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CAT 2018: Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card and Important dates

Feb 13, 2018 12:15 IST
    CAT 2018
    CAT 2018

    CAT 2018 Exam Date Announced: As per the latest update available on the CAT 2018 official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in; the date for CAT 2018 MBA entrance has been confirmed. The official website of CAT 2018 says the ‘CAT 2018 will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Detailed notification for CAT 2018 may be released in July / August 2018. (IIMs reserve the right to change the test date in case of exceptional circumstances)’. MBA aspirants who are planning to appear for the CAT 2018 should start their preparations accordingly.

    CAT 2018: The official notification for Common Admission Test or CAT 2018 will soon be released by one of the IIMs that behold the responsibility of conducting CAT Exam in the year 2018. Generally the official notification of CAT exam is released in the month of July and the registrations commences from second week of August.

    Every year approximately 2 lakhs MBA aspirants take the prestigious MBA entrance exam to seek admissions in IIMs and other top MBA institutes of India. CAT exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and more than 100 non-IIM institutes across India. Every year the associated IIMs bring changes in their admission policy. However, CAT exam remains the first choice of MBA aspirants to seek admission in MBA/PGDM courses. The exam is known for its high difficulty level to test the aptitude of aspirants, coupled with stringent admission policy released by each IIM separately to shortlist the creamy layer of candidates aspiring to pursue MBA programmes.

    So here are important details of CAT exam that will help you get registered without any hassles:  

    Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2018

    Eligibility is the first and foremost step that clarifies if you can appear for the exam or not. IIMs roll out a list of basic criteria that one must fulfill in order to appear for the CAT exam. So before applying for the exam, carefully read the list of criteria so that you do not have to face any disqualification during the selection stage.

    To find out eligibility criteria of CAT exam, click here!

    How to Register for CAT 2018

    After eligibility, comes another crucial aspect i.e. registration process. Every MBA entrance has its own way of getting the candidates registered. For CAT exam, every year the IIMs launch a website through which CAT aspirants can register themselves. Registration window remains open for a span of one to two month. Last year, IIM Lucknow allowed the candidates to make changes in the registration form even after they submitted their forms. But only a selected few areas such as preferred institutes could be changed. As a precautionary measure, fill all the details correctly because once you have submitted the form, personal details cannot be changed. Incorrect details can lead to cancellation of admission also.

    Know the process of registering for CAT Exam here.

    CAT Exam: Exam pattern and Structure

    Exam pattern is a crucial aspect for the aspirants that help them clear the exam with structured preparations. Every year aspirants find additional changes in the CAT exam, but since last two year, not much has been changed in the exam pattern. The computer based test is sub-divided into 3 sections, as per the trends followed in the previous years.

    CAT is a MCQ based online MBA exam that tests the aptitude of the test takers in 180 minutes. Along with MCQ based questions, there are a few non-MCQ based questions as well. Aspirants must be wary of the negative marking that often brings down the percentile in the exam. During the admission process, IIMs not only consider the overall percentile but sectional percentile also for admission. To CAT aspirants have a challenge to score well in all the sections of the exam to make it to the IIMs.

    You can also make effective utilization of CAT Previous Year Papers to gain deeper understanding of the type of questions and exam pattern being followed in the CAT exam. In addition, In addition, a thorough reading of CAT Question Paper Analysis will help you evaluate the difficulty level of questions faced by the test takers. This will enable you to kick start systematic preparation plan to ace CAT 2018.

    To know more details about the CAT exam pattern, click here.

    CAT 2018: Exam Syllabus

    In order to clear MBA entrance exam, the basic requirement for preparation is to find out the syllabus of the exam. Syllabus is your holy book that helps you prepare for the targeted exam. Syllabus of CAT exam is more or less similar to other MBA entrance exams but there are some distinct topics that make CAT a tough call for the aspirants.

    So take a detailed look at the topics covered in each section and prepare a thorough study plan that will help you cover all the topics to score good percentile in the CAT Exam.

    Find out CAT Exam syllabus here.

    CAT Admit Card

    Admit card is an important document that is required at the time when you appear for the online exam at the examination hall. Your entry in the CAT exam depends upon it. If you miss to carry CAT Admit card to the test center, you might be debarred from appearing in the exam. So make sure that you download the CAT admit card and keep its hard copy safely with you.

    Know how to download the admit card here

    List of IIMs that accept CAT Scores for admission

    Indian Institute of Management is considered as the most prestigious MBA institute of India. IIMs have earned various accreditations and accolades across the globe and excellent faculty and curriculum makes them one of the most sought after MBA colleges in the world. Not only this, IIMs are known to offer best placement exposure to the MBA aspirants. In fact hefty placement packages and 100 per cent placement are a proof of the quality of education being imparted by them.

    Find out top MBA institutes that accept CAT scores here     

    Important dates for CAT 2018

    If you are appearing for CAT exam, then do not miss out on the important dates. Every event related to the CAT exam has a definite deadline and missing out on a single deadline can cost a year’s preparation. Follow the deadlines earnestly until you get admission in the top MBA institutes.


    Date (Tentative)

    Release of CAT 2017 Notification

    Last week of July 2018

    Commencement of Online Registration for CAT

    Second week of August 2018

    Test Date

    25th November 2018


    Second week of January 2019

    About CAT Exam

    1. CAT exam is conducted by one of the IIMs on rolling basis. Last year IIM Lucknow had the onus to conduct the CAT Exam and it did so wonderfully without much ado.
    2. CAT 2017 was conducted on 26th November, in a single slot during 10AM to 12Noon.
    3. Aspirants did not report any technical glitches; the exam was conducted smoothly across all test centres in India.
    4. CAT Scores are a gateway to get admission in institutes such as all the top 20 IIMs along with FMS, MDI, IMI, NITIE, SPJIMR, IMT, JBIMS, BIMTECH, TAPMI, XIMB, Great Lakes among others.

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