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CAT 2018 Official Notification: Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria

Common Admission Test, commonly known as CAT, is an entrance test for admission into the Masters in Business Administration program of the prestigious IIMs. Various other B-schools also accept the CAT score for admissions into their MBA program. CAT is conducted every year by one of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on the rotational basis. It is a computer based test held annually for admissions in elite B-Schools in India. A seat in these institutions is synonymous with high paying job offers and a rewarding career in the corporate world. Thus, CAT has become one of the most competitive examinations in the country, attracting graduates from all streams.

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IIMs offer an approximate of 4,000 seats through CAT, with more seats offered by various other colleges. In order to succeed, students will have to prepare all relevant questions, practice with previous years’ question papers and mock test, and also learn a few handy tricks and shortcuts for added benefit.

The official registration of CAT starts in the month of August, while the test takes place in November. The following article discusses a few details about CAT 2018. Listed below are the tentative dates of the commencement of the CAT, based on previous year dates, so that you have a fair idea about CAT and plan your preparation accordingly.

CAT 2018 Important Dates (Tentative)

Notification release date Last week of July, 2018
Registration commencement Second week of August, 2018
Last date for Online Registration Last week of September, 2018
Issue of Admit Card Mid-October, 2018
CAT 2018 Exam date Last week of November, 2018
Result Announcement January 2018

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CAT 2017 paper analysis

The 2017 CAT exam was conducted in two slots, slot 1 in the morning, and slot 2 in the evening. There were three sections of the paper, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability.

Slot 1 exam was quite similar to its CAT 2016 counterpart in terms of difficulty, although the general consensus was that the Data Interpretation and logical reasoning section was the most difficult part.

For slot 2, the paper was relatively harder, with the hardest part again being the Data Interpretation and logical reasoning portion, while Quantitative analysis was the easiest part.

Sections MCQ Questions Non- MCQ Questions Total Questions Total Time Allotted
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 24 10 34 60
Quantitative Ability (QA) 27 7 34 60
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 24 8 32 60
Total 75 25 100 180


CAT Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria for CAT Exam are as follows:

The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks from recognized University/ College. Students from scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribe (ST) and persons with disability (PWD) categories must have at least 45% marks.

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CAT Application Process:

Listed below is the procedure for registration for CAT 2018:

Firstly, students should go visit the official website of CAT exam. The official website is www.iimcat.ac.in

Register yourself on the website, and create a user profile for yourself.

After successfully registering yourself on the official CAT website, a CAT user ID and Password will be sent to your registered mobile number. This ID and password will be unique for every individual. Keep it safe and do not share it with anyone.

Use your CAT user ID to login and fill the CAT application form. The details have to be filled in all the 5 sections of the form.

Upload your photograph, signature and other necessary documents as per the given specifications.

You can give up to 4 cities as your preferred test centre. However, the exam center will be assigned only after the registration process ends.

The last section consists of payment. You can pay using Net Banking/ Credit Card/ Debit Card.


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