CAT 2018 Exam – Important Dates, Application Process, Syllabus, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Result

CAT Exam

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 notification is scheduled to be announced in the last week of July. CAT is considered as one of the most competitive examinations that test student's Intelligence quotient, their scholastic aptitude and problem-solving skills for admission in MBA course. This national level examination is conducted by 20 IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) on a rotational basis. Along with IIMs, CAT score is considered for admission in more than 100 management institutions.

CAT 2018: Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

Common Admission Test (CAT)


Entrance test for admission in MBA course 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 Type/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 for each correct answer and -1 for each wrong answer (no negative marks for Non-MCQs)

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Available Application Forms

CAT Exam 2018 Important Dates

CAT 2018 Events

Important Dates

Official Notification

4th week of July 2018

Online Registration starts 

August 2018

Online Registration closure

September 2018

The issue of Admit Card

3rd/4th week of October 2018

Exam Date

1st week of December 2018

Result Announcement

January 2019

CAT Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

  1. Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
  2. Grammar or English Usage
  3. Correction in Sentence
  4. Fill in the blanks
  5. Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
  6. Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  7. Meaning/Usage Match
  8. Verbal Reasoning
  9. Summary Questions
  10. Reading Comprehension
  11. Facts Inferences Judgments
  1. Caselets and Tables
  2. Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
  3. Venn Diagrams
  4. Line Charts & Pie Chart
  5. Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  6. Number and Letter Series
  7. Calendars, Cubes and Clocks
  8. Binary Logic
  9. Seating Arrangement
  10. Syllogism
  11. Logical
  12. Matching
  13. Logical Sequence
  14. Logical
  15. Connectives
  16. Blood Relations
  1. Number Systems
  2. LCM & HCF
  3. Profit, Loss & Discount
  4. Percentages
  5. Speed, Time & Distance
  6. Time & Work
  7. Simple & Compound Interest
  8. Ratio & Proportion
  9. Averages
  10. Quadratic & Linear Equations
  11. Complex Numbers
  12. Logarithm
  13. Binomial Theorem
  14. Sequences & Series
  15. Surds & Indices
  16. Inequalities
  17. Probability, Permutation and Combination
  18. Set Theory
  19. Functions & Geometry
  20. Mixtures & Allegations
  21. Trigonometry
  22. Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration

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CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 is expected to see some changes, but the pattern of the exam will remain the same. Changes will be announced through the official notification. Here is the structure of last year’s CAT exam pattern:


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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Recommended Books for CAT Exam 2018

CAT Exam 2018 Eligibility

  • The applicant should have a Bachelor’s degree from any deemed university or institution which is incorporated under the Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. Applicants with an equivalent degree of Bachelor’s, recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, can also apply for the exam.
  • Applicants whose final year results are awaited or are appearing for their final exams can also apply for the exam. In case they get selected then they should submit their respective results before the date mentioned by the Exam conducting authority.
  • Minimum Percentage of Aggregate Marks


Marks/Cumulative Grade Performance Average (CGPA)


Minimum 50% aggregate marks or CGPA equivalent to 50%


Minimum 45%

Seat Reservation for CAT

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


Seat Reservation Percentage







OBC (Non-Creamy layer)


CAT Exam 2018 Application Process

After the CAT results are announced, the list of selected candidates will be published on the website of respective IIMs. Interview letters are sent to the selected candidates. The second phase of selection may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Some important factors affecting admission are:

  • Performance in CAT exam.
  • Previous Academic Performance.
  • Relevant work experience.

Admission process and criteria may vary across IIMs. Get detailed information about the admission process from the official website of respective IIM.

Other Details

Once the official schedule for CAT 2018 Exam is announced, it will be updated here. So, keep visiting.

CAT 2017 Exam Result (Previous Year)

CAT 2017 Exam result was announced on 8th January 2018. Based on this, the CAT 2018 Exam result is expected to be announced in the first week of January 2019. The scorecard of CAT 2018 will be valid for one year.

Check Out CAT 2017 Result

FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Q.1 By what date the Application form of CAT Exam 2018 will be made available?

Every year in August Application Forms is made available online on the official website of Usually in the first fortnight of August CAT Exam. forms are provided for the candidates.

Q.2 Why Registration is required to be done for the CAT Exam 2018?

Registration is a kind of a preliminary step where the candidate is asked to provide few details about himself/herself. Once registration is done he or she will be given login credentials by which they could access the Application Form of the CAT exam to fill it.

Q.3 When does the notification for the CAT Exam 2018 will come?

As per the established convention so far, every year on the last Sunday of July, the IIM publishes notification about the CAT Exam in the national dailies. 

Q. 4 Which college is conducting the CAT Exam 2018?

The 20 IIMs colleges conduct CAT Exams on a rotation basis, every year. The IIM Lucknow held the CAT Exam 2018.

Q.5 For how long does the score of CAT Exam’s remain valid?

Almost for a year after the declaration of the result. The results are announced in the 2nd week of January every year, and it remains valid until the 31st of December of the same year. For example – the result or the scorecard of the CAT Exam 2018 will remain valid until 31st December 2019. 

Q.6 What is the eligibility criteria for the CAT Exam?

One should have scored a minimum of 50% marks in his/her Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification, from the deemed university recognized under the UGC act. 

Q.7 If there any age limit for the CAT Exam?

There is no prescribed age limit for the CAT Exam.

Q. 8 What is the Cut-off marks for passing the CAT Exam?

On the basis of percentile, candidates are selected in the CAT Exam. Candidates should have percentile more than 96 to pass it.

Q.9 Which Institutions accepts the CAT scores?

Besides IIM colleges, IIT, IISc and top-ranked B schools accept the CAT score for taking admission in their management programmes.

Q.10 What is the complete admission process of getting oneself into the IIMs colleges?

Every IIM college has a set of its standards to select candidates for the second stage of selection. Some of the colleges shortlist candidates on the basis of Written Test, Group Discussion, Personal Interviews and Work-experience.