About CAT 2018

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a popular MBA entrance exam conducted for admission into top B-schools across India, including 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and more than 100 reputed B-schools.

CAT is conducted by IIMs on a rotational basis and is a computer-based test. More than two lakh candidates appear for CAT every year.

In this article, you'll find all the details you need to know about CAT 2018 exam pattern, syllabus, important dates, eligibility criteria, preparation strategy, etc.


CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CAT 2018 will be a computer-based exam comprised of 100 objective multiple-choice and non-multiple choice type questions. The duration of the test will be 3 hours. The subject areas from which the questions will be asked include Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability.

 

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The CAT 2018 exam pattern will follow the CAT 2017 pattern. The test duration will be 180 minutes with 60 minutes allotted to each section. No movement will be allowed across sections. The order of sections will remain the same that is Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). The use of basic on screen calculator for computations is allowed.

Let's take a look at the CAT 2017 exam pattern, tabulated below.

S.No. Section MCQs Non-MCQs Total no. of Questions Total Marks Time allotted for each section (in minutes)
1 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC) 24 10 34 102 60
2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) 24 8 32 96 60
3 Quantitative Ability (QA) 27 7 34 102 60
Total 75 25 100 300 180

Marking Scheme

Each correct answer to a question in the exam will carry 3 marks. For MCQ type questions, each incorrect attempt will lead to a negative marking of 1 mark. For non-MCQs or TITA (Type In The Answer) questions there will be no negative marking.

The order of attempting the sections is pre-determined (as specified in the table above), starting from VARC, followed by DILR, and ending with QA.


CAT 2018 Syllabus

While there is no specified syllabus for CAT 2018, our experts have analysed and provided a tentative CAT 2018 syllabus based on the topics covered in previous years' papers. While some topics which might be added to the CAT 2018 syllabus and some omitted, the overall syllabus of CAT 2018 is expected to remain same.

While there is no specified syllabus for CAT 2018, our experts have analysed and provided a tentative CAT 2018 syllabus based on the topics covered in previous years’ papers. While some topics which might be added to the CAT 2018 syllabus and some omitted, the overall syllabus of CAT 2018 is expected to remain same.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability
  • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
  • Grammar or English Usage
  • Correction in Sentence
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  • Meaning/Usage Match
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Summary Questions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Facts Inferences Judgements
  • Caselets and Tables
  • Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Line Charts & Pie Chart
  • Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  • Number and Letter Series
  • Calendars, Cubes and Clocks
  • Binary Logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Logical
  • Matching
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical
  • Connectives
  • Blood Relations
  • Number Systems
  • LCM & HCF
  • Profit, Loss & Discount
  • Percentages
  • Speed, Time & Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Averages
  • Quadratic & Linear Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Sequences & Series
  • Surds & Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Probability, Permutation and Combination
  • Set Theory
  • Functions & Geometry
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration

CAT 2018 Exam Dates

The CAT 2018 timeline is expected to be similar to that of CAT 2017. The official CAT 2018 notification shall be tentatively released on the last Sunday of July 2018. Online application for the exam shall remain open tentatively from second week of August to fourth week of September 2018. Likewise, the CAT 2018 exam can be expected to be held in the fourth week of November 2018.


How to be ready on CAT 2018 exam date

  • Carry a print out of your CAT Admit card to your exam centre
  • Check if you have pasted your photograph on CAT 2018 admit card identical to the one uploaded during registration for the exam.
  • Note that CAT Admit Card is valid only if the candidate's photograph and signature images are legibly printed.
  • Carry at least one original and valid photo identification card. This ID needs to be produced for verification at your CAT exam centre on the day of the exam.

The CAT 2018 timeline is expected to be similar to that of CAT 2017. The official CAT 2018 notification shall be tentatively released on the last Sunday of July 2018. Online application for the exam shall remain open tentatively from second week of August to fourth week of September 2018. Likewise, the CAT 2018 exam can be expected to be held in the fourth week of November 2018.

  • Carry a print out of your CAT Admit card to your exam centre
  • Check if you have pasted your photograph on CAT 2018 admit card identical to the one uploaded during registration for the exam.
  • Note that CAT Admit Card is valid only if the candidate's photograph and signature images are legibly printed.
  • Carry at least one original and valid photo identification card. This ID needs to be produced for verification at your CAT exam centre on the day of the exam.
  • All the valid and acceptable Photo IDs include: College ID, Employer ID, Driving License, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card, Identification Affidavit.
  • The candidate's photograph and signature on the ID should match the same on Admit Card. The Photo ID card should not be damaged or smudged.
  • Locate your allocated CAT exam centre and gauge its accessibility a day before the test so that you can reach there on time on the CAT exam date.

CAT 2018 Exam Date: Do's and Don'ts

Do's
  • Reach your allocated centre on the CAT exam date one and a half hours before the CAT exam is supposed to commence
  • Carry only your Admit Card & Photo ID Card inside the CAT test hall. Nothing else is allowed.
  • Allow candidates with disabilities to get into test centre first as they are allowed entry on priority.
Don'ts
  • Do not carry your cell phones, electronic gadgets, calculators, stationary items, papers, wallets, or similar things as they are not allowed inside the exam centre on CAT exam date.
  • Do not wear any jewelry or other metal accessories; you'll be asked to remove them before entry.
  • Don't ask your friends or relatives to accompany you as they will not be permitted inside the test centre.

Locating your seat at your CAT exam center

There is Test System Number in your CAT Admit card. This unique number is provided for the purpose of identifying the floor / wing and your designated seat at the exam centre on the CAT exam date.

For any other correspondence with your CAT exam centre, you should provide your Registration Number and not the Test System number.

Inside the CAT exam hall

  • Before you enter the CAT examination hall, you should use the washroom as you will not be permitted to go to washroom during the exam.
  • You will be given a rough pad and pen for rough work. You should write your name and registration number on the rough pad. This rough pad will have to be returned at the end of the exam.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

As per the eligibility criteria of CAT 2018 charted by IIMs, candidates should fulfil the following parameters:

  • Candidates should have a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institute.
  • General and OBC-NC category candidates should obtain at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to secure is 45.
  • The duration of the graduation programme should be minimum 3 years.
  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018 provided they complete their programme within the stipulated schedule.
  • There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2018.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

As per the eligibility criteria of CAT 2018 charted by IIMs, candidates should fulfil the following parameters:

  • Candidates should have a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institute.
  • General and OBC-NC category candidates should obtain at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to secure is 45.
  • The duration of the graduation programme should be minimum 3 years.
  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018 provided they complete their programme within the stipulated schedule.
  • There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2018.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria for Reserved Categories

The CAT 2018 eligibility criteria for reserved categories as decided by IIMs are as follows:

  • 15% of seats are kept reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC);
  • 7.5% of seats are kept reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST);
  • 27% of seats are kept reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC);
  • 3% of seats are kept reserved for Persons with Disability (PWD). The categories of disability include:
    a) low vision blindness,
    b) hearing impairment,
    c) locomotor disability/cerebral palsy.
  • Any candidate who wishes to apply for this category will be eligible if only he/she suffers from any listed disabilities to the extent of less than 40%, as certified by a medical authority.
  • Candidates applying for reserved categories are required to score a minimum cut off score as would be decided by the IIMs.

CAT 2018 Notification

The official CAT 2018 notification is expected to be released by IIMs on the last Sunday of July 2018. Keeping with the trend in previous years, CAT 2018 may be held in the last week of November. The CAT 2018 registration process should begin from the second week of August 2018.

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a popular MBA entrance exam conducted for admission into top B-schools across India, including 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and more than 100 reputed B-schools. The CAT 2018 notification is expected to be released by IIMs on the last Sunday of July 2018. Keeping with the trend in previous years, CAT 2018 may be held in the last week of November. The CAT 2018 registration process should begin from the second week of August 2018.

CAT is conducted by IIMs on a rotational basis and is a computer-based test. More than two lakh candidates appear for CAT every year. CAT 2018 score card is valid only for one year. This implies that the CAT 2018 score card shall be valid until December 31, 2019. The intake capacity of the 20 IIMs is close to 4,000. In this article, you’ll find all the details you need to know regarding CAT 2018 notification, registration, online application, important dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, result, cutoff, etc.

For the first time in CAT 2017, IIMs released the official CAT Question Paper and Answer Key to ensure transparency. IIM Lucknow, the conducting institution also permitted students to challenge wrong answers or questions, none of which were found valid. Last year, the Singapore Management University also declared that it will accept CAT scores for admission into their management courses, making it the first international B-school to accept CAT scores.

CAT 2018 Important Dates

The CAT 2018 timeline is expected to be similar to that of CAT 2017. The official CAT 2018 notification shall be tentatively released on the last Sunday of July 2018. Online application for the exam shall remain open tentatively from second week of August to fourth week of September 2018. Likewise, the CAT 2018 exam can be expected to be held in the fourth week of November 2018.

We’ll be out with the official CAT 2018 notification as soon as it is released. Register with the form on your right to get latest updates on CAT 2018 notification.

CAT 2018 Registration Process

CAT 2018 registration is expected to begin from the 2nd week of August 2018, a fortnight after the official CAT notification is released. The CAT 2018 registration process will be completely online. All aspirants will have to visit the official website of CAT and click on the ‘Registration’ tab to apply online. After completing the CAT 2018 registration form with your profile details like name, email address and mobile number, you’d get a unique CAT 2018 User ID and password via email and SMS

Once you have received the CAT 2018 User ID and Password, you can complete the CAT registration process by filling up the CAT 2018 Application form on the official CAT website.

CAT 2018 Online Application

The CAT 2018 online application form is usually divided into the following sections:

  • Personal Details
  • Contact Details
  • Academic Details
  • Work Experience
  • Choosing IIMs you want to apply for
  • Choose Test Centre and Interview City

Once you have filled up all the required information in a section, you should click on the ‘Save & Next’ option. As the next step, you will be required to upload your photograph and signature in the respective sections. The last step of the CAT 2018 registration process is the payment of the application fee via Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.


CAT 2018 Application Fee

  • The application fee is Rs. 1800 for General category candidates and Rs. 900 for SC/ST/PWD category candidates.
  • The mode of application fee payment is through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

As per the eligibility criteria of CAT 2018 charted by IIMs, candidates should fulfil the following parameters:

  • Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institute.

  • General and OBC-NC category candidates should obtain at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to secure is 45.
  • The duration of the graduation programme should be minimum 3 years.
  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018 provided they complete their programme within the stipulated schedule.
  • There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2018.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria for Reserved Categories

The CAT 2018 eligibility criteria for reserved categories as decided by IIMs are as follows:

  • 15% of seats are kept reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC);
  • 7.5% of seats are kept reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST);
  • 27% of seats are kept reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC);
  • 3% of seats are kept reserved for Persons with Disability (PWD). The categories of disability include:

a) low vision blindness,
b) hearing impairment,
c) loco-motor disability/cerebral palsy.

  • Any candidate who wishes to apply for this category will be eligible if only he/she suffers from any listed disabilities to the extent of less than 40%, as certified by a medical authority.
  • Candidates applying for reserved categories are required to score a minimum cut off score as would be decided by the IIMs.

CAT 2018 Selection Procedure

According to the selection procedure of CAT 2018, each participating institute conducts its admission process separately. They shortlist candidates based on CAT cutoff. The shortlisted candidates have to then appear for the selection rounds including Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or both and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The new IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) where the shortlisted candidates from all participating IIMs have to appear for WAT and PI rounds. Followed by the CAT selection procedure, each IIM release their separate merit list. The final selection process of B-schools or the CAT selection procedure of participating B-schools is based on multiple criteria such as performance in CAT and GD/WAT and PI rounds and past academic records and or work experience. The criteria or parameters vary from institute to institute. IIMs release their detailed admission criteria after the CAT notification every year.


CAT 2018 Mock Test

The official CAT 2018 mock test will be released by IIMs in the last week of October. It is created and shared with the candidates one month prior to the CAT exam so that they may practice and become familiar with the format and navigation process of the online test. Candidates can also familiarize themselves with the usage of the online calculator and timer. However, it must be noted that the CAT 2018 mock test is intended for practice purposes only; the questions therein can not be considered indicative of the actual questions as they is rarely any qualitative similarity.


CAT 2018 Admit Card

The CAT 2018 admit card is expected to be released in the third week of October. Candidates can download their admit cards online by logging into the official CAT 2018 website with their unique credentials.

The CAT 2018 admit card is one of the most important documents, a hard copy of which must be carried to the center on the exam day, and preserved till the admission process is over.


CAT 2018 Exam Centres

The CAT 2018 exam centres shall be located in more than 140 cities across India. CAT 2017 was conducted in 140 centres, 4 more than 136 centres in CAT 2017. An increase in number of CAT 2018 exam centres can be expected to accommodate an increasing number of test-takers.

Before submitting the CAT 2018 registration form, candidates have to select three CAT exam centres in the order of their preference. The CAT 2018 exam centre for individual candidates are allotted by IIMs and confirmed on the candidate's admit card.


CAT 2018 Result

The CAT 2018 result is expected to be released in the second week of January, 2019. The official CAT 2018 score card can be downloaded online by entering your unique CAT ID and password on the official CAT website. The CAT score card will include your detailed sectional and overall scaled scores and percentiles. It will only be available online and candidates won't receive it by post. All candidates are advised to a print out of the CAT score card and preserve it until the admission process is over.

Held on November 25th, 2018, the CAT (Common Admission Test) exam is expected to have its results declared by the second week of January, 2019. The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) releases CAT result during the first month of the following year (of the exam), and we are expecting the same for CAT 2018 exam. When January 2019 comes knocking, don't forget to check your result by visiting the official CAT result portal www.iimcat.ac.in.

PAST CAT TRENDS

Although there is no official release date for CAT results, IIMs normally declare the results by the second week of January (i.e., CAT 2018 result would be declared on January 2019). The table below contains past CAT exam-result trend record for your reference.

Past trends of CAT

YEAR EXAM RESULT
2015 November 29th, 2015 January 8th, 2016
2016 December 4th, 2016 January 9th, 2017
2017 November 26th, 2017 January 8th, 2018
2018 (latest) November 25th, 2018 Expected: January 2nd week, 2019

CAT 2018 EXAM UPDATES

Writing an exam is the first nerve of the journey; the next part is the 'waiting'. CAT exam has been the 'buzz' for the entire year, and now that it's finally over, every aspirant is eagerly anticipating the results to find out their chance of entering their dream schools.

So, hold up your pen and ready yourself to circle the dates on the calendar because the following points below contain important CAT 2018 related dates.

  • CAT 2018 was held on Sunday, November 25th, 2018.
  • The CAT results 2018 are expected to be out by the second week (usually 7th - 9th) January, 2019.
  • The second shortlisting round for WAT, GD, and PI is to be declared by the end (last week) of January, 2019.
  • The final selection process for the entitled admission round begins by April, 2019.

CAT RESULT CALCULATION

  • Each question holds 3 marks.
  • The negative marking for CAT exam is1, i.e., for every wrong answer there is deduction of 1 mark.
  • There is no negative marking for wrong answer in the Non-MCQs section.

STEPS TO CHECK CAT RESULTS 2018

Follow these steps to find/check your CAT 2018 results, and to download the rank card:

  • Step 1

    Go to the official CAT website www.iimcat.ac.in.

  • Step 2

    Enter User Id and Password and login to your account.

  • Step 3

    Click on 'score card for CAT 2018'.

  • Step 4

    Take print out of your CAT Result 2018 for reference/record keeping.

PREDICT CAT 2018 PERCENTILE WITH CAREER LAUNCHER

The official CAT result will be declared somewhere around the second week of January, 2019. The scorecard can be checked and downloaded from the official website www.iimcat.ac.in. In the meantime, use Career Launcher's percentile calculator which is carefully crafted to help a candidate asses his score/performance for the 2018 CAT exam beforehand. This way, he/she gets to plan or decide the college in accordance to the score assessment done with Career Launcher's CAT percentile calculator.

The consideration for admission (2nd shortlist) into top business schools is based on the CAT results; hence, it would behoove the candidates of having the advantage of predicting CAT score. The link below created by Career Launcher is to help you to predict/calculate your CAT percentile, so you can begin your college picking plan ahead of time.


CAT 2018 Normalization Procedure

Since CAT is conducted in morning and afternoon slots on a single day, it becomes necessary to normalize the scores of all candidates from both slots. The CAT scores are normalized by IIMs using a formula similar to that applied for GATE. Along with the result, the scaled scores for each section along with percentiles are declared. This practice is followed to equate the scores and thereby,ensure that none of the candidates from either slot are in an advantaged or disadvantaged position.


CAT 2018 Cutoff

The official cutoff of CAT indicates the minimum percentile required by a candidate to get shortlisted by the participating institutes. While top B-schools have the higher range of CAT cutoff, it varies from institute to institute.

CAT cutoff is generally dependent on certain factors like difficulty level of the exam, number of test-takers, number of seats among others.

You may like to check out the official CAT 2017 cutoff for IIMs, tabulated below.


CAT 2017 Cutoffs for IIMs

IIM Section General OBC-NC SC ST PwD
IIM Ahmedabad VRC 70 65 60 50 60
DI & LR 70 65 60 50 60
QA 70 65 60 50 60
Aggregate 80 75 70 60 70
IIM Bangalore VRC 85 75 70 60 60
DI & LR 80 70 65 60 60
QA 80 70 65 60 60
Aggregate 90 80 75 75 75
IIM Calcutta VRC 80 75 65 60 60
DI & LR 80 75 65 60 60
QA 80 75 65 60 60
Aggregate 90 85 70 70 70
IIM Lucknow VRC 85 77 55 50 50
DI & LR 85 77 55 50 50
QA 85 77 55 50 50
Aggregate 90 82 70 65 65
IIM Indore VRC 80 70 55 45 45
DI & LR 80 70 55 45 45
QA 80 70 55 45 45
Aggregate 90 80 60 50 50
IIM Kozhikode VRC 80 70 60 40 40
DI & LR 80 70 60 40 40
QA 80 70 60 40 40
Aggregate 90 80 65 55 55

CAT 2018 Question Paper

For the first time in the history of CAT, IIMs released the official CAT question paper for 2017 along with the Answer Key. Keeping up with the positive initiative, the official CAT 2018 question paper is anticipated to be released by the first week of December, 2018.


CAT 2018 Subjects

Based on the previous years' question papers, the subjects for CAT 2018 can be classified under the following categories:

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability

Within each of those categories, you'll come across different types of questions. A highly-effective CAT preparation strategy includes familiarizing yourself with all the topics that fall under these categories.

Based on the previous years' question papers, the subjects for CAT 2018 can be classified under the following categories:

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability

Within each of those categories, you'll come across different types of questions. A highly-effective CAT preparation strategy includes familiarizing yourself with all the topics that fall under these categories.

Subjects in CAT exam: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Based on previous years' CAT papers, you can expect to find several distinct types of questions in the Verbal and Reading Comprehension section. A major part of this section is comprised of Reading Comprehension passages. Practicing for RC passages helps you to understand longer and complex texts.

The questions that come under Verbal Reasoning ask you to analyze the form and content of passages. Sometimes the questions herein can surprise the candidates. In CAT 2017 exam, the paper comprised of the following types of questions under Verbal Ability:

  • Passage-based questions (5 passages; 3 passages with 6 questions each and 2 passages with 3 questions each)
  • Summary-based questions (3 questions)
  • Ordering sentences (4 questions)
  • Odd-sentence out (3 questions)

Subjects in CAT 2018: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

In the CAT 2017 exam, the questions in the Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR) section were divided equally; 16 each from DI and LR. In DI questions, you'll find charts and graphs of all kinds i.e. line, bar, and pie. These may appear individually or along with tables or other elements.

The questions in the Logical Reasoning sections are fundamentally word problems. However, they may also combine word problems with any of the aforementioned data forms.

While you may already be familiar with the knowledge tested in this section, the form of the questions asked in the DILR section may seem complex. This can only be combated with consistent practice.

Subjects in CAT Exam: Quantitative Ability

Looking over the questions in the Quantitative Ability (QA) section at first glance, the progression from fractions to profit and loss to triangles and circles to exponents, etc may appear dreadful. However, it does follow a specific pattern.

All the questions under the QA section include algebra, arithmetic, geometry, modern math (including set theory, polynomials, probability, progressions, and permutations/combinations), and number systems (e.g. integers, primes, exponents).

Subjects in CAT Exam: A Comprehensive Look

The subjects tested in the CAT exam may feel abundant at first glance, but they follow a logical and standard pattern. As you progress with your CAT 2018 preparation, you'll realize that identifying the type of question is fundamental to solving it quickly and effectively. This may be the first step to optimizing your score in the CAT 2018 exam.

Visit our CAT 2018 Preparation Strategy page to know how you can follow a highly-effective preparation strategy for CAT devised by our MBA experts.