CAT 2018(Common Admission Test) is a national level management entrance exam for admission into top IIMs and B Schools for academic year 2019-20. Every year it will be conducted by one of the IIMs at rotational basis i.e. IIM Lucknow, IIM Delhi and etc.

Latest Notification

CAT Latest NewsCAT 2017 Result has been announced on 8th January 2018. Candidates can download from official website. Click Here to download your scorecard.

CAT 2018 Highlights

Date of Exam 3rd to 4th week of November 2018
Conducting Body Indian Institute of Management
Mode of Exam Offline
Official Website
Duration of Exam 180 Minutes
Eligibility Minimum 50% marks in any Bachelors degree.
Courses offered Postgraduate Management courses
Minimum cutoff percentile 60 percentile

CAT is conducted for admission to various postgraduate Management courses. Candidate must have 50% aggregate in any Bachelor’s degree to be eligible to give the test. Applications for the test can be submitted online on the official website of Indian Institute of Management. Following are the details to be filled in the form:

  • Personal Details
  • Contact Details
  • Academic Details
  • Work Experience
  • Selecting IIMs to apply for
  • Selecting Test Centers and Interview Cities
  • Candidate can submit the fee and the form online, through its official website

 CAT 2018 Scorecard

It can be downloaded easily by providing your login details. CAT consists of 100 questions divided into 3 parts. It’s consists of objective type question and 180 minutes are provided to complete the 3 sections. The test is conducted for a total of 300 marks. There is no negative marking what so ever. It is a computer-based test in which Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning consist of 34 questions and Quantitative Aptitude consists of 32 questions. Results are announced in the form of cutoff list. Candidates can check the same by providing their login details. Counseling procedure for the paper starts from last week of January. Candidates have to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT)/Group Discussion (GD)/Group Activity (GA)/Extempore Activities and Personal Interview rounds.

The test taking agency will be Tata Consultancy Service.

Past Year CAT Conducting Authority

Conducting Authority
Ye to be announced
IIM Lucknow
IIM Bangalore
IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Indore
IIM Indore

CAT 2018 Exam Dates

IIM announces the important dates for CAT 2018. Here are a few important dates for the same:

Events Dates
Advertisement released 1st week of August 2018
Online registration starts 1st week of August 2018
Last date for registration 3rd to 4th week of November 2018
Application correction 27th – 30th September 2018
Admit card release date 25th October – 26th October 2018
Mock Test Release Last week of October 2018
Exam date 3rd to 4th week of November 2018
Answer key & question paper release 2nd week of December 2018
Last date to submit objection 2nd week of December 2018
Result announcement First week of January 2019

CAT Eligibility 2018

Candidates must fulfill the following eligibility criteria to appear for CAT. Given below are the eligibility criteria for CAT Exam.

  • Age Limit: Candidate must be 20 years of age or above that.
  • Education Qualification: The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. It is 45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category.
  1. Percentage obtained in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the concerned university or institution.
  2. In case of grades or CGPA, the conversion would be based on the process defined by the concerned university or institution.
  3. Candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and multiply the result with 100 in the absence of percentage conversion scheme.
  4. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to sit for the CAT exam.

CAT Application Form 2018

CAT 2018 Application Form filling procedure will be completely online. In order to apply for CAT, candidates have to visit the official website of CAT 2018 and register themselves.

Following are the steps to guide:

  • Log onto the official website of Indian Institute of Management
  • Register yourself with a valid Email ID and Phone number.
  • IIM will send the login credentials to the candidates through SMS and email.
  • After receiving the login credentials, candidates have to log into the application window and fill up the online application form which is divided into the following areas-
  1. Personal Details
  2. Contact Details
  3. Academic Details
  4. Work Experience
  5. Selecting IIMs to apply for
  6. Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities
  • Candidates are advised to review the application form once filled. Upload the necessary documents with the form
  1. Candidates Photograph- jpeg format
  2. Candidates signature- jpeg format
  3. Photograph should be clear and the signature should be legible enough in order to be eligible.

Application Fee

Candidates have to pay the application fee through online mode after completing the application form:

  • Application fee has to be paid by credit card or debit card.
  • After completing the application form, click on the PAY option after saving the filled form.
Category Application Fee
General INR 1900
SC INR 1000

Past year Total Number of Candidates Registered for CAT Exam

Candidates Registered (In lacs)
2.31 (231, 067)
2.32 (232,434)
2.19 (218,664)

CAT Admit Card 2018

Candidates can easily download their Admit cards from the official website of IIM by providing their Login Details. Steps to download CAT 2018 Admit Card:

  • Log onto the Official website of Indian Institute of Management.
  • Click on download ADMIT CARD 2018 from the options on the notice board.
  • Fill in your user ID and password.
  • After you fill your details, you will be redirected to your Admit card. Review all your details in it.
  • After reviewing all your details, click on Download Admit Card option.
  • Download and save it for future use.

CAT Exam Center 2018

CAT is conducted across the country every year. CAT exam center 2018 will be located in more than 140 cities in the country. The Exam Centers will be announced on the official website of Indian Institute of Management by the end of July 2018. Candidates can choose their exam centers according to their own choice and can fill it during filling their application forms.

CAT Exam Pattern 2018

CAT conducting authorities will follow the under mentioned exam pattern for the Common Aptitude Test 2018-

  • The question paper is divided into 3 parts
  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  2. Data interpretation and logical reasoning
  3. Verbal comprehension and learning.
  • It is a computer-based test in which Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning consist of 34 questions and Quantitative Aptitude consists of 32 questions.
  • Time allotted for each section has to be attempted in 60 minutes
  • Candidates cannot choose any section to start with or switch from one section to another. They will have to follow the question paper chronologically, from section 1-3.
  • Every correct answer an aspirants will earned 3 marks whereas every incorrect answer one marks will be deducted but for non MCQ type questions no marks will be deducted.
Sections Questions Time Allotted Marks Allotted
Quantitative Aptitude 34 60 minutes 102
Data interpretation and logical reasoning 32 60 minutes 96
Verbal comprehension and learning. 34 60 minutes 102
Total 100 180 Minutes 300

Here you can check it via tabular form

Mode of Examination Offline Computer Based Test
Number of Questions 100
Maximum Marks 300
Duration of Exam 180 minutes
Sections on Paper 3 Parts- Quantitative Aptitude  Data, interpretation and logical reasoning, and

Verbal comprehension and learning

CAT Syllabus 2018

Although there is no pre-defined syllabus for CAT which has been prescribed by the conducting authorities, however, on the basis of previous year trends, we have tabulated below the important topics which must be focused upon while preparing for each given section.

Mathematics or Quantitative Section Percentages and its applications
Ratio and its applications
Numbers and its applications
Geometry and its applications
English or Verbal Section Grammar
Critical Reasoning (and its numerous applications)
Reading Comprehension
Analytical Reasoning Section Blood Relations
Direction Sense
Data Structures
Clocks and Calendars
Data Interpretation Section Table
Line graphs etc

CAT Answer Key 2018

Answer key will help you to find out how many question you have attempt are correct or how many of them are incorrect.  CAT Answer key has been released on first week of December 2018. Candidates can download the answer sheet from the official website.

Right now the objection period against the answer key also passed. The last date for this 2nd week of December 2018.

CAT Result

Indian Institute of Management Delhi will declared the results for CAT Exam on 1st or 2nd week of January 2019.

Candidates can download their CAT 2018 scorecards online by logging onto the official website through CAT ID and password.

Scorecard will bear candidate’s section-wise and overall scaled scores and percentiles.

CAT 2017 Result will be available only in online mode and IIMs will not send the hard copy of the scorecards at the candidates’ address.

You can download the results by following these steps:

  • Log onto the official website of IIM.
  • Click on the RESULTS option from the NOTICE BOARD of CAT’s website.
  • You will be redirected to the results portal. Fill in your Login details.
  • Results will appear on the screen. Download and save it for future use.

CAT Cut Off 2018

Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT exam performance vis-a-vis cut-off percentile fixed by every IIM independently.

Minimum percentile is set by every Indian Institute of Management. Here is the minimum percentile cutoff-

General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70

Top IIMs with Management Programs

Post Graduate Programs

  • IIM Ahmedabad: PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP
  • IIM Amritsar: PGP
  • IIM Bangalore: PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM
  • IIM Bodh Gaya: PGP
  • IIM Calcutta: PGP-PGDM
  • IIM Indore: PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM
  • IIM Jammu: PGP
  • IIM Kashipur: PGP, EPGP
  • IIM Kozhikode: PGP
  • IIM Lucknow: PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM
  • IIM Nagpur: PGP
  • IIM Raipur: PGP, PGPWE
  • IIM Ranchi: PGDM, PGDHRM
  • IIM Rohtak: PGP, EPGP, EPGPX
  • IIM Sambalpur: PGP
  • IIM Shillong: PGP, PGPEX
  • IIM Sirmaur: PGP
  • IIM Tiruchirappalli: PGP, PGPBM
  • IIM Udaipur: PGP
  • IIM Visakhapatnam: PGP

Fellow Programs (FPM)

  • IIM Ahmedabad: FPM
  • IIM Bangalore: FPM
  • IIM Calcutta: FPM
  • IIM lndore: FPM
  • IIM Kashipur: FPM & EFPM
  • IIM Kozhikode: FPM
  • lIM Lucknow: FPM
  • IIM Raipur: FPM & EFPM
  • IIM Ranchi: FPM
  • IIM Rohtak: FPM
  • IIM Shillong: FPM
  • IIM Tiruchirappalli: FPM
  • IIM Udaipur: FPM

CAT Counseling 2018

Candidates are shortlisted by Indian Institute of Management and other participating institutes on the basis of CAT Cut off percentile which is held in the last week of January.

Some IIMs also consider past academic performance, work experience etc.

The shortlisted candidates have to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT)/Group Discussion (GD)/Group Activity (GA)/Extempore Activities and Personal Interview rounds.

Final selection is made on the basis of the scores of CAT, WAT/GD and PI rounds.

Other factors like overall candidate profile including past academic records, work experience, extracurricular activities, gender and academic diversity are also considered.

The new IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) where WAT-PI rounds are conducted by the selection committee of the Indian Institute of Managements.

IIMs declare separate shortlists and final selection list but the selection process is common for all the institutes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ques: What is an Aadhar Card?

Adhar Card/ Identification is a 12 digit identification number allotted by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UDAI).

Ques: What are the details mentioned on the Aadhar Card?

The details mentioned on the Aadhar Card is student’s Name, Address, Contact No., Citizenship, Photograph and Biometric details etc.

Ques: What are the states where Adhar card is not available?

Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Meghalaya are the three states where Aadhar Card is not available.

Ques: Why is Aadhar card used for?

Aadhar Card is used for security and identity purposes of the students.

Ques: Who made Aadhar Card compulsory for the competitive exams?

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) made Aadhar card compulsory for all the students appearing for competitive exams.

Ques: When will be CAT Application Form available?

It will be available from second week of August 2018.

Ques: I am 28 year old. Am I eligible for CAT Exam?

Yes, you are eligible for appearing in CAT exam. There is not any age limit for appearing in CAT exam.

Ques: Appearing candidates can appear for CAT Exam?


Ques: Can we pay application fee via offline mode?

No, Candidates can pay application fee via only online mode.

Ques: What are the minimum marks to be required for applying in CAT Exam?

For General Category: 50%

For SC/ST and PwD Category: 45%

Ques: Can you tell me the syllabus for CAT Exam?

Click here to download CAT syllabus.

Ques: Can you share the application fee of CAT 2018?

For General/NC-OBC Category: Rs. 1800/-

For SC/ST/ PwD Category: Rs. 900/-


Ques: I want to appear for CAT Exam, Can you share the exam pattern?

Click here to check CAT Exam Pattern.

Ques: If in case I forget my application number or password, how can I retrieve it?

Simple steps you need to follow by which you can get retrieve you application number and password.

  • Click on the “I Can’t access my account” link.
  • Answer the security question which you selected at the registration time.
  • Then an otp will automatically sent on your registered email or mobile number enter it into the form.
  • Then click on submit button, if you forget your application nu,ber then click on retrieve button or if you forget your password then click on reset password button.
Ques: How many sections does the CAT exam paper have?

 Ans:  The CAT exam paper has three sections:

  • Section 1- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension(VACR)
  • Section 2- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Section 3- Quantitative Ability (QA)


Que: How many questions are asked in each section?

Ans: The number of questions in each section are as follows:

  • Section 1 (VACR) – A total of 34 questions
  • Section 2 (DI,LR) – A total of 32 questions
  • Section 3 (QA) – A total of 34 questions
Ques: What is the marking scheme for the paper?


  • The total marks for the exam are 300 for 100 questions.
  • The marks awarded for the correct answer is +3.
  • For a wrong answer in an MCQ, the marks deducted are -1.
  • There is no negative marking for Non-MCQs.
  • If a question is left blank, no marks are awarded for the question.
Ques: Can we toggle between the different sections in the paper?

Ans: No, toggling between the sections is not permitted. You have to answer the sections in a pre-decided sequence. The sequence of the sections is – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension comes first, next section is Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and the last section is Quantitative Ability. Each of these questions has a time duration of 1 hour. You cannot start the next section unless the one hour allotted for current section is over.

Ques: Does CAT have a pre-defined syllabus which would help with exam preparation?

Ans: No, there is no defined syllabus for CAT that can help you with your preparation for the exam. However, the official website for CAT releases a mock test for candidates. This mock test will help you to understand the exam pattern and the types of questions to be asked in the exam.

Ques: Are there any specific highlights of the VARC section?

Ans: Yes, there certainly are specific sectional highlights for the VARC section. They are as follows:

VARC section- There are no grammar or vocabulary questions. The verbal ability subsection will only have jumbled paragraphs, paragraph summary and picking the odd sentence out of a group of jumbled sentences.

Ques: Are there any specific highlights of the QA section?

Ans: The sectional highlights of the QA section are:

QA section- Most of the questions are on these topics: Percentage, Profit and Loss, Time and speed, Work and time questions, and Compound Interest.

Ques: What topics should I prepare for the Quantitative Ability section?

Ans: The general syllabus for CAT exam is same as that of any entrance examination for management colleges. The major topics to be prepared for the QA section are:

  • Numbers and Number System
  • HCF and LCM
  • Geometry -mainly lines and circles, Co-ordinate Geometry, Mensuration
  • Trigonometry, Complex numbers, Functions
  • Percentage, Profit and Loss, Permutation and Combination
  • Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio and Proportion
  • Speed, time and distance, Work and Time
  • Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities
  • Progressions, Set Theory
Ques: What topics should I prepare for the Verbal Ability section?

Ans: The major topics to be prepared for the VARC section are:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Jumbled paragraph
  • Fill in the blanks, Para completion
  • Paragraph summary
  • Facts and Inferences
Ques: What topics should I prepare for the Data Interpretation section?

Ans: The major topics for the DA subsection are:

  • Tables
  • Column Graphs, Bar Graphs
  • Line Charts, Pie Charts
  • Venn Diagram
Ques: What topics should I prepare for the Logical Reasoning section?

Ans: The major topics for the LR subsection are:

  • Arrangements
  • Distributions
  • Selections
  • Logical Sequence, Logical Deduction
  • Logic-based data interpretation
  • Blood Relations
Ques: What is the subject-wise distribution of marks?

Ans: The VACR section is for a total of 102 marks, the DILR section is for a total of 96 marks and the QA section is for a total of 102 marks.

Ques: Where can I get mock tests for practice?

Ans: The official website of CAT, which is, makes a mock test available for the applicants to practice. Apart from this, you can also join the test series of coaching institutes which will help a great deal in your preparation. If you have already enrolled yourself in such an institute, you can still opt for mock tests from other institutes as well. The more you practice, the more it helps.

Ques: Is the exam online?

Ans: No, the examination is not online. It is a Computer Based Test (CBT), the examination will not be taken on any website.

Ques: How many MCQs and Non-MCQs are there in each section?

Ans: The distribution of MCQs and Non-MCQs in each section is as given below:

  • Section 1 (VARC) – 24 MCQs and 10 Non-MCQs
  • Section 2 (DI,LR) – 24 MCQs and 8 Non-MCQs
  • Section 3 (QA) – 24 MCQs and 10 Non-MCQs
Ques: Is it important to attempt almost all questions in each section?

Ans: No, it is not important to attempt all the questions. Instead, you should focus on ensuring accuracy and answer the questions correctly as that will help you avoid negative marking. Keeping your accuracy high, attempt the maximum number of questions you can and mark the answers only if you are very sure.

Ques: Is it important to attempt almost all questions in each section?

Ans: No, it is not important to attempt all the questions. Instead, you should focus on ensuring accuracy and answer the questions correctly as that will help you avoid negative marking. Keeping your accuracy high, attempt the maximum number of questions you can and mark the answers only if you are very sure.

Ques: What is the best way to get an idea of the exam pattern and syllabus?

Ans: The best way to gauge the exam pattern and syllabus of CAT is to solve mock tests and previous years’ papers. When you give these tests, you get used to the time limit for each section, get well versed with the exam pattern and also find out the main topics to be focused on.

Ques: What are the tips for solving RC passages?

Ans: The best way to solve an RC passage is to read the paragraphs well in the first go. You should solve more passages to increase your reading speed. Look out for words which signify a conclusion or an outcome as they can be used to summarize the passage. RC does not require any additional knowledge as all the questions are from within the 3-4 paragraphs. Daily practice is a bonus for these passages.

Ques: Do I have to clear each section separately and what is the minimum cut-off for each section?

Ans: Yes, all the sections have to be cleared separately and also do well in all the areas which are being tested. The minimum cut-off for each section changes every year. Based on previous years’ results, around 70% accurate attempt is required to clear the minimum cut-off for each section.

Ques: When will CAT 2017 results and answer key be available?

Ans: The results for through online mode on the website. CAT 2017 Result has been announced on 8th January 2018. Candidates can check their result by entering their login details. Along with the result, there is also the answer key for the CAT 2017 question paper, along with an objection form. Download and save the scorecard until the admission process completes.

Ques: How to Download the Answer Key?

Ans: To download the answer key, follow the steps below to download the CAT answer key:

  • Visit the answer key link (link is provided above).
  • A login window will be opened on the screen.
  • Enter the required details like “User ID” and “Password”.
  • Now, click on the “Login” button.
  • The answer key will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download it and use it to check/compare your answers.
  • Students are advised to take extra printouts the answer key and keep it safe for further use.
Ques: How to file objections in CAT 2017?

Ans: If you feel like there is any discrepancy regarding the official answers provided, you can file an objection. To file an objection in CAT 2017’s answer sheet, Click on ‘Objection Form’ tab to submit your objection

  • Click on the ‘+’ sign to add an objection CAT answer key 2017
  • You can look at the Question Number from the PDF version of the CAT answer key 2017 question paper
  • After you have entered your details you may click ‘Submit and Pay the Objection Fee’ to go to the payment page
  • There is a fee of Rs.1000 per objection. Payment gateway transaction processing fee will be added to this amount
  • Objection fee (excluding transaction charges) will be refunded in case your objection is found valid by the expert panel.
  • CAT answer key 2017 objections once submitted cannot be edited later.
  • You can raise CAT answer key 2017 objections to as many questions you want.
  • If an objection raised by a candidate is found to be valid, the remedial measures taken by IIMs will be applicable to all the candidates and not just the candidate who has raised the objection.
Ques: What documents are required at the time of Counselling?

Ans: Provided below is a list containing all the documents that the candidate has to bring along with them:

  • Original Counseling letter along with its photocopy.
  • Original Admit card along with its photocopy.
  • Bank draft made as per the guidelines provided on the CAT prospect.
  • All the original certificates of 10th & 12th certificate examinations, along with two photocopies of both.
  • Rank Card/ CAT Hall Ticket.
  • Scorecard (if applicable).
  • Original degree/provisional certificate (if applicable)
  • Community certificate (SC/ST/OBC/Other) signed by the authorized authority.
  • Medical documents mentioned on CAT application form.
  • 4-6 Passport size photographs

Other supportive documents mentioned on CAT application form.

Ques: What is the procedure for CAT Counselling 2018?

Ans: First of all, candidates have to download the CAT Rank Card. After that, check the Counselling Date for your Rank because Counseling will be held according to the ranks. On your Specific Rank date, get your certificates verified at the Help Line Center allotted to you. Be sure about the choice of your course before selecting the options for your admission priorities. Select those colleges in which you want to get admission through the Web Counselling.

Ques: How can I participate in the CAT Certificate Verification Process?

Ans: For verification, visit the IIM CAT Counselling venue on you Date allotted for your Rank. There, submit the Counselling Application Form and Original certificates. You will have to pay the processing fee at the time of the Counselling. Keep the Counselling fee receipt safely to use the I.D. and Password at the time of assigning web options.

Ques: How can I participate in the CAT Web Counselling?

Ans: To participate in CAT Web Counseling, visit the IIM CAT official website. On the home page, click on the section displaying the “Existing User” icon. Now Enter the User Id and Password and Login to your account. Now click on the “Apply Online” link for Exercising Options for selecting the colleges which you want to get admissions. There you must choose the colleges you want to take admission in and then lock your choices. After few days, seat allocation will announce through SMS to the applicant’s registered Mobile number & Email Id. After receiving confirmation candidates need to visit the allotted institution and submit the seat allotment order.

Ques: How will I know whether or not I have secured a seat in the college of my choice?

Ans: After the completion of the online counseling, if the candidate is able to secure his or her seat in any of the submitted colleges, they shall receive intimation via SMS or email. After confirmation of the seat, you need to visit the allocated institution and submit the seat allotment order.

Ques: I have received confirmation of my seat at a college of my choice. What should I do next?

Ans: After receiving the confirmation of seat, the second stage of the CAT selection process begins. Candidates need to report to the IIM on the date provided alongside their confirmation. Candidate’s performance in the admission test, academic performance, and relevant work experience are the basis of selection of candidates. Furthermore, Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) are also conducted in their allocated IIM. Candidates who qualify all these stages get admission in the mentioned course.

Ques: I have cleared the CAT exam and received confirmation of seat. Can I relax now?

Ans: Even after clearing these steps, you cannot be careless. Your focus should shift to clearing the tests that follow in the further selection process. The further steps of the selection process of CAT are Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Only after clearing these as per the requirements of your allotted college, will the candidate receive admission into their choice of college?

Ques: What is the Written Ability Test (WAT)?

Ans: Most of the IIMs have preferred Written Ability Test (WAT) on Group Discussion (GD) over the last few years. Written Ability Test is designed to test a candidate’s critical thinking ability, and their ability to formulate and communicate their thoughts clearly. Candidates have to write an essay on a given topic. The time given to complete the test varies among the different IIMs. Proper practice of essay writing is the key to score well in WAT. The structure is a consideration but candidate must focus on time management too. A candidate must try to put in as many clear ideas in their essay as possible.

Ques: What are some common topics for essay writing in WAT?

Ans: The topics for essay writing can be from a variety of domains such as current affairs, government policies, topics of social importance, trade and commerce etc. Some example of WAT topics can be:

  • Influence of media on the masses
  • Corruption in India
  • Women’s Reservation Bill
  • Should Petroleum Subsidy be removed?
Ques: What is Group Discussion (GD)?

Ans: Group Discussion is an important part of the selection procedure for admission to IIMs. Candidates are generally divided into groups of 8-10 during a GD. The students are asked to put forward their views on a given topic. This round assesses the ability of a candidate to communicate their idea clearly to a group. It also helps to shortlist candidates who can understand group dynamics and are good team players. The topics for group discussion, again, can be varied for different IIMs and the discussion time too.

Ques: What are the common topics assigned during Group Discussion?

Ans: The topics may range from National and International Politics, Current Affairs, topics of social importance, Government policies etc. Some examples of topics for Group Discussion are as follows:

  • Atheism: Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Donald Trump as the US President
  • Cricket/Football/Hockey
  • Excise Tax on Jewellers – Reasonable or Unreasonable
  • GST (Good and Service Tax)
Ques: What is the Personal Interview (PI) round of CAT selection process?

Ans: This round in the CAT Admission Process outrages you from the mainstream crowd. This round is a mandatory round at all IIMs and termed as the most crucial. Candidates have to generally face a panel of 3-4 interviewers. The key to success in the interview is to be witty, funny and confident at the same time.

To excel in this final frontier, candidates should be aware of the types of questions that are frequently asked in a personal interview. The questions asked in an IIM interview range from questions about Personal life, Academic Record, Extra-curricular activities, work experience, outlook on contemporary issues etc.

Ques: What are some commonly asked questions in the PI round of CAT counselling?

Ans: Given below are few expected or commonly asked questions in the PI round of CAT:

  • Tell us something about yourself
  • How did you choose MBA as your career and why?
  • Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
  • Tell us the reasons to select you
  • Do you have any regrets? (Related to academics, personal life, etc.)
  • Past- related Questions
  • Why do you choose to join (your choice of college)?
  • Discuss your strengths/weaknesses
  • Questions from your GD
  • Do you have any questions from us?
Ques: How many total seats are available in all IIMs?

Ans: There are 19 IIMs across India, which offer admission to different specializations of MBA. The total seat intake of all the IIMs combined is given in the table below:

College Number of Seats College Number of Seats
IIM Ahmedabad 385 IIM Bangalore 382
IIM Calcutta 462 IIM Lucknow 419
IIM Indore 450 IIM Kozhikode 375
IIM Shillong 120 IIM Ranchi 120
IIM Rohtak 120 IIM Raipur 120
IIM Trichy 102 IIM Udaipur 120
IIM Kashipur 90 IIM Nagpur 60
IIM Vishakhapatnam 60 IIM Sambalpur 60
IIM Sirmaur 60 IIM Jammu
Ques: What are the Determining Factors for CAT Cut off?

Ans: CAT cut off for 2018 admissions will depend upon a number of factors, including the following:

  • Difficulty level of the exam
  • Number of total test takers
  • Number of candidates who qualified for the next round
  • Number of available seats
  • Institute reputation and ranking
Ques: What is the expected CAT cut off for this year’s admissions into IIMs?

Ans: CAT cut off for various IIMs

College name CAT Cut off for flagship study course
IIM Ahmedabad 80 Percentile
IIM Bangalore 90 Percentile
IIM Calcutta 90 Percentile
IIM Lucknow 90 Percentile
IIM Indore 90 Percentile
IIM Kozhikode 90 Percentile
IIM Trichy 90 Percentile
IIM Udaipur 90 Percentile
IIM Shillong 70 Percentile
IIM Raipur 90 Percentile
IIM Kashipur 90 Percentile
IIM Rohtak 96 Percentile
IIM Ranchi 90 Percentile
IIM Nagpur 90 Percentile
IIM Vishakhapatnam 90 Percentile
IIM Amritsar 90 Percentile
IIM Bodh Gaya >90 Percentile
IIM Sirmaur 80 Percentile
IIM Sambalpur 90 Percentile
IIM Jammu 80 Percentile
Ques: What is the expected CAT cut-off for this year’s CAT admissions into colleges other than IIMs?

Ans: CAT cut off for Various Colleges other than IIMs

College name CAT Cut off (expected)
Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (FMS, DU) 98.20 Percentile
DMS, IIT Delhi 98+ Percentile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay 99+ Percentile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras 95+ Percentile
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon 95+ Percentile
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai 85+ Percentile
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) 90+ Percentile
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad 90+ Percentile
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai 95+ Percentile
T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal 85+ Percentile
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai 90+ Percentile