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CAT Reservation Criteria 2018

Updated On - April 3rd 2018 by ANUPAMA SINGH

CAT Reservation Criteria 2018- CAT is conducted by IIMs on rotational basis. Admission to the IIM(s) is given through CAT and seats in each are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), and for People with Disability (PWD). CAT Reservation Policy is based on the norms specified by Government of India.

The option to fill your category comes at the time of CAT Registration. Your caste certificate must be uploaded with the form to claim reservation. The application form will release in August.

CAT 2018 Category-wise Seat Reservation

Different number of seats are reserved for each category as per the rules of Government of India. IIMs follow the below CAT Reservation Criteria for their post-graduate management courses:

CAT Reservation of Seats
CategoryReservation (%)
Schedule Caste15%
Schedule Tribe7.5%
Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes27%
Person with Disability (PWD)3%
Total reserved seats52.5%

CAT Reservation Policy 2018- Important Points

There are no changes in the reservation policies until the Central Government suggests any. It is important to enter your category very consciously for CAT 2018, since no change will be entertained at a later stage. Given below are some key points to know for candidates claiming reservation through CAT.

  1. As per the provision, 3% seats in CAT are reserved for physically disabled candidates and as per the regulation there are three categories of disability:
  • Low vision blindness
  • Hearing impairment
  • Locomotor disability or Cerebral Palsy

It is mandatory for the applicants to submit their caste certificate to avail reservation during the registration process. The original documents shall be submitted at the time of admission to avoid the situation of disqualification.

  1. As per the norms of central government, candidates who belong to Non-Creamy Layer are the ones who belong to OBC category and are extremely poor and less educated. According to the definition of non-creamy layer
  • The annual income of the candidate should be more than 6 lacs
  • Group A/B employee of the central government

The concept of the Non-Creamy layer was introduced to distinguish between economically weaker and financially stronger section of the OBC society. There are 27% seats reserved in CAT 2018 for the candidates who belong to non-creamy layer in OBC.

Mandatory Certificates and Forms

Candidates shall register online for CAT 2018 and fill up all the valid details along with the documents. Those who want to apply under the reserved category shall submit the necessary reservation documents in the format prescribed by the central government. Steps required to fill up the form are mentioned below.

  1. Visit the website of CAT
  2. Download the reservation form from the website
  3. Fill in all the details correctly
  4. Get it attested by any gazetted officer
  5. Attach all the mandatory documents
  6. Submit the form on or before the stipulated date

Download CAT Certificates

Given below are all important documents required for CAT Reservation. Candidates also need to produce the original certificate at the time of interview in the desired format:

  1. Download NC-OBC Certificate
  2. Download SC-ST Certificate
  3. Download DA/PwD Certificate
  4. Download Format for Final Year Certificate
  5. Download Format for Candidate Identification Affidavit

Necessary Reservation Details

Candidates shall read all the instructions carefully before filling up CAT application form. Those who want to avail reservation facility shall confirm their eligibility and then fill the application form. A separate caste certificate shall be filled by the candidates who belong to SC/ST/ PWD/ OBC category. The mandatory details to be filled in the certificate are

  • Name of the applicant
  • City/Village/ Town
  • District/ Division
  • State/ Union Territory
  • Caste/ Tribe

Apart from filling the details, it is equally important for the candidates to attach their caste certificate to prove their eligibility. The certificates should be signed by the competent authority. Those candidates who belong to Physically Disabled category shall produce the disability certificate duly signed by the registered doctor. It is compulsory that the degree of disability should be clearly mentioned on the disability certificate. Also, the certificate should have a small description of the disability.


*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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