CAT 2018: The students who are preparing for the Common Admission Test, we have some good news for you. According to the latest notification from the board, the Common Admission Test will be held on November 25, 2018. The note released on the official website iimcat.ac.in further adds that the detailed notification for the CAT 2018 “may be released in July / August 2018.” Those who clear the exam will be eligible for admission to management courses, including PGP, PGDM, PGPEM, EPGP, PGPBM, PGPEX, at various IIMs across the country. In 2017, the IIM Lucknow conducted the entrance examination in all IIMs. Last year, the notification was released in July and the registration had started on August 9. The exam fees is Rs 900 for SC, ST and PwD. For general category, it is Rs 1800.
The results for the CAT are usually released in the second week of January. This year, about 2.31 lakh candidates have registered for the entrance test. The CAT will be a computer-based test and have three sections of 60 minutes each. There will be 34 questions each in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Ability section, and will be of 102 marks each. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section will have 32 questions and will be of 96 marks. Candidates' CAT 2018 score card will be made accessible at the CAT website.
Last year, twenty of the 1.9 lakh candidates who took CAT 2017 - for entry into IIMs all around the country - had made it to the 100 percentilers club. In CAT 2016, all the top 20 candidates were male and engineers, however, in CAT 2017, the top 20 list contains two female candidates and three non-engineers. While the overall number of applications decreased, however there was an increase of 1.16 per cent in female applicants (78,009). Moreover, the number of candidates under the transgender category had also gone up with 31 applications.
The board has set some basic eligibility criteria for the candidates who want to apply for IIM CAT. The candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories), awarded by any University or educational institution.