website. 

Latest:- CAT 2018 Exam Date is November 25, 2018

Important Links

CAT 2018 Eligibility

CAT 2018 Exam Dates

CAT Application Form 2018

CAT 2018 Form Correction

CAT 2018 Application Fee

CAT 2018 Registration Dates

The official notification for CAT 2018 is expected to release in July. The conducting body announces the schedule for CAT at the official website i.e. The registration window for CAT exam is generally 1 month. All important registration dates are tabulated below- 

EventDate (Tentative)
CAT 2018 Official NotificationJuly 29, 2018
Availability of CAT 2018 Application FormAugust 9, 2018
CAT 2018 Registration Last DateSeptember 25, 2018
Availability of CAT Admit Card 2018October 18 – November 25, 2018

CAT 2018- Latest Updates

  1. The application fee for CAT 2018 is INR 1900, unlike 1800 last year.
  2. The competition will rise this year, with an expectation of more than 2 lac registrants.
  3. For CAT 2018, the form-correction window will open in September.
  4. In case of any questions regarding CAT Registration, you may contact the authorities at 1800-2663-549 or

Check HereCAT Reservation Criteria 2018

How to Register for CAT Exam 2018?

Pre-Requisites for CAT Registration

  • Valid email address and mobile phone number
  • Marksheets of class X, XII, graduation and/or other equivalent exams.
  • Details of work experiences (if any)
  • Preferred CAT Exam Center choices
  • Scanned images of photograph and signature
  • Scanned copy of category certificate (if any)
  • Bank details (credit card, debit card or net banking) for payment of Application fees

Steps to Register for CAT

  1. Visit the official website
  2. Click on Registration for New User on the right side of the page
CAT Registration
  1. Read the given instructions 
CAT Registration 2018
  1. Enter all mandatory details to complete CAT 2018 Registration- Name, DOB, Mobile Number, Country and Email Address to generate OTP. 
CAT application form
  1. Enter the OTP and click on Validate OTP and submit after entering the Captcha Code.
  2. Check onI Agree and submit CAT Application Form.
  3. After submitting the details, a message on registered mobile number containing the Password and an email containing the User ID will be sent. 
CAT form status
  1. Post successful completion of CAT Registration, a unique login id and password is generated.
  2. These credentials are vital for filling CAT Application Form 2018.
  3. Click on ‘Go to Application Form’ to fill CAT Application Form.

Download Here CAT Registration Guide

Quick Tip: Use Internet Explorer (version 10 to 11) or Mozilla Firefox (version 48 to 54) or Google Chrome (version 50 to 59) to fill in CAT Application Form. 

Candidate Query Form

In case, you have any query related to CAT Exam Application Form, Payment of Fees and Admit Card, same can be asked through the query form. The steps for the same are given below-

  1. After completing CAT Registration, click on Candidate Query Form and Create the query.
CAT query form
  1. Define the Problem Category and Problem Type
CAT candidate query form
  1. Enter the Problem Statement and Submit the details. 
  2. The status of the query can be checked by providing Grievance Number and Registration Number after submitting the query under Select Your Filter Criteri

How to Fill CAT Application Form 2018?

  • After successful CAT Registration, a candidate can move on to fill the Online Application Form.
  • Read the information bulletin carefully and fill in the details accordingly.
  • For filling CAT application form, you will have to first login to the official website.
  • The steps to log in are described below:
  1. On the right side of the homepage, click on “Existing User” tab.
  2. A new Login window will appear.
  3. Enter the Login id and Password sent to you to your registered email address and mobile number.
  4. Click on the Login tab.

Following this, you will be able to login to your account and open CAT Application Form. There are 5 sections that you must fill:

  • Personal Details
  • Academic History
  • Work Experience
  • Program Preference
  • Payment of Application Fee

Details Asked In CAT Application Form 2018

After logging in successfully to your candidate’s account for CAT Exam, you can begin the registration process. The Registration Form is divided into 5 sections. Below we are providing steps for filling each section separately.

Personal Details

In this section, you will need to fill in the following details:

  1. Enter Father’s/Husband’s/Guardian’s name.
  2. Enter Gender as applicable.
  3. Enter Nationality as Indian. For those who are applying under the Foreign category should mention their nationality in the adjacent field “Specify your Nationality”.
  4. Select Category from among the given options, i.e., General, SC/ST, NC-OBC
  5. In case of Reserved Categories, you will need to fill additional details such as Caste/Tribe name, State/Union Territory of Caste/Tribe and Serial Number of Caste/tribe. You can access these details from the National Commission for Backward Classes website.
  6. If you are a person with disability, then select “Yes” in the Person with Disability/Differently Abled field. Here you will have to fill in the category of disability, Disability percentage and Wheelchair Support requirement.
  7. Enter communication address correctly.
  8. Provide alternate email address and mobile number if available.
  9. After filling in all the required personal details, you will have to upload necessary documents as per your selections in the application form. Uploading Photograph and Signature is compulsory for all candidates irrespective of their category.
  10. After uploading the documents, click on the “Save and Continue” button and move to the next section.

Academic Details

In this section, you have to enter the details of your academic qualification. Here you have to enter the details of not just the qualifying examination but details of your education from class 10th onwards to the most recent academic qualification.

You will need to enter the details of following academic qualifications:

  • SSC/10th class examination (Compulsory for all candidates)
  • HSC/12th class examination /Diploma (Compulsory for all candidates)
  • Bachelor Degree Details (Compulsory for all candidates)
  • Other Professional Degree
  • Post-graduation Degree Details

Check  CAT Eligibility

SSC/10th Class Examination Details

The aggregate percentage will be calculated for all the subjects mentioned in the mark sheet for class 10th. In this section, you will need to enter the following details:

  • Aggregate marks in %age
  • Total Marks Obtained
  • Maximum Marks
  • Board name for SSC/10th or equivalent examination
  • Month and Year of completion of SSC/10th

HSC/12th/Diploma Course Details

In this case again the aggregate percentage will be calculated against all subjects mentioned in the mark sheet for class 12th. Under this section you will need to enter the following details:

  • Course type – 12th or Diploma (Select the one which is applicable)
  • Aggregate marks in %age
  • Total marks obtained in the examination
  • Maximum Marks

CAT 2018 Application Fee 

CAT Registration Fee needs to be paid online only (Net banking, Credit Card, or Debit Card). The category-wise fee is given below:

CategoryApplication Fee
General/NC-OBC (Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Classes)INR 1800
SC (Scheduled Caste)/ST (Scheduled Tribe)INR 900 
PwD (Persons with Disability)/DA (Differently Abled)INR 900 
  • While paying online, there is an additional Transaction Processing Charge, which an applicant has to pay in addition to the application fees.
  • The details of the additional charges incurred are given below:
Payment MethodAdditional Transaction Processing Fees
Credit Card (American Express)2.85% of the application fees, subject to a minimum of INR 5.
Credit Card (Visa/Master)1.20% of the application fees, subject to a minimum of INR 5.
Debit Card (Visa/Master)If the application fee is less than or equal to INR 2000, then 0.75% of the application fees subject to minimum of INR 5. If the application fees is more than INR 2000, then 1.00% of the application fees subject to a minimum of INR 5.

How to Pay CAT Application Fee?

  1. Select the relevant payment method from the list.
  2. Check the declaration box and Select I Agree.
  3. Click on Submit and Pay button.
  4. You will be redirected to the payment gateway.
  5. Enter payment details as per your preference.
  6. After successful payment, you will receive a transaction number which you should note down.
  7. Once the CAT Registration Process is completed you will receive a confirmation email from CAT 2018 authorities stating that your application is submitted successfully.      

Documents Required for CAT 2018 Registration

During CAT Exam Registration 2018, you need to upload certain documents. Without uploading these documents, you will not be able to submit CAT Application Form. The list of the documents required for CAT Registration along with their specifications is given below:

Required DocumentsDimension and Type of File
PhotographDimension – 30 mm X 45 mm File Format - .jpg or .jpeg File Size - <= 80 Kb
SignatureDimension – 80 mm X 35 mm File Format - .jpg or .jpeg File Size - <= 80 Kb
NC-OBC/SC/ST CertificateSelf-attested Scanned as pdf document
PwD/DA CertificateSelf-attested Scanned as pdf document

Read MoreCAT 2018 Photo Size, Dimension, Format and Other Details

The format of the caste and disability certificate is available on the official CAT website. You can download the certificate, fill the details and get it attested by the concerned authority. In case you already have the said certificates, make sure that they are in the same format as mentioned on the CAT 2018 official website.

How to Compress Images?

The images which are to be uploaded in CAT Application Form should be of a definite file size and dimension. By following the process given below, you can easily convert any image file into the desired dimension and file size for completing CAT Registration.

  1. Select the image file and right click.
  2. Click on “Open With” and select Paint.
  3. The image will open in Paint window.
  4. Click on the “File” menu on the top left-hand corner of the window.
  5. Select “Properties”.
  6. A small box will open where you can specify/change the width and height of the image. For Photograph it will be 35 mm X 45 mm and for Signature it will be 80 mm X 35 mm.
  7. Click “OK” and save the image.

CAT Form Correction 2018

  • In case, you have made any mistake while filling Application Form of CAT 2018, the same can be rectified until you have made the online payment.
  • However, after submitting CAT Application Form, there will be a limited time window during which the details can be modified.
Note: Only some pieces of information like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected etc can be edited. You will not be able to modify any of the following details: any details entered in the Personal Details, Academics section except the percentage marks scored and Exam Centre City Preferences.

How to Apply for CAT Exam Form Correction?

  1. Open the official website for CAT 2018 i.e.
  2. Click on the “Existing User” button.
  3. Enter your login id and password and click on “Login”.
  4. Navigate through the different sections in the application form and check the details you have entered.
  5. Change or modify the details which are incorrect or incomplete.
  6. Click on “Save and Continue” or “Save” and Exit.
There is another way of modifying entries in CAT Application Form i.e. by generating a query at Candidate Query Form. Firstly, you have select the Problem Category and then define the Type of Problem followed by Problem Statement.

CAT Registration Trend

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CAT 2018 Registration FAQs

Ques: I have completed my Bachelor’s degree recently and my University follows grading system. How do I enter marks scored?

Ans. If your mark sheet contains the equivalent percentage for the respective grades, you will enter the percentage equivalent to the grade scored by you. If it’s not given, then contact your university and procure the equivalent percentage for your grade score for completing CAT Registration.

Ques: I have completed my dual degree program (B.Tech.+M.Tech. or B.Tech.+M.Sc. or BS+MS). How should I fill my aggregate percentage for Bachelor’s program?

Ans. If you have done dual degrees, you can fill the aggregate of marks which are equivalent to Bachelor’s degree. If there are marks given in the Master’s category, fill it in the section for Master’s degree details while doing CAT Registration.

Ques: I have completed my education in the 10+2+2/10+1+1+2 pattern. How do I fill in my Bachelor’s degree details during CAT Registration?

  1. First ascertain that your degree is recognized by UGC, AIU or other equivalent bodies. If your degree is recognized, you can fill in the details as given below:
  1. Enter 10thmarks in the respective field.
  2. Enter 12thor next two year’s marks in 12th/HSC field.
  3. In the field for Bachelor’s degree marks select duration as 3 years and enter the respective marks. You must not forget to select the year of commencement and completion of the program accordingly.

Ques. I have changed my name by following the due procedure however my degree certificate still bears my old name. Which name should I enter in the field for Candidate’s name under CAT Registration?

Ans. You have to enter your changed name but you will have to produce relevant documents at the time of examination, interview and admission.

Ques. How to recover my password?

Ans. In case you misplace or lose your password that was generated during CAT Registration, can be recovered by going on the official CAT 2018 website. The password for your CAT 2018 login id will be sent via SMS to your registered mobile number.

The process to recover your password is given below:

  1. Go to the official website
  2. Click on the “Sign In for Existing User” tab.
  3. In the login window, enter your login id and then click on the “Forgot Password” tab.
  4. Enter the captcha string and click on Get Password.

Ques. My Aadhar card has a different sir name and the class 10 certificate is different. So which name should I put?

Ans. Put the name as printed in aadhar card and get the name printed in class 10 certificate modified.

Ques. I cannot see a place to give details of my category in the CAT registration form. I am suffering from polio.

Ans. The details of the physical disability have to be uploaded in the application form and not in the registration form.

Ques. I am from Jharkhand. The internet is slow in my district and I tried to fill the registration process several times but the internet does not let it happen. Can I fill it in offline mode?

Ans. No, it has to be filled in the online mode only. You can wait and keep on trying or go to a cyber cafe to work with the CAT registration process.

Ques. CAT 2018 has a registration fee of Rs.1800 or Rs.1900 for general category? Some websites say 1800. I am confused.

Ans. The application fee can go up this year for the general category so it is expected to be Rs.1900. As of now, the application fee is Rs. 1800 as in CAT 2017.

Ques. If I am from reserved category do I have to register on the same CAT website as general category students do, or some other website is there for reserved category students?

Ans. Only one website is there for reserved and non-reserved category candidates. There is no such difference.

Ques. I was working with the registration process and the system went down. Now I am trying to re-login with my credentials but it is not accepting my details. What to do?

Ans. If your registration was successful then send an email describing the issue to the authorities else do the registration again.

Ques. I have two email ids which I use personally, which email ID can I use for the CAT 2018 registration. Is there any preference for new email id over old?

Ans. No, use only 1 email id, as too many will create trouble. Keep it same for the entire process.

Ques. I took the CAT 2017 exam but failed to qualify. Can I use the same registration details for CAT 2018 exam?

Ans. No, CAT 2017 registration details cannot be used for CAT 2018.

Ques. Is there a discount for OBC candidates?

Ans. Yes, the concession is provided in the CAT application fee so the payment of Rs.800 has to be done once the registration process is over.

Ques. I topper of Chandigarh university in B.Tech. Do I have to pay the application fee separately or no fee has to be paid?

Ans. All candidates have to pay CAT application fee. There is no exception in this rule for any candidate, so please pay the application fee otherwise the form would be rejected.

Ques. My graduation marksheets have a different name from my class 10 certificate. Will this affect my CAT registration process?

Ans. No this will not affect the registration but will affect the application process. So it is advised that get this error corrected.

Ques. I am trying to open the CAT application form in Bing. It is not opening. Can you tell me why?

Ans. The application form will work only in Google chrome or firefox or IE version 8 or above. The portal does not support any other system in the middle.

Ques. I scored 97 percent in class 12 and I am working on CAT modules since class 10. Can I write the CAT exam?

Ans. No, as it is important that you have completed your graduation. Only a graduate can write the CAT exam.

Ques. I have successfully completed the CAT 2018 registration process in a single go. So will I have some upper hand in the admission process?

Ans. No, there is no rule that by doing registration you will get an upper hand in admission. Please do not fall prey to such myths.

Ques. I completed the CAT registration in August 2018. The best part of the form was missed. So can I fill the application form in the form correction window?

Ans. No, this is not possible to fill the application form in the form correction window.

Ques. I want to apply for CAT 2018. I want to do MBA can you send me an email for details of the CAT registration form?

Ans. Sure register with our portal and an email notification would be sent related to CAT 2017 registration process.

Ques. What is the original CAT 2018 registration date, I am confused?

Ans. The original date will be falling in the month of August 2018. The first week of August 2018.

Ques. I am getting the error “wrong email ID”. My email ID is on Rediff. What is wrong?

Ans. Generate a new email Id in Gmail and work with the CAT registration process.

Ques. I have a unique email id but the system does not accept it. It says “email already exists”.  I called the helpline but no one is responding. What to do?

Ans. Drop an email regarding the issue to the authorities and keep on trying on the helpline number.

Ques. I am female category candidate. I applied for SSC and in that, I am getting the discount in the application fee. I do not get the same in CAT 2018. How can I get the concession in application fee?

Ans. There is no provision of the reduced application fee for the female category candidates. The reserved category candidates can only get the concession in the application fee.

Ques. I have registered early with CAT 2018, now will I get admission in IIM Lucknow?

Ans. No, there is no such provision of receiving admission in IIM if you register early. Do not fall prey to such myths.

Ques. Can I complete the registration in the form correction window period of CAT 2018?

Ans. No, this is not possible. Best you write CAT 2019 exam.

Ques. Do medically unfit candidates who are not physically challenged also get some benefits in the CAT registration process?

Ans. There is no inclusion of any other form of illness in the CAT 2018 registration process, so please go through the normal registration process.

*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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Anwesha Das

While entering the details in CAT registration, I have made a mistake. What should I do now?

29 Jul, 2017 14:26
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Anwesha, The details cannot be corrected in the application form once the application fee has been paid. Before the payment of the application fee, the same can be corrected.The fields where the details cannot be corrected are candidate’s full name, date of birth, mobile number, email ID, state. The fields where the changes cannot be done are address, educational information, and exam city preferences.  

29 Jul, 2017 14:57
Sonal Rohatgi

I have undergone a name change after registration, can I still write the exam?

29 Jul, 2017 13:22
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sonal, Yes, you can write the exam if you have the legal papers stating the reason for the name change and the details of the same must be signed by the concerned authority. The copy of the certificate and originals have to be deposited at CAT Exam Center before taking the exam.

29 Jul, 2017 15:14

I can give CAT nw? I've given my last year B Com exam in march 2017.. Can i get admission in Xaviers?

05 May, 2017 00:20

Hi Stella, Yes, you are eligible to appear for CAT. But for taking admission in Xaviers, you have to appear for XAT. Check the details about CAT here- Common Admission Test  

For XAT, visit Xavier Aptitude Test

09 May, 2017 13:13
vijay dewangan


02 Apr, 2017 00:20
Bhawna Vedwal

Hello Vijay,There is no limitation to no. of attempts. You can attempt this exam multiple times you wish to. There is no age limitation as well.

07 May, 2018 12:00

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