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CAT Exam 2018

CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computer based selection test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as a prerequisite for their business administration programs. Apart from the IIMs, the CAT is also a prerequisite for admissions into numerous other prestigious management colleges across India which includes institutes like S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Management Development Institute (Gurgaon), Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), International Management Institute (IMI), National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) and several others.

The CAT exam is conducted every year by IIM’s on rotational basis and the CAT exam dates are generally declared in the month of August every year by the conducting IIM.


Details of CAT Exam 2018: 

ActivitiesTimelines (Tentative)
CAT Online Registration Start1st Week of August 2018
CAT Online Registration CloseSeptember 2018
Release of Admit Card3rd Week of October 2018
CAT Exam DateLast Week of November 2018
Results DeclarationSecond week of January 2019

For CAT 2017, IIM Lucknow officially released the CAT 2017 results on January 8, 2018. Similarly, it can be expected that for CAT 2018, the results will be declared by second week of January, 2019.


The candidate must fulfill the below mentioned criteria’s: 

1. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. The students belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Abled (DA) category candidates must have at least 45% marks. 

2. The degree has be awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. 

3. Applicants who are appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and the candidates who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of her/his College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2018) stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. 

IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided on the official IIM website.


It should be noted that individual IIM shortlists candidates for their second stage of selection independently.  

The selection process includes a Written Ability Test (WAT) and a Personal Interview (PI). The performance of individuals in CAT 2018 exam will be an important component in the overall selection process. 

IIMs also consider previous academic records of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs while shortlisting and ranking the candidates at various stages during the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information, one may refer the admissions policies on respective IIM’s website. 


If an applicant is shortlisted for WAT and PI by any IIM, he/she has to comply with the following eligibility verification:  

> Mark sheets and Degree Certificate

Shortlisted candidates are required to produce all the original mark sheets and submit attested copies in support of their eligibility at the time of interview. Further, if a candidate is selected for a programme, he/she is also required to submit the original degree certificate and marksheets of all semesters/years along with their attested copies at the time of joining the programme. 

> Reservation Category Requirements

For SC, ST, NC-OBC and DA candidates, if shortlisted, are required to show their original caste/class and/or Disability certificate and submit a photocopy at the time of interview. Also, the original certificate of qualifying degree and attested copy of the same should also be submitted for verification if a candidate is selected for a programme.  

> Candidates in the Final Year of Graduation

Candidates appearing for the final year bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification examination must show an original certificate from the Principal/Registrar/Director of the University/institution certifying that the candidate has obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% for the SC, ST, and DA category candidates) based on latest available grades/marks at the time of interview. He/she is also required to submit an attested copy of the original certificate (for category candidates).  

For the Post Graduate Programmes of IIMs, candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme PROVISIONALLY ONLY if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their college/institute stating that they have completed all the requirements including appearing for supplementary exams, if any (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate. Also, one must obtain at least 50% marks or equivalent and should submit an attested copy of the mark sheets and qualifying degree certificate.  

Generally, the deadline for submission of the mark sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2018. IIM states that “NON FULFILLMENT OF THIS CONDITION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RESULT IN THE CANCELLATION OF THE PROVISIONAL ADMISSION.” Provisional admission will also be cancelled if it is found that the certificate is incorrect subsequently. IIMs would not allow any candidate to join their programme in case the candidate is unable to complete all the requirements for a bachelor degree on or before June 30, 2019. The IIMs would also not offer admission to any candidate after June 30, 2019.  


CAT 2018 exam pattern is expected to be same as that of CAT 2017. The detailed pattern al;omg with the marks allotted for each section is given in the table below:  

The exam will have 3 sections : 

SectionsNo Of QuestionsSectional Duration
Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension3460 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude3460 Minutes
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 3260 Minutes

The admit card for CAT 2018 has been released by IIM Lucknow. Visit CAT admit card to know the related details and the respective steps to download the admit card. CAT is an an exam that requires religious preparation and right tricks and tips to solve it at the minimum time.

BYJU’S have free CAT preparation modules that an aspirant can use and gear up their preparation according to their own convenient time.


Team BYJU’S wishes all aspirants All the Best for their endeavor.

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