CAT Result 2018

Anjani Chaand Updated On: 05 Jan, 2019 10:45 IST


CAT 2018 Result Announced

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 Result for the exam conducted on November 25, 2018 has been announced on 5th January 2019 at 10:30 AM. Test takers, in the meanwhile, can check the detailed CAT Exam Analysis 2018 and predict their percentile using our CAT 2018 Percentile Predictor in order to find out their chances of admission at IIMs and other top B-Schools in the country.

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), which conducts the exam, does not send the hard copy of the CAT result. As part of their selection process, the IIMs and other participating management institutes generate a list of shortlisted students on the grounds of CAT result and their individual selection process. The CAT Result is released in the form of a scorecard, which displays the total marks/ percentile scored by a candidate in the exam. Read All About CAT Score vs CAT Percentile.

The scorecards are not sent via post but can be viewed online using login details (CAT User ID and password). After viewing the result, candidates have to download the result and take a printout of the scorecard for further use. A list of shortlisted candidates on the basis of CAT result is generated by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other participating management institutes, as a part of their selection process.

CAT 2018 Result Dates

Event Date
CAT 2018 Exam Date 25th November 2018
CAT 2018 Result Announcement 5th January 2019
List of Candidates Shortlisted for GD/PI & WAT 4th Week of January 2019
Final Selection April 2019

Steps to View CAT Result 2018

  • Click on the link available to access CAT 2018.
  • You will be redirected to a page wherein you will have to login using your credentials- (User ID and Password).
  • Click on the ‘Login' tab provided.
  • Click on the ‘Score Card' tab and download your scorecard.
  • Save, take a print copy and keep the CAT 2018 scorecard for future reference.

CAT 2018 Result via SMS

Candidates who will appear for the CAT 2018 examination will receive the overall CAT result on their registered mobile numbers. The detailed result will be available on the official website of CAT. The result will be announced IIM Calcutta, the conducting body of CAT 2018 exam.

CAT 2018 Result cum Scorecard

Considered as an extremely important document, CAT 2018 Scorecard will be required at the time of admission process. Not just IIMs, many other institutes that accept CAT score ask for the official CAT Scorecard during their process of admission. When you receive your CAT result cum scorecard, make sure it has the following details printed on it:

  • Candidate's Registration number/User ID
  • Name, catgeory, and gender of the candidate
  • Candidate's Date of Birth (DOB)
  • Date and time when the examination was taken by the candidate
  • Contact details and email ID provided by the candidate
  • Scaled Score & Percentile of Section 1 (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)
  • Scaled Score & Percentile of Section 2 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)
  • Scaled Score & Percentile of Section 3 (Quantitative Ability)
  • Overall Scaled Score (the sum of candidates' scaled scores in the three sections)
  • Overall Percentile (the percentage of candidates who receive the score less than or equal to the score obtained by the candidate)
  • Instructions to be followed post the CAT 2018 result

Calculation of CAT Result 2018

The result for CAT 2018 will be calculated based on the exam's marking scheme. As per the marking scheme, candidates are awarded 3 marks for every correct answer and they lose one mark for every wrong answer. There is no negative marking for non-MCQs.

CAT 2018 Percentile

The CAT result is announced by IIMs in the form of percentile. IIMs and other CAT participating institutes shortlist candidates on the basis of CAT percentile. The CAT normalisation process adopted by the IIMs is used to calculate the CAT 2018 percentile.

All About CAT Normalisation Process

CAT is carried out in two sessions, and each session has a different question paper. Also, the difficulty level of each question set varies. Therefore, adopting the normalisation process ensures fairness and equity in the marking process for candidates across both the sessions.

The CAT normalisation is done on the same lines as GATE scoring, where the normalisation process is done on the basis of the fundamental assumption that the distribution of candidates' abilities is similar across all the sessions. The normalisation followed in GATE considers all the variations in the question papers' difficulty levels across the different sessions.

The scorecard of CAT comprises the scaled scores for each section (Section I: Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Section II: Quantitative Ability and Section III: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) and total along with the percentiles.

The scaled scores are obtained through the normalisation process, which involves adjusting location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. The scaled scores are then converted into percentiles, which are considered for shortlisting candidates for further admission rounds at IIMs.

CAT Score Validity

The CAT score is valid for one year only. For CAT Result 2018, the score validity will be until 31st December 2019. Any query related to the scorecard will not be entertained beyond this date.

Post the Announcement of CAT 2018 Result

Once the CAT results are published, IIMs and CAT 2018 participating institutes will declare their official cut-off. Based on the cut-offs, candidates will be shortlisted for the further admission rounds, which may include Writing Ability Test, Group Discussion/Group Exercise/Case Study and Personal Interview. The cut-off percentile will vary from institute to institute. While some of the top B-schools including the IIMs announce their selection criteria as well as the cut-off prior to the announcement of the result, there are many management institutes that announce their cut-offs post the announcement of CAT result. Based on the candidates' performance in CAT 2018, selection rounds and overall profile, the final merit will be prepared for admissions.

CAT Result Dates of Previous Years

Year No. of Registrations No. of Candidates Who Appeared CAT Result Date Conducting Body
CAT 2017



8th January 2018

IIM Lucknow

CAT 2016



9th January 2017 IIM Bangalore
CAT 2015



8th January 2016 IIM Ahmedabad


Q. In my 10th and 12th class certificates, my last name is different. Is my CAT result going to be affected due to this?

No, your CAT result will not be affected but it will probably become a point of concern at the time admission at any institute. We suggest that get an affidavit created in order to support the change of your last name.

Q. Will my CAT result be affected If I appeared for an improvement exam in CBSE in 10th class?

No, your CAT result will not be affected by your improvement exam but it could have some effect at the time of admission at an institute. 

Q. I've appeared for CAT exam. Will my CAT score be valid if my final semester result shows that I have backlogs?

In such a case, your CAT score will be valid but you may not get admission in any B-School.

Q. Will I get admission in IIM if I score well in CAT, but have a backlog in my graduation?

You can get admission only if you do not have any backlogs.

Q. I appeared for CAT exam in the second shift. So, will I get my result on the same day as that of the first shift?

Yes, the result will be announced on the same day for all CAT takers.

Q. What should I do if I have to get my CAT score rechecked?

Once the CAT result is announced, there is no scope for any rechecking.

Q. What should I do if my photograph is blurred on my CAT scorecard?

You can apply for a new scorecard after reporting the issue to the authorities on their Email ID listed. You may contact on 1800-2663-549/

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