CAT 2018 Conducting Body – The IIM Calcutta is the conducting authority to conduct the CAT this year. Until the last notification, only the exam date was released. The exam will take place on November 25, 2018. For now, it is clear that who is conducting the CAT and when. With the conducting authority announced, we can expect few changes in CAT 2018. There can be changes in the number of question and selection process also. It is still not confirmed whether IIM Calcutta will release any notification regarding changes.

Last year IIM Lucknow did not release any such notification. Though there weren’t any major changes either. IIM Lucknow started the registration process on August 09, 2018. For now, we only know that the official notification regarding CAT 2018 will release in July/ August 2018.

IIM-C to conduct CAT 2018

The announcement of conducting body is an important factor as IIM-C will set question paper and conduct the CAT 2018. The major change we have observed is that it is the first time that exam date has released much before the declaration of official notification.

In our prediction, we took an estimate that either IIM Kozhikode or IIM Calcutta will conduct the CAT 2018. So this year IIM-C took the charge and let’s see what more in there for CAT 2018. For now, we don’t have an official schedule but we can expect that the future events will take place as given below.

CAT 2018  Date
Registration (Tentative) 08 Aug – 24 Sep 2018
Admit Card (Tentative) 20 Oct 2018
Result (Tentative) 10 Jan 2019

About IIM Calcutta

IIM-C Is the oldest business school located in Joka, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It is the first  Indian Institute of Management established by the Government of India in November 1961. The school was set with the collaboration of MIT Sloan School of Management.

Now, the IIM-C has accreditation with AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA, and CEMS. It offers various postgraduate diploma courses like PGDM, FPM, PGPEX, PGPEX-VLM, PGDBA etc. It is considered top prestigious MBA college in line with IIM A, IIM B, and other IIMs.

What Role will IIM Calcutta play in CAT 2018

It is sole responsibilty of the conducting body that the exam takes place smoothly and without any hassle. Last year we saw that many students faced inconvenience while taking the test. So, let’s hope that this year exam conducts without any issues. Further, it will be a responsibility of IIM-C to see the following things this year.

  • To release of CAT 2018 Schedule
  • Setting paper, test centers, student guide and registration process.
  • To set exam pattern, duration, type of questions after consideration with all the members of IIM CAT.
  • To ensure the exam takes place transparently and students don’t face any problem as well.

What Changes we can expect in CAT 2018

Any changes in the exam will release by IIM- C only. For now, we can only guess changes in the following things.

  • Number of Questions – We can expect that there will be changes in a number of questions in the exam. Especially in Non- MCQ type questions.
  • Exam Pattern- Last year there was no separate section for LR and DI. There can be a change in the division of section as well.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

It is the thing which remains same year to year. There are not any major changes in the eligibility criteria is expected to take place in CAT 2018.  So, the eligibility for CAT is that candidate must have 50% scores in UG in any stream of Minimum three-year graduation Programme. For the reserved categories, there is a relaxation of 5% ie minimum 45% marks. For the detailed eligibility and Reservation Details, Click Here.

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern given is according to CAT 2017 exam. It took place in 140 centers all over India. This year we can some minor changes in the exam.

Duration of the exam: 3 Hours or 180 minutes

Marking Scheme: 3 marks per question

Negative Marking: 1 mark will deduct for each incorrect answer.

Maximum Marks: 300 Depending upon the number of question

Sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability

Number of Questions: 90 (last year) Though they are only tentative, they can even change without any prior notification.

In the table given below, you can find the number of question asked in CAT 2017.

Section Total Number of Questions Number of Non-MCQs Marks
Quantitative Ability 34 7 102
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 10 102
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 08 96
Total 72 28 300

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