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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!

CAT 2018 Tips for Non-Engineering Aspirants

CAT 2018 is scheduled to be held in CBT mode on November 25, 2018 and the online registration for the same has already been started. With as many as only three months left, these will prove to be very crucial for each and every student aspiring for CAT 2018. The previous year trends reflect that engineers usually perform better than any other group of students. So, in order to give a fair chance to all students, IIMs in recent years have tweaked the pattern of the CAT exam and selection criteria.

As per experts, the change in pattern or selection criteria is not sufficient to ensure diversity in population which will eventually gets selected to one of the prestigious IIMs. Candidates who are appearing for CAT 2018 are required to plan their preparation based on their strengths and weaknesses.

Candidates from engineering background do have an obvious advantage when it comes to acing CAT. Now, the question arises that how students from non engineering background prepare for CAT 2018? To get answer to this important question, read the article given below.


What should be the strategy for Non-Engineers to crack CAT 2018?

Generally, there is hardly any difference in the strategy and focus areas between Engineers and Non-Engineers. Every year, a good deal of students from non-engineering background do manage crack CAT, in spite of not being from an Engineering/ Statistics/ Mathematical background. In 2017, three non-engineering background students got 100 percentile score in CAT. From these reports it is evident that if you prepare hard and smartly, you have a fairly better chance to score 99 plus percentile in CAT.

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So, such notions or spreading negativity among non-engineers are totally vague. In order to succeed in CAT 2018, don’t focus on these false notions. How a student perform in aptitude exams like CAT has little to do with his educational background and his success totally depends on candidate’s perseverance, hard work and ability to learn something new.

Tips for Non-Engineering CAT Aspirants

According to changed pattern of CAT, the problem of ‘time management’ has been solved. As, now students need not worry about the time they spend on each section and they can devote their entire attention on solving as many questions as they can. This changed pattern help students in reducing their mental stress and this will help in increasing the accuracy level in the examination. As per students, earlier, they find it difficult to focus on dividing their time cautiously and smartly between the different sections. IIMs have solved this problem somehow by helping students in dividing their time equally.

Tips for Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Section

Before sitting for exams like CAT, you need to distinguish between QA and Mathematics. For CAT, you have to master the mathematical skills which you have learnt till Class 10. This exam focuses on application of basic mathematical concepts rather than focusing on theoretical ideas. So, in order to crack CAT 2018, your should possess knowledge of Basic Arithmetic and Proportionality Tools, Number System, Speed, Distance and Time, Elementary Combinatory, Algebra and Geometry.

As you can see in the above paragraph, that knowledge up to Class 10 is required to excel in the examination. So, there isn’t any special advantage that engineers or other mathematical background people have. Most of the students spend most of their time in focusing on glamorous concepts and neglect simpler topics.

To excel in QA section, students must possess various skills such as handling pressure situations, observation skills, decision making, flexibility of studying and an ability to analyze and solve the questions.

Solving a problem of QA section in CAT, students need to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Read the question carefully
  • Analyze the question i.e. what is given and what is required
  • Solve the problem (if necessary)

To follow these skills, one needs to practice exceptionally well. Candidates preparing for CAT, need to understand a topic in depth first and then solve all the questions related to that particular topic.

How to master Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) Section?        

Students find this section comparatively easy as this is less knowledge oriented and more skill oriented. CAT’s latest pattern shows that majority of question in this section are a mixture of both DI and LR. Major change in pattern of the examination is that there are no sub sections now under the name of DI and LR in DILR section. These areas require less concepts and require more practice. To master this section, it is very important that students will be able to master the skill of working under pressure. This section proves to be an equalizer for both engineering and non-engineering students.

To solve questions in this section, students have to master three basic skills such as comprehension, interpretation and analysis of problems. The important tip to excel this section is after reading the given information, take a look at the questions given before solving them.

Non-engineering background students are required to focus more on evaluating factors in CAT i.e. maintain balance between speed and accuracy. So, to crack CAT in one go, you need to prepare for this examination by distributing your time equally for VA, DILR and Quant sections.

Complete Checklist for CAT 2018 Application Form

The registration process for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 has begun. Candidates can now register for CAT 2018 by visiting the official website, www.iimcat.ac.in. The last date to complete the registration process is September 19, 2018. Common Admission Test (CAT) will be held at test centres across 147 cities. Candidates will have the option to select four cities for test preferences. Indian Institute of Management shall allot candidates’ first preference as far as possible.

Candidates who want to appear for CAT 2018 must satisfy the eligibility criteria set up by the conducting authority. In this article, we are providing all the aspirants with a complete checklist and guidelines for CAT 2018 Application Form.

Important Dates for CAT 2018

Candidates planning to apply can acquaint themselves with the complete schedule for CAT 2018.


Events Dates
CAT 2018 Registration Begins August 8, 2018
CAT 2018 Registration Ends September 19, 2018 17:00 hours
CAT 2018 Admit Card Download October 24 to 25, 2018
CAT 2018 Exam Date November 25, 2018
CAT 2018 Results Second week of January 2019
Scorecard Validity December 31, 2019

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CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The most important thing to check off in your list prior to applying for CAT 2018 is the eligibility criteria. All applicants must meet the eligibility guidelines set up by the conducting authority of CAT 2018, IIM Calcutta. It is mandatory to fulfil the eligibility conditions before applying for the management entrance exam.

As per the notification, basic eligibility criteria are:

  • Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks.
  • Candidates in final year/semester are eligible.
  • A relaxation of 5% marks is awarded to candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories.
  • There is no restriction on age or number of attempts.
  • Candidates of foreign origin fulfilling CAT Eligibility Criteria can also apply.

Pre-Requisites for CAT Registration

Candidates applying for CAT 2018 must ensure that they have a working mobile number and email address with them before beginning the registration process. Given below is the list of documents and details required before beginning with the CAT 2018 Registration Process:

  • Valid email address and mobile phone number
  • Marksheet of Class X, XII, graduation and/or other equivalent exams
  • Details of work experiences (if any)
  • Scanned images of photograph and signature
  • Scanned copy of category certificate (if any)
  • Bank details (credit card, debit card or net banking) for payment of Application fees
  • Preferences for Exam center city

Complete Checklist for CAT Application Form

Steps to Register and Complete Application Process

CAT 2018 Application window opened on August 8, 2018, and the last date to apply will be September 19, 2018. The application window will close at exactly 5:00 PM on the last date. Candidates must ensure that they fill the application form within the given time-frame.

For the ease of applicants, here are steps to follow to complete CAT 2018 Application process:

  • Go to the official CAT 2018 website i.e. www.iimcat.ac.in
  • Click on the ‘New Candidate Registration’ and then click on ‘Register’
  • Read the instructions and proceed.
  • Enter all mandatory details asked in the form i.e. Name, DOB, Mobile Number, Country and Email Address to generate OTP and complete CAT 2018 Registration.
  • Enter the OTP and click on Validate OTP and submit after entering the Captcha Code.
  • Accept the Declaration and submit CAT Registration Form.
  • After submission, a message will be sent on the registered mobile number containing the user ID and Password, also an email will be sent to the given email address with the same details.
  • Click on ‘Go to Application Form’ to fill CAT Application Form.
  • Use the login credentials to sign in
  • Fill in all the required details in the Application form.
  • Candidates will have to fill following in detail: Personal Details, Academic History, Work Experience, Program Preference, Choice of examination center, Uploading of signature and photograph, and Payment of Application Fee
  • Candidates will have to submit the application form by clicking “Submit and Pay” to be redirected to the payment window.
  • The fee can be paid in online mode only.
  • After payment, candidates applying for CAT 2018 will receive a confirmation mail on the registered email id.

Documents to be uploaded

Candidates have to upload the following documents during CAT 2018 Application process:

  • A scanned image of passport size photograph within the dimensions of 35mm X 45mm.
  • A scanned image of the signatures within dimensions of 80mm X 35mm.
  • Images should be in .jpg or .jpeg format with file size of maximum 80 kb.
  • Candidates belonging to different categories will have to upload the category certificate in a pdf format, with attested signatures of the concerned authorities.

CAT 2018 Application Fee

The application fee for CAT 2018 is different for different categories, the details are mentioned below:

Category Fee (in INR)*
General 1900/-
Non-Creamy layer OBC 1900/-
SC/ST 950/-
PWD (DA) 950/-

(*fee excluding transaction charges)

CAT 2018 Form Correction

In case, candidates have made any mistake while filling CAT 2018 Application Form, the same can be corrected before the online payment. However, after submission of CAT Application Form, there will be a limited time window during which the details can be modified.

Candidates can only edit a few fields of information like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected etc.

Things to Know for CAT Applicants

Preference of selecting four cities

From the year 2018, candidates will get preference to select four cities where the exam centre located in order of preference. However, candidates will not be able to select the session of the examination as it will be assigned randomly

Registration fee

Candidates have to pay the registration fee through online payment modes only, which will include credit cards, debit cards and net banking.

Test Format to available from October 17, 2018

The conducting authority will release CAT 2018 Test format and Tutorial for the same, to understand the format of the test on the CAT website from October 17, 2018.

Exam Pattern

CAT 2018 examination will be of 180 minutes duration and candidates will be allotted 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will be restricted to switch from one section to another. The questions will be in three sections

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability

JNU to accept CAT scores for MBA admission

Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU), Delhi starting this year will also accept CAT scores for admission in the School and Management and Entrepreneurship programme at the University.

CAT 2018 Scores to Accepted by JNU

With CAT 2018 scores will also be accepted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) so that students can get admission in the School and Management and Entrepreneurship program at JNU. CAT is a Common Admission Test conducted by various IIMs. The scores of CAT are accepted by premier B-schools around the country.

JNU is the new entrant in the list of non-IIMs who will accept CAT scores for admission to the MBA program. From the next year, JNU will accept the CAT scores. July 2019 session will be the flagship year for the MBA program at JNU.

This year IIM Calcutta will conduct the exam on November 25, 2018, in around 147 cities across the country in two sessions. The examination registration starts from August 8, 2018, and will continue till September 19, 2018. The student will get their admit card on October 24, 2018. The admit card can be downloaded from the official website i.e. www.iimcat.ac.in.

For appearing in the CAT Exam, students have to fill an application form. For SC, ST and PWD candidates application fee is INR 950/- and for all other category candidates application fee is INR 1000/-.

Important Dates for CAT 2018

Events Dates
CAT 2018 Registration starts from August 08, 2018
Registration Ends on September 19, 2018
Availability of Admit card October 25, 2018
CAT 2018 Examination Date November 25, 2018
Declaration of Result Second Week of January 2019

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Courses offered by IIM

  • The list of courses offered by IIM are indicated below:
  • Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management
  • Post Graduate Programme in Management
  • Post-Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management
  • Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management
  • Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets

JNU to Accept CAT 2018 Scores

Eligibility Criteria of CAT 2018

  • Applicants must complete Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with minimum 50% marks and 45% marks for the students belong to SC, ST, PWD category
  • Students appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree examination and waiting for their result can also apply for the exam.
  • Such students, if selected, will only join the program, if they submit the certificate from the Principal/ Registrar of the university, stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the degree.

CAT Examination Pattern

Understanding examination pattern in advance is key to understand about the types of questions asked in the exam, difficulty level of the paper and others.

  • The total time allocated to complete the exam is 180 minutes and 60 minutes is allocated for answering the question in each section.
  • The three sections in which paper is divided are   Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability.
  • The paper consists of 100 questions.
  • CAT examination is a computer-based test
  • For each correct answer, 3 marks will be allocated
  • For the wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted
  • Students cannot switch to another section until they finish one section

CAT Syllabus

To ace a tough entrance such as CAT, students must know the examination syllabus in advance. Applicants must make sure that they have prepared each and every topic of the syllabus. The syllabus for the CAT exam is shown in the following table:

Section Topics
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Vocabulary
Reading Comprehensions
Critical Reasoning
Fill in the Blanks
Sentence Correction
Syllogism & Logical Consistency
Idioms and Phrases
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Tables
Line Graphs
Pie Charts
Bar Graphs
Mix Graphs
Data Sufficiency
Reasoning Based DI
Set Theory
Directions & Routes
Games & Tournaments
Blood Relations
Coding & Decoding
Cubes & Dices
Statements & Arrangements
Quantitative Aptitude Percentages
Profit, Loss & Discount
Mixtures & Allegations
Ratios & Proportions
Time, Speed & Distance
Clocks & Calendars
Time & Work
Linear Equations
Quadratic Equations
Binomial Theorem
Co-ordinate Geometry
Permutation & Combination

TANCET – Application Form

TANCET is a state level exam conducted every year by Anna University, Chennai for admission into MBA, MCA, M.E. / M. Tech, M. Arch/M. Plan offered at Colleges of Tamil Nadu. For TANCET 2019, the application forms are tentatively scheduled to be available from April 1, 2019, and should be submitted before April 22, 2019. The application forms will be available in both Online Mode and Offline Mode.

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Important Dates for TANCET 2019 Application form

Starting of Registration April 1, 2019
Last date for receiving online application April 20, 2019
Last date for offline (In person at Coordinating Centres) registration April 22, 2019
Last date for receiving offline application (In person at Coordinating Centres) April 25, 2019
Issuing Duplicate Hall ticket at Chennai Coordinating Centre April 29, 2019
Last date of issuing Duplicate Hall Ticket at all Coordinating Centres May 14 & 15, 2019


Offline Mode

The candidates can visit the Help Centres In person to get the application form. The candidates have to fill the application form and submit it on the spot along with the required documents like:

  • Class Xth mark sheet
  • Class XII mark sheet or Diploma degree certificates
  • Reserved category certificates (SC/ST candidates) in card format
  • Demand Draft of INR 500 (Gen) or INR 250 (SC/ST) in favour of “The Secretary, TANCET, Anna University, payable at Chennai” if making through DD


Online Mode

The candidates can also get application form Online on the official website as under:

Step 1: Registration: Candidates must enter the details like personal information, academic details and address for registration and to get access of application form

Step 2: Fill up the application form: Fill up all the details asked in the application form and don’t leave any field blank

Step 3: Submit the form: for downloading the form you need to submit it and before submitting form make sure all the information filled is correct and valid as after submitting you can not edit the information

Step 4: Final submission: Finally submit the form you must download the form and send it to the following address with the required documents

  • Class Xth mark sheet
  • Class XII mark sheet or Diploma degree certificates
  • Reserved category certificates (SC/ST candidates) in card format
  • Demand Draft of INR 500 (Gen) or INR 250 (SC/ST) in favour of “The Secretary, TANCET, Anna University, payable at Chennai”


The Secretary, TANCET

Centre for Entrance Examinations

Anna University

Chennai – 600025

TANCET Application fee

The fee is different for General and reserved category candidates as given under:

Category Fee (INR)
General Candidates 500
SC/ST Candidates 250

TANCET Application Status:

To check application status, simply check the following steps:

  • Go to the official website
  • Click on Login
  • Enter your details like Registration no. and D.O.B in the correct format
  • You can now easily check your application status

TANCET Help Centres:

Candidates can also visit in person at the following coordinating Centres to submit application on all days except Sundays and Public Holidays. The Centres are:

Centre City
Centre of Entrance Exam, Anna University Chennai
Annamalai University Chidambaram
Government College of Technology Coimbatore
Institute of Road and Transport Technology Erode
Alagappa College of Engineering & Technology Karaikudi
Anna University Regional Centre Madurai
University College of Engineering Nagercoil
Government College of Engineering Salem
Kunthavai Nacchiyaar Govt. Arts College for Women Thanjavur
Government College of Engineering Tirunelveli
Anna University Regional Centre Tiruchirapalli
Thanthai Periyar Government Institute of Technology Vellore
University College of Engineering Villupuram
Kamaraj College of Engineering & Technology Virudhunagar
University College of Technology Dindigul

TANCET 2019 Application FAQs

  1. What is the Application process for GATE candidates and Sponsored category candidates? Who are Sponsored Candidates?
  2. The application procedure is same for all the categories whether it is GATE candidates, Sponsored Candidates or General candidates. All the applicants will be further divided into 3 categories i.e. –
  • GATE
  • Sponsored category

The candidates with eligible valid GATE score will get admission directly without appearing in Entrance. General and Sponsored category candidates have to necessarily appear in the exam. The Sponsored category includes candidates who are employed and sponsored by the Government or Professional Architects registered with government aided institutions with a minimum of 5 years’ experience.

  1. Is there any registration fee waiver for sponsored candidates?
  2. There is no separate application fee waiver for the sponsored category, However, if candidates come under SC/ST then they have to pay the fee as mentioned for SC/ST categories i.e. INR 250. and if they are of General category they will be charged the fee according to general category i.e. INR 500.
  3. When can I apply for TANCET 2019?
  4. The candidates can apply on or before the stipulated dates of each program.


All You Need to Know to Ace CAT Selection Procedure

CAT is unanimously renowned as one of the toughest exams to clear. Every year organising institutes receive more than 200,000 applications for the exam. However, owing to the seats available in IIMs and other leading MBA colleges, the success ratio in CAT is as low as 0.3%. Yep. That means you cannot be sure to get a call from top IIMs even if your percentile is 98%. CAT Selection Procedure comprises selection rounds/tests conducted by CAT Participating Institutes (IIMs and other top b-schools) to analyze students. The pattern of the test usually varies slighlty from institute to institute.

CAT Exam in itself is a tough nut to crack, but even if you managed to ace it and fall among the top percentile scorers, what lies ahead is a stiff road. While CAT Score matters much during MBA admissions, but it is not the only factor. Performance of students in CAT selection procedure that follows CAT Result declaration is an equally important factor in final selection and seat alloment.

Your upcoming CAT Selection Procedure could include following tests/activities:

  • Group Discussion
  • Written Ability Test
  • Personal Interview
  • Group Activity

CAT Selection Procedure for IIMs

Indian Institutes of Management are premier management institutions, renowned for their state of the art study curriculum. The cutoff for the 20 IIMs can goes as high as 100 percentile with last students being considered at lowest of 98-97%ile.

Shortlisted students for IIMs are called participate in the Selection Process post announcement of CAT Result. Old IIMs (IIM-A, IIM-C, IIM-B, IIM-L,IIM-K,IIM-I, IIM-S) conducted their selection procedure separately, while remaining 13 other IIMs conduct their selection procedure through Common Admission Process (CAP) rounds.

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General Process of Selection Process at all IIMs include Group Discussion followed by Written Ability Test and Personal Interview.

CAT Selection Procedure for Non IIMs

There are some elite non IIM Institutes as well that accept CAT scores for admission in their MBA/PGDM Programs. The list includes some really great options such as IMT Ghaziabad, MICA, MDI Gurgaon and others. Selection Process at Non IIM Institutes accepting CAT Scores could include Group Activity in addition or in place of Group Discussion. Institutes such as IMT Ghaziabad and MICA particularly conduct Group Activity for the shortlisted students.


Group Discussion in CAT Selection Process

Group Discussion is the most preliminary round of Selection Procedure for most of Institutes including IIMs and Non IIMs. The topic at Group Discussion ranges from Current Affairs to Economical/Fiscal related topics with even Abstract Topics being discussed at few institutes.

Sample Topics for Group Discussion

  • Social ]edia – Impact on human behavior and society
  • India-US relations – Impact of Trump
  • One year of GST
  • Relevance of WTO in today’s global scenario
  • Facebook – Cambridge Analytica data scandal
  • EU’s GDPR – Impact on India
  • Flipkart-Walmart deal – Impact on India
  • Budget 2018-19 – Analysis
  • Door – Abstract GD Topic
  • Will artificial intelligence take away jobs?

Tips for Group Discussion

Group Discussion is aimed at checking participants’ ability and skills to contribute effectively towards goal accomplishment process.Group Discussions are necessary because business management is primarily a group activity and working with groups is the most important metric of being a manager. Here is how you should you approach the group discussion round


  • Clarity: Be clear about your opinion regarding the topic.
  • Listen: Be a great listener. Grab all the quantifiable thing you can from your partners. Analyze and React.
  • Articulate: Present your view confidence.
  • Examples: Provide examples while making any points.
  • Patient: Be Patient while listening to others. Give them their time.


  • Don’t initiate if you dont possess adequate knowledge about the topic.
  • Don’t get agitated while making any point
  • Don’t mention erratic statistics.
  • Don’t raise your voice to make a point.
  • Don’t splain.

WAT in CAT Selection Process

Written Ability Test is another such round in CAT Selection process. Written Ability Test (WAT) is pen-paper based writing test of 15 to 30 minutes duration. The test is designed to analyze candidates’ grasp of the language. Here are some do’s and dont’s for WAT in CAT Selection Process


  • Be Clear: Formulate an appropriate introduction, body and conclusion before you start writing.
  • Be neutral: Present clear line of thought in a structured manner.
  • Be Relevant: concentrate on the content of the topic.


  • Avoid using negatives in your write-up
  • Avoid behind too inclined towards your argument.


Personal Interview in CAT Selection Process

Personal Interview is the final level of test candidates have to participate in before beginning their journey in their dream colleges. Personal Interview revolves around students’ life and academia. The interviewers expect candidate to be patient and humble throughout the interview. Some important pointers to keep in mind while attending your next interview.


  • Make yourself heard clearly
  • Be in decent formal clothes, avoid wearing too flashy clothes
  • Be Prepared for general questions
  • Be informed about the institute and its offered programs


  • Avoid giving excuses
  • Avoid high pitched voice
  • Avoid arguing with interviewer

About CAT 2019

CAT 2019 is all set to be conducted on November 25, 2018. Online Registration for the exam is expected to commence in the month of August. Till then, best of luck preparing for CAT

KMAT Kerela 2019 Hall Ticket

KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket will be issued online by CEE Kerala through the official website i.e, kmatkerala.in/. The Hall ticket will be available only to those candidates who complete the application process in all respect and within the submission deadline. The Hall Ticket has to be downloaded from the official website.

KMAT Kerala (Kerala Management Aptitude Test) conducted by the Mahatma Gandhi University, is a state-level bi-annual entrance test for admission to MBA at various Government/Private colleges in Kerala. The first phase of KMAT Kerala 2019 is scheduled in the first week of February.

Latest Update: KMAT Kerala July 2018 examination’s Hall Ticket was released on June 28, 2018, through the official website. The examination was successfully conducted on July 8, 2018.

How to Download KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket?

There is no alternate method of obtaining the KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket other than downloading the same form the official website. The steps involved in downloading the document is mentioned below:

  1. Visit the official website https://kmatkerala.in/
  2. Login using valid candidate login credentials
  3. Click the link “Download KMAT Hall Ticket”
  4. The KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket will be displayed on-screen.
  5. Download, save and obtain prints of the document for future reference.

Details on KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket

KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket is an important document that needs to be presented during the KMAT Examination, counseling and Admission process. Candidates are advised to preserve the document with care. The following details will be printed on the KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket:

  • Admit Card Number
  • Application Number
  • Candidate’s Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Candidate’s Photograph and Specimen Signature uploaded at the time of Application.
  • Examination Venue Details
  • Date & Reporting Timing for the Examination
  • Exam day Instructions


Discrepancy in KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket

Candidates are advised to carefully check the details printed on the KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket. Some common errors that may be spotted on the document are:

  • Misinformation printed on the Hall Ticket in terms of Candidate’s Name, Date of Birth and/or Application Number.
  • Candidates photograph or signature is not clearly visible.

In case of above issues or if any candidate is unable to download KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket,

The exam conducting authorities should be contacted at –

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0471-2335133.

Documents Required with KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket

Candidates are required to carry in person a photo identification proof in support of the KMAT Kerala Hall Ticket to the exam center on the day of the exam for verification purpose. In the absence of a supporting document along with the Hall Ticket, candidates will not be allowed to appear for the exam. Any of the following documents are accepted for verification:

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Driving License
  • PAN Card
  • Voter Id
  • Passport

KMAT Kerala Exam Centers

KMAT is conducted in 14 centers across Kerala. Candidates list three centers of their choice at the time of KMAT application. The exam conducting authority has the final say in the test center allocation to candidates. Please note that no request for change of exam center is entertained by the KMAT authorities.

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The details of the test center assigned will be printed on the KMAT Hall Ticket. The following table presents an indicative list of KMAT test centers.

Thiruvananthapuram Thrissur
Kollam Palakkad
Alappuzha Malappuram
Pathanamthitta Kozhikode
Kottayam Wayanadu
Idukki Kannur
Ernakulam Kasaragod


Q 1: How are the KMAT Exam Centers allocated?

A: Exam centers are allocated on the basis of both candidates’ preference as well as the availability of seats in a given center.

Q 2: I did not change the KMAT Kerala default login password and now I have forgotten what it was. What do I need to do?

A: The default login password for KMAT Kerala is the candidate’s date of birth in the dd/mm/yyyy format.