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About CAT 2018

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. The computer-based test is taken by lakhs of management aspirants in India every year for admission to flagship PGP programmes in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top B-schools of India. The exam date for CAT 2018 is November 25, 2018. Check CAT 2018 Notification on Our Website! On this page, you will find all the details related to the CAT 2018, such as its dates, eligibility, application, pattern, syllabus, admit card, results, preparation tips, previous years' question papers and more.

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CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

It is important for candidates to know the CAT 2018 eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. For all CAT 2018 aspirants, a Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50% marks in aggregate is a must. Those who are in the final year of their graduation may also apply for the exam. SC, ST and PwD candidates have a relaxation of 5% in graduation marks. 

Candidates who wish to apply for CAT 2018 must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised University or educational institution with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA for General and NC-OBC candidates ...

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CAT College Predictor 2018 has introduced a unique CAT College Predictor Tool that test takers can use to find out the colleges where they can get admission based on their percentile. While the CAT 2018 exam is yet to be conducted, you can go through our last year's CAT College Predictor.

After the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 result was announced, candidates used our CAT College Predictor 2017 tool to get the list of all the colleges that were best suited for them as per their CAT percentile. 

In order to use this tool, candidates have to log in with valid credentials and ...

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CAT 2018 Syllabus

The IIMs, which are responsible for conducting the exam every year, have not fixed any syllabus for CAT. Experts and academicians have observed the exam pattern of CAT over the years and they have shared the tentative CAT 2018 syllabus accordingly. To know the syllabus, candidates should first carefully study the Exam Pattern of CAT 2018

Based on the sections of CAT examination, there are some very important topics that candidates must prepare in order to cover the maximum CAT syllabus 2017 and maximise their chances of scoring well. 

The syllabus of CAT 2018 is based on the exam's 3 ...

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CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Getting familiar with the exam pattern and increasing your efficiency is an important step in the exam preparation process. Following is the detailed pattern of CAT that will help you in your preparation for the next year's exam. CAT is conducted in an online mode and the duration of the test is 180 minutes. The total number of questions asked in the exam is 100, which are divided into the following three sections:

Sections No. of Questions Marks Allocated Time Duration
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 102 60
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 96 60
Quantitative Ability 34 102 ...

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CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

CAT 2017 conducted in two sessions did not throw up any surprises compared to the paper format. The level of difficulty of the paper too was almost the same as that of CAT-2016. The scoring pattern was as follows:

  • 3 marks for each correct answer
  • -1 mark for each wrong answer (For MCQs)
  • No negative marking for wrong answer in Non-MCQs

The paper had 74 questions with negative marking and 26 questions without negative marking. All the 74 MCQs had 1/3 negative marking while there was no negative marking for wrong answers for the 26 Non-MCQs.

Slot 1: Here ...

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How to Prepare for CAT 2018

The best thing to do a few weeks before the exam is to take a decent number of mock tests and analyse the results. Revising important concepts and formulae is another way to boost your performance on the exam day. 

Worried about your CAT preparation? CollegeDekho is here to give you some tips and tricks to crack the exam.

Old papers and mock tests always help: Using the previous years' papers is a good way to get an idea of the exam. Also, mock tests help in assessing one's proficiency on the subjects. 

Stay calm and relaxed: Your performance ...

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CAT 2018 Participating Colleges

Getting into the top B-schools in India is the dream of any MBA aspirant looking to make a career in the business world. The Common Admission Test, also referred to as CAT, is the most popular MBA entrance exam that has helped many students realise this dream. Started in the 1950s, conducted and controlled by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), CAT scorers are able to grab a place in the interested field of business administration countrywide. 

It is important for CAT aspirants to be aware of every information related to the exam. While appearing for the exam is just the first ...

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CAT 2018 Result

The Common Admission Test (CAT) for the year 2018 is going to be conducted on November 25. 2018. An official notification of CAT 2018 is awaited. The result date for CAT 2018 will be released along with the notification.

The CAT 2017 Result was announced on 8th January 2018. As many as 20 candidates achieved 100 percentile in CAT. Test takers had to check their results by using their login details (CAT User ID and password). After checking the result, candidates were supposed to download the result and take a print for further use.

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), which conducts ...

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CAT 2018 Selection Process

The CAT selection process involves two rounds, which are conducted by the participating institutes once the results are out. Based on the candidates' performance in CAT, participating institutes shortlist candidates for further rounds, which may include Group Discussion/Written Ability Test and Personal Interview.

The CAT selection procedure is held separately at the participating institutes except for the new IIMs. Once the shortlisted candidates appear for these rounds, the list of selected candidates is released by participating institutes separately.

Note: Any candidate who is shortlisted for interviews by IIMs will have to comply with the eligibility criteria and verification that involves ...

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CAT 2018 Cut-off

Once the CAT results are announced, a cut-off list is prepared by individual IIMs and other participating institutes. CAT Cut-off list is prepared for colleges to shortlist qualified candidates for further rounds of selection process. Only those candidates who meet the cut-off marks/percentage will be shortlisted for Group Discussion, Written Ability Test, and Personal Interview.

After conducting CAT 2018 on 25th November, CAT cut-off 2018 will be released on the official website of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) i.e. As part of the admission process, candidates willing to pursue MBA from top ...

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Best Books for CAT 2018

When it comes to preparing for entrance exams like CAT, the best way to start your preparation is to pick the right study material. Books have always been considered the best source for enhancing knowledge and providing the right guidance to students. But today, there are so many choices in the market that it becomes difficult for aspirants to pick the right ones. In this article, we've tried to close that gap by shortlisting some books that you can refer to while studying for the CAT 2018 paper. The following list features some of the best and highly recommended CAT ...

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CAT Admit Card 2018

CAT admit card 2018 will be issued by IIM Calcutta in the fourth week of October 2018 for all the candidates who successfully register for the entrance exam. The admit card of CAT 2018 will be available in online mode and once the admit card of CAT 2018 is released, candidates can download and print the same by entering their login credentials, i.e. CAT login ID and Password.

The admit card of CAT 2018 will display details such as candidate's name, roll number, exam schedule and complete address of the exam center. Before appearing for the entrance exam, candidates ...

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CAT 2018 Percentile Predictor

CAT Percentile Predictor is a unique tool that candidates can use to predict their percentile soon after appearing for the exam. CAT is an important examination for management aspirants who wish to study in the prestigious IIMs and other premier business schools of the country. It is therefore inevitable that such test takers may get anxious after taking the exam. With Collegedekho's CAT Percentile Predictor, candidates can at least get an idea of how they performed in the exam. The percentile predictor not only allows one to calculate his/her estimated CAT Percentile but it also helps one in getting a fair ...

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How to Apply for CAT 2018

Wish to know how to apply for CAT 2018? On this page, you will find all the relevant information related to CAT registration, which is expected to start in the second week of August 2018. The CAT application process 2018 will be online and it will be conducted by any one of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). The national-level entrance exam is conducted annually on a rotation basis.

Apart from IIMs, there are many other institutions that accept CAT score card for admission into their management programmes. For those who are preparing to take CAT 2018, the following information about CAT application form 2018 ...

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CAT Mock Test 2018

Appearing for a computer-based exam like CAT without the knowledge of how it actually works is certainly not a good idea. In order to have a complete understanding of the exam, candidates should familiarise themselves with the user interface and navigation by practicing CAT mock test. Taking mock tests right now will allow candidates to become familiar with the navigation, and hence, they will not waste precious time understanding the interface on the day of the exam.

Another important point that candidates should keep in mind is that the exam is divided into three sections, which are individually timed for one ...

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CAT 2018 Answer Key

CAT 2018 answer key is expected to be released in the month of December 2018 by the conducting authority of the entrance exam. The answer key of CAT 2018 will be released before the declaration of CAT 2018 results in online mode for the candidates who will appear in the entrance exam.

Last year, the answer key of CAT was released by the exam conducting authority. Therefore, following the last year’s trend, it is expected that this year also, the answer key of CAT 2018 will be released. By cross-checking the answers mentioned in the CAT 2018 answer key, candidates ...

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CAT 2018 Conducting Body

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) every year on a rotational basis. It is a gateway for admission in 20 IIMs and more than 100 management schools across the country. IIM LucknowIIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad, and IIM Bangalore. are among the first IIMs to have been established in the country. The institute conducts a diverse range of academic activities to ensure that its students understand the application management knowledge and practice. The aim of these institutes is to transform its students into value-driven leaders, managers, and global players.

CAT 2018 Important Dates

Events Dates
Application Process Start Date Yet to be Announced
Application Process End Date Yet to be Announced
Availability of Admit Card Yet to be Announced
CAT 2018 25th November 2018
Result Date Yet to be Announced

CAT 2018 Exam Centers

Since the official notification for CAT 2018 is yet to be announced, candidates may look at the last year's test centers spread across around 140 test cities. They had the option to choose any four test cities in order of their preference.

Exam State

Exam Cities

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair


Dibrugarh, Guwahati

Arunachal Pradesh

Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam


Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea




Raipur, Bhillai


New Delhi


Madgaon, Verna


Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara


Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipath, Rohtak, Sonipath

Himachal Pradesh


Jammu and Kashmir



Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi


Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikballapur, Davanagere, Hasan, Kolar, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi


Kasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Trivandrum

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar


Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane




Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur




Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur


Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur

Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli


Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam

Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Noida, Varanasi


Dehradun, Roorkee

West Bengal

Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri


  • CAT 2018 aspirants will have to agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement at the time of the test. Disclosing any type of content related to the CAT exam in any form or in any way is a punishable offense. It could land a person in jail for a term of up to three years and may also have to submit a fine up to Rs. 2 lakhs.
  • During the admission or selection process, if it is found that a candidate has furnished any incorrect information or has violated any process, he/she will be barred from participating in the selection process. Also, the candidate will not be allowed to appear for the CAT in future.


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