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Know Detailed information about CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates interested for CAT 2018 are suggested to check all the eligibility conditions so that in future they will not face any problems during counseling and exam time. The candidates must go through all the CAT MBA Entrance Exam eligibility details then only you can apply for the CAT Exam 2018. After checking all the conditions if you are not satisfy with the Cat eligibility criteria 2018 then you should not apply for the exam. In this article you will get detailed information about CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria.CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

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CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The Candidates should check the CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria which is provided below:

  • The Candidate appearing for the examination should be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate wanting to appear in CAT examination should have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from recognised University.
  • Candidate should have hold of a graduation and HSC degree in any stream from a recognised University/Institute.
  • Also those candidates who are about to appear for their qualifying examination are eligible for CAT 2018.
  • The marks required by the candidate should be minimum 50% in the qualifying degree and for reserved category (SC/ST/Physically Disabled) requirement of marks is 45%.
  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from any recognized college or university and must have secured minimum 50% marks (45% marks in case of SC, ST and PwD candidates).
  • Candidates who have completed the degree requirements and waiting for the result or who are appearing in the final year of the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply. They have to fulfill the Bachelor’s degree cutoff and other factors within the stipulated schedule given by IIMs and other participating institutes.
  • CA/CS/ICWA professional degree holders are also eligible to apply.

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CAT 2018 is also known as Common Admission Test. This is administrated by the IIMs (India Institute of Management) on rotation basis and it is administrated on the National Level. CAT 2018 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow. CAT exam is a management aptitude test organized for providing admission to students in postgraduate management programmes (MBA). For admission into IIMs, it is mandatory to qualify the CAT exam. CAT score is also consider by many reputed colleges other than all IIMs for the admission process. CAT 2018 Application Form Correction has been started from 27thSeptember 2017. Interested candidates can apply through online mode only.  CAT 2018 Admit Card has been released on 25th October 2017. 

Candidate should know about the eligibility of CAT exams. Candidate ignores eligibility that affects them at the time of admission process. Candidate should know basic information while taking admission like he/she should have passed and obtained Bachelor’s Degree in any recognized university or institute.

The minimum percentage of aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA to be obtained or secured by the candidate is 50 for GEN/OBC category candidates and 45 for reserved category candidates.

Category wise seat reservation

Category Percentage
PWD 3%
ST 7.50%
SC 15%
OBC 27%

Exam Dates

Mention a few important dates. Then tabulate below the important dates relating to the exam.

The official dates of CAT 2018 examination are mentioned below:

Events Dates
Advertisement released 30th July 2018
Online registration starts 9th August 2018
Last date for registration 25th September 2018 (Extended)
Application correction 27th – 30th September 2018
Admit card release date 25th October – 26th November 2018
Mock Test Release 30th October 2018
Exam date 26th November 2018
Result announcement 2nd week of January 2018

Change in eligibility criteria

CAT Examination authorities don’t change the eligibility criteria most frequently. But they have the right to change it anytime. The criteria for the CAT examination is same for over the past years without any changes. Since 2014, IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) MBA and CAT Exam have faced many clashing points. However, candidates can appear for the CAT Exam. You can appear for CAT exam just after two years of appearing for the Graduation. CAT 2018 exam eligibility and syllabus will remain same for this duration 2018-2019.

CAT MBA Entrance Exam Eligibility Conditions 2018

The candidates who did not possess the following CAT Academic Qualification and Age limit should not apply for the exam. Even though you applied, your application is not considered. All the CAT eligibility conditions are academic qualification, age limit, minimum aggregate etc. which the interested candidates must check before applying.

Eligibility as per Nationality for CAT 2018:

All permanent residents of India are eligible to appear for the test. Additionally, all the foreign Nationals who are eligible according to the criteria of CAT 2018 can apply for the common admission test 2018.

Eligibility for the Foreign Nationals/NRI/PIO for CAT 2018

The eligibility that is needed for foreign nationals, PIO’s or NRI’s is that they must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minim of 50% (candidates of the SC/ST, PWD categories must have a minimum of 45%). The certification must be from any of the Universities that are accredited by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. Candidates who will be writing the final exam are also qualified to appear for the CAT exam. Also whosoever have finished their graduation and are waiting for the results can apply for the CAT 2018.

Eligibility as per Age Limit for CAT exam 2018:

  1. There is no age limit for appearing for CAT exam. The candidate should have completed the age of 20 to be able to sit for the CAT exam, this is a certain age limit for CAT 2018.
  2. There is no upper limit for the exam.
  3. There are many people who are around their age of 50s still appearing for their CAT exams. These include many famous personalities as well as famous authors like Arun Sharma.
  4. There are many famous founders of some institutions who are still appearing for their CAT exam.
  5. A candidate can apply maximum times for the CAT exam as there is no upper age limit.

Educational as per Academics/Qualification for CAT Exam 2018:

The candidates who have completed their Graduation or Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized board or university are eligible for the CAT MBA Entrance Exam 2018. Also, they should contain minimum aggregate of 50% and SC/ST/PWD category students should have at least 45% aggregate. The candidates who are sitting for their final year examination of graduation are also able to sit for CAT 2018 examination.

CAT exam put forward strict qualification criteria as it is one of the most sought after exams for admission to MBA programs in premium business schools in India. Any graduation degree is the eligibility criteria but the candidate should meets the pass percentage criteria which is desired.

Basic eligibility for CAT

The qualification criterion that is needed for a student to apply for the Common Admission Test is a graduate degree from an approved college. Any stream of graduation should be considered in the eligibility criteria of CAT 2018. Students of the SC/ST/PH and OBC communities require only 45 percentage marks. Those who are writing their final year exam are qualified to appear for the exam too.

Qualifying Examinations for CAT

If by any of these method the candidate have cleared the graduation degree will be eligible to sit for the CAT 2018 examination. Aspirants who have done their graduation from any university accepted by the Association of Indian Universities or the All India Council for Technical Education can apply for the CAT exam. Since the basic required qualification for CAT 2018 examination is this only but it can be changed according to the norms applied by the institutions.

A candidate:

  • Holding Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA 45% in case of the candidates belonging to the categories like “Scheduled Caste (SC), Differently Abled (DA) and Scheduled Tribe (ST)”. This degree should be awarded by any university which comes under the act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.
  • Possessing an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India (including the Associate Membership Examination (AMICE) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) as an equivalent qualification).

The calculation will be done on the basis of the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the graduation degree whichever is followed by the respective university/ institution from where he/she obtained the degree. In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the bachelor’s degree. If some of the universities/institutions does not have any formula to convert the CGPA into marks equivalent to that then it would be established by the formula i.e. divide the CGPA of candidate by the maximum possible CGPA and then multiplying the result with 100. The verification of the eligible conditions are done by IIMs at many levels in the selection process, details of which are updated at the website www.iimcat.ac.in.

Note: The application data filled by the candidates will be treated as Final and on later stage it will not be allowed to change. If any variation of data is found to be provided by you in the data with actual data at the CAT selection stage then the candidature will be taken as invalid.

Number of Attempts in CAT 2018:

The candidate is allowed to appear for CAT exam infinite times. There is no limit for the CAT exam candidates to the number of attempts of giving the exam. A candidate can appear unlimited time throughout his / her entire life span.

But, a candidate can appear for the CAT 2018 exam only once i.e. in one year a candidate can sit for exam only one time. A dual application or exam appearance will make his/her candidature invalid for that particular year.

CAT 2018 Reservation Criteria

Government of India has laid out some reservation policy criteria for admission of reserved category candidates in IIMs. The table given below shows the percentage of seats reserved for each category.

In case of seats reserved for PwD or DA candidates, following is the definition of disability as described in the Section 39 of PwD Act of 1995.

  • Candidates with low-vision blindness
  • Candidates with hearing impairment
  • Candidates with loco-motor disability/ cerebral palsy

Candidates who suffer from these disabilities to the extent of not less than 40%, are eligible for reservation under this category. There is a predefined norm for the percentage of seats for the reserved categories. The table given below describes the percentage of seats reserved for each category.

According to the legal requirements, IIMs and other government institutes have to follow the reservation criteria as given below:

  • 15 percent of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC)
  • 7.5 percent of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • 27 percent seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layers
  • Three percent seats are reserved for Persons with Disability (PWD) candidates. The three categories of disability are: a) low vision blindness, b) hearing impairment and c) locomotor disability/cerebral palsy. This provision is applicable if the candidate suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40 percent, as certified by a medical authority as prescribed and explained in the said PWD Act, 1995 (Section 39).
  • The candidates belonging to the reserved categories have to score minimum cutoff percentile at CAT 2018 along with the eligibility criteria in order to be shortlisted for the admission process.

Cut off for the Reserved Category

There is also separate cut off for the reserved category and the open Caste. Schedule Castes (ST) and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) and the Persons with Disability (PWD) candidates should have minimum 45% of percentage or equivalent amount of CGPA or grade for appearing in the CAT examination.

Information for Reserved Category Candidates

  • The caste or tribe of candidates belonging to SC and ST categories have to be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate which they would submit to IIMs should carry the following information:
  1. Name of caste or tribe
  2. Whether candidate belongs to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe
  3. District and the State or Union Territory of original residence
  4. The appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
  • During the application process, the reserved category candidates have to upload the SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD certificate(s). In case candidates fail to upload the documents, the application may get rejected by IIMs.
  • At the time of selection process or interview rounds, candidates have to show the original documents and copies have to be submitted at IIMs during the final admission process. In case they are unable to submit the documents, they may not be considered under reserved categories


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