CAT 2018

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Notification Date: July last week
Online Application : Last Date - 26th September 2018
CAT Admit Card Download: 25th October 2018
CAT Exam Date: 25th November 2018
CAT 2018 Results: 7th January 2019

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Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as entrance exam to select candidates for admission to various management programmes. Along with IIMs, many other institutes like Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Management Development Institute (MDI), Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), IMT Ghaziabad, IIT-MBAs etc use CAT score in their admission process.

CAT is usually the first stage in the selection process. The institutes prepare a shortlist of candidates based on the CAT score and several other criteria like 10th class percentage, 12th class percentage, Graduation percentage and work experience. The selection criteria and weightage assigned to each criterion, including CAT score might vary from institute to institute.

CAT 2018 will be conducted by IIM Calcutta. Around 2.2 - 2.4 lakh students are expected to appear for CAT 2018.

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The eligibility criteria has not changed. The applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

1)  The applicant should be a graduate or must be in the final year of graduation

2) The applicant must have a minimum of 50% in graduation (45% for SC/ST/PWD categories) or an equivalent CGPA.

3) Final year candidates can also apply for the exam.


CAT does not have a defined syllabus. 2 sections out of the 3 do not require you to memorise even basic formulae.

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The CAT exam consists of three sections:

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  3. Verbal Ability

Quantitative Ability

The first section can be broadly divided into the following topics:

  1. Number Systems
  2. Linear Equations
  3. Inequalities
  4. Quadratic Equations
  5. Progressions and Series
  6. Averages, Ratio and Proportion
  7. Time, Distance and Work
  8. Profit, Loss and Interest
  9. Logarithms, Surds and Indices
  10. Probability, Combinatorics
  11. Venn Diagrams
  12. Functions, Graphs and Statistics
  13. Geometry
  14. Data Sufficiency

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The second section can be broadly divided into the following topics:

  1. Data Interpretation
  2. Logical Reasoning

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The third section can be broadly divided into the following topics:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Grammar and Sentence Correction
  3. Para Jumbles
  4. Para Completion and Summary
  5. Vocabulary
  6. Miscellaneous

Exam Pattern

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CAT is a 180-minute online exam with no breaks in between. There are three sections - 

1.Verbal Ability

2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 

3. Quantitative Ability

The first and third sections consist of 34 questions each while the second section consists of 32 questions. Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks and each wrong answer carries a penalty of -1 marks. Some questions are Type-in-the-answer (TITA) questions. The marking scheme for TITA questions is +3 marks for correct answer and no negative mark for wrong answer. No marks are awarded for unattempted questions. There is a sectional time limit of 60 minutes for each section and candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections. Candidates are expected to perform well in all the sections and most of the institutes accepting CAT score for admission have sectional cut-offs in additional to overall cut-off.

Verbal Ability60 minutes34
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning60 minutes32
Quantitative Ability60 minutes34
Overall180 minutes100

Important Dates

CAT 2018 NotificationJuly 29th, 2018
CAT 2018 Registration startsAugust 8, 2018
CAT 2018 Application last dateSeptember 19, 2018 (Upto 5:00 P.M)
Release of Admit CardOctober 24, 2018
CAT Exam date25 November 2018
ResultsJanuary 2nd Week, 2019

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