CAT Exam 2018 - Exam Date, Eligibility, Application Process, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Result

CAT Exam

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is considered as one of the most competitive examinations that assess student's Intelligence quotient, scholastic aptitude and problem-solving skills for admission to MBA courses. It is a national-level examination conducted by 20 IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) on a rotational basis. Apart from IIMs, the CAT score is accepted for admission in more than 100 management institutions.

CAT 2018 Latest Notification: The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 admit cards have been made available on the official website on 24th October 2018 from 1:00 PM. The last date to download the same is 25th November 2018. Candidates can log-in at the official website with their registered ID and password to download the admit card. Take a print-out of the admit card. It is mandatory to carry the admit card/hall ticket to the examination venue for making entry to the examination hall.

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CAT 2018 Highlights:

Name of the Exam

Common Admission Test (CAT)


For admission to MBA courses offered by 20 IIMs and 100+ Business schools

Conducting Authority

Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM Lucknow)

Official Website of Exam Conducting Authority

CAT Website

Exam Level/Occurrence

National Level/Once a year

Score Validity

1 year

Paper Language


No. of Questions


Exam Pattern

MCQs and Non-MCQs

Exam Duration

3:00 Hours

Mode of Exam

Computer-based (Online)

Marking Scheme

3 marks for each correct answer and -1 for each wrong answer (no negative marks for Non-MCQs)

Exam Date

25 November 2018 (Sunday)

Available Application Forms

CAT Exam 2018 Important Dates

Exam Events

Important Dates (Tentative)

CAT 2018 Official Notification Released

30 July 2018

Online Registration starts

8 August 2018

Online Registration closure

19th September 2018 till 5 pm 

26th September 2018 till 5 PM (extended)

Issuance of Admit Card

3rd/4th week of October 2018

Exam Date

25 November 2018 (Sunday)

Availability of Answer Key

December 2018

Result Announcement

January 2019


CAT Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern:

The candidates appearing in the Common Admission Test will face 75 MCQs and 25 non-MCQs, carrying 100 marks. Questions will be asked from 3 important sections -

  1. Section I: Verbal ability & reading comprehension
  2. Section II: Data interpretation & logical reasoning
  3. Section III: Quantitative ability

The duration of the test will be 3 hours.


Number of Questions

Total Questions

Time Allotted (in minutes)






Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)





Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)





Quantitative Ability (QA)










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CAT 2018 Syllabus:

The syllabi Common Admission Test 2018 comprise the following three sections -

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)

Caselets and Tables

Number Systems


Grammar or English Usage

Bar Graphs and Column Graphs


Correction in Sentence

Venn Diagrams

Profit, Loss & Discount

Fill in the blanks

Line Charts & Pie Chart


Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage

Combination of two or more types linked to each other

Speed, Time & Distance

Analogies and Reverse Analogies

Number and Letter Series

Time & Work

Meaning/Usage Match

Calendars, Cubes and Clocks

Simple & Compound Interest

Verbal Reasoning

Binary Logic

Ratio & Proportion

Summary Questions

Seating Arrangement


Reading Comprehension


Quadratic & Linear Equations

Facts Inferences Judgments


Complex Numbers





Logical Sequence

Binomial Theorem



Sequences & Series



Surds & Indices


Blood Relations




Probability, Permutation and Combination



Set Theory



Functions & Geometry



Mixtures & Allegations






Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration

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CAT Exam 2018 Eligibility

Educational Qualification -

  • An applicant must hold a Bachelor’ Degree with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWD candidates must possess 45% marks)
  • If a candidate is in the final year or is waiting for the results, he is eligible for the exam. If selected, such candidates need to produce a certificate from the Principal of their Institution, which would state that they are eligible for obtaining the Degree or equivalent certificate.
  • In case, an applicant has done professional courses like ICWA, CS, CA, etc. with the required percentage (50%), he is certainly eligible for the entrance test.


Marks/Cumulative Grade Performance Average (CGPA)


Minimum 50% aggregate marks or CGPA equivalent to 50%


Minimum 45%

Age Qualification: There is no the age limit for appearing in the Common Admission Test 2018.

Note: The Indian Institutes of Management may verify the eligibility of the candidates at any stage of the selection procedure. Hence, the aspirants are suggested to maintain a valid and active email ID and a phone number throughout the entire selection process for hassle-free communication.

Candidates should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs”.

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CAT 2018 Seat Reservation -

IIMs and other government institutions strictly follow the below-mentioned reservation criteria:


Seat Reservation Percentage







OBC (Non-Creamy layer)


CAT Exam 2018 Application Process

CAT 2018 registration has been started from 8th August and will close on 19th September 2018 26th September 2018 (extended) till 5 PM . The application process will entirely be online. Interested candidates are suggested to visit the official web portal of CAT with all the essential documents such as scanned copies of signature, photograph, mark sheets of Class X, XII, Bachelor’s Degree, etc. The registration process is done in three steps –

  1. CAT registration
  2. Log in using system generated user ID and password
  3. Filling in CAT application form 2018

Learn How to Fill CAT Application Form 2018 -

It comprises five important sections such as – Personal Details, Academics, Work Experience, Programmes and Payment.

  1. Personal Details: Here, the applicants need to provide details like their complete name, parent’ name, nationality, category, gender and address. They need to upload the scanned images of their signature, photograph and caste certificate.
  2. Academics: Provide your academic details right from class X till Masters. The details should include exam name, University or Board, maximum marks, marks obtained, etc.
  3. Work Experience: Have you worked for fulltime? If so, you need to enter the details right here. Remember, candidates with “only full-time experience after the graduation” are advised to enter the details.
  4. Programmes: Select your programmes and the Interview City name.
  5. Payment: Payment would be made online. General category candidates have to pay INR 1,900/-. Candidates belonging to reserved categories will pay INR 950/-.

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CAT Registration Fee -

Irrespective of the number of colleges that a student is applying, he is required to pay the application or registration fee only once.


Fee Amount

General Candidates

INR 1,900/-

SC/ST/PWD Candidates

INR 950/-

Candidates belonging to the reserved categories are suggested to upload a caste certificate during the registration process.

Note: The application fee once paid won’t be refunded under any circumstances.

Other Details

CAT Admit Card 2018

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 admit card download will begin in the third/fourth week of October. The last date to download and get a printout of the same is 25th November 2018. Candidates can log-in at the official website with their registered ID and password to download the admit card. It is mandatory to carry the admit card to the examination venue for making entry to the examination hall.

CAT Result 2018

The result of CAT 2018 exam will probably be out in the second week of January 2019. The CAT score will be valid till 31 December 2019 (1 year).

After the CAT result 2018 is announced, the list of selected candidates will be published on the website of the respective IIMs and Interview letters will be sent to the selected candidates. The second phase of selection includes Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).

CAT 2018 FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q 1: When will be the CAT 2018 application form available?

A: The CAT 2018 application process has started on 8th August 2018. Candidates can avail the application forms from the official website.

Q 3: Who is the exam conducting authority for Common Admission Test 2018?

A: IIM Calcutta is the exam conducting authority for Common Admission Test 2018.

Q 4: If I take the 2018 CAT exam, will my score be considered valid till 2019?

A: Yes, the CAT 2018 score will remain valid till 31st December 2019

Q 5: My friend belongs to SC category. He has scored 47% in graduation. Can he apply for the exam?

A: Yes, candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories with 45% marks in graduation are eligible for the exam.

Q 6: What’s the age limit? If I’m 25 years old, can I take the test?

A: There is no prescribed age limit for the CAT Exam.

Q 7: Do colleges or institutions, other than IIMs, accept the CAT score?

A: Besides IIMs, IITs, IISc and top-ranked B-schools accept the CAT score for admission to various management programmes.

Q 8: What is the complete admission process of getting oneself into IIMs?

A: Every IIM college has a set of standards to select candidates for the second stage of selection. Students are selected on the basis of Written Test, Group Discussion, Personal Interviews and Work-experience.