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CAT 2018 Exam Date is likely to be in November or December. Every year IIMs hold CAT exam either on the last Sunday of November or on the first Sunday of December. Thus, most likely dates of CAT 2018 are 25th November 2018 and 2nd December 2018. Exam is expected to be held on any of these two dates. With only sufficient time in hand, MBA admission seekers must start their preparation. Exact date will be announced in July or August. After that registration will begin. Registration usually lasts until end of September.

CAT 2018 Exam Date

To start with, IIMs will notify as to which IIM will conduct CAT 2018. After that they will publish CAT 2018 Exam Date.

Last year, news that IIM Lucknow is conducting Common Admission Test came in the month of June. So maybe this time also such a notice will be available in the same month – June. The reason that candidates speculate on which institute will be the conducting body of CAT, is to predict whether there would be any changes in exam or not. However, which IIM is conducting the exam does not really make much of a difference to the exam difficulty level.

In the past five years, these have been the exam dates of Common Admission Test.

CAT exam Date Exam conducting body
CAT 2018 To be announced To be announced
CAT 2017 26 Nov 2017 IM Lucknow
CAT 2016 04 Dec 2016 IIM Bangalore
CAT 2015 29 Nov 2015 IIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2014 16 and 22 Nov 2014 IIM Indore
CAT 2013 16 Oct 2013 to 11 Nov 2013 IIM Indore
CAT 2012 11 Oct 2012 to 06 Nov 2012 IIM Kozhikode

Important dates of CAT 2018

Common Admission Test is a one day exam. Pre-exam events start with issuance of notification in July. Then registration for CAT 2018 will begin. Registration is the first thing that a candidate has to do if he/she wants to appear in the exam.

Then those who register can download admit card from the official website. Admit card download is the last pre-exam event. Then exam will be as per CAT 2018 exam date.

Post-exam, CAT answer key will be released. Until two years ago, IIMs did not release answer keys. But last year they did. Therefore once again it is likely that they will publish answer keys after exam. Then after key, result of CAT 2018 will be announced.

Important dates of CAT 2018 will be updated here as soon as they are announced.

CAT 2018 Dates
IIM is expected to release CAT 2018 notification in July 2018
Registration for exam could start in August 2018 (1st week)
Last date to apply would then be September 2018 (2nd week)
Application form correction, if made available, would be in September 2018 (3rd week)
Admit card will be released in October 2018 (3rd week)
An official mock test for exam will be available in October 2018 (3rd week)
CAT 2018 exam date November (last Sunday) or December (first Sunday)
Release of official answer key December 2018 (1st week)
Last date to submit objection against answers December 2018 (2nd week)
Declaration of result January 2018 (1st week)

Common Admission Test (CAT) for management admissions is one of the most sought after entrance exam. It is a national level examination and its marks are acceptable throughout very many Management Institutes in India. CAT scores are used by the IIMs and other top business schools in India such as SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, NITIE etc. The conducting body of the exam is also IIMs, which conduct the exam on rotational basis.

CAT 2018 Exam Date Notification

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Announcement for the IIM conducting upcoming CAT will be made soon. CAT is one of the most competitive exams, for which more than 2 lakh candidates appear each year. The aspirants have already started with the preparation as it is expected to be held in November 2018. Check details on CAT 2018 Exam Date and dates for each event from this page.

Admission in a Top B-School through Common Admission Test is a lengthy process. It takes an entire year with the admission process including the preparation. Given below is the tentative schedule of CAT 2018. Candidates are suggested to check the schedule, to get a general idea about the entire date plan. You can check the updated date schedule once the official announcement is made through official website and newspaper.

Now that you are aware of the expected dates for CAT, you may plan your preparations accordingly. But before doing so, do check if you are eligible for the exam or not.

Who is eligible for CAT?

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria is as mentioned below:

  • The candidate must have completed his/her graduation (bachelor’s degree) or passed an equivalent qualifying examination from a recognized college or university with 50% marks( 45% for SC/ST/PWD). The students in their final year are also eligible to apply for the exam.
  • There is no age limit to take CAT 2018.

About CAT exam pattern

If you are eligible for CAT, then do have a look at the exam pattern as well. The exam pattern of CAT will guide you about how the exam will be:

The CAT exam is a computer based examination, in which the questions asked will be of multiple choice and  type in the answer type . The exam will be of 3 hours. There will be three sections in the exam, which will be of 100 marks each.The number of question in each section will also be 100. Correct marks will fetch 3 marks, while the negative marking will be done for 1 mark. Check out the table given below to understand the expected exam pattern easily.

Section Number of Questions Total Marks
Quantitative Ability 34 102
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 96
Total 100 300

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