CAT 2018

Exam Date : 25th November 2018 To 26th November 2018
Result Date : 15th January 2019

Application Form, Dates, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Cut-Off for CAT 2018

Introduction to CAT 2018

  • About: The Common Admission Test (CAT) is India's Biggest Entrance test for Admission in MBA.

  • Admission: CAT 2018 exam helps candidates to get admission in Top Management Colleges in India.

  • Post Graduate Management Programmes: PGP, PGP-FABM, PGPEM, PGDM, EPGP PGPSM, PGPWE, PGDHRM, PGPEX, and PGPBM are offered by the IIMs. Before applying for CAT exam, candidates have to clear undergraduate program like BBA, B.Tech., B.Sc.BCA, etc.

  • Conducted By: The CAT 2018 exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management.

  • Cut-Off: The candidate should clear the IIM CAT Advanced Cut-off to advance to the next rounds of selection. The candidates can also estimate their CAT percentile with the help of CAT Percentile Predictor before the actual results are out.
  • Offers: CAT helps to get eligibility for admission to various management courses in 19 IIMs and 150 B-schools across India.

  • Date: CAT 2018 will start at 25th November 2018 respectively.

  • Applications: In 2018 more than 2.32 lakh students have registered for CAT 2018.

Important Summary for CAT 2018:

Important Details regarding CAT 2018:

Exam Name

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Exam Level

National Level

Conducting Authority

Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

Exam Category

Management (MBA Admission)

Total Number of Seats


Registration Period

9th August 2018 to 25th September 2018 

News Update for CAT 2018:

  • CAT 2018 Results are likely to be released on 15th January 2019. The CAT 2018 entrance examination results will be published on the official website.

  • The candidates who are waiting to apply for this management entrance test may apply for the test by September 2018 as notice released on

  • Candidates who have applied for CAT 2018 examination can take the mock test to get familiar with the exam pattern and practice well to prepare for the main exam.

CAT 2018 Schedules:

  • Application: Candidates are advised to register and submit their CAT exam applications form well before 25th September 2018 as the last date is the same.
  • Admit Card: After the CAT exam registration, candidates can download the admit card from 25th October 2018.

  • Click here to know all important dates of CAT 2018. 

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria:

  • Qualification: Candidates who have completed their Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 50% aggregate can apply for CAT 2018.

  • Reservation: A specific number of seats will be reserved for candidates who possess SC/ST/NC-OBC/PWD certificate.

  • To know more about the age limit and other CAT 2018 criteria click here.

CAT 2018 Registration:

  • Date: Online application form for CAT 2018 will commence from 9th August 2018  to 25th September 2018.

  • Fee Mode: Candidates can pay the registration fee through online mode (Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking).

  • For a detailed stepwise procedure to submit CAT 2018 Application Form click here.

CAT 2018 Admit Card:

  • Dates: CAT 2018 admit cards can be downloaded from the official CAT 2018 website from 25th October 2018.

  • Credentials: The candidates will have to submit their application number, date of birth and security pin to download CAT 2018 admit card.

  • Availability: If the candidate has registered email address while registration then they will receive the CAT 2018 admit card via email.

 CAT 2018 Exam Pattern:

  • Question type: CAT 2018 will have two types of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and non-MCQ type questions.

  • Marks: For every correct answer, 3 marks will be awarded and 1 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

  • To know more about CAT 2018 exam duration and pattern click here.

CAT 2018 Syllabus:

  • Key point: In CAT exam there will be no repetition of questions from previous test papers.
  • Topics: "Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal & Reading Comprehension".

  • To download CAT 2018 examination syllabus click here.

CAT 2018 Counselling:

  • Authority: The counseling dates for CAT exam 2018 is released by Indian Institute of Management.

  • Counselling Date: CAT 2018 counseling will commence on 22nd January 2019.

  • Eligibility: To attend CAT 2018 counseling a candidate has to qualify the written and interview round. 

Preparation Tips for CAT 2018:


  • After analyzing the CAT Exam Pattern, Make a personalized syllabus for yourself and take that to study.

  • Personalized syllabus - it means you need to categorize each and every syllabus according to the difficulty level.

  • Eg. Categorize the syllabus according to the topics that you find ‘easy’, ‘Moderate’, ‘Difficult’ and ‘Very Difficult’ also understand the topics that you’re good at and topics which you aren't good enough. Try to study the topics thoroughly in which you are good at.

Give Equal Attention to all 3 Sections:

  • While preparing for CAT exam 2018, you should not leave any topic of three sections, hence you need to pay equal attention to all 3 sections.

Make a Time Table:

  • Prepare a Timetable for CAT 2018 exam which is sensible and flexible.

  • For just because you have to study for 15 hours a day, but you can't, if you do the timetable which is not sensible, you might skip the timetable written schedule, and the timetable will be of no use.

  • So prepare the timetable which is manageable. Make time for your extracurricular activities as well to cool up your mind.

Time Management:

  • Keep it in mind, when you are at end of the preparation for CAT exam 2018 do not start learning new topics, rather focus more on the concepts that you’ve already learned and solve.

Mock Test:

  • The applicants can check CAT 2018 exam Mock test papers and Solve previous year Question papers for practice.

  • By solving the practice papers A candidate may familiarize himself/herself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam.

  • The CAT 2018 Mock test Papers will be uploaded to Getmyuni website by the end of October.

CAT 2018 Registration Trend over the years:

CAT 2018 Registration over the year is shown in the table below.


Approximate Number of Registration

















Detailed registration trend for CAT is shown in the Graph as well:


CAT 2018 Post Graduate Programmes in Management:



IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Amritsar


IIM Bangalore


IIM Bodh Gaya


IIM Calcutta


IIM Indore

PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM

IIM Jammu


IIM Kashipur


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Lucknow


IIM Nagpur


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Rohtak


IIM Sambalpur


RGIIM Shillong


IIM Sirmur


IIM Tiruchirappalli


IIM Udaipur


IIM Vishakapatnam


CAT Programmes in Management [FPM] Equivalent to Ph.d:



IIM Ahemdabad


IIM Amritsar


IIM Bangalore


IIM Calcutta


IIM Indore


IIM Kashipur


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Lucknow


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Rohtak


RGIIM Shillong


IIM Tiruchirappalli


IIM Udaipur


Important Guidelines for CAT 2018:

  • Things to be brought: Admit Card and ID proof are mandatory for every candidate, Without ID card candidate is not allowed inside the examination hall.

  • Time to reach the exam hall: The candidate must reach the examination center at least 30 minutes before the commencement of examination for the security checks, identity verification, and check-in may take a considerable time.

  • The candidates are not allowed to enter the Examination Centre after the commencement of the examination.

  • Silence to be Maintained during the Exam: The candidate is not allowed to talk with anybody, while the examination is going on, these will leads to cancellation of examination or sent outside the examination hall without any type of warnings.

  • Prohibited Materials: Candidates are not allowed to carry any textual material, Calculators, Docu Pen, Slide Rules, Log Tables, Electronic Watches with facilities of calculator, printed or written material, bits of papers, mobile phone, pager or any other device, except the Admit Card, identity proof, document as required inside the Examination Room/Hall.


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CAT 2018 Important Dates

  • Exam Date: The Official Date of the Common Admission Test (CAT 2018) Notification CAT 2018 is on  25th November 2018 to 26th November 2018.

  • Registartion: The registration for the CAT2018 exam will begin on 9th August 2018 at 10.A.M to 25th September 2018 at 5.00 P.M.

  • Admit card: The Admit Card for CAT 2018 2018 will be available from 25th October 2018 (1 PM onwards) to December 4th 2018.

  • The results will be published on 15th January 2019. 

  • Admission: After the results announcement, admission process will be started.
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CAT 2018 Eligibility

  • Minimum criteria for general: The applicant must have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized institution with minimum 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA. 

  • Minimum criteria for reservation: The SC/ST and PWD/DA category applicants have to have minimum 45% marks or an equivalent CGPA.

  • Respective percentile reservation: The CAT reservation for SC, ST, OBC and Physically challenged applicants is 15%, 7.5%, 27% and 3% respectively.

  • Eligibility: The percentage obtained in Bachelor's degree is calculated on the basis of conversion schemes. In the case of CGPA, the conversion would depend on the equivalent certificate awarded by the concerned University. The score calculated determines the applicant's eligibility.

  • Students can also apply: Students who in their final year are also eligible for CAT 2018.

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CAT 2018 Application Process

  • CAT 2018 application process starts on 9th August 2018 and will end on 25th September 2018. 

The 3 steps of Application Process are:

  • Registration

  • Logging in

  • Filling the application form

Documents Required:

  • Passport Photo.

  • Image of Candidate's signature.

  • NC-OBC/SC/ST Certificate if applicable.

  • PWD/DA Certificate if applicable.

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CAT 2018 Application Form Details

There are five sections in the CAT 2018 Application Form:

  • Personal Information: Candidates are required to fill in the personal details such as Father's Name, Gender, Category, Communication Address and upload the necessary documents that has been mentioned.  

  • Academics: Here the candidates have to fill in their 10th and 12th std marks, Graduation details, Postgraduate details and other professional details. 

  • Work Experience: Candidates can enter their work experience if they had any before. The work experience refers to the paid and full-time work done after the graduation.

  • Programmes: Candidates must fill the CAT program details such as select the number of CAT programs they wish to apply for and also select the city for the interview rounds from the respective drop-down list of CAT Centres.

  • Fee Payment: Here the candidates should pay the registration fee through online only.

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CAT 2018 Admit Card

  • Availability of admit card: CAT 2018 admit cards will be available on the official website and can be downloaded from 25th October 2018.

  • Necessary details: Candidates have to enter their Enrolment ID and Password to download the admit card. It is a compulsory document.

  • Eligibility: The admit card will be issued to the candidates who have met the eligibility criteria and completed their CAT 2018 application process successfully.

  • Profile: The admit card will be available on the official website in the applicant's profile.

  • Print out: The applicant has to save the admit card and take a print out of the same.

  • Information: The admit card will contain details such as Name, exam date, etc.

  • Discrepancy: If there is any discrepancy then the authorities should be informed.

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CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

  • Type of test: The CAT 2018 examination will be a computer-based test.

  • Duration: The CAT 2018 examination will be for a duration of 3 hours.

  • Subjects: The CAT 2018 exam will cover logical reasoning & data interpretation, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Ability.

  • A number of questions: There are 100 objective questions.

  • Marking Scheme: 3 marks will be given for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

  • Duration for one section: Candidates will get 60 minutes for answering questions in each section.
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CAT 2018 Syllabus

  • Sections: CAT 2018 tests the candidate on 4 sections. They're Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation.

  • Maths: The mathematics syllabus covers percentages, geometry, ratios, etc.

  • English: The English syllabus covers reading vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, etc.

  • Analytical Reasoning: The analytical reasoning syllabus covers puzzles, series, direction sense, etc.

  • Data Interpretation: The data interpretation syllabus covers questions on organized and unorganized data.

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CAT 2018 Results

  • Dates: The CAT result will be announced on 15th January 2019.

  • Enter ID and Password: Candidates are required to enter their CAT ID and Password to see their outcomes.

  • Mobile number: The CAT results will be sent to candidate's telephone number.

  • Reservation: There is reservation of seats for the SC/ST/OBC and PWD class sorted out.

  • Cut-off: The cut-off imprints will be distributed once the outcomes are announced.

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CAT 2018 Counselling

  • Shortlisting: After the CAT results are out and cut-offs, the shortlisted candidates will have to appear in the selection process held in one of the old IIMs.

  • Rounds: Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test round and Personal Interview are the different rounds for selection.

  • GD/PI: GD/PI round, along with CAT Score candidate’s academic work and relevant work experience will be also taken into account for shortlisting of candidates. 

  • WAT: In recent years, IIMs prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion.

  • Interview: Personal Interview is an important part of the selection procedure.

  • Participating Institutions: Other participating institutes also conduct selection process comprising GD/WAT and PI.

  • Performance Based: Based on performance in CAT exam and selection procedure rounds shortlisting of candidates is done.

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CAT 2018 Cut off

  • The candidates can check the IIM CAT Advanced Cut-Off for the previous years to get an idea of the current year CAT Advanced Cut-Off. The expected cut-off is compiled in the section.

  • The Cut-Off can vary on the difficulty of the question paper, performance of the applicants, seats available for CAT admission etc.

  • The candidates must clear CAT Advanced cut-off 2018 in order to proceed to next rounds.

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Colleges which accept [CAT]

Want to get in ?
Abhinaya U
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2019
01 Dec 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility Criteria: Bachelor's degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% aggregate or a CGPA of 5.5 out of 10 for the candidates belonging to General and OBC categories. The minimum marks is 45% or a CGPA of 5.0/10 for SC/ST candidates. The entrance exam is CAT. The admission procedure for MBA course is as follows:

Round 1: Shortlisting of applications

Round 2: Group Discussion (elimination round)

Round 3: Personal Interview 

Cumulative scores of CAT exam (70% weightage), group discussion (10% weightage) and personal interview (10% weightage) are considered to finalize the eligibilty of a candidate.


Want to get in ?
mba in healthcare management , batch of 2020
23 Nov 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The admission process for goa institute of mangement starts with entrance tests ( CAT,CMAT,GMAT,XAT) . after passing their criteria of entrance tests there is a group discussion round with other students, followed by a personal interview.

if you meet all these criteria you could also end up getting a spot offer . 

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2018
15 Nov 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

10th and 10+2 passed, graduation from any stream. Candidate should apply for MAT/CAT/GMAT.

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Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Marketing Management), batch of 2017
08 Oct 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

You need to appear for CMAT, CAT to get admission in the MBA program. Sometimes they organize their own test if the seats remain to vacate. 

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M. B. A , batch of 2018
28 Sep 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Actually, I got direct admission to United group of management. I gave CAT exam and I got 65% in that.

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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2019
28 Sep 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The D. Y. Patil Business school is the management college provide the course post graduation diploma in management. The eligible criteria for the admission is 60 % marks in management entrance exams like CAT, MAT etc with 10+2 and graduation certificate.

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2015
27 Jun 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

To get admission in your dream b-school, the first task is to clear the entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT, NMAT, CMAT, TISS, CET etc.

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2018
30 May 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

To be eligible for admissions here a candidate must have 50% in his/her graduation. The candidates must take up CAT/MAT/K-MAT/PG-CET to apply for the university having at least 50 percentile.


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YJ Anurag
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2016
29 May 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

I am a student of Indus business school IIEBM PGDM course 2017-19 For admission you have to take exams like CAT and MAT and you have to score good marks to get enter in this institute cause this college is good for their knowledge giving to the society For eligibility you have to clear your schooling and graduation with minimum 60% and after that you have to opt for CAT or MAT EXAM THIS IS A REALLY GOOD COLLEGE TO GO FOR SO KEEP GOING.

Want to get in ?
Master of Engineering [ME] (Mechanical Engineering), batch of 2019
28 May 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility is completing tha BE or Entrance exam is CAT & GATE

Discussion Forum

Entering Marks to Common Admission Test (CAT) Application Form for Dual Degree holders

I have a dual degree (Bachelor’s + Master’s) of my own. How do I enter my marks while registering for CAT?

Asked By: Allen James,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

While registering for CAT, if the candidate holds a dual degree, the following steps should be followed:

  • The first 3 years aggregate percentage will be taken as the Bachelors’ Degree Percentage.
  • The next 2 years will be taken as the Master’s Degree Percentage.

The candidates are advised to take an assessment of themselves and make sure you verify all the details before entering them on your CAT Application Form.

Using calculator during CAT Exam

Can I use a calculator inside the CAT Exam hall or will they provide calculators for our use?

Asked By: Justin Jose,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No, you will not be allowed to enter the CAT Exam Hall with a calculator or any other Electronic Device for that matter.

Although, the candidates will be provided with the facility to use the on-screen keyboard.

Analytical Reasoning Syllabus for CAT

What are the important topics I should look into while preparing for CAT 2017 for Analytical Reasoning?

Asked By: Mustafa Naushad,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Individuals trying to clear CAT for getting admitted to IIMs' must have a good idea about the syllabus at hand.

The important topics to be covered under Analytical Reasoning are:

  • Direction Sense
  • Puzzles
  • Series
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Data Structures
  • Blood Relations
  • Arrangements
  • Coding-Decoding

Aspiring candidates can have a good view of the Syllabus on our web page.

Common Admission Test CAT 2017

When will the registrations start for the 2017 CAT exam session and when will the exam take place?

Asked By: Shemeer Salim,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The registrations for CAT 2017 will begin on the 8th of August and will be closing by the 27th of September.

The CAT 2017 Exam will be held on the 4th of December and the Results will be released by the 2nd week of January 2018.

To get admitted into IIMs'

What should be my average score for CAT in order for me to get admitted to one of the prestigious IIMs'?

Asked By: Manish Chopra,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Candidates having 98, 98+, 99+ percentile in CAT, but lack past academic record, meaning, having 92, 96, 97, 99+ percentage in class 10 & 12 and 78, 80, 85, 88+ percentage in Bachelor’s again loses the chance of being shortlisted into IIMs'.

Another point which must be taken note of is that having an overall percentile of 99+ won’t make you eligible to get that call.

Along with it, you need to have a balanced and high percentile in all the three sections of CAT. Having 98 in QA, 99 in VARC but 75 in DILR would again mean losing that call.

So, If you're a candidate hoping to get admitted to any of the prestigious IIMs', I advise you to keep all your educational records top notch.

IIM Bangalore and Goldman Sachs

I heard about a recent tie-up between IIM Bangalore and Goldman Sachs? What was it about?

Asked By: Rekha Sharma,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, it is true.

IIM Bangalore had recently fired up an association with Goldman Sachs.

Goldman Sachs conducted a screening test for about 50 female students.

In the final level of this programme, top-12 business ideas were to be selected. But, instead, the final round saw 15 ideas getting selected by the panel.

Management institutes for MBA through CAT in Mumbai

Which are the best management institutes in and across Mumbai, India that I could get admissions for through CAT?

Asked By: Mohammed Altaf,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

A candidate looking for admissions in Management studies is expected to clear the Common Admission Test or usually known as CAT.

Given below are a list of top institutes of Mumbai available for admissions through CAT:

  • Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai
  • Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, [SJMSM] IIT Bombay, Mumbai
  • Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of CoOperative Management, Pune
  • Institute for Technology and Management, [ITM] Mumbai
  • Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development, [IMED] Pune

There are a lot more institutes offering admissions through CAT all over India. 

Have a look at the list of institutes offering admissions through CAT on the following link:

friend’s email address when registering for CAT 2017?

Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT for the CAT Exam 2017?

Asked By: Prabhakar,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No, You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2017 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.

When and how do I register for CAT 2017?

When should I register for the CAT Exam 2017?

Asked By: Prabhu K,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Online registration for CAT 2017 begins on Monday, 8th August 2017 10:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, 22nd September 2017 05:00 p.m. Additional instructions for online registration and the application process will be available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website.

FEE for the CAT EXAM 2017

What is the fee for the CAT exam 2017?

Asked By: Anuj L,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The fee is Rs.1700 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD category, the applicable fee is Rs.850.

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