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CAT Percentile Predictor 2018

CAT 2018 was conducted successfully on November 25, 2018. IIM Calcutta announced result for CAT 2018 on January 05, 2019. The next step for all the successful aspirants is to take part in selection process for IIMs and other top-notch b-schools. Now all aspirants can use our CAT Percentile Predictor to check out the colleges they can expect to receive call from based on their CAT Scores.

Most candidates are still anxious even after declaration of result and checking out their final percentile. The real cause of the anxiety is the unpredictability of IIMs and their cutoff percentile. Although CAT Percentile is the primary criteria for shortlisting of candidates, it is not an assurance for their entry to IIMs. This is primarily owing to the selection criteria and varying weightage assigned to scores by CAT by each IIM.

CAT Percentile Predictor, based on its advanced algorithm and analysis of last 5 year trends in IIM Selection Process, is likely to give you a strong edge while shortlisting colleges to apply.

How is CAT Percentile Calculated?

CAT Percentile broadly speaking is a measure of a candidates’ performance in relation to performance of other candidates. The percentile allows categorization of a candidate in comparison to candidates scoring below him/her. To take an example, those scoring 99 percentiles in CAT are simply candidate whose performance is better than the remaining 99% candidates taking the CAT Test that year.

So, how is the CAT Percentile calculated for all the candidates. The formula for percentile is as follows – rank of the candidate/total no. candidates appearing *100. This means that if 1000 candidates took the test and you secured a rank of 999 then the percentile will be calculated:

= 999/1000 * 100

Scores for all the candidates is scaled by following CAT Normalization Procedure for candidates appearing across different sessions of CAT Exam. The table below provides an indication of the scores required by a candidate to achieve a certain percentile in CAT. CAT Percentile is the primary criteria for shortlisting candidates to participate in subsequent rounds of CAT Selection Process.

CAT Score CAT Percentile
232 100
174 99
160 98
138 95
118 90
103 85
93 80
83 75
75 70
69 65
61 60

How to Use CAT Percentile Predictor Tool?

Candidates can take advantage of our CAT Percentile Predictor Tool. The tool is very easy to use and any candidate can use it for free. The steps to check the CAT Percentile is mentioned below:

  • Fill-in your personal details such as Name, Contact Number and Email-id
  • Enter registration no. and choose paper type.
  • Select your city, preferred location and branch.

CAT Percentile Predictor

  • Check your expected CAT 2018 Percentile.
  • The expected colleges will be mentioned along side your CAT Percentile

IIM Selection Process 2019: GD & PI Preparations Tips from Toppers

CAT 2018 was conducted successfully on November 25 and the wait is on for the result to be out. IIM aspirants have to ace the last hurdle of the selection process after CAT 2018 Result declaration and be offered that coveted seat in one of the IIMs. Normally, the selection process at the IIMs consists of a Group Discussion or Written Ability Test and Personal Interview, the candidates for which are shortlisted on the basis of their score in CAT.

As per trends, in the IIM Selection Process, the candidate’s academic background, relevant work experience, communication and presentation skills are taken into consideration. There have been shocking instances of top percentile scorers being denied admission by the IIMs for not qualifying the said parameters.

A high CAT score can definitely help one GD/WAT and PI rounds of IIM Selection Process but that does not guarantee a seat at any of the institutions. So, along with the wait for result announcement, now is the time to focus on the next major steps for selection into the IIMs.

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In the Group Discussion (GD) round, candidates are assessed based on their interaction in a group, their leadership qualities, communication skills, and problem-solving capabilities. In some institutes, a GD is replaced by a Written Ability Test (WAT) in which, candidates are adjudged on their critical thinking ability, writing skills and the ability to formulate a response on the given topic in a structured, precise and coherent manner within the given time-frame.

The Personal Interview (PI) round is usually the final step in the IIM Selection process in which the candidate appears in face-to-face interaction with an admission official or a panel of officials. The idea behind this round is getting to know the candidates in-depth – the personality, the aspirations, and the motivators. Assessment is based on confidence level, expressiveness, communication skills, body language etc.

IIM Selection Process 2019: GD & PI Preparations Tips from Toppers

Tips from toppers in preparation of the IIM selection process can be summarized in a sentence: ‘Practice, practice, and more practice.’

The Alumni Secretary of IIM-C Student Council, Abhilash Bhatia is of the opinion that being able to access insights from someone who has been through the IIM Selection Process helped him to strategize his own prep for GD/PI. Additionally, regular participation in Mock GD/PI has also helped in his preparation.

Parita Shah (IIM-C) started her GD/PI prep along with her CAT prep. She was particular about reading the editorial section of newspapers to form opinions on current affairs. She too vouches for mocks as well as informal discussions on current affair topics with her peer group.

Anusha, Vice President – Public Relations at IIMC, learned the art of public speaking by speaking at various events thus gaining invaluable experience and confidence in making her point in public. She made it a point to stay updated with developments around the world by reading the newspapers regularly.

Aaditya Ranade is the Sports Secretary of IIMC Student Council has a very interesting tip for aspirants. He says that it is very important to introspect and be clear about one’s aspirations and motivations as well as develop one’s own clear perspective towards as a whole, as in most cases, the IIMs, more than considering the technical skills of candidates, would actually evaluate the overall personality of the candidate.

Gowtam Marada, a Student Council Representative at the IIMC, focused on developing his critical thinking by reading and analyzing important news stories. Moreover, he also practiced writing essays and appeared for mocks on a regular basis

Selection Criteria for IIM Admissions

Finally, let us take a look at the current year’s selection criteria as announced by the top IIMs. Of the 20 IIMs in the country, most conduct WAT instead of GD.

Read Comparison Between Top Two B-Schools: IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore

The weightage of academic background and work experience varies every year from IIM to IIM. Also, the newer IIMs have a common WAT-PI process while the older ones conduct their own Selection Process.

Name of IIM CAT Cut-off Score Parameters for GD-WAT-PI shortlist Parameters for Final admission offer
Ahmedabad 80 Composite Score = Normalized overall score in CAT 2018: 70% + Normalized Application Rating score (academic grades): 30% Normalized PI Score: 50% + Normalized WAT Score: 10% + Composite Score: 40%
Bangalore 90 Composite Score = CAT: 40, 10th: 20, 12th: 10, UG: 20, Gender Diversity: 2, Work Experience: 8 WAT: 10, PI: 30, CAT Score: 25, 10th: 10, 12th: 5, UG: 10, Work Experience: 10.
Calcutta 90 Composite Score = CAT Score: 28%, 10th & 12th: 10% each and Gender Diversity: 2% CAT Score: 15%, PI: 24%, WAT: 5%, Work Experience: 4%. 2% awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor?s degree level.
Lucknow 90 Composite Score = CAT scaled score (overall and sectional): 60%, 12th & UG: 10% each, Work Experience: 10%, Diversity Factor: 5% each for Academic and Gender Diversity CAT Score: 30%, WAT: 10%, PI: 40%, 12th & UG: 5% each, Diversity Factor: 5%, Work Experience: 5%

CAT 2018 Result: Download Score Card at iimcat.ac.in

CAT 2018 Result is declared on the official site, iimcat.ac.in on January 05, 2019. Candidates can simply visit iimcat.ac.in and login with your user id & password to download your score card. IIM Calcutta organised CAT 2018 on November 25, 2018. With more than 2 lakh aspirants, CAT 2018 was again a great hit among the students.

The exam was conducted in the CBT mode, and CAT 2018 result will also be declared online at iimcat.ac.in in the first week of January 2019. CAT 2018 Result will be announced in the form of online score card followed by the CAT Cut off. 

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CAT Score Card will not be sent via mail or courier to candidates’ registered email address and address. However, candidates are intimated about the declaration of CAT 2018 result and their overall percentile via SMS on their registered mobile number.

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CAT 2018 Result Highlights

The key highlights of CAT 2018 Result are mentioned in the table below:

CAT 2018 Result January 05, 2019
CAT Scorecard validity 1 year
Results will be declared at https://iimcat.ac.in/
Minimum Eligibility for Selection CAT Score as per CAT Cut off
 Results will display Scaled score; percentile score


Documents Requirements for CAT 2018 Exam Day

CAT 2018 is scheduled on Sunday, November 25 in two sessions. The exam will be tentatively conducted in almost 374 test centres located in 147 cities of the country. All the candidates are expected to be aware about the documents required on the day of the exam.

IIM Calcutta, the organizing authority for CAT this has repeatedly emphasized in their press releases and notifications about do’s and don’t for exam day. On November 23, official SMS alerts were sent on the registered mobile numbers of all applicants concerning documents requirements on CAT Exam Day for candidates with medical problems. Check Guidelines for CAT Exam Day 2018

CAT 2018 Medical Certificate Requirement

Earlier, IIM Calcutta had also issued a CAT 2018 Test Day Help Guide for all the applicants along with official media release. All the document requirements for CAT 2018 Exam Day are clearly mentioned in the test day guide.

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Documents Required on CAT 2018 Exam Day

The list of important documents for CAT 2018 Exam Day are mentioned below for reference of candidates. Failing to comply with the documents requirement of CAT 2018 can lead to unnecessary delay or disqualification:


  • Carry CAT 2018 Admit Card on exam day after affixing a recent passport size photograph (same photograph as uploaded in CAT Application Form).
  • Valid ID Proof – Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Voter Card, any other valid proof with photo affixed on it.
  • CAT 2018 Scribe Affidavit – PwD candidates opting for scribe need to bring the affidavit in stipulated format, duly signed by the candidate and scribe.
  • CAT 2018 Authorization Form – Candidates have to carry authorization form if they want to carry any prohibited item inside the exam lab, particularly for candidates with medical issues.
  • Medical Certificate – Candidates with Metal Implants or Pacemaker are required to carry the medical certificate in required format to the exam centres.

(Note:- These candidates need to share their medical certificate in proper format with CAT centre @ [email protected] The centre will issue the certificate in this regard after verifying all the details.)

  • Exception Form –  The “Exception Form” is a documents where the candidates need to sign under exceptional circumstances in the exam hall. The same will be provided at the exam lab only and invigilators will guide through the process. Decision of the authority shall be treated as final in this regard.

Earlier, SMS Alerts were also send out regarding list of prohibited items to be avoided at the centre at all cost on the registered mobile number of applicants.

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CAT 2018 Exam Day Document Verification

All the candidates will have to go through the frisking and document verification at CAT 2018 Exam Centres:

  • All the candidates will be checked via hand-held metal detectors (male and female candidates will be frisked separately).
  • Candidates are only allowed to carry admit card, photo identity proof, medical certificate and scribe affidavit (if required) beyond the frisking point.
  • Any other items from the above mentioned items will be kept aside at this point unless candidate produces a valid authorization letter issued by CAT centres. No facility for safekeeping of candidates’ personal belongings will be available.
  • All the required documents will be verified at the Document Verification Desk by the personnel. CAT 2018 Admit Card, any valid photo id proof and any other document (if required) must be produced in original at the desk.
  • Post verification candidates will be send for entry into the exam lab. Candidates may be asked to remove their footwear at this moment.
  • No candidate will be allowed to leave the exam lab after this point before end of exam except few exceptional situations.
  • Next, biometrics of the candidates will be captured by the invigilators.

NMAT 2018: Dates, Eligibility, Application Form, Pattern & Syllabus

NMAT is a university level entrance examination conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for admission into postgraduate management programmes. Many leading B-Schools accept the score of NMAT for admission to their MBA or PGDM courses.

NMAT 2018 is scheduled to be held online from October 4, 2018 to December 17, 2018. Candidates get to choose the exam date, slot and center on a First come First serve basis. Also, examinees registering for NMAT 2018 can select slots within the testing window to appear for exam at their choice of center

NMAT 2018 Highlights

  • Candidates can retake NMAT three times
  • Registered candidates can reschedule their tests
  • Candidates can appear for All India Mock Tests in September 2018
  • Candidates can choose the order of answering their paper
  • You have to complete one section before switching to the next
  • There is no negative marking in NMAT 2018

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NMAT 2018 Dates

Registration for NMAT 2018 begins from July 03 and continues till October 03, 2018. Candidates can check the website for any updates regarding the registration, rescheduling and result dates.

Events Dates
NMAT 2018 Registration July 03 to October 03, 2018
NMAT 2018 Scheduling July 03 to October 16, 2018
Late Registration October 04 to October 14, 2018
Registration for Retake October 05 to December 14, 2018
Rescheduling July 03 to December 14, 2018
Rescheduling for Retake October 05 to December 14, 2018
Examination Window October 04 to December 17, 2018
Results 3rd week of January 2019
Last date to download the scorecard March 31, 2019


NMAT 2018 Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for NMAT 2018 admission are different for each of the participating institutes. The basic eligibility criteria to appear for NMAT 2018 are given below.

  • Indian and NRI candidates can appear for NMAT 2018
  • Candidates with at least 50% marks in graduation are eligible for NMAT 2018
  • Candidates in the final year of their graduation can also apply
  • The maximum age to be eligible for NMAT 2018 is 25 years
  • Candidates having work experience of two or more years after their Bachelor’s degree will be preferred

NMAT 2018 Registration

To apply for NMAT 2018, candidates have to visit www.nmat.org.in and apply online. The steps to apply for NMAT are given below.

  • Create an account on the official website, with a valid email address and mobile number
  • Fill the application form with important details as asked
  • Details on application form should match with photo and signature ID proof
  • Choose the schools where you like to apply for MBA/PGDM Programmes
  • Candidates can choose up to 5 programmes with their registration fee
  • Beyond 5 programmes, an additional fee of INR 200 per program plus taxes will be charged
  • Upload your recent photograph. Same photograph should be on the admit card that you carry to the test center.
  • Candidates can schedule their test date and time after paying the registration fee
  • After successful registration, applicants will receive a unique Registration number

NMAT 2018 Application Fee

Fees of NMAT 2018 can be paid through various sources like-

  • Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Debit Card
  • Net Banking
  • Mobile Wallet
  • Diners Club

If the candidate is non-eligible for the exam and realizes it after filing the form and fees, amount of the fees will be forfeited. Candidates are themselves responsible for reading the eligibility criteria before filing the form. Following table gives the list of services along with the fee charged.

Service Fee
Exam Registration INR 2000 + taxes
Late Registration INR 2500 + taxes
Retake Registration INR 2000 + taxes
Reschedule INR 1100 + taxes
Additional score report (more than 5) INR 200 per report + taxes

Please note- Test rescheduling fee for NMAT 2018 is payable by credit card only.

NMAT 2018 Retake

Candidates willing for a retake can take the test after 15 days of the recent exam. For retake, candidates will not need to fill the registration form again. They can directly schedule their test after paying the retake registration fees.

NAMT 2018 Scheduling

Applicants can schedule their tests after paying the registration fees. Candidates can select any slot between the 75 days examination window. Scheduling will be also done via online mode. For re-scheduling, candidates have to apply at least 72 hours prior to the original appointment.

NMAT 2018 Admit Card

Candidates can download the admit cards after scheduling their tests and paying registration fees.

Students have to carry the NMAT 2018 admit card along with a print out of the email confirmation, one passport size photograph and one photo ID proof to the examination center.

NMAT 2018 Exam Centers

NMAT 2018 will be held across 44 cities, at 58 test centers in India. There are 4 international test centers as well. It is advised that candidates reach the center 45 minutes before the exam begins. If candidates are late beyond 15 minutes after the exam begins, it leads to cancellation of examination. In such a case, candidates cannot claim a return of their fees amount.

Indian Centers

Region Cities
North Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jammu, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Patiala, Varanasi
South Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Manipal, Mysore, Tiruchirapalli, Vellore, Vizag, Vijayawada
East Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong
West Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Pilani, Surat, Vadodara
Central Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur

International Centers

Country City
Nepal Kathmandu
Bhutan Thimpu
Bangladesh Dhaka
Sri Lanka Colombo

NMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

NMAT 2018 will be a computer-based test. The questions will be of MCQ pattern. There are three sections in NMAT 2018 paper and each section will be timed separately. Each section will carry 120 marks, with 3 marks awarded for every correct answer. Students can choose the order of answering the sections.

Sections No. Of Questions Time in minutes
Language Skills 36 28
Quantitative Skills 36 52
Logical Reasoning 36 40
Total 108 120

NMAT 2018 Result

NMAT 2018 scorecard will have the total obtained score and the percentile score of the candidate. Candidates will be notified via email after the release of scorecards. Results are declared within 4-5 weeks when the examinee take the test. They can download their scorecards from the official website with their NMAT Registration No. They can send the scores to their choice of B-Schools after checking the results.

NMAT 2018 Cut off

Cut off for NMAT 2018 will be decided by participating schools. Candidates have to clear sectional cut offs to be eligible for admission.

How to Prepare for CAT 2018 Verbal Ability Section?

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.

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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!

Increase attempts

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.

How to Ace DI (Data Interpretation) and LR (Logical Reasoning) in CAT 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
Quantitative Aptitude 34
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.

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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!

How do CAT 99 Percentile Scorers Planned Their Preparation?

This year, IIM Calcutta is conducting CAT (Common Admission Test) exam on Nov 25, 2018. The exam is one of the most sought-after management entrance exams in the country. On an average, the number of candidates appearing in CAT annually is around 2 lakhs.

Out of this number, less than one percent could make it to 99 percentile which is around 2000 candidates. The stats itself shows that scoring 99 percentile in CAT exam is no cake walk but then it is not impossible too!

CAT 99 Percentile Scorers have revealed their strategy which may help the would-be-appearing candidates in a big way. So, let us see what 99 percentile scorers has to say to enlighten the path for the candidates who would be taking exam for the first time:-

Lay down a blueprint and know how to start

Majority of the candidates well aware of the exam pattern, syllabus, books to be referred etc. do not know how to start the preparation for the concerned exam. So, it is important that you set up a strategy of yours and implement it strictly. Just know your strengths, enhance them and put them in the direction of your plan.


Increase number of correct attempts

Know the average number of questions to be attempted to acquire 99 percentile and start preparing to at least maintain that minimum number while taking the exam. To achieve 99 percentile, candidates require to score around 178 out of 300. Thus, knowing the marking scheme, candidate must plan accordingly as how much attempts he/she should make so that they reach the required margin.

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Work on quality rather than quantity

Try to increase your precision level while attempting the mocks. As we know, there is negative marking in CAT exam. Keeping that in mind, attempt the easy questions first as it would boost your confidence in the exam. Then, go on the difficult questions and do not mark any option if you don’t have a single clue about it. Hence, while increasing number of attempts, try that you attempt most of the questions correctly.

Interpret the complexity level of the questions

There is no remedy to success other than hard work. Practicing more and more questions will help you get an idea of the difficulty level of the questions. It would make you familiar with the exam pattern and help you know the format of the questions being asked in the exam. Thus, try to solve plenty number of questions from various topics of the syllabus.

Manage time and speed

These two factors highly influence a candidates’ performance in any competitive exam. While giving mocks, students must try to solve more number of questions than they did in previous mock test. Learn short tricks to solve the questions and do a lot of practice applying the tricks you learnt so that you become accustomed of solving questions in a particular way. Mostly, short tricks are helpful in questions from quantitative aptitude and reasoning.

Tips to Ace CAT 2018 Mathematics Section

For the CAT aspirants who never studied Mathematics after secondary school, the Quantitative Aptitude section of this iconic eligibility test can be very daunting. However, the one fact that candidates can cheer about is that the syllabus for the CAT Quantitative Aptitude covers the elementary level of mathematics taught till class 10th level.

In the tables below, the segregation of type of questions that appears in the Quantitative Aptitude section as per CAT Exam Pattern is presented followed by the topics that have most frequently covered in the last few editions of CAT:

Section name Total questions Total MCQs (With negative marking) Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking) Total maximum marks
Quantitative Aptitude 34 23 – 27 7 – 11 102

Some major topics covered under each section:

Arithmetic Number System, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Mixtures, Averages
Algebra Linear Equations, Simultaneous Equations, Quadratic Equations, Time-Speed-Distance, Time-Work
Geometry Lines-Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals & Higher Polygons, Circles, 3-D Figures, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry
Modern Math Probability, Permutations & Combinations, Logarithms, Functions, Set Theory

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  • Of the above topics, algebra and geometry have featured comparatively number of times than arithmetic and modern math topics over the last couple of years. As such, aspirants for CAT would do well to lay a little more stress on the algebra and geometry topics.
  • Your success in the CAT Quantitative Aptitude section rides on your conceptual clarity. The foremost thing that you should do is make friends with your math books from school to brush up all your basics to start with.
  • Other than strong basic fundamentals, phased practice tests elevating from moderate to difficult questions is what will make your handling of problems much more confident.
  • Regular timed practice will help you sharpen your basic concepts while taking care of problem-solving within a time constraint.
  • A list of topic-wise formulae will help in better retention and easy recollection.
  • Identify the topics that you are weak in and focus on them instead of the topics that you are most comfortable in. In order to excel, you need to step out of your comfort zone.
  • Finish a topic and immediately attempt a test based on the same. This is very important to seal in the concepts that you have just acquired.
  • Once all topics are covered, sectional mock tests followed by their analysis is the way forward to practice in a simulated time-bound environment.
  • Analysis of each and every mock test is as important as attempting the test itself as it would correctly indicate your problem areas. You can pick up the problem areas for further clarification of concepts and revision.
  • Try and attempt alternate ways of attempting a particular type of problem so that you can find the shortest method to solve the same thus reducing time spent on problem-solving.
  • Apart from basic mathematical skill, what is more important for a CAT aspirant is to be able to comprehend and interpret a question and the given options correctly. CAT is essentially a test of your strategizing skills as a would-be manager; how well you prioritize the more doable question over the ones that you are not sure of, and how efficiently you take care of problem-solving by choosing the minimal steps to reduce time consumption.

You may consider referring to the following books and study material for preparation of CAT Quantitative Aptitude section:

  • How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT – by Arun Sharma (Tata McGraw Hill)
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT – by Nishit K.Sinha (Pearson)
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams (Pearson)
  • Quantitative Aptitude study modules by TIME, Career Launcher, IMS

To sum up the preparation tips for the quantitative aptitude section of CAT, a well-charted plan to brush up basic concepts, hard work, self-discipline, and relentless practice is what will help you score high.

CAT 2018 Result: Download Score Card at iimcat.ac.in

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

IIM Calcutta is organizing CAT 2018 and it is expected that the result will be announced at iimcat.ac.in in the first week of January-2019. CAT Result is announced in the form of online score card that can be accessed from official site using User ID and Password.

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CAT Score Card will not be sent via mail or courier to candidates’ registered email address and address. However, candidates will intimated about the declaration of result via SMS on their registered mobile no. IIM Lucknow announced the result for CAT 2017 on January 08, 2018.

Professor Sumanta Basu from IIM Calcutta will be the convener for CAT 2018. Although the official notification is expected to be released in the month of July-August, the official date for CAT in November 25.