CAT 2018: Know Important Info & Updates

Regarded as the mother of all MBA entrance exams, CAT or Common Admission Test is the leading MBA entrance test in India that would lead to admissions in all the IIMs together with IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, and Lucknow at more than 5000 seats.

Quick facts about CAT 2018

So, here are more than a few quick facts about CAT 2018.

  • CAT is a computer-based Common Admission Test.

  • Duration of the CAT exam will be 3 hours.

  • CAT Exam would comprise of 100 questions.

  • The syllabus of CAT Exam will take account of questions from 3 segments:

  • * Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
    * Quantitative Aptitude
    * Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

  • Each segment will comprise of 30 – 35 questions.

  • CAT Exam would consist of multiple-choice questions as well as non-multiple choice questions

  • There is a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer.

  • Three marks will be granted for every correct answer.

CAT 2018: Important Dates

The CAT Exam 2018 is estimated to be conducted in the fourth week of November. Aspirants who desire to appear for it should note all the important dates and other applicable info before applying.

Events Dates
Date for Notification 30th July 2018
Online registration form date start August 2018, 1st week
Application form Last date 3rd week of Sept 2018
Last date of correction the Application Form 30th September 2018
Admit card date Release last week of October 2018
CAT 2018-19 Exam date announce last week of November 2018
Result date announcement 2nd week of January 2019

CAT 2018: Eligibility criteria

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or comparable CGPA awarded by a standard university. For the SCs, STs and PWDs, the minimum percentage to be held is 45%. Aspirants appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree or those awaiting results are entitled to apply as well.

Age Limit:There is no age limit to apply for the CAT exam 2018.

CAT 2018: Registration

Applicants desiring to get admittance in the esteemed MBA institutes need to apply online for CAT exam. Entrants can make out information about the registration form from here:

  • The registration form will be out from the second week of August 2018.

  • The last date of application is going to be the third week of September 2018.

  • Aspirants can only apply through online mode.

  • Applicants will have to upload the scanned photograph, sign and other official papers in the registration form.

  • After filling all the particulars and submitting the form, applicants can take the print of complete application.

  • The correction feature in the registration form will begin from the last week of September.


CAT 2018: Application Form

Candidates, who’re looking forward to appearing for CAT 2018, must visit - The authorised website of CAT 2018 Online Examination. You must read the Notification and all the essential information to start with. If interested and qualified, then apply on or before the last date. As soon as the last date gets over, nobody will be allowed to apply.

How to Apply?

  • Visit

  • Search for the CAT 2018 Notification.

  • Click on Apply Online.

  • Read all the information carefully before applying.

  • Fill all the specifics.

  • Upload scanned photograph, sign as well as subsidiary documents.

  • Submit the form.

  • Take out a print of the complete application form.


CAT 2018: Exam Pattern

The CAT exam pattern has been similar over the past two years and this year, the exam pattern is likely to be same.

It is going to be a computer-based test of 3 hours comprising of 100 multiple choice questions distributed into three segments:

  • VARC - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • DILR -Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

  • QA - Quantitative Ability

The number of questions in every single section is going to be different and that may or may not change this year. Now, look at the sectional structure of the test.

Section No. of Questions No. of MCQ Questions No. of Non MCQ Questions Total Marks Duration
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 24 10 102 60 minutes
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 24 8 96 60 minutes
Quantitative Ability 34 27 7 102 60 minutes
Total 100 75 25 300 60 minutes

Practice test for CAT 2018

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CAT 2018: Cut off (Expected)

The Cut off Marks for CAT will be decided by the IIM Representatives on the basis of the difficulty level of the Exam. Candidates who will score more than or equal to the cut-off marks will make the grade in the CAT 2018 Exam.

Practice test for CAT 2018

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension >80 >75 >65 >60
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning >80 >75 >65 >60
Quantitative Ability >80 >75 >65 >60
Overall >90 >85 >70 >60

Selection procedure for CAT 2018

The selection process for IIM is an exceptionally hard process that needs a lot of groundwork. The process is essentially a step-by-step procedure that is largely as follows.

  • First of all, you need to do the online registration for Common Admission Test (CAT).

  • Secondly, you must download the admit card for the examination.

  • Next, you have to appear for the Common Admission Test. Your performance in the exam is an essential constituent in the selection process.

  • Next in order is the declaration of CAT result.

  • After that, the IIM’s and B-schools will declare their shortlist on the grounds of their cut-offs. The qualified contestants will then be entitled to the Written Ability Test (WAT) as well as Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

  • Applicants eligible for the WAT and PI will have to go through the eligibility verification process as well. They will have to be available on the listed date with all the essential ID proofs and official papers for the verification at the respective institutions.


All in all, CAT 2018 exam will provide an enormous choice of more than 50 management programmes in 20 IIMs to academic session 2019-21 without any extra fees for admission. Furthermore, quite a lot of top MBA institutions together with MDI Gurgaon, FMS Delhi, JBIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai, IMT, IITs, TAPMI IMI, XIMB, and more admit CAT score as their crucial admission criteria. So, be prepared!

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