CAT 2018 : Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Registration Procedures, Application Form, Application Fees

CAT 2018 : Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Registration Procedures, Application Form, Application Fees

By: SolutionsHint    87 views Updated: 14th Aug, 2018
CAT 2018

CAT 2018– CAT (Common admission test) is the national level entrance examination which is administered by IIMs every year on the rotation basis for the candidates seeking admissions in business schools. The CAT 2018 will be held on November 25 in two sessions. Around 2 lakh applicants appear for this entrance examination every year. The official notification of CAT 2018 has been released by IIM Calcutta on 29 July 2018 and professor SumantaBasu will be the convener for CAT this year. Also, the application form of CAT 2018 will be available from August 8. CAT is conducted by IIMs for the admission to 100 business schools across India and over 20 IIMs. The total number of seats which are offered are around 4,000 seats through 20 IIMs. It is mandatory for the aspirants to qualify the examination to get admission in IIMs. The CAT 2018 score card will be valid only for one year until December 31, 2019.

 The CAT 2018 exam pattern for this year will remain the same as the last year. In this article of soloutionshint the candidates will get all the detailed information of CAT 2018 regarding the notification, registration process, application form, exam pattern, important dates, eligibility criteria, result, cutoff, etc.

CAT 2018 Important Dates

CAT 2018 examination will be conducted on 25th November 2018, Sunday.The below mentioned are the important dates of CAT 2018 declared by IIM Calcutta.



Important Dates

Advertisement released

29thJuly 2018

Online registration starts

8thAugust 2018

Last date for registration

19thSeptember 2018

Application correction

4thweek of September 2018

Admit card release

24 October 2018 onwards

Mock Test Release

17thOctober 2018

Exam date

25th November 2018

Question paper release andAnswer key

2ndweek of December 2018

Last date to raise grumble

2ndweek of December 2018

Result announcement

2ndweek of January 2019


CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • Final year graduation students can also apply for CAT 2018.
  • For the reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to required is 45. General and OBC category candidates should have at least 50% marks in equivalent or aggregate CGPA
  • The candidates must fulfill the below-mentioned parameters to appear for CAT 2018.
  • The Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a known University or Institute
  • The duration of the graduation programme should be minimum three years
  • There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT exam, so anyone can appear.

CAT 2018 Registration Procedures

The registration process of CAT 2018 is completely online wherein the candidates need to visit the official website and click on the Registration tab. The application form of the same will be available from 8th August 2018 to 19th August 2018. After filling the form online with all the personal information like name, email address, contact details, etc correctly the aspirants will receive the login details or credentials vis-à-vis CAT 2018 via an email or SMS, positively.

CAT 2018 Application Form filling process

All the applicants need to fill up the CAT 2018 application form in order to get the login credentials. The candidates have to log in through their user ID and password on the official website and they are required to fill up the application form by entering the correct and relevant information. The CAT application form 2018 is divided into following categories which are mentioned below:

  • Academic Details
  • Contact Details
  • Personal Details
  • Selecting IIMs to apply for
  • SelectingInterview Cities and Test Centres
  • Work Experience

After filling up information correctly on each page, the last important step the candidates need to do is to click on Save & Next tab. The Aspirants must upload their photograph and signature in the given dimension. The last step which remains afterward is the payment. The candidates can pay the application fee through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.

CAT 2018 Application fees

The application fees for CAT 2018 must be paid by the candidates during the tenure as prescribed by the examination conducting body.

  • The application fee for General category applicants is Rs. 1900 and for SC/ST/PWD category candidates Rs. 950. The fees for the registration can be paid through any mode whether it is Net Banking or Credit/Debit Card.

CAT 2018 Application Form Correction

If there is anything which the aspirants want to modify, they can easily make the changes to their application form by simply clicking on the online correction window for CAT 2018 application form which will get open in the 4th week of September 2018. But there are only limited fields that can be corrected. The aspirants first need to log in with their user ID and password to make the corrections.

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern Section-Wise

CAT 2018 is the national level entrance examination which is conducted by IIMs every year for the candidates seeking admissions in the MBA and PGDM courses. CAT 2018 will be held on 25th November 2018 and the duration of the exam will be of 3 hours or 180 minutes. The question paper of CAT 2018 will contain 100 questions with both objectives as well as Non-MCQS.

According to the CAT 2018 exam pattern each correct answer to an attempted question will carry 3 marks and for every wrong answer, 1 mark will be get deducted.


Total Number of MCQs

Total Number of Non-MCQs

Total Questions from each section

Total Marks to be obtained

Time allotted to each section (min)

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)






Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)






Quantitative Ability (QA)












CAT 2018 Syllabus

There is not any prescribed any fixed syllabus for CAT 2018 by IIMs. From the past years, the board has prescribed the suitable syllabus for the candidates appearing for the entrance examination. The below mentioned are the section wise topics for which the candidates need to prepare for the examination.



Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Synonyms Antonyms, Verbal Reasoning, Facts-Inferences-Judgements, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, English Usage or Grammar, Jumbled Paragraph, Close Passage, etc.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Letter Series, Blood Relations, Calendars,Column Graphs, Tables, Line Charts, Bar Graphs,Caselets,Venn Diagrams, Pie Chart, Combination of two or more types linked to each other, Cubes, Clocks, Number and Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism etc.

Quantitative Ability (QA)

Trigonometry, Geometry, Arithmetic, Algebra, Higher Maths, Mensuration etc.

Every year arountwo lakh candidates appear for CAT.  The candidates who are willing to appear for this entrance examination must check the CAT 2018 exam pattern so that it will become easy for them to get prepared for the same and are able to crack the examination. The examination conducting body will conduct the exam on 25th November 2018, Sunday. The exam will be held online.

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