Know CAT 2018 Officially Released Eligibility Criteria and Exam Pattern

Last Modified: 14 May 2022

The official notification has been released by IIM Calcutta stating that the CAT exam 2018 will be conducted by them on 25th November 2018. The CAT i.e. Common Admission Test offer dream management courses to students under the 20 IIM schools and over 100 top reputed B schools. Every year around 2 lakh aspirants appear for the CAT and 20 IIMs have only 4000 seats to offer, altogether. The competition is really tough and students need to brace themselves hard to get their dream college.

The registration process for CAT exam 2018 is ready to begin from 8th August 2018 and continue till 19th September 2018. This article will help the students to get well versed with the legal eligibility, exam pattern and other important information related to the Common Admission Test 2018.

CAT exam 2018 Important Dates



Release of notification

29th July 2018

Application starting from

8th August 2018

Last date of application

19th September 2018 till 5 pm

Admit card release date

24th October 2018

Mock tests

17th October 2018

CAT 2018 examination

25th November 2018 (Sunday)

Release of answer key

1st week of December 2018

Result announcement

2nd week of January 2019

CAT application form edit

4th week of September 2018

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CAT Exam 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Here are the detailed eligibility criteria that aspirants seeking for management courses must make sure before filling in the application forms:

  • The candidates must have their Graduation or its equivalent degree in hand from the recognized University or Institute.
  • The aspirants who belong to general or OBC category must have at least 50% marks in their Bachelor’s degree and aspirants belonging to reserved categories must have 45% marks.
  •  The aspirants must have completed their graduation within the period of 3 years and those who are in their final year are also eligible to apply.
  • There is no age limit prescribed for the aspirants by the officials.

CAT exam 2018 Exam Overview



Exam duration

3 hours or 180 minutes (1 hour for each section)

Total sections



Total number of questions


Total Marks


Marks per question


Negative marking for wrong answer


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Note – There is going to be a sectional duration in the exam which means that aspirants will be having 1 hour for each section. However, candidates can answer any question first within the particular section. Also, there is a slight change in the paper pattern, the candidates will get Subjective type questions as well. The number of such question is not certain. In such questions, the candidate has to type the answer in the blank space provided.

CAT 2018 Exam pattern


Number of questions

Total Marks


 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension



1 hour ( 60 minutes)

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning



1 hour (60 minutes)

Quantitative Ability



1 hour ( 60 minutes)




3 hours ( 180 minutes)

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The aspirants who are planning to sit for the CAT 2018 exam must go through the above-mentioned exam pattern and eligibility criteria thoroughly to understand the pattern of the examination.

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