CAT 2018: All that you need to know about the exam

CAT 2018: As per the latest notification released by IIM Calcutta, the CAT 2018 result will be released on January 05, 2019 by 1:00p.m. Candidates can visit the offiical website ot check the result and download the scorecard. Every year approximately 2 lakhs MBA aspirants take the prestigious MBA entrance exam to seek admissions in IIMs and other top MBA institutes in India. CAT exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and more than 100 non-IIM institutes across India. Every year the associated IIMs bring changes in their admission policy. However, CAT exam remains the first choice of MBA aspirants to seek admission in MBA/PGDM courses. The exam is known for its high difficulty level to test the aptitude of aspirants, coupled with stringent admission policy released by each IIM separately to shortlist the creamy layer of candidates aspiring to pursue MBA programmes.

The CAT 2018 registration process begins from August 8, 2018, onwards and the application window shall remain open for a period of 45 days i.e. till September 19, 2018. IIM Calcutta has announced that CAT 2018 exam will be held on November 25, 2018. Aspirants can visit the official website of IIM CAT for online registration of CAT Exam.

So here are important details of CAT exam that will help you get registered without any hassles:       

Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2018

Eligibility is the first and foremost step that clarifies if you can appear for the exam or not. IIM Calcutta will roll out a list of basic criteria that one must fulfill in order to appear for the CAT exam. So before applying for the exam, carefully read the list of criteria so that you do not have to face any disqualification during the selection stage.

To find out eligibility criteria of CAT exam, click here!


How to Register for CAT 2018

After eligibility, comes another crucial aspect i.e. registration process. Every MBA entrance has its own way of getting the candidates registered. This year IIM Calcutta is the convener of CAT 2018 and with the latest official announcement, the CAT 2018 registration 2018 has commenced from August 8, 2018, onwards. The registration window will remain open for a span of 45 days. Aspirants can register for CAT 2018 exam till September 19, 2018. The CAT application form is available on the official website of IIM CAT and applicants can register for the CAT Exam through online mode only. The application fee for the General category candidates is INR 1900/-. As a precautionary measure, aspirants are advised to fill all the necessary details correctly because once the details are submitted; it cannot be changed at a later stage. Incorrect details can lead to cancellation of admission also.

Know the process of registering for CAT Exam here.

CAT Exam: Exam pattern and Structure

Exam pattern is a crucial aspect for the aspirants that help them clear the exam with structured preparations. Every year aspirants find additional changes in the CAT exam, but since last two year, not much has been changed in the exam pattern. The computer based test is sub-divided into 3 sections, as per the trends followed in the previous years.

CAT is a MCQ based online MBA exam that tests the aptitude of the test takers in 180 minutes. Along with MCQ based questions, there are a few non-MCQ based questions as well. Aspirants must be wary of the negative marking that often brings down the percentile in the exam. During the admission process, IIMs not only consider the overall percentile but sectional percentile also for admission. To CAT aspirants have a challenge to score well in all the sections of the exam to make it to the IIMs.

You can also make effective utilization of CAT Previous Year Papers to gain deeper understanding of the type of questions and exam pattern being followed in the CAT exam. In addition, In addition, a thorough reading of CAT Question Paper Analysis will help you evaluate the difficulty level of questions faced by the test takers. This will enable you to kick start systematic preparation plan to ace CAT 2018.

To know more details about the CAT exam pattern, click here.

CAT 2018: Exam Syllabus

In order to clear MBA entrance exam, the basic requirement for preparation is to find out the syllabus of the exam. Syllabus is your holy book that helps you prepare for the targeted exam. Syllabus of CAT exam is more or less similar to other MBA entrance exams but there are some distinct topics that make CAT a tough call for the aspirants.

So take a detailed look at the topics covered in each section and prepare a thorough study plan that will help you cover all the topics to score good percentile in the CAT Exam.

Find out CAT Exam syllabus here

CAT 2018 Admit Card

As per the official sources, the Admit card for CAT 2018 will be available for download on October 24th onwards. Aspirants can download the admit card from the official website of IIM CAT. Being an important document which is required for entry at the examination hall, aspirants must carry CAT Admit card to the test center. Without the admit card, aspirant might be debarred from appearing in the exam. So make sure to download the CAT admit card and keep its hard copy safely for future reference.

Know how to download the admit card here

List of IIMs that accept CAT Scores for admission

Indian Institute of Management is considered as the most prestigious MBA institute of India. IIMs have earned various accreditations and accolades across the globe and excellent faculty and curriculum makes them one of the most sought after MBA colleges in the world. Not only this, IIMs are known to offer best placement exposure to the MBA aspirants. In fact hefty placement packages and 100 per cent placement are a proof of the quality of education being impacted by them.

Find out top MBA institutes that accept CAT scores here     

Important dates for CAT 2018

If you are appearing for CAT exam, then do not miss out on the important dates. Every event related to the CAT exam has a definite deadline and missing out on a single deadline can cost a year’s preparation. Follow the deadlines earnestly until you get admission in the top MBA institutes.


Date (Tentative)

Release of CAT 2018 Notification

July 29, 2018

Commencement of Online Registration

August 8, 2018 to September 19, 2018

Admit Card Download

October 24, 2018

Test Date

November 25, 2018


January 05, 2019

About CAT Exam

  1. CAT 2018 exam will be conducted by IIM Calcutta this year. Last year IIM Lucknow had the onus to conduct the CAT Exam and it did so wonderfully without much ado.
  2. CAT 2017 was conducted on 26th November, in a single slot during 10AM to 12Noon.
  3. Aspirants did not report any technical glitches; the exam was conducted smoothly across all test centres in India.
  4. CAT Scores are a gateway to get admission in institutes such as all the top 20 IIMs along with FMS, MDI, IMI, NITIE, SPJIMR, IMT, JBIMS, BIMTECH, TAPMI, XIMB, Great Lakes among others.

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