CAT (Common Admission Test) 2018 would be conducted by IIM-Calcutta on Nov 25, 2018. Last year, IIM Lucknow held the exam and drafted a set of instructions to be followed by the candidates while appearing in the exam on exam day.
CAT is a national level management entrance exam conducted every year by one of the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) on rotation to provide admission in PG management programs offered by IIMs and other top notch b-schools. The admit card for CAT 2018 is scheduled to be issued from October 24.
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Here are the set of guidelines to be followed on exam day by the aspirants:
- Candidates are not allowed to wear jewellery and shoes inside the exam hall.
- If any electronic gadget is found with a candidate, their exam would be cancelled on the spot. So, it is advisable for students not to take any electronic gadget with them inside the examination hall.
- Be on time on exam day. Always reach the centre prior to the reporting time. For morning session, reach the exam centre sharp 7:30 am and for afternoon session, reach the centre positively at 1:00 pm.
- No other document except admit card and photo ID proof are allowed inside the examination hall.
- Candidates have to carry Scribe Educational Qualifications Affidavit with themselves (only those who have opted for scribe).
- Do not forget to paste your colored photograph (same as uploaded in the application form) on the admit card.
Other latest events and dates associated with CAT 2018 are as follows:-
- CAT Application form released on Aug 8, 2018 and was closed on Sep 26, 2018.
- Application Form Image Correction Window was enabled from Sep 27, 2018 till Sep 30, 2018 for the candidates who have uploaded blurred images or in improper format to upload the relevant ones.
- Admit card would be released on Oct 24, 2018.
- Exam being conducted by IIM-Calcutta would be held on Nov 25, 2018.
CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria
- The candidate should hold bachelor degree with a minimum aggregate of 50% (for general category) and for reserved categories such as SC/ST/PWD, minimum marks secured in graduation must be 45%.
- The degree must be awarded by any one of the Universities included by an act of the central or a state legislature in India.
- Candidates who are appearing in the final year of their graduation as well those who have graduated are eligible to apply.
How to fill CAT Application Form?
- Login on official website of CAT using your registration number and password allotted previously.
- Fill in the asked details and upload scanned images of the documents in prescribed format.
- Make preference in the programs provided and choice of interview cities.
- Make payment of CAT application form as per the category you lie in.
CAT 2018 Syllabus
Syllabus for CAT 2018 consists of 3 sections:
- Quantitative aptitude.
- Verbal ability and reading comprehension.
- Data interpretation and logical reasoning.
The guidelines for CAT 2018 would soon be released by IIM-Calcutta but we can always have a rough idea from the previous year’s set of instructions and must try to stick to them firmly.
CAT 2018 is officially scheduled for Nov 25, 2018 by IIM Calcutta. The national level management entrance is entry to graduate programs in prestigious IIMs and other popular b-schools in the country.
The syllabus of CAT exam is divided into three sections, namely:
- Quantitative Ability
- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension appears to be the toughest among the three for a vast majority of candidates appearing in CAT. As sectional cut-offs in each section will play a major role in final percentile calculation, we have to consider and prepare for each section equally.
Here, we would be focusing on important facets of CAT 2018 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension along with the preparation tips that are needed to upgrade your performance in this section. Some of these are as follows:-
Improve Reading Skills
Verbal ability section checks reading skills of a candidate. Hence, the priority while preparing for this section should be improving reading skills, more in width than in depth. So, one should start reading the material which they have not read before. For example mythology, spiritual, religion, social science, humanities etc.
Plenty of Practice
For preparing reading comprehension and verbal ability both, by hearting grammar rules or learning new words won’t be much significant at last moment of preparation. Instead of this, one should try to solve ample of questions. Solving previous years’ questions will add much more value to your preparation.
Giving Mock Tests
Keep on taking mock test at regular basis. Not only it would introduce you to the exam pattern and difficulty level of the exam but also will enhance confidence level in you to take the exam without any panic attack.
Analysis of Mock Tests
Every time you give mock test, try to analyze your performance, find your strong and weak areas. Work on your weaker areas to make yourself as good as you are at your strengths.
Allocate Time Proportionate to the Marka
Do not spend much time on any one question. If you are not sure enough about a question, leave it quickly and move to next. In entrance exams, time plays a crucial role and you should be very particular about on which question you have to invest what amount of time.
Identifying the Correct Option
In CAT exam, there would be questions whose options would appear to be almost same and that’s when head starts spinning. Do not get panicked, read all the options thoroughly, instead of finding similarities, try to find any difference in them. Because, answer lies in that difference only!
While going for reading comprehension section, try to attempt as many passages as you can. Analyze the passages and questions asked in them. Then start with the easy passages reaching to the difficult ones step by step.
Important Dates for CAT 2018
The important events for CAT 2018 are summed up below:
- Online registration started on Aug 8, 2018 and ended on Sep 26, 2018.
- Admit cards would be released on Oct 24, 2018 from 1:00 pm onwards.
- Exam would be conducted by IIM Calcutta on Nov 25, 2018.
CAT 2018 is the most prominent management entrance for taking admission into IIMs and other top business schools for the academic session 2019-2020. CAT exam is held annually every year and is conducted by one of the IIMs on rotational basis. This year, IIM-Calcutta is conducting CAT exam.
With little more than a month a left for CAT 2018, candidates need to streamline their preparation strategy. DI (Data Interpretation) and LR (Logical Reasoning) can often be a damper for students due to the logical nature of questions. Here we bring you some useful tips to overcome CAT 2018 DI-LR section carefully. CAT 2018 is scheduled on November 25, 2018.
Let’s take a close look at the exam pattern and syllabus for CAT 2018 before diving into the tips for DI-LR section preparation.
CAT 2018 Exam Pattern
- The question paper is broadly divided into three sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
- There are a total of 100 questions in the paper. Division of each section on the basis of number of questions is done as:-
|Subject||Number of Questions|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||32|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||34|
- 180 minutes are allotted to solve the question paper.
- 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect response.
CAT 2018 Syllabus at Glance
The brief overview of syllabus for CAT 2018 is as follows:
Quantitative Ability: Percentages and its applications, Ratio and its applications, Algebra, Numbers and its applications and geometry and its applications.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: Table, Pie charts, Line graphs, puzzles, blood relations, direction sense, arrangement, data structures, series, coding-decoding, clocks and calendars.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: Grammar, vocabulary, critical reasoning and its numerical applications and reading comprehension.
Tips to Ace DI (Data Interpretation) and LR (Logical Reasoning)
Looking at trends from last two years, many CAT aspirants went down due to the DI and LR section which indicates that their difficulty level is higher than other sections of the paper.
Tips for preparing DI and LR thus can turn out to be of great help for the students seeking decent percentile in CAT 2018. Here are some tips to prepare DI and LR in an effective way:-
- Do not panic: This is the first thing needed while you attempt these sections. Do not lose your cool and don’t panic.
- Skim through the sections: Spend around 10 minutes on scanning the section and know what questions you are going to attempt. Mostly, the questions containing “If” and “Cannot be determined” are suggested to leave.
- Set priority: While you go through the sections, set the priority according from the sections you are good in and so on.
- Regular mocks: Give as many mock tests as you can. This would help you know you strengths and weak points. Work on both of them.
- Analyze your performance: With each mock test you give, analyze your performance. Try to attempt more questions in the next mock test. Thus, you will learn to manage time and speed.
CAT 2018 Application Form
Registration for CAT 2018 started from Aug 8, 2018 and ended on Sep 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm. The application form was available on iimcat.ac.in and the hall ticket for examination will be also released here. The number of applicants has raised this year from 2.31 Lakhs (last year) to 2.41 Lakhs. This is the highest number of registrations recorded in last few years.
Image Correction Window
If a candidate has made mistakes while filling up the form, he/she could edit the details to make the form acceptable. The image correction window for CAT was enabled on Sep 27, 2018 and got closed on Sep 30, 2018. The facility was available for only those candidates who have made the payment before the deadline of application form.
So, this was all about CAT 2018 exam along with some handy tips on data interpretation and logical reasoning. Well, then all the best wishes for the examination coming ahead and keep visiting us again for more tips!
Preparing for management entrance exams such as CAT, GMAT, GRE and several other can be very stressful. But sometimes, to figure out where to prepare from becomes even more stressful.
In such situations we are left with few options like joining classes for the particular exam or buying huge entrance books which are popular around us.
Somehow, App Store turns out to be as savior when a person is in such a state of dilemma. It saves our money and time both which we very casually spend on our conveyance to classes and books.
There are already several learning platforms such as BYJU’s and Unacademy that are slowly gaining prominence. Funded by Tensen and Sequoia, BYJUS’s raised funding of $244 million as reported in March 2018. Unacademy raised funding $4.5 million.
Here we are listing some of the most sought after apps by students which would not only help you but also give you a benefits of availing mock tests, study material, analysis of your performance and let you decide your study plan according to you for upcoming examinations:-
It was founded in 2012 by ex-Inmobi employees Satish Kumar and Abhishek Patil. Provides lessons in form of video and audio lectures. Along with this you get mocks, notes and much more for MBA and related exams. There are various test series with solutions, customized study planner and live group study sessions in form of games. Daily GK sections and up to date content by experts are the additional perks offered by Oliveboard.
Consists of IIT-IIM alumni, Maruti Konduri and Srikanth Lingamneni and Sayali Kale, cracku is working towards becoming the one stop point for CAT aspirants. Cracku has live leader board which tells you about your position at national level and also tells who your competitors are so that you stay motivated. It has focus on postgraduate exams as well such as Banking, SSC and Gate as well. The free content of cracku has reasoning puzzles and quizzes, tricks to solve by experts and previous years’ papers with detailed solution.
Provides help for IBPS,SSC, RRB, GMAT exams and students may avail the benefit of private tutors who are 24*7 available for getting clearer view on difficult topics and tricky questions. The app analyzes your performance and tally it with your peers to construct a suitable study plan for you. Provides adaptive test which gives you an idea of your time management and also do analysis so that you work on them to make it better.
HANDA KA FUNDA
Computer science IIT-Kharagpur graduate, Ravi Handa started Handa Ka Funda to provide affordable online coaching. Main focus of it is Banking entrance exams and MBA. The app has the simplified course in form of videos, presentations, documents, previous papers and formulas for GMAT, XAT, CAT, GRE and much more. Additional feature of live classes is also there which clarifies the doubts irrespective of time in real time.
It was founded by Payal Doshi in 2012. Constitutes of different apps for different exams like CAT, IAS prelims, SSC and CA-CPT. Techniques are used according to the exam concerned. For example, in CAT, focus is on expert’s tips and tricks while for CA-CPT, focus moves to maximizing score section wise. Fixed mocks are not there but a numerous set of questions which are segregated on basis of chapter, marks and difficulty.
CAT (Common Admission Test) 2018 is scheduled for November 25, 2018 in online mode. With limited time frame, it is pretty obvious study only from quality resources and avoid reading stuff which is irrelevant to CAT. As per the experts, the most important point that needs to be considered is studying from the right study materials and reference books.
The benefit of using these recommended CAT study material is that you can search almost all the questions online and you can also find discussions related to a particular question on several forums. Most importantly it saves a lot of time wasted to search for the required material. Choosing the best books for CAT is definitely a big hassle with a large number of books and study materials available in the market. Well it is usually beneficial to go ahead tried and tested sources.
CAT 2018 Exam Pattern includes questions on Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. You must be thinking about what books to refer to score well in CAT 2018. Well, to know more about the best books and study materials for CAT, read the article given below.
Best Study Material for CAT 2018
As we all know, only two months are left for CAT 2018. Most of the aspirants must already be preparing in full swing. Some students may also started revising topics and also been solving mock tests regularly. But, there are chances that some students might have not started their preparation yet.
It’s always better to start your preparation as early as possible and in order to succeed in the examination, you need to ensure that your preparation and revision is on the right track. Some of the best books for each section which you can refer to while preparing for CAT 2018 are given below:
Study Material for VARC
This section is very scoring if you study from the reference books mentioned below:
- How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill) – This book consists of questions and tips based on past year CAT question papers.
- ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis
- The ‘GMAT Official Guide’, ‘IMS R100’ and ‘Manhattan Verbal’ as recommended by CAT 2017 topper Hitesh Lohani
To build your vocabulary, you need to study from the below mentioned books:
- Pocket Guide to Vocabulary by Barron
- Nishit Sinha’s ‘The Pearson guide to VALR’
- Regularly read newspapers and solve word puzzles
Study Material for DILR
To boost your preparation level, it is advised that you have to follow the books mentioned below.
- Arun Sharma’s ‘How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT (Tata McGraw Hill)
- How to prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma (Tata McGraw Hill)
- The Pearson Guide to Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation by Nishit Sinha
- To boost your score in DI and LR, you need to study from the book titled as ‘Puzzles to Puzzle You’ by Shakuntala Devi
Newspapers and Business Magazines
To solve business related sets in DILR section of the CAT question paper, it’s very important that you solve plenty of pie charts and graphs available in business magazines. Some of the resources recommended by CAT experts are:
- The Economic Times
- The Economist
- Business Standard
- Financial Express
Study Material for Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
Based on information gathered from CAT toppers, it is advised that you can definitely go for the below mentioned books to strengthen your QA section.
- How to Prepare for QA for CAT by Arun Sharma – This book is pre-equipped with three different difficulty levels
- How to Prepare for CAT by Muhamed Muneer – This book is written in an easy to understand language
- Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha
- The Complete CAT Digest by Arun Sharma – As per experts, this book is a must for every CAT aspirant.
- As per statements of CAT topper, one should study basics of QA from the material provided by TIME and then move to Arun Sharma’s book
Don’t forget to solve CAT Sample Papers and Mock Tests
It’s very important to practice CAT Sample Papers and go for Mock Tests as this will help you to know your weak and strong points. You can also master the skill of time management by timely solving CAT Sample Papers.
Face to Face CAT Common Admission Test by Arihant Publishers is a top choice to solve CAT previous year question papers.
Go through Online Blogs and Apps on CAT for best study material
Apart from books, coaching study material, mock tests and advanced sectional tests it is also advised that you practice using applications on CAT test. You can download these apps either on Andoid, iOS and Windows platforms. One should also read blogs time to time as they will solve your queries related to any question or to exchange preparation material and tips.
So, if you haven’t started your preparation yet, just commence with your preparation as it might help you in scoring a good percentile.
Candidates will have one final opportunity to re-upload their photographs incase it wasn’t properly uploaded during CAT Registration. Students may avail the facility of image corrections along with few other fields till Sep 30, 2018 by 5:00 pm.
After the closure of the registration process of CAT 2018 on Sep 26, 2018, this correction window has been enabled from Sep 27, 2018 10:00 am. The facility is only extended to those candidates who paid the registration fee and completed the registration process within the stipulated deadline. Here is the official notice on CAT’s official website:
This is one-time facility given to the candidates to edit the form correctly with all correct particulars and no such opportunity would be given and the details thus submitted would be considered final.
How to edit CAT 2018 Application Form?
- Visit the official portal of CAT i.e. iimcat.ac.in.
- Login using your id and password which were generated at the time of registration.
- Application form will load on screen and there you can re-upload the scanned photograph in the prescribed format.
- Save the form after making changes.
- Take a printout of the application form for future use when the changes you made in the form starts reflecting.
Although there is no notification regarding the correction window to edit the details as well but in case got enabled, these are the lists of the fields that you would be able to edit:
- Personal details.
- Communication address.
- Educational information.
- Exam city preferences.
Fields which cannot be edited in the CAT 2018 application form:
- Name of the candidate.
- Date of birth.
- Mobile number of the candidate.
- Email ID.
- State from where you have applied.
CAT Admit Card is scheduled for release on Oct 24, 2018 on official website. Following are the steps to download admit card for CAT 2018:-
- Visit the official website of CAT i.e. iimcat.ac.in.
- Login using your credentials.
- Admit card would be displayed on the screen.
- Admit card would contain your name, address, registration number, photograph etc.
- Candidates are advised to take printout of the admit card as without it, you would not be allowed inside the center.
This year, IIM Calcutta is conducting the exam on Nov 25, 2018. This management entrance test is conduced for aspirants seeking admission to PG management courses in Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and other top notch b-schools accepting CAT scores.
CAT Registration ends today i.e. September 26, 2018 by 5 pm. This is a final reminder for all the students who want to apply for this exam and are yet to apply. Earlier, the last date to apply was extended from September 19 to allow more aspirants to complete the online registration process. However, in all likelihood no further opportunities will be provided to aspirants to complete registration.
CAT 2018 is scheduled for Nov 25, 2018 across 140 cities in the country. To make the students familiar with the exam pattern and format, tutorials would be provided from Oct 17, 2018 on the official website itself. Candidates will be able to download admit card through official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in from Oct 24, 2018 onwards.
There is an FAQ section which would consist of the most frequently asked questions regarding the exam and would be of great help to resolve doubts concerning application form, eligibility and other processes. Moreover, CAT helpdesk stays active as ever in responding to candidates’ queries through email or phone.
Candidates qualifying the exam would become eligible for taking admissions several management courses such as PGP, PGDM, PGPEM, EPGP etc. in various IIMs.
CAT 2018 Scheme of Examination
- Question paper would consist of three sections: Verbal ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative ability.
- For each section, candidate would be allotted 60 minutes.
- Before the completion of one section, you would not be able to swap to other section.
- Hence, total time allotted would be 180 minutes.
CAT 2018 Application Form Correction
Candidates who have uploaded blurred or invalid image in the application form can upload them in the correct format. This facility of photograph correction will be available from Sep 27, 2108 10 am to Sep 30, 2018 5pm on photograph correction window.
Candidates just need to re-login on the official website and change the uploaded images in the required format. This opportunity would be given only to those students who have successfully registered for CAT 2018 and have paid fees for the same.
Furthermore, a thought is being given on application form correction window which would allow the students to edit the details filled in the application form. This might come into effect from first week of October.
However, if a candidate has made errors while filling up the form, then, they should write about it to [email protected] in order to know about the solution.
How to Download CAT 2018 Admit Card?
CAT 2018 Admit Card would be issued on Oct 24, 2018 from 1 pm to the students whose application form has been accepted by the examination authority. For downloading admit cards, students need CAT id and password generated at the time of registration. Following are the steps to download the admit card of CAT 2018-
- Visit the official website of CAT 2018 i.e. iimcat.ac.in.
- Login using your CAT id and password.
- Admit card would get displayed on the screen.
- Download the admit card and take a printout.
- Candidates are advised to take 2 copies of the admit card for future use at least till the admission process gets over.
The registration process for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 has begun. Candidates can now register for CAT 2018 by visiting the official website, www.iimcat.ac.in. The last date to complete the registration process is September 19, 2018. Common Admission Test (CAT) will be held at test centres across 147 cities. Candidates will have the option to select four cities for test preferences. Indian Institute of Management shall allot candidates’ first preference as far as possible.
Candidates who want to appear for CAT 2018 must satisfy the eligibility criteria set up by the conducting authority. In this article, we are providing all the aspirants with a complete checklist and guidelines for CAT 2018 Application Form.
Important Dates for CAT 2018
Candidates planning to apply can acquaint themselves with the complete schedule for CAT 2018.
|CAT 2018 Registration Begins||August 8, 2018|
|CAT 2018 Registration Ends||September 19, 2018 17:00 hours|
|CAT 2018 Admit Card Download||October 24 to 25, 2018|
|CAT 2018 Exam Date||November 25, 2018|
|CAT 2018 Results||Second week of January 2019|
|Scorecard Validity||December 31, 2019|
CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria
The most important thing to check off in your list prior to applying for CAT 2018 is the eligibility criteria. All applicants must meet the eligibility guidelines set up by the conducting authority of CAT 2018, IIM Calcutta. It is mandatory to fulfil the eligibility conditions before applying for the management entrance exam.
As per the notification, basic eligibility criteria are:
- Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks.
- Candidates in final year/semester are eligible.
- A relaxation of 5% marks is awarded to candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories.
- There is no restriction on age or number of attempts.
- Candidates of foreign origin fulfilling CAT Eligibility Criteria can also apply.
Pre-Requisites for CAT Registration
Candidates applying for CAT 2018 must ensure that they have a working mobile number and email address with them before beginning the registration process. Given below is the list of documents and details required before beginning with the CAT 2018 Registration Process:
- Valid email address and mobile phone number
- Marksheet of Class X, XII, graduation and/or other equivalent exams
- Details of work experiences (if any)
- Scanned images of photograph and signature
- Scanned copy of category certificate (if any)
- Bank details (credit card, debit card or net banking) for payment of Application fees
- Preferences for Exam center city
Steps to Register and Complete Application Process
CAT 2018 Application window opened on August 8, 2018, and the last date to apply will be September 19, 2018. The application window will close at exactly 5:00 PM on the last date. Candidates must ensure that they fill the application form within the given time-frame.
For the ease of applicants, here are steps to follow to complete CAT 2018 Application process:
- Go to the official CAT 2018 website i.e. www.iimcat.ac.in
- Click on the ‘New Candidate Registration’ and then click on ‘Register’
- Read the instructions and proceed.
- Enter all mandatory details asked in the form i.e. Name, DOB, Mobile Number, Country and Email Address to generate OTP and complete CAT 2018 Registration.
- Enter the OTP and click on Validate OTP and submit after entering the Captcha Code.
- Accept the Declaration and submit CAT Registration Form.
- After submission, a message will be sent on the registered mobile number containing the user ID and Password, also an email will be sent to the given email address with the same details.
- Click on ‘Go to Application Form’ to fill CAT Application Form.
- Use the login credentials to sign in
- Fill in all the required details in the Application form.
- Candidates will have to fill following in detail: Personal Details, Academic History, Work Experience, Program Preference, Choice of examination center, Uploading of signature and photograph, and Payment of Application Fee
- Candidates will have to submit the application form by clicking “Submit and Pay” to be redirected to the payment window.
- The fee can be paid in online mode only.
- After payment, candidates applying for CAT 2018 will receive a confirmation mail on the registered email id.
Documents to be uploaded
Candidates have to upload the following documents during CAT 2018 Application process:
- A scanned image of passport size photograph within the dimensions of 35mm X 45mm.
- A scanned image of the signatures within dimensions of 80mm X 35mm.
- Images should be in .jpg or .jpeg format with file size of maximum 80 kb.
- Candidates belonging to different categories will have to upload the category certificate in a pdf format, with attested signatures of the concerned authorities.
CAT 2018 Application Fee
The application fee for CAT 2018 is different for different categories, the details are mentioned below:
|Category||Fee (in INR)*|
|Non-Creamy layer OBC||1900/-|
(*fee excluding transaction charges)
CAT 2018 Form Correction
In case, candidates have made any mistake while filling CAT 2018 Application Form, the same can be corrected before the online payment. However, after submission of CAT Application Form, there will be a limited time window during which the details can be modified.
Candidates can only edit a few fields of information like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected etc.
Things to Know for CAT Applicants
Preference of selecting four cities
From the year 2018, candidates will get preference to select four cities where the exam centre located in order of preference. However, candidates will not be able to select the session of the examination as it will be assigned randomly
Candidates have to pay the registration fee through online payment modes only, which will include credit cards, debit cards and net banking.
Test Format to available from October 17, 2018
The conducting authority will release CAT 2018 Test format and Tutorial for the same, to understand the format of the test on the CAT website from October 17, 2018.
CAT 2018 examination will be of 180 minutes duration and candidates will be allotted 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will be restricted to switch from one section to another. The questions will be in three sections
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
- Quantitative Ability
Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU), Delhi starting this year will also accept CAT scores for admission in the School and Management and Entrepreneurship programme at the University.
IIM Calcutta, the organising authority of the CAT 2018 exam, will also coordinate the registration process for Non-IIM institutions. All such institutions will be able to use the scores of CAT 2018 for offering admissions to the students in the Post Graduate Management courses (like PGDBM and MBA) for the batch starting from 2019.
This change will provide a centralised platform for those students who were earlier required to appear in multiple entrances to get admission to the management courses in various institutions. It would also save their time and effort in registering for multiple management entrances and preparing differently based on their pattern.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been issued and posted on the official website of confirming this agreement. Additionally, IIM Calcutta has also opened the registration process for the non-IIM institutions who are planning to use CAT 2018 scores of the candidates for offering them admissions to their courses.
Such non-IIM institutions will be able to fill and submit their application form latest by July 25, 2018. The next section takes you through the process of registering for using the CAT 2018 examination scores by the non-IIM institutions.
Registration Process for Non IIMs
Registering for using the CAT 2018 Scores for Offering Admissions by Non-IIM Institutions
The management of the non-IIM institutions needs to follow the simple steps mentioned below to complete registration process:
- Download the MOU and the registration form from the official website of IIT Calcutta – https://www.iimcal.ac.in/.
- Pay the registration fee on the behalf of the non-IIM institution in the account details provided in the MOU.
- Fill the MOU and application form and e-mail the scanned copies of the duly filled application form along with the required documents to the e-mail Id mentioned in the MOU. Note that the filled application form and MOU must be signed by the designated authorities and stamped in the name and registration number of the institution.
- Send the original duly filled, signed and stamped MOU (2 copies), application form (1 copy), and the hardcopies of the required supporting documents at the admission office of IIM Calcutta. The address is specified in the MOU.
- Once the registration process is successful, the non-IIM institution will be informed by the IIM Calcutta. Post then, the institute will receive section-wise scores and percentile of the candidates qualifying the CAT 2018 exam.
Those non-IIM institutions, which have already registered for CAT 2017 and want to use the CAT 2018 examination scores, need to pay the annual registration fee of INR 2,25,000/- + 18% GST. The registering institution needs to pay this fee through bank transfer, the details of which are mentioned in the MOU.
Those non-IIM institutions, which have not registered for CAT 2017, will need to pay the one-time non-refundable membership fee of INR 75,000/- + 18% GST along with the annual registration fee of INR 2,25,000/- + 18% GST. This amount sums at INR 3,00,000/- + 18% GST.
Documents Required by the Non-IIM Institutions
The non-IIM institutions need to submit the following documents along with their application form:
- The non-IIM institutes, which want to use the CAT 2018 examination scores, need to submit the copy of their accreditation certificate authorised by AICTE, MHRD, or another equivalent statutory accreditation authority. Those B-schools, which have already applied for obtaining the accreditation certificate are also eligible for getting CAT 2018 scores of the qualifying students.
- The non-IIM institutions, which are registered as a university through the act of State Legislatures or Parliament of India, or are declared as a deemed university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, need to submit a copy of documentary evidence.
- Additionally, any registering non-IIM institution or university must submit the following documents:
- A copy of their course brochure or pamphlet for the records of IIM Calcutta.
- A copy of their advertisement notification in any newspaper offering the admissions to their courses through the CAT 2018 scores.
IBSAT organised by ICFAI foundation for students seeking admission to various PGDM and MBA programs. It is a computer based test conducted in English language only. IBSAT Exam Pattern is published on the official website i.e. www.ibsindia.org.
- Questions are in multiple choice format and are objective in nature.
- Duration of the exam is 2 hours (120 minutes)
- Total 140 questions will be asked in the exam
- Every question will have 5 alternative responses; out of which candidate has to choose one that seems the most appropriate choice.
- Question paper is divided into 4 sections i.e. Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation.
- Every correct answer will be awarded +1 mark for every correct answer.
- There will be no negative marking
The difficulty level of the entrance exam is generally moderate. IBSAT 2019 Syllabus is based on Higher Secondary level knowledge. The registration process for IBSAT examination has begun from the 1st week of July 2018 and the exam will be conducted in the 3rd week of December 2018.
IBSAT 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights
The following table provides the main highlights of IBSAT Exam Pattern:
|Exam Mode||Online (computer based test)|
|Question Paper type||Objective (MCQs)|
|Number of Sections||4 (Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Adequacy)|
|Total no. of questions||140|
|Marks awarded for correct answer||+1|
|Exam duration||2 hours (120 minutes)|
|Medium of language||English|
IBSAT 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail
IBSAT 2019 question paper will be divided into 4 sections- Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Adequacy and Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude. Candidates can attempt the question paper in any order of their choice. No specific time restriction is allotted to a particular section. Also, no sectional cut off will be applicable.
The sections comprising IBSAT Exam Pattern are discussed below:
- Verbal Ability: This section is intended to test the student’s knowledge and proficiency in the English language. 50 questions in total are asked in this section.
- Reading Comprehension: This section includes unseen passages and candidates have to answer questions based on these passages. 30 questions in total are asked in this section. Generally, the questions are direct and to the point and the difficulty level is easy to moderate.
- Quantitative Ability: This section is planned to assess the basic mathematical ability of candidates. A total of 30 questions will be asked in this section. It is considered to be a scoring section, among all the 4 sections, though the level of difficulty for this section is moderate to high.
- Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation: In this section, the visualization power of candidates is analyzed by examining their ability to understand graph, charts, tables and patterns from the data given. This section consists of 30 questions in total and the difficulty level is moderate.
The section wise distribution of questions and marks is tabulated below:
|Verbal Ability||50||50||2 Hours|
|Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation||30||30|
IBSAT 2019 Marking Scheme
Candidates should note that the marking scheme is in order to decide that how to attempt the questions in the aptitude entrance examination. There are no major changes expected in the marking scheme of IBSAT 2019 and it is the same as that for the year 2017. Also, there is no negative marking in the test. Following is the marking scheme:
- Every correct answer will be awarded +1 mark
- There will be no penalty of marks for wrong or incorrect answers i.e. there will be no negative marking
- No mark will be deducted for not attempting any question or leaving it blank
- There will no sectional cut off score and no sectional time limit for the exam.
IBSAT 2019 Reference Books
The management entrances are always a challenge since the pattern of examination is slightly more generalized and there is no particular curriculum to focus upon even though the sections are specified. Candidates can find below a list of helpful reference books to understand the structure and gain hands-on practice for IBSAT.
|Verbal Ability||Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||Arun Sharma|
|Word Power made Easy||Norman Lewis|
|Objective General English 10,000+ questions||R.S. Aggarwal|
|Business English and Communication||Clark|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Quantitative Aptitude||Arun Sharma|
|Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance||Abhijit Guha|
|Quantitative Ability||Nishit Sinha|
|Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy||Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||Arun Sharma|
|Logical and Analytical Reasoning||Ashok Gupta|
|Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning||Pearson Publication|