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CAT 2018 Exam Day New Guidelines

CAT 2018 is scheduled in online mode for November 25, 2018. With barely few days left for the exam day, candidates must go through the list of all items allowed or disallowed inside the exam premises.

IIM Calcutta, the conducting authority for this years’ edition of CAT has issued a media release which clearly prohibits wearing any jewellery, shoes and jackets on the day of exam. As per the press release, nearly 2.41 lakh candidates have successfully submitted the application form.

Open footwear like chappals are allowed on the day of CAT Exam. IIM Calcutta has instructed all the applicants to carry only important documents such as CAT Admit Card, Photo ID proof, required medical certificate and scribe affidavit to exam venue.

The security measures at all the exam centres of CAT 2018 will be very heavy to prevent any forgery, false impersonation or any other malicious activities in the examination this year. Therefore, failure to comply with any instructions issued in the press release can lead to unnecessary time delay or even debarment from appearance in the exam.

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IIFT 2019 Admit Card Released, Check Complete Details

IIFT Admit Card 2019 (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) 2019 is slated for release today i.e. November 16, 2018 after 5pm. The entrance will be exam will be conducted on Dec 2, 2018 in paper and pencil mode across 20 centers in the country.

IIFT is a national level management entrance offering admission to MBA (IB) programs at its Delhi and Kolkata campuses. IIFT Application Process started from August 6 and closed on Sep 14, 2018. Every year, around 60,000 students appear for the exam.

Admit card is issued only to those candidates who have successfully registered along with stipulated fee payment.

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Here is a glimpse of the important events and dates associated with IIFT 2019 in the table below:

Events Dates
Online Registration Started on August 6, 2018
Closure of Online Registration September 24, 2018 (extended)
Admit Card to be Released on November 16, 2018
Exam is Scheduled on December 2, 2018

Admit card for IIFT 2019 will be released on the official website (tedu.iift.ac.in). Candidates are advised to download the admit card prior to the exam day to avoid panic at last minute. Candidates will be selected on the basis of written test, group discussion, writing skills assessment and interview.

Candidates may download the admit card from the official website after log in to their account using credentials. Here, we will be talking about the procedure to download the admit card and details stated upon the admit card.


IIFT Admit Card 2019: Steps to Download

  • Visit the official website of IIFT 2019.
  • Candidates then have to login entering their name and application number.

IIFT Admit Card 2019

  • Click on “Submit” button after filling the details.
  • Admit card of the respective candidate will get displayed on the screen.
  • Download the pdf file of the admit card and also take 2-3 printouts of the same for future reference.
  • Candidates must keep the admit card carefully to produce at the examination center and in counseling process.

Details Mentioned on IIFT 2019 Admit Card

IIFT 2019 admit card contains personal and exam related details which are mentioned here. Once the candidates download the admit card, they are advised to cross check every detail with caution. If any discrepancy found, it must be immediately reported to the IIFT and must be revised as soon as possible. Following are the details mentioned on the admit card of IIFT 2019:-

  • Name of the candidate
  • Signature and photograph of the candidate.
  • Roll number/application number of the candidate.
  • Name and address of the exam center.
  • Date of exam.
  • Reporting time of exam.
  • General instructions to be followed by the candidate on exam day.

IIFT 2019 Exam Centers

IIFT 2019 will be held in 20 cities across the country. The exam centers for the entrance test have been stated as follows:

Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Chennai, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Dehradun, Gowahati, Indore, Jamshedpur, Kochi and Vishakhapatnam.

CAT 2018: Exam Day Rules and Guidelines

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.

Latest Notification

CAT Test Day Help Guide published on the official website today. All the successful applicants are also send notification on their registered mobile numbers. Click Here to Download

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.


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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.

Top 5 Preparation Apps to Ace Management Entrance Exams in 2019

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.


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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.


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.


Check Best Books, Study Material to Ace CAT 2018 Exam

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.

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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

For Vocabulary

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.

CAT 2018: Image Correction Facility Opens Today

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:

CAT 2018 Image Correction Facility

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?

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  • 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 Closes Today at 5 pm, Register @ iimcat.ac.in

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.

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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.

CAT 2018: Common Mistakes To Avoid in Exam Shared By Experts

CAT is the most anticipated management entrance in India. Going by the trends the number of candidates appearing in CAT is declining every year by marginal numbers, however the competition is still immense owing to the fact that over 2 Lac candidates compete for around 2000 seats in IIMs i.e. only 1% of the total number of candidates get the chance to make it.

It leaves all IIMs aspirants with an uphill task to be completed within limited amount of time. One should be thoroughly prepared conceptually and mentally. But no matter how well candidates prepare most of them end up making silly mistakes that can cost them dearly. Today we focus upon some common mistakes shared by experts that can be taken care of with some vigilance on students’ part.


    1. Don’t Set A Target – The aim of top institutes accepting CAT scores is to get students who score more than others and not students who score a certain pre-decided percentile/scores. Directly setting up a target of minimum marks is being pushy and puts the candidates under pressure. They can feel pressurized while attempting a difficult paper or act over confident in an easier paper.Historically, CAT cutoffs have been on the lower side. Don’t worry about low scores in your mock or final exams as long as your percentiles are on the higher side.

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  1. Misjudged Cut-Off – There is no way one could decide or guess the cut-off while doing the paper. The guess work may stops them attempting further questions in a section once they reach a score based on their assumption. Ideally this should be avoided and students must give their best within the sectional time limit. The cut-offs for each section is decided by the institutes there is no scope to guess work. Misjudged cutoff is again a bad call.
  2. Maximizing Attempts – The belief that ‘If I do more I’ll get more marks is a very dangerous mind set among test takers. Remember too many wrong attempts lead to huge negative marks penalty which undo the marks of the correct answers too. In last two years there has been an increase in TITA (Type In The Answers) questions, carrying no negative marks.
    As per latest pattern 75% of CAT questions are MCQs under negative marking scheme and the balance 25% are TITA questions. CAT 2018 pattern is yet to be known; hence candidates are strictly advised to have an optimum level of attempts based on the level of difficult. The challenge is to balance number of attempts with number of correct answers.
    When attempting sets in DILR and RC passages, spending too much time on cracking a set can actually backfire. This has been a major cause of trouble in the LRDI section of CAT 2016 and 2017 where many brilliant students couldn’t perform well.
  3. Wasting Time on TITA – No negative marking in the form of TITA questions is quiet tempting. The end result being candidates spending lot of time on these questions. Have a time limit for TITA questions in proportion to their marks.
  4. Overlooking Scanning – Many candidates feel that scanning the paper is a waste of time and begin attempting the questions instantly. A five minutes scanning helps identifying the easiest questions that can be done first and the difficult ones for the later part. Moreover scanning helps in dividing the time within sectional limit. CAT testing pattern includes a button that allows test takers to see the complete section at any point of time. Use it wisely.
  5. Relying on Tricks – Tricks and shortcuts to crack questions might work in Quant and DILR but not with RCs. There are students who heavily rely on these formula and tricks to solve questions. But only a sound base of concepts can help you in understanding and applying tricks in QA and DILR sections. In case of RCs there is no trick or code. All a candidate needs to do is read as much possible and strengthen vocabulary.
  6. Big No To Blind Guessing – Blind guessing might work in other entrance tests but not in CAT. The level of exam and negative marking can put candidates in trouble with blind guessing game. As per experts blind guessing has always lead to low score of many students.
  7. Maximizing Accuracy – Maintaining accuracy is a must but achieving high level of accuracy can lead to drop in number of attempts. In an exam carrying negative it is very important to balance accuracy against number of attempts (as pointed earlier). Avoid that by hovering between 70-85% accuracy.
  8. Starting Late Preparations – Many test takers believe that preparations for CAT can be done in a month or two with coaching. However, as shared by many experts and toppers should begin at least six months before the exam. CAT preparations should be systematic, timely and regular. Candidates should start preparing early in order to have strong foundation in concepts and application of the same.
  9. Negative Attitude – CAT top percentile holders have always made countless stories where students with average academic background have cracked the paper in first attempt. Yet again many aspirants assume that CAT can only be cracked by students with a strong academic record. Each test taker should get over with negative attitude and should develop a strong sense of time management and systematic preparation.

Well these are some common error that aspirants must be aware of and easily avoid with some awareness and clear planning ahead of time.

How To Edit CAT Application Form Successfully?

IIM Calcutta will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 on November 25. The online registration for CAT has already commenced from August 8, 2018. As per recent reports, students filling the CAT Application Form are facing some issues while editing CAT 2018 Application Form. So, candidates who are worried about these issues need not worry as they can rectify the mistakes made in the application form. To know how to edit CAT application form successfully, read the article given below.

There are three ways to edit CAT 2018 application form. First, you can change the details entered in the application form before submitting the application fee. Second, you can register again before the last date of application. Third, you can also edit the data entered in the form after the submission of the application fee. One can choose any of the methods mentioned above to rectify their mistakes made in the form.

In the first case, if the candidate has made a mistake while filling the form before submission of fee, then you can edit the information entered as many times as they want. This facility is only available for those students who have not submitted the application form finally. Candidates can change all the information such as academic details, examination centers, course selected and other details in the form. However, there are some details such as candidate’s name, state, date of birth, email id and phone number which cannot be modified even before final submission of application form.

In case you find that you have entered incorrect information while registering for CAT 2018 then you are required to apply for CAT 2018 again. In this case, you need to apply for CAT again with a new email id. To avoid paying the application fee twice, it is advised that you must check the form twice.

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In the third case, i.e., if the last date to apply for CAT 2018 is over or you have already paid the application fee, you need not worry as you can make the changes after the last date also. If there are mistakes apart from the registration details, then you need to wait for the CAT 2018 application form correction window. In this time period, students can edit the information like percentage of marks obtained, work experience, course details and test centers for further admission process. The correction window is expected to open 10 days after the last date of CAT 2018 registration. It will remain open for just 3 days. After the closing of correction window, no further request for change in information will be entertained.

Right now, there is no information regarding the opening of the correction window as it’s not confirmed by the examination conducting body. There are chances that the authorities will open the correction window. Though from the last two years, IIM has been opening this facility for the convenience of candidates. So, its been expected that the application correction window will also open this year.

As per experts, it’s been advised that you must not depend on the correction window. Before filling the CAT application form 2018, read the instruction manual carefully. There is ample time to fill the application form, so fill the application form patiently and fill the form before the last date i.e. September 19, 2018. The registration fee is Rs. 1900 (Rs. 950 for SC/ ST/ PwD Category candidates) which can be paid only in the online mode through Debit, Credit Cards or Net Banking and the application fee is non-refundable.

Is CAT Score Important in IIM Admission Process?

The MBA season has begun and applications have commenced for all major management entrance exams. Candidates looking to get into a top b-school this year, have already started applying for various exams and colleges.

Amongst several management entrances, CAT (Common Admission Test) is the most popular one. The number of applicants is very high and its score is considered for admission to most top notch b-schools. But the CAT score alone is not assurance for success in IIM Admission Process.

So a high score in CAT 2018 is doorway to the top colleges/IIMs?

Well, if you are going through this line of reasoning, then you are badly mistaken. While CAT score is a significant factor in your admission process, but it is not everything that you need. And especially in case of top 3 IIMs, IIM Ahmadabad, Bangalore and Calcutta, there are several other things that matter more than the CAT.

Country’s top business schools use a dynamic and rigorous process while offering admission to their post graduate courses, which includes academic records, work experience, interview performance, WAT score along with your CAT 2018 score. The admission process generally has two steps, one is getting shortlisted for PI-WAT (a.k.a. getting the call), and then final selection after appearing in this process.

So does your CAT score really matter in IIM Selection process? Let us find out by going through the admission criteria of top 3 IIMs: –

IIM Ahmadabad Selection Criteria

Being country’s best business school, IIM A requires much more than a good CAT score to get the admission. First of all, it has strange and unique rule of calling top 100 candidates (in terms of academic scores) from each academic background (science, arts, commerce etc). For such candidates, their CAT score is actually of very less significance, as they are given the option of appearing in AWT-PI process solely on the basis of their academic prowess.

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For all other candidates, CAT score gets a 70% weightage while calling for AWT and PI process.

However, since getting a call or getting shortlisted is not enough, we need to know that how much does that CAT score matter in final selection. And this is the place where the actual game begins.

In the final selection, IIM A gives a weightage of around 28% to the CAT score. Yes, you heard that right. In the final score, 50% weightage goes to PI score, 10% to AWT score and 40% to the composite score. And further within the composite score, 70% weightage goes to CAT score. So technically (0.4*0.7), only 28% weightage goes to CAT score.

And thus, it is quite clear that you need to perform extremely well in PI and AWT to get into IIM A. Not to forget that since this is country’s best business school, the candidates appearing for their interview processes have both the qualities in them, excellent CAT scores and scintillating academic scores, so the only thing that makes the difference is your PI and AWT score, which matter the most.


IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria

IIM Bangalore is among the IIMs which gives the lowest weightage to CAT score, both while shortlisting candidates for PI-WAT and in final selection.

While calling candidates for interview rounds, IIM B gives only 40% weightage to CAT score, which is amongst the lowest in all IIMs. 50% weightage is given to academic scores, 10 points for work experience and gender diversity. So for appearing in PI-WAT process of IIM Bangalore, your academic scores matter significantly more than CAT Score.

This weightage drops even further when it comes to final selection. In final selection process, CAT score has a weightage of only 25%. Academic Score get weightage of 25%, PI score gets 30%, WAT score gets 10% and rest is for work experience. So even if you have a staggering CAT score, if you don’t have a good academic background, or don’t perform well in PI-WAT, you actually have no chance of getting the admission.

IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria

On similar lines, IIM C also weighs your profile more than your CAT score. While Shortlisting candidates for PI-WAT processes, IIM C gives a weightage of 56% to CAT score, which is certainly good news. Further, IIM C gives zero weightage to graduation score, but Class X and XII scores are given an important weightage of 40%, which is huge. Remaining 4% marks are allocated to gender diversity.

But as soon as we move to final selection, the value of CAT Score falls heavily. In final selection, CAT score matters for only 30% of the total score. This, again, means that you need much more than a good CAT score to get through. PI and WAT, combined, get the highest weightage of 58% in the final selection.

CAT weightage given by other IIMs

Other top colleges like IIMs of Lucknow, Indore and Kozhikode also follow a similar pattern. IIM Lucknow gives 60% value to CAT score while shortlisting candidates for WAT & PI, while only 30% value is given to it in the final selection.

On the other hand, IIM Kozhikode gives a healthy 75% weightage to CAT while calling candidates for Interview rounds. For final selection, this weightage drop to 35%, but is still higher than most of the IIMs.

Amongst the older IIMs, IIM Indore has the least weightage for CAT. It gives only 20% value to CAT Score, both while shortlisting for PI WAT and for final selection. So admission to IIM Indore is very faintly dependent on CAT score.

From the admission criteria, it is quite visible that CAT score gets a decent weightage, but other factors like academic scores and PI-WAT scores matter much more than CAT scores.

CAT 2018 convener Sumany Basu said that higher weightage is given to PI, to better assess the candidate. During the PI process, the interviewer does not get biased towards someone who has a brilliant percentile in CAT, but has been performing badly in academics. “The interviewer does not get biased by the CAT score of candidate. They are experienced individuals who know how to evaluate candidates on different scales. Both CAT score and performance in the interview are important to us.”

So as an answer to the question, that “does CAT score really matter in IIM selection process?” can be answered by saying that yes, it matters upto an extent, but there are other factors also which play a better role than CAT. There are candidates who did not get a single IIM call even after getting a 99.8+ percentile, while there are some who are studying in old IIMs with percentile of around 95.

At most, candidates can take CAT as a way to get shortlisted for WAT-PI process. After that, your PI-WAT performance along with other factors is responsible for landing in your dream b-school.  Good Luck!