CAT 2018-2019, Application Form, Exam Dates, Syllabus and Papers

CAT 2018 – 2019: CAT Exam Date for this year has been recently announced. According to it the Exam will be conducted on 25th of November 2018. CAT Exam stands for Common Admission Test. It is a National Level Management Test which is organized by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) on the rotation basis. It is one of the most popular but not the easiest gateway to get admission into postgraduate management MBA programs.

Latest Update: CAT 2018 Image Correction can be done from 27th September.

Latest Update: CAT 2018 Application Form/ Registration Last date Extended till 26th September 2018.

Latest Update: CAT Application Form Starting and End dates, Along with Admit Card Release Date have been Announced Check the Table Below. 

CAT 2018 CAT Application Form Entrance CAT Exam

The Other Known Detail about CAT 2018 is that it will be conducted by the IIM, Calcutta. To get admission into IIMs Candidate need to qualify this examination. It is also a very important exam because many reputed colleges/ institutions consider the CAT Exam Score for providing Admission. We are preparing this Article to provide all the details you need to know about CAT 2018 before filling the CAT Registration Form.

IIM CAT 2018 Important Dates

CAT 2018 Notification is expected to be released online in next few weeks maybe July Last week or August 1st week. After the release of the Notification, all the dates and their events will be known and updated here. Till then you can consider this table as a table of Cat Events’ tentative time period.

EventsTentative Dates
NotificationJuly Last week or August First week
CAT 2018 Registration will start from8th August 2018
Registration Form CorrectionLast week of September 2018
Last week of Registration19th September 2018

26th September 2018

CAT 2018 Admit Card will be released on24th October 2018
CAT Exam25 November 2018
Answer Key and Question paper1st/2nd week of December 2018
Last week to submit objection2nd week of December 2018
ResultJanuary 1st/2nd week 2019

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

As I said earlier the exam is the gateway to get admission into MBA Courses and before that Candidates need to fill the application form. To fill the Application form candidates needs to fulfill all the CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria.

  • Candidates must have a UG degree in any stream from any recognized college or university.
  • Candidates must have secured minimum 50% marks and 45% marks required for SC, ST and PwD candidates.
  • Appearing Students of the final year of the qualifying exam or waiting for the final result are also eligible for CAT 2018.
  • CA/CS/ICWA professional degree holders can also apply using CAT Application Form.

CAT 2018 Registration Form

The Registration form will be available online on the official website. Candidates have to visit and Register them on the official website to fill up the CAT Exam 2018 Registration Form. The Procedure to fill the CAT Application Form is given below.

  • After registration Go to the Official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in and Login there.
  • Now log into the application window and fill up the online CAT Application Form will have following parts.

+ Personal Details
+ Contact Details
+ Academic Details
+ Work Experience
+ Selecting IIMs to apply for
+ Selecting Test Centers
+ Selecting Interview Cities

  • Provide/ fill all these details very carefully and review the filled CAT Application Form once again.
  • After it, upload the necessary attachments like Photograph, and signature in jpeg format in the form. After it Saves all the details and proceeds to the Payment section By clicking on Pay option.

Note: All the Candidates with improper/blur photographs can login and re-upload their photograph from 27th to 30th September 2018.

CAT 2018 Application Fee

After filling the CAT Application Form candidate need to pay the CAT Application Fee. Candidate can pay the fee only through Online Mode via Credit/debit cards, Net Banking, Cash card and wallet. The fee details are written below.

CategoryCAT 2018 Application Fee
GeneralINR 1800
SC/ ST/ PWDINR 900
Payment ModeTransaction Processing Fees
Credit Card (Visa/ Master)1.20%
Credit Card (Amex/ Diners Club)2.85%
Debit Card (Visa/ Master/ Rupay)0.75% up to Rs.2000.00.
Debit Card (Visa/ Master/ Rupay)1.00% for amount more than Rs.2000.00.
Net BankingRs.20.00/ transaction.
Cash Card & Wallet1.75%

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

After filling the application form you will search for exam content to boost the preparation. So we are also providing CAT Exam Pattern here.

Mode of ExamComputer Based Test (CBT)
Duration of Exam180 minutes. 60 minutes for each section.
Type of QuestionsMultiple choice
Total Questions100 questions
Marking Scheme
  • 3 marks will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • 1 mark will be deduced for each wrong answer.

CAT 2018 Syllabus

There is no fixed Syllabus for the CAT. CAT Syllabus 2018 will contain questions from Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. But Candidates can use Cat Online Mock Test to check the preparation.

SectionNo. of QuestionDurationTotal Marks
Quantitative Ability3460 Min102
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension3460 Min102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning3260 Min96
Total100180 Min300

IIM CAT Preparation Tips

Listing 5 useful tips to crack CAT 2018:

  1. Go through the Complete syllabus and Mock tests.
  2. Practice CAT Previous Year Papers.
  3. Solve questions daily and in large quantity to manage the time & speed.
  4. Focus on formulas and concepts.
  5. Focus on each part of the section.

CAT Admit Card 2018

Admit card will be available online on the official website from 4th or last week of October.  The candidate has to visit and log in to the official website. After login to the site candidate can download their CAT 2018 Hall Ticket and print it out. They also need to carry the admit card with a photo id to the Examination center.

CAT Answer Key

The Answer Key is expected to be released in the 2nd week of December 2018. If the candidate can find any problem or objection in CAT Answer key 2018 he/she can submit their objection with the proper details to the exam authority in the 2nd/3rd week of December 2018. If the authority found the objection correct and meaningful l they will update the answer key and also the result.

CAT Result 2018

The CAT Result is expected to be released in the Month of January 2019. The result will be also declared online on the official website. All the candidates will be notified about the CAT Result 2018 via Provided Email and Phone number. To Check the result candidates have to log in to the official website where there will be a link for result. Click on it and access the result. Candidates also need to download the result and take a print-out of it. It will be required at the time of Admission.

Authority will also prepare and release CAT Rank List which will be based on CAT 2018 Cutoff. Candidates with more than or equal to Cut-Off will be listed on the Rank List.

CAT Admission 2018

Admission Through CAT will be provided on the basis of Cutoff marks and Rank list. Candidates have to fulfill the eligibility criteria of the allotted IIM. Each IIM having their own procedures & eligibility so candidates have to take care of them. The Procedure for admission will be consists of various rounds like Personal Interview (PI), Group Discussion (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT). Candidate will get admission on the basis of Their Performance in the Exam and CAT Admission Procedure.

CAT 2018: Official website

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