CAT 2018

CAT 2018 Exam will be conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. The Common Admission Test 2018 is due to be held on November 25, 2018. The examination will be held in computer based mode, at the national level. MBA aspirants can expect the release of the CAT 2018 Notification by the end of July 2018. The application form for the exam will release in the month of August. CAT is a highly competitive entrance examination. Every year around 2 lakh candidates apply for it, in hopes to get admission in 20 IIMs and more than 100 B-Schools. Candidates can check CAT 2018 important dates, eligibility criteria, registration process, syllabus, exam pattern, and more details from this page.

CAT 2018 – Latest Updates!

In this section, we bring all the latest updates regarding CAT 2018. Stay updated with us.

  • IIM Calcutta has invited applications from Non-IIM Institute that want to accept CAT 2018 Score. The institutes need to fill the application form and in return, IIM-C will provide Section-wise scaled score, total scaled score, and individual’s percentile.
  • Last year, around 113 Non-IIMs submitted the application form for CAT. It is expected that the number will increase this year.

Common Admission Test 2018

Last year, the CAT was held in two sessions in one day. It is expected that the same shall be followed this year as well. The dates for CAT 2018 will be announced with the released on the official notification. However, the expected CAT 2018 important dates are as follows:

CAT 2018 Important Dates
Notification for the Common Admission Test is expected to available from Jul / Aug 2018
Registration will start from 08 Aug 2018
Last date to submit the Application Form is 24 Sep 2018
Issuance of Admit Card from 20 Oct 2018
CAT 2018 exam date 25 Nov 2018
Declaration of Result 10 Jan 2019

Facts About CAT 2018

Some interesting facts about CAT 2018 follow:

-IIM Calcutta will be conducting IIM CAT after six years.
-Professor Sumanta Basu is the CAT 2018 convener this year
-The task-taking agency for CAT 2018 is Tata Consultancy Service (TCS).
-CAT 2018 will consist of MCQs and Non-MCQs questions. The percentage of MCQs in the examination will be 70% and of Non-MCQs it will be 30%.

Analysis of CAT with IIM Calcutta Conducted the Exam Last Time

The last time IIM-C conducted CAT was in the year 2015. Total 218664 candidates registered for the exam but only 179602 appeared. The analysis of the exam is as follows:

The exam was held in two slots. The section one was for VRC, in which 34 questions were asked. Second question was for RC, with 24 questions. In the Reading Comprehension Section, 2 sets had 3 questions and 3 sets had 6 questions each. Remaining of the 10 questions were Non-MCQs and Para Jumbles. The Second Section of the exam was for LRDI, which had 32 questions. In all, there were 4 sets of 4 questions. The third section in the exam was for Quant and had 34 questions.

Most Difficult Section – The toughest section in the examination was for Quantitative Aptitude.

Toppers – 100 percentile was secured by 17 candidates.

What To Expect This Year? – It is clear that IIM Calcutta will not lower its standard in terms of the difficulty level of the exam. Hence, this year, you can expect a notch higher level of the difficulty level in CAT 2018. IIM Calcutta already brought a change by announcing the exam date way earlier. Maybe this is to allow students to start preparing for the national level test at their best.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

It is important to fulfil the eligibility criteria of CAT 2018. Candidates who will not satisfy it will not be granted admission.

Age Limit: There is no age limit for CAT 2018.

Education Qualification: You should have completed Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or should possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India (including the Associate Membership Examination (AMICE) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) as an equivalent qualification.

  • Should have obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC/ST/ PWD candidates) in degree examination.
  • Those who are appearing the final year of the degree examination are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018.

Read  Click Here to know more about the CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria and IIM Selection Process.

CAT 2018 Application Form

The application form for CAT 2018 will release online, at Candidates will have to first register for CAT by entering the name, e-mail id, phone number, and more information. The registration details once submitted cannot be changed. Once the registration is done you will receive the login details for CAT and use it to fill the CAT 2018 Application Form.

After the registration is done, using the login credentials, which are User Id and Password, proceed to fill the CAT Application Form 2018. In the application form, you need to enter information such as Personal Information, Educational Qualification Details, Communication Details, etc. Also, you need to upload a scanned image of your Photograph and Signature as per the specification and format. Once you have entered all the details, you can proceed to pay the application fee and then finally submit the application form.

Application Fees for CAT 2018

It is seen that the application fee for CAT increases every year. For example, in CAT 2015 the application fee for SC, ST, and PwD was Rs. 800, whereas for all other categories it was Rs. 1600/-. Then in 2016, it was increased to Rs. 850/- for SC, ST, and PwD and for all other category candidates it was hiked up to Rs. 1700/-. Furthermore, on the basis of this, it is expected that the application fee payable for CAT 2018 shall be as follows:

CAT exam year Category
SC, ST, and PwD All Other Categories
2015 Rs. 800/- Rs. 1600/-
2016 Rs. 850/- Rs. 1700/-
2017 Rs. 900/- Rs. 1800/-
2018 Rs. 950/- Rs. 1900/-

Mode of Payment: The mode of payment by which the candidates need to pay the registration fee shall be same. The application fee is payable by online mode using Credit card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking.
CAT Registration

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CAT 2018 a computer based examination. It means that to take the exam, candidates will have to visit a particular centre and give take the test on a particular system. The candidates will have to mark answers, using the cursor.

The exam pattern for CAT has not changed much. However, few changes are always introduced by the new exam conducting body. Till now the exam pattern followed for CAT is as follows:

  • Mode of the exam: Computer-based test
  • Total Duration of exam: 3 hours or 180 minutes
  • Types of Questions: MCQ and Non-MCQ (Subjective Type questions)
  • Number of Sections: There are three sections which are Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning,, Quantitative Ability

The distribution of question in each section is as follows:

Section Total Number of Questions Number of Non-MCQs Duration Marks
Quantitative Ability 34 7 60 min 102
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 10 60 min 102
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 08 60 min 96
Total 72 28 180 min 300

What is the Marking Scheme for CAT 2018?

One of the most important information which is sometimes ignored by the students is the marking scheme. The students must remember the marking scheme for CAT as the evaluation of marks in the exam will be done as per it only. The marking scheme followed for CAT is as follows:

Type of questions Correct Answer Negative Marking Marks Deducted for an Incorrect answer
MCQ +3 marks -1 marks
Non-MCQ +3 marks x

CAT 2018 Syllabus

There is no syllabus prescribed for CAT preparation. However, observing the past year question paper and analysis, the syllabus to be followed for CAT 2018 Preparation is as follows:


  • Reading Comprehension
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Para jumbles
  • Analogies
  • Idioms
  • One-word Substitutions
  • Error-Spotting


  • Data Analysis.
  • Data Tables
  • Pie Charts
  • Bar Charts
  • Venn Diagram
  • Graphs (Line, Area)
  • Assertion and Reason
  • Arrangements-based questions
  • Set Theory
  • Puzzles
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Sequences and Series
  • Syllogisms
  • Blood Relations
  • Binary Logic
  • Direction Test
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Data Structures
  • Coding – Decoding


  • Number systems
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability
  • Permutation combination
  • Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • Time and work
  • LCM & HCF
  • Averages
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Quadratic and linear equations

Read | Click Here to know the important topics for CAT 2018

CAT 2018

Books For CAT 2018 Preparation

There are so many books available in the market and online for CAT 2018 Preparation. However, it is important for the candidates to choose the best books for the preparation. You can check the list of the most recommended books for preparation for CAT 2018 from the table below.

Name of the Book Name of the Author Name of the Publisher Buy Here
How to Prepare For Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma Mc Graw Hill Education Click Here
Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations R S Aggarwal Click Here
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit K Sinha Pearson Click Here
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CA Nishit K Sinha Pearson Click Here

How to Start Preparation For CAT 2018?

  • Firstly you must go through the exam pattern and syllabus as every year changes are done.
  • Now pick out your strong and weak areas in all the three sections. give equal weightage to both but put in extra time for preparing for weaker areas.
  • Pick out the best books (as given above) and preparation material for CAT 2018.
  • Moreover, to improve your weaker areas you should solve as many MCQs as possible and do online mock tests every day. Analyse your performance with each mock test.
  • If you are weak in VARC section, read different articles and novels, converse in English with friends.
  • Write down whatever new words you encounter after reading at least 5-6 newspaper articles every day.
  • Many students say that the Data Interpretation (DI) is a bit more time-consuming. So you should start practice as many questions on DI. Use approximation techniques for quick calculations.

Previous Year CAT 100 Percentilers

CAT 2017 Topper: Chhavi Gupta

Percentile: 100

Success Mantra: “I used to give mock tests at least every other weekend and used to analyse the same to keep a check on my strong and weak areas and see how I’m improving in the same.”


CAT 2017 Topper: Meet Aggarwal

Percentile: 100

Success Mantra: “I took a lot of mock tests for CAT (more than 80). I also focused on analysing them well and avoided making the same mistakes again. That eventually took me close to the perfect percentile.”

CAT 2017 Topper: Mayank Raj

Percentile: 100

Success Mantra: “My consistency. I put in a fixed number of hours everyday without fail for a period of 6 months, and that I think has brought in this result.”


CAT 2017 Topper: Patrick D’souza

Percentile: 100

Success Mantra: “Be regular in your preparation. Focus on reading, solving puzzles along with whatever you prepare with your books.”

Read | Click Here to read more about the previous year CAT toppers and read their full interview to know how they prepared for the test.

CAT 2018 Admit Card

The admit card for CAT 2018 will be available for download a week or two before the exam. No candidate will get their CAT Admit Card by post. It has to be downloaded online at by entering the CAT login details such as User ID and Password.

The CAT Admit Card 2018 will consist of the basic details of the candidate as well as of the exam. Moreover, the photo and signature uploaded by you in the application form will be printed on the admit card. Furthermore, it is mandatory for the candidates to carry the print out of the CAT Admit Card on the day of the examination.

CAT 2018 Answer Key

Last year, for the first time, the exam conducting body released the answer key for CAT. So, the students can expect that this year as well they can get the CAT 2018 Answer Key, With the help of the answer key, you can calculate your probable score and estimate your chances of qualifying the entrance examination.

The candidates will get the CAT Answer Key from the candidate’s login. The exam conducting also gives the facility to the candidate to raise objection/ challenge in the answer key, if there is any. Submit the objections in the answer key by online mode.

CAT 2018 Cut Off

Generally, the cut-off of IIMs is very high and may range between 90-99 percentile. Cut off for CAT 2018 will not vary much. As per previous year analysis, it can be expected that CAT cut off 2018 from the table below.

CAT Cut Off For admission in IIMs

IIM Section General OBC-NC SC ST PwD
IIM Ahmedabad VRC 70 65 60 50 60
DI & LR 70 65 60 50 60
QA 70 65 60 50 60
Aggregate 80 75 70 60 70
IIM Bangalore VRC 85 75 70 60 60
DI & LR 80 70 65 60 60
QA 80 70 65 60 60
Aggregate 90 80 75 75 75
IIM Calcutta VRC 80 75 65 60 60
DI & LR 80 75 65 60 60
QA 80 75 65 60 60
Aggregate 90 85 70 70 70
IIM Lucknow VRC 85 77 55 50 50
DI & LR 85 77 55 50 50
QA 85 77 55 50 50
Aggregate 90 82 70 65 65
IIM Indore VRC 80 70 55 45 45
DI & LR 80 70 55 45 45
QA 80 70 55 45 45
Aggregate 90 80 60 50 50
IIM Kozhikode VRC 80 70 60 40 40
DI & LR 80 70 60 40 40
QA 80 70 60 40 40
Aggregate 90 80 65 55 55

CAT Cutoff for B-Schools

B-School Name CAT 2018 Cut-off (Expected)
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay 99+
FMS, DU (Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi) 98.20
DMS, IIT Delhi 98+
UBS Chandigarh 93
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai 95+
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon 95+
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras 95+
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad 90+
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) 90+
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai 90+
T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal 85+

CAT 2018 Result

The candidates who will appear for the entrance test can check their result online at The exam conducting body will not send hard copy of the CAT 2018 Score Card. To check the result for CAT 2018, you need to enter details like User Id and Password. The scorecard will consist of score obtained and Percentile in each section, overall score and overall percentile, etc.

Like last year, the candidates shall also receive the SMS of the percentile obtained by them in CAT exam by the exam conducting body. Furthermore, after the declaration of CAT 2018 Result, various IIMs will release their list of shortlisted candidates for subsequent process considering CAT score and other criteria.

Selection Criteria of IIMs

After the declaration of result of CAT 2018, the list of candidates shortlisted for the next level of selection will be made available on the website of the respective IIMs. Each IIM will send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly. The selection criteria for each IIM varies. The process may include:

  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Personal Interviews (PI)

The Group Discussion is conducted to appraise a candidate’s ability to critically analyse a given piece of information and collectively work in a group to arrive at a solution or develop a perspective. Whereas, the objective of the personal interview with a candidate is to evaluate if the candidate has the capability and skills required to successfully pursue and develop a career in management.

The candidate’s performance in CAT 2018 is an important component of the selection. However, there are other criteria also which IIMs consider for the selection procedure, such as:

  • Marks obtained in CAT 2018
  • Academic performance of the candidates
  • Relevant work experience
  • Academic Writing Test
  • Diversity Factor

CAT 2018 Reservation

The exam conducting body reserves the following number of seats for the different categories:

Category Reservation of Seats
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
NC-OBC 27%
PwD 05%

Colleges Accepting CAT Score

Here we have given a list of B-schools which accepts the score for CAT 2018:

List of IIMs Accepting CAT Score

Below is the list of all IIM colleges present in India that accept CAT score for the admission in MBA/PGDM courses:

  • IIM Sirmaur
  • IIM Nagpur
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Amritsar
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Bodh Gaya
  • IIM Kashipur
  • Rajiv Gandhi IIM Shillong
  • IIM Tiruchirappalli
  • IM Udaipur
  • IIM Raipur
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Ranchi
  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Indore
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Sambalpur
  • IIM Visakhapatnam
  • IIM Rohtak

List of top B-schools accepting CAT score

  • Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai
  • Vinod Gupta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  • Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi
  • SPJIMR, Mumbai

Want to Study Abroad Using CAT Score? It is Possible

So you thought that only B-Schools across India only accepts CAT score. Last year, one international B-school of Singapore, Singapore Management University, joined the group of CAT participating institute.

Various International or foreign universities accept CAT score for admission to MBA or MiM programme. The 2-year PG management programme in India is referred to as MBA, whereas, in foreign Universities, it is considered as Masters in Management (MiM) programs.

List of Foreign Universities which accepts CAT Score

Name of the B- School Country Name of the Program
HEC Paris France Master in Management (MiM)
Emlyon Business School France MSc in Management
Audencia Business School France Master in Management (MiM)
ESCP Europe Business School Germany Master in Management (MiM)
SKEMA Business School France Master in Management (MiM)
EDHEC Business School France Master in Management (MiM)
Norwegian School of Economics or NHH Norway Master in International Management (MiM)
Singapore Management University Singapore Master of Professional Accounting, MBA, Master of Science in Management (MM)
SP Jain School of Global Management Dubai, Singapore, Sydney Masters of Global Business
ESSEC Business School France MSc in Management
Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago USA MBA

IIM Fee Structure, Number of Seat And Other Details

Furthermore, as per last year’s information, we have given the fee structure and number of seats for all the IIMs in the table below:

S.No. IIMs Fee INR (Lakh) Number of seat Name of the Course(s) Offered
1 Ahmedabad 22 385 PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP
2 Amritsar 10.5 60 PGP
3 Bangalore 21 412 PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM
4 Bodh Gaya 11 60 PGP
5 Calcutta 21 462 PGP-PGDM
6 Indore 16 550 PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM
7 Jammu 10.5 45 PGP
8 Kashipur 12.5 210 PGP, EPGP
9 Kozhikode 17.5 353 PGP
10 Lucknow 14.16 436 PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM
11 Nagpur 11 60 PGP
12 Raipur 12 210 PGP, PGPWE
13 Ranchi 14 155 PGDM, PGDHRM
14 Rohtak 12.3 180 PGP, EPGP, EPGPX
15 Sambalpur 10 140 PGP
16 Sirmaur 9 60 PGP
17 Shillong 12.68 120 PGP, PGPEX
18 Trichy 14 180 PGP, PGPBM
19 Udaipur 12.6 180 PGP
20 Visakhapatnam 10.5 60 PGP

If you have any questions related to CAT 2018, tell us in the comment section below. 

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