! CAT EXAM 2018

! Introduction

! Important Dates

! Eligibility Criteria

! Application Fee

! Changes in CAT 2018

! Exam Pattern

! Syllabus

! Application Process

! Admit Card

! Official Notification

! Video Lectures

! CAT EXAM 2018

! Introduction

CAT Exam 2018

CAT exam or the Common Admission Test is a computer-based MBA entrance test for admissions into the IIMs and several other prestigious B-Schools in the Country. CAT exam is conducted every year by the IIMs on a rotational basis and CAT exam 2018 will be conducted by IIM Calcutta. The CAT 2018 exam date has also been already released this year. IIM Calcutta will conduct CAT 2018 exam on November 25, 2018. Some of the main details of CAT exam like what is CAT exam and CAT exam date 2018 are explained below.


! Important Dates

CAT Exam Info

CAT Exam 2018 Conducting Institute IIM Calcutta
CAT Exam Mode Only Online
CAT Exam Date 2018 November 25, 2018
CAT Exam Question Types MCQs and TITA (Type In The Answer)
CAT Application Mode Online Only

CAT Exam Dates & Events

CAT 2018 Event Description Event Date
CAT Exam Online Registration Start Date August 8th, 2018
CAT Exam Online Registration Close Date September 19th, 2018
CAT Admit Card Release Date October 24th, 2018
CAT exam Date November 25, 2018
CAT Exam Result Declaration 2nd Week of January, 2019

For CAT 2017, IIM Lucknow officially released the CAT 2017 results on January 8, 2018. Similarly, it can be expected that for CAT 2018, the results will be declared by the second week of January, 2019 by IIM Calcutta.


! Eligibility Criteria

CAT Exam Eligibility

To be able to get eligible for CAT, candidates to fulfil the following criterion:

  • Should Hold a Bachelor’s Degree and have secured a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. The students belonging to any of the reserved categories like Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC), and Persons with Disability (PWD) or Differently Abled (DA) category must have at least 45% marks.
  • The degree has to be awarded by any of the Universities included by an act of the central or a state legislature in India, or any other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or are declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or hold an equivalent qualification recognized by the MHRD, India.
  • Applicants who are appearing for the final year of their bachelor’s degree and the candidates who have completed their graduation degree requirements and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. If selected, candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if he/ she submits a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of her/his College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2018) mentioning that the particular candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date when the certificate was issued.

! Application Fee

CAT Application Form Fee 2018

The application fee for the CAT 2018 exam is Rs 1800 for Unreserved Category (General/ OBC) and Rs 900 for Reserved Category (SC/ ST/ PWD).


! Changes in CAT 2018

CAT Convening IIMs with Key Changes in last 6 Years
CAT has seen many changes during last 5-6 years. Not only the CAT Convening IIM is changed every year,  the CAT exam pattern, Test Duration, Type of Questions has also changed:  

CAT Exam Year
CAT convening IIM
Key changes
CAT 2018
IIM Calcutta
1.Nov 25 Exam Date Announced 2½ months before CAT Notification Date. 2.Expect more changes
CAT 2017
IIM Lucknow
1.More No-Negative Marking questions
2.Answer keys made available for the first time. Each candidate could view his questions and answer keys
CAT 2016
IIM Bangalore
Number of non-MCQs reduced from 28 to 25
CAT 2015
IIM Ahmedabad
Number of sections increased from 2 to 3; Non-MCQs introduced alongwith MCQs; testing window got shortened to 1 day
CAT 2014
IIM Indore
Testing partner changed from Prometric to TCS; Testing window reduced from 20 to 2 days; Number of questions increased from 60 to 100
CAT 2013
IIM Indore
On the same pattern as of 2012

! Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Pattern

The paper pattern for the CAT exam has changed several times in the past. For the last 2 years, the pattern has remained the same with respect to the total marks and no. of sections. A brief detail about the pattern is given.

Total Questions in CAT Exam 100
Total Marks 300
Total Sections 3
Total Duration 180 Minutes
Negative Marking -1 for Each Incorrect Attempt
Sectional Details Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, and Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation.

! Syllabus

CAT Syllabus 2018: Overview

Section Important Topics
Quantitative Aptitude Number System, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Time and Work
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Para-jumbles & para-summary, sentence completion, inferences, RC passages based questions.

The detailed syllabus topics from each chapter is given in the table below and a comprehensive analysis about the weightages of each chapter is also given for better understanding. It should be noted that CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management as a prerequisite for admission to various management programs of IIMs, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and other institutions.

CAT preparation is considered as most crucial stepping stone for an IIM aspirant,where distinct planning and preparation according to the plan is required. Although, IIMs - who conduct the CAT exam do not release the syllabus for the CAT exam, it is deduced through previous year’s CAT exam pattern and questions. Our panel of experts have predefined the syllabus and structure according to the latest exam and have provided a general guideline for the paper to follow for success in this examination.

CAT Exam Syllabus 2018

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Verbal Reasoning Syllabus

Number Systems Tables English Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss and Discount Caselets Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
LCM and HCF Bar Graphs Fill in the blanks
Speed, Time and Distance Line Charts Sentence Correction
Percentages Column Graphs Cloze Passage
Time and Work Venn Diagrams Jumbled Paragraph
Ratio and Proportion Pie Chart Meaning-Usage Match
Averages Other Basic Reasoning Questions Analogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear Equations Calendars Summary Questions
Complex Numbers Number and Letter Series Verbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound Interest Clocks Facts-Inferences-Judgments
Logarithm Venn Diagrams Reading Comprehension
Sequences and Series Cubes
Inequalities Seating Arrangement
Probability Binary Logic
Surds and Indices Logical Matching
Set Theory & Function Logical Sequence
Permutation and Combination Syllogism
Mixtures and Alligations Logical Connectives
Trigonometry Blood Relations
Coordinate Geometry
Geometry
Mensuration

! Application Process

Admission Process

It should be noted that individual IIM shortlists candidates for their second stage of selection independently.

The selection process includes a Written Ability Test (WAT) and a Personal Interview (PI). The performance of individuals in CAT 2018 exam will be an important component in the overall selection process.

IIMs also consider previous academic records of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs while shortlisting and ranking the candidates at various stages during the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information, one may refer to the admissions policies on respective IIM's website.

As the CAT exam is a very competitive exam, it is important that candidates should be well prepared for it. CAT aspirants are suggested to sign-up at BYJU'S and download BYJU'S- The Learning App to get complete assistance in preparation.

Aspirants are also suggested to keep visiting BYJU'S for more details about the exam and get notified about important updates related to the exam. At BYJU'S, candidates can also get complete assistance for CAT preparation.


! Admit Card

CAT Admit Card 2018: Details

Please verify that the following details are printed correctly and clearly on your CAT 2018 admit card:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • CAT 2018 Registration Number (also your User ID)
  • Category – General /Scheduled-Caste/Scheduled-Tribe/Differently Able
  • Date and day of CAT exam 2018
  • Test time/session
  • Test city and center address
  • Test system number (contains a barcode)
  • Candidate signature (Do not sign before. You need to sign in front of the invigilator)

Your admit card of CAT 2018 will look like:-

CAT Admit Card Format


! Official Notification
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! Video Lectures