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 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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
As per the eligibility criteria of CAT 2018 charted by IIMs, candidates should fulfil the following parameters:
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.Read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more
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.
Based on the previous years' question papers, the subjects for CAT 2018 can be classified under the following categories:
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.Read more