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CAT 2018 Application Form – Registration, Dates, How to Apply

Last Updated: Jul 6, 2018 @ 2:38 pm

CAT 2018 Date is finalized by the authorities and the exam is scheduled for November 25, 2018. However, any clarification on availability of CAT Application Form is yet to come out. Based on previous year trends though, application form filling window is expected to open from the month of August. The registration process for CAT is paperless and aspirants can only apply on the official site, iimcat.ac.in

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The actual dates for start of CAT 2018 Application Form is expected to be announced after the official notification is published in the month of July. IIM Calcutta is expected to be the convener for CAT 2018. Looking at previous year trends, candidates can register for entrance till the final week of September while CAT Admit Card is expected to be available from 2nd week of October, 2018.

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  • CAT 2018 Application Fee is hiked to INR 1900 from INR 1800 last year.
  • Competition is expected to grow this academic season with more than 2 lac aspirants expected to register for CAT.
  • For any query or assistance, candidates can reach out to CAT helpdesk at 1800-2663-549 or cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in.
  • Candidates must go through and comply with all the eligibility criteria before filling the online application form.
  • In order to avoid discrepancy in the application form keep all the original documents handy while filling CAT 2018 Application form.
  • Candidates must submit the duly filled the application form and submit it within the last date along with the payment of application fee.
  • The application fee is chargeable as per the category of the candidates

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CAT Application Form Highlights

The table below is a quick glimpse of the all the crucial information related to CAT 2018 Application Form:

Beginning of CAT 2018 registration online August, 2018
Last Date of CAT 2018 online registration September, 2018
Mode of registration Online
Mode of submission of Application Form Online
Method of Application form filling Registration, Filling of Application Form, Uploading of documents and Fee payment.
CAT 2018 Application Fee Category-wise
Mode of payment of Application Fee Online (Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking)

Application Dates

Candidates who are willing to appear for CAT 2018 should be well accustomed with the upcoming dates and the related date given in the below table:

Events Important Dates
Starting of CAT 2018 Application Form Filling process August 09, 2018
Closing of CAT 2018 Application Form Filling process September 25, 2018
Release of CAT 2018 Admit card October 18, 2018
CAT 2018 Exam Date November 25, 2018

Eligibility for CAT

The minimum eligibility to apply for CAT is possessing graduation in a relevant discipline. Aspirants can find below more details about CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent CGPA, with a minimum of 50% marks [Candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories must hold at least 45%], from any recognized University or educational body as included by an Act of the Parliament.
  • Candidates who have an equivalent qualification accepted by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India can apply.   
  • Candidates who are about to appear for the final year of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent examination and those who have  already completed degree examinations but are awaiting results are eligible. Such candidates, if qualified, will be allowed to join the course conditionally, only if they produce a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution declaring that they have satisfied all the conditions for obtaining the degree.
  • The percentage of marks will be calculated based on the calculation pattern of the concerned University/Institution.  
Name of the Category Eligible Marks (in percentage)
General 50%
SC/ST/PwD 45%

Applicants incapable of fulfilling the eligibility criteria will not be permitted for short listing by IIMs.
CAT 2018 Application Form

Step by Step Guide to FIll CAT Application Form

Candidates need a valid email account and phone number to successfully apply for CAT 2018. The documents that must be kep handy for reference while filling form are listed below:

  • 10th and 12th standard Mark-sheets
  • Mark-sheets of Bachelor Degree (If any)
  • List of the degrees for which candidates are choosing to apply

Filling CAT Application Form online is not at all difficult task to accomplish. We have listed below all the steps to successfully fill and submit CAT Application Form without any hassle.

Step 1: Registration

As you might have already guessed, registration at official website of the CAT i.e., www.iimcat.ac.in is the first step. Candidates will also create their login credentials in this process.

  • Visit the official website mentioned above.
  • Click on the ‘Register Now’ option.

CAT Registration Window

  • Enter all the required details: Name, Date of Birth, Email Id, Mobile Number.

CAT Registration - Step I

  • Preview all the details including the contact information to avoid any discrepancy in receiving any important notification related to CAT 2018.
  • Enter the Captcha code as will be displayed on the window to confirm the registration.
  • After successful registration, all the details will be displayed on the screen.

CAT Registration - Step 2

  • System generated User Id and Password are also forwarded to registered mail id and phone number.

Step 2: Logging in

  • Enter all the information such as ‘User Id’ and ‘Password’
  • The ‘User Id’ will be generated by the system and sent to the given email Id. In case of foreign candidates, the  ‘User Id’ and ‘Password’ will be intimated via email.
  • Click on the ‘log in’ Tab.
  • Candidates who forgot the password can request for a reset link to their registered email id by clicking on ‘Forgot Password’ tab.

Step 3: Filling of Application form

The third step is all about entering all the details in the application form using the log in details.

  • Visit the official website www.iimcat.ac.in.
  • Click on ‘Existing User’ tab.
  • Log in by entering “User Id” and “Password”.
  • Enter all the details in the application form.
  • It is mandatory to fill the ‘*’ marked fileds.
  • Proceed to the other section after clicking ‘Save and Continue’

Step 4: Uploading of Documents

Scan and Upload the following documents:

  • Recent colored passport size photograph not more than six months. The size must not exceed 80 Kb.
  • Signature
  • Caste Certificate (if any)
  • Academic Qualification Details
  • Work Experience (if any)
  • Course applying for
  • Test Centers

Specifications for Uploading Documents

Required Documents Dimension and Type of File
Photograph Dimension – 30 mm X 45 mm File Format – .jpg or .jpeg File Size – <= 80 Kb
Signature Dimension – 80 mm X 35 mm File Format – .jpg or .jpeg File Size – <= 80 Kb
NC-OBC/SC/ST Certificate Self-attested Scanned as pdf document
PwD/DA Certificate Self-attested Scanned as pdf document

Step 5: Fee Payment

The application fee for CAT 2018 should only be submitted online only via authorized payment gateways (Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking) excluding transaction charges. Category wise fee is indicated below:

Category Application Fee (in Rs.)
General/OBC 1700/-
SC/ST/PwD 850/-

The additional transaction charges are mentioned tabulated below:

Service Transaction Fees
Net Banking   


Rs 20 per transaction
Credit Card (Visa / Master)  


Credit Card (American Express)  


Debit Card (Visa / Master)  



After completion of all the procedure stated above click the preview confirmation and ‘I Agree’ tab. Download the application summary and print it for future reference.

Download Official CAT Registration Guide

Details in Application Form

Candidates need to enter the following details in CAT 2018 Application Form:

  • Personal Details
  • Academic Qualification Details
  • Work experience (if any)
  • Courses
  • Payment of fees
  • Mobile number along with the area code
  • Test center preference

Note: In case of change in the name of the candidate, court affidavits or marriage certificate is mandatory to submit along with the application form.

Candidate Query Form

Candidates can make use of the Query Form in case of any query or grievance related to CAT 2018 Application Form, Payment of Fees and Admit Card. To access and use the form, follow the steps indicated below:

  • Post registration, candidates can click on query registration form tab and create their query

CAT 2018 Query Form

  • Specify the problem category and problem type

  • Finally, enter the problem statement and submit the query
  • Candidates can later find the status of query by providing Query Number and Registration Number on the same tab.

Application Form Correction

Once candidates have clicked the preview confirmation and ‘I Agree’ tab, no changes or modification can be done in the application form under any circumstances. Thus, it is recommended to the applicants to thoroughly preview and cross-check the information on the application form before submission.


Ques: What are the browsers that support CAT 2018 Application portal?

Answer: CAT 2018 application portal supports all the popular and updated versions of Firefox, Chorme and Explorer.

Ques: How to submit the Application Fee?

Answer: The application fee should be submitted only via online through various payment procedure including transaction charges.

Ques: Is there any Marks Grace in the eligibility Criteria?

Answer: The minimum qualifying marks should be 50% for General candidates and 45% for Sc/ST/other candidates.




    • Documents required at the time of registration process are listed below-
      1.Recent colored passport size photograph not more than six months. The size must not exceed 80 Kb.
      2.10th and 12th standard Mark-sheets
      3.Mark-sheets of Bachelor Degree.
      4.Caste Certificate (if any)
      5.Work Experience (if any)

    • Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent CGPA, with a minimum of 50% marks. Candidates who belong to Reserve categoryies must hold at least 45% to stand eligible for CAT Exam

    • Creamy layer candidates can not avail the reservation benefits. It is suggested to select general category for creamy layer candidates

    • Cut off varies for colleges and for category also. The overall cut off for the IIMs generally falls in the bracket of 90-99 percentile.

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