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CAT 2018 is the Common Admission Test for studying the management courses in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and almost all other B-Schools. Online those candidate who fulfill CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria will be able to appear for the examination. CAT Exam is conducted once in a year by one of the IIMs based on the rotation policy. It is a national level  Computer based management entrance examination. The aspirants who are willing to appear for CAT 2018 should check various things before appearing for the examination such as the CAT Eligibility Criteria 2018, admission procedure, syllabus, examination pattern and many more. Here, we are going to discuss about the eligibility criteria in detail.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Before appearing for the examination it is advised to carefully understand the Eligibility for CAT 2018, you can read all important points here

CAT Eligibility – Educational Qualification

Candidate must require to hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification awarded by any university or educational institution incorporated by the Act of Parliament or State Legislature of India or declared to be a deemed university or attain the equivalent qualification under the Ministry of HRD,  Government of India.

Candidates appearing for the final year Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification and also those who have completed the degree requirements and awaiting for the results can also apply. If the candidate selected, he/she will be allowed for the admission only on the submission of the certificate from the principal/Registrar of University stating that the candidate completed all the requirements of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.

Percentage of marks: The requirement of the percentage of marks will be different for different categories. You can check in details from the below mentioned details:

  • General category: The candidates belonging to general category have to possess minimum 50% marks or  equivalent in the desired qualification.
  • SC/ ST/ PwD Category: The candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PwD category have to possess minimum 45% marks in the desired qualification.

For grades / CGPA, conversion is made on the basis of the procedure certified by the university / educational Institutions. If the University confirms that there is no scheme of the conversion of the equivalent marks then the equivalent marks are obtained by dividing the obtained CGPA by the maximum CGPA and the result is multiplied by 100.

Number of Attempts and CAT Eligibility Age Limit

There will be unlimited attempts provided to the CAT aspirants. Also, there will be no restriction in the upper age of the candidate as per the latest CAT eligibility age limit.

IIM Selection Process

After getting good percentile in the CAT 2018 examination, the process of admission didn’t stop here. Candidates have to appear for the different levels. Each IIM have their independent admission procedure which needs to be followed by the candidate.

The Other levels may include the following rounds:

GD / Screening: The candidates are scored on the basis of their personal performance among the different candidates. You will be scored on the basis of your communication capability.

WAT: Written Ability Test round is basically tests your presence of mind, clarity of thought, quality of expression, general awareness. You will be required to write an essay (300-400) words. The time limit may vary to different IIMs.

PI: Personal Interview will be the round in order to determine your skills and confidence level. At every stage you will be scored on the basis of your performance.

Apart, from all these, you will also be scored on the basis of the previous academic performance for CAT Eligibility 12th Marks, relevant work experience, your category , gender and many more. On the basis of all these factors the list of the shortlisted candidates will prepared.

Note: The weightage score for each and every stage after clearing CAT will be different for different IIMs.

Remember that at each level of  admission procedure the above mentioned eligibility criteria of the desired candidate will be verified. Failure of any requirement will lead to cancellation of your admission. Make ensure that you shall meet the minimum requirements with all the required certificates

Seat distribution for SC/ ST

Now, candidates from different categories can check their seat distribution.

  1. 15% of seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste(SC ), 7.5% of seats are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and 27% of seats are reserved for the other backward classes (OBCs).
  2. As per the rights of the Person with Disability Act,2016  5% of seats are reserved for the persons with Benchmark Disabilities.

Documents Required for SC/ ST

  1. A copy of the SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD certificate(s) must be uploaded at the time of CAT Application registration.
  2. The SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD certificate(s) must be shown and a photocopy should be submitted at the time of interviews. Moreover, the certificate(s) must be submitted at the time of joining the programmes of any of the IIMs.

List of IIMs

  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Amritsar
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Bodh Gaya
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Indore
  • IIM Jammu
  • IIM Kashipur
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Mumbai
  • IIM Nagpur
  • IIM Raipur
  • IIM Ranchi
  • IIM Rohtak
  • IIM Shillong
  • IIM Sambalpur
  • IIm Sirmaur
  • IIM Tiruchirappalli
  • IIM Trichy
  • IIM Udaipur
  • IIM Visakhapatnam

Apart from these IIMs there are also other B schools in every state which provide the admission for the management courses.

It is advised to all the aspirants to go through the article very carefully and grab the entire information.

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