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Title: CAT

CAT 2018 General Information
What is CAT Exam?
CAT (Common Admission Test) is the centralized
entrance examination for admission to various
postgraduate management courses offered by IIMs.
In addition, several leading management
institutions and institutions of higher learning
also accept the CAT score for admission to their
respective management programs.
Who conducts CAT Exam?
Every year, one of the IIMs organizes the CAT for
admission to the MBA and PGDM programs by
business schools in India. CAT 2018 will be
conducted by IIM Calcutta on November 25 in
online mode under the supervision of Prof.
Sumanta Basu, the organizer of the exam this year.
CAT 2018 Schedule Important Dates
IIM announces key dates for CAT 2018. The review
is scheduled for November 25th. Here are some
important (provisional) dates for the same
Notification released 1st week of August 2018 to be updated
Registration Process 1st week of August 2018 to be updated
Last date for registration 3rd/4th week of October 2018
Admit card release date 25th October 26th October 2018 to be updated
Exam date November 25, 2018
Answer key question paper release 2nd week of December 2018 to be updated
Last date to submit objection 2nd week of December 2018 to be updated
Result announcement First week of January 2019 to be updated
CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria
  • Educational qualifications
  • A candidate holding one of the following
    educational qualifications is eligible to sit for
    the exam
  • (a) Possess a bachelor's degree with at least 50
    points or an equivalent CAG 45 for candidates
    in the following categories Scheduled Caste
    (SC), Registered Tribe (ST) and Person with
    Disability (PWD) or an educational institution
    incorporated by an Act of Parliament or the State
    Legislature in India or declared to be a
    university under section 3 of the 1956 UGC Act or
    having an equivalent qualification recognized by
    the Department of Resources human.
  • (b) Have an equivalent qualification recognized
    by the Ministry of Human Resources, the
    Government of India (including the Associate
    Entrance Examination (AMICE) of the Institution
    of Civil Engineers (India) as equivalent
  • The percentage obtained at the baccalaureate
    level would be calculated according to the
    practice followed by the university or
    institution concerned.
  • In the case of grades or MBM, the conversion
    would be based on the process defined by the
    university or institution concerned.
  • The candidate's MBM will be divided by the
    maximum possible MBM and multiply the result by
    100 in the absence of a percentage conversion
  • Candidates applying for the final year of the
    baccalaureate or equivalent qualification are
    also eligible for the CAT exam.
  • 2. Age
  • There is no age requirement for taking the CAT
    exam if the other criteria are met.
  • In accordance with legal requirements, 15 of the
    seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC)
    candidates and 7.5 for Scheduled Tribes (ST)
    candidates. 27 of the places are reserved for
    the other candidate backward classes belonging to
    the "non-creamy" layer (NC-OBC).

CAT 2018 Application and Registration
When and How to Apply for CAT 2018
Registration and application process for CAT 2018
will be conducted online. The online registration
for CAT 2018 will open in the first week of
August. Exact dates will be updated as
notification is released.
CAT Fee and Payment
The fee for registration for the exam is Rs. 900
for SC, ST and PwD category candidates and Rs.
1800 for all other categories of candidates. The
payment is to be made in online mode. You can pay
the CAT exam fee during online registration. Use
a valid credit card, debit card, or net-banking
Documents Required for CAT Registration
  • Mark sheets of Class X, Class XII, Bachelors
    Degree and or higher educationScanned images of
    passport size photograph and signatures. (not
    older than 6 months prior and with white
  • If you have chosen NC-OBC or SC or ST as the
    category, then you need to upload the relevant
  • If you are a PwD category applicant, then you
    need to upload the relevant PwD certificate.
  • Candidates must declare and maintain the
    following throughout the selection process
  • Valid and unique Email ID and a mobile phone
  • CAT User ID (provided to you via email after
    completion of your online registration)

Step by Step Application Guide
  • Candidates need to register first at the official
    website in order to generate the login
    credentials. CAT 2018 registration, you need to
    perform the following steps.
  • Go to the official website and click on Register
  • Enter the asked details including personal
    details like Name, Date of Birth, Email Address,
    Mobile Number in the fields provided.
  • Verification The CAT Serial Number or USER ID
    will be sent to the email address provided by the
    candidates and the password will be sent through
    SMS to the registered mobile number.
  • Next login and complete the application process
    which broadly involves filling in personal and
    academic details (with upload of relevant
    documents) and information about professional
    experience. This is followed by selection of
    courses being applied for (it would be useful to
    have this written down) and the exam/interview

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus
Mode of Exam
CAT is not an online exam. It is a digital or
Computer Based Test (CBT) not an Internet-Based
Test (IBT) that is, a candidate will not take
the exam on an internet site. Instead of reading
the questions in a paper booklet and darkening
the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will
read the questions on a computer terminal and
choose an answer by clicking on the correct
Exam Pattern for CAT 2018
The CAT Exam is divided into 3 sections Verbal
Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data
Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
and Quantitative Ability. Each section is given
60 minutes, so the exam duration is totally of 3
Section name Total questions Total MCQs (With negative marking) Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking) Total Maximum Marks Composite Time
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 24 to 27 7 to 10 102 3 hours (60 minutes per section)
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 24 8   96 3 hours (60 minutes per section)
 Quantitative Ability 34 23 to 27 7 to 11 102 3 hours (60 minutes per section)
Important Points about CAT Exam Structure and
Marking Scheme
  • Candidates are not allowed to move between one
    section to other during the 1 hour assigned to
    the particular section.
  • CAT Test takers cannot leave their seats during
    the exam.
  • MCQs in CAT 2018 exam pattern will need you to
    pick out 1 correct answer choice out of 4.
  • Non-MCQs in CAT exam pattern will require you to
    type-in the correct answer on the computer
  • There may not be any answer choices for Non-MCQs
    in revised pattern of CAT 2018.
  • Each correct answer in CAT exam pattern will be
    awarded 3 marks whether it  is MCQ or Non
  • -MCQEach wrong answer for MCQ in CAT exam 2018
    will be imposed penalty of 1/3 negative mark (-1
  • There will be no penalty of negative marking on
    wrong answers to Non-MCQs in CAT 2018 exam
  • CAT exam pattern remains on the lines of CAT
    official Mock test released by IIMs a month
    before the CAT exam.
  • Calculators are prohibited.

Exam Syllabus for CAT 2018
  • The CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for
    CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the
    mock test to understand the pattern of exam and
    types of questions. Check the CAT website
    regularly for the announcement of mock
    test. Further, the sections can be broadly
    divided into sub-topics for practice purposes.
    Refer to the same below

I. Verbal Ability English
  • Verbal reasoning.
  •  Syllogisms.
  • Analogies.
  • Antonyms and synonyms.
  • Fill in the blanks.
  • Sentence correction.
  • Idioms, etc.
  • Reading comprehension.

II (A). Data Interpretation
  • Interpretation and analysis of data based on
  • Text, tables,
  • Graphs (line, area),
  • Charts (column, bar, pie),
  • Venn diagram, etc.

II (B). Logical Reasoning
  • Direction sense.
  • Clocks Calendars.
  • Puzzles.
  • Binary logic.
  • Seating arrangement.
  • Coding Decoding.
  • Blood relations.
  • Logical sequence.
  • Data structure.
  • Assumption.
  • Premise.
  • Conclusion.
  • Linear and matrix arrangement, etc.

III. Quantitative Ability 
  • Number systems.
  • Geometry.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Probability.
  • Permutation combination.
  • Algebra.
  • Mensuration.
  • Time and work.
  • LCM HCF.
  • Averages.
  • Percentages.
  • Profit and loss.
  • Quadratic and linear equations, etc.

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