CAT Exam

Common Admission Test Exam

What is CAT Exam?

CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national level entrance examination, which is conducted for admission to management programs in Indian Institutes of Management (IIM's) and top B-Schools across the country. It tests a candidate on his quantitative ability, data interpretation skills, verbal ability and logical reasoning.

CAT also serves as the eligibility criteria for being admitted into the business administration courses in various IIM's spread across the country. The test is designed to evaluate the management aptitude of students by testing his analytical and communication skills. It demands up to three to four months of intense preparation.

The test is open to all graduates. Usually, CAT examination will be held on November 25, 2018, in two sessions. CAT is conducted online at the examination centres.

In August 2011, it was announced that Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) would also use the CAT scores, instead of Joint Management Test (JMET).

CAT exam will have three sections: 1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, 2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, 3. Quantitative Ability. The examination would be for 180 minutes, candidates have to be answered 100 questions in the stipulated time.

As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC), 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, 27% of seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).

The categories of disability are:

  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deaf and hard of hearing,
  • Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy
  • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness, and
  • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d)
  • Other 'specified disabilities' mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD Act 2016

CAT 2018 Application Fee:

For SC/ST/PwD Category Candidates - INR 950/-
For All Other Categories - INR 1900/-

CAT 2018 Registration:

The registration has started on August 8, 2018, and it will close on September 26, 2018, at 5:00 PM. A candidate needs to pay the registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC/ST/PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fee once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.


All the candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email id and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.

CAT 2018 Test Centres:

The test is going to be conducted across 147 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned below and the name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card. IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test centre/city/change the test time and date at their own discretion.


State Test Cities
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry,  Tirupathi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar
Bihar Aurangabad, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai, Raipur
Delhi Delhi, New Delhi
Goa Madgaon, Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Haryana Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hisar, Palwal, Panipath, Rohtak, Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh Shimla, Waknaghat
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Samba
Jharkhand Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Bengaluru, Belagavi, Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Hubballi, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Udupi
Kerala Ernakulam, Kasaragod, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram,  Thrissur, Trivandrum
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar
Maharashtra Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur,  Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded,  Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Thane, Ulhasnagar
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Rourkela
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Bhatinda, Chandigarh, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar,  Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli
Telangana Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Warangal
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Barabanki, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Noida, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Roorkee
West Bengal Asansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

CAT 2018 Results and Shortlisting:

The CAT 2018 results will be tentatively available starting from the second week of January 2019 on the CAT official website. The list of candidates shortlisted for the next level of selection will be made available on the website of the respective IIM's.

Each IIM will send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly. The criteria for shortlisting vary across all the IIM's.

CAT Registration Process To End Today

Common Admission Test (CAT) registration process is going to end today i.e., September 26, 2018. Earlier, the conducting body of the CAT 2018, IIM Calcutta, had extended the date from September 19 to September 26. 

Interested candidates who have not yet started their applications for CAT 2018 can start filling up their forms and submit on or before 5:00 pm on September 26. To know more about the registration process, click here

According to the official announcement, candidates can change their blur/ improper photographs using their login credentials. One can re-upload their photograph from September 27 (10:00 am) to September 30, 2018 (5:00 pm). However, this is valid only for those candidates who have paid the applicable registration fee and have registered successfully for CAT 2018 before the specified deadline.

The CAT 2018 exam is scheduled on November 25, 2018. Candidates can start downloading their admit card from October 24, 2018. Click here to know more about the CAT 2018 admit card.

26 September 2018
CAT 2018 Registration Process Date Extended

The CAT 2018 examination is scheduled to be conducted on November 25, 2018, in two sessions, i.e. Morning and Afternoon. The exam contains three sections with a total no of 100 questions.

The registration process has already from August 8, 2018, and it has extended up to September 26, 2018, up to 5:00 PM. The exam aims to test candidates skills in sections of Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation.

The section comprises Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. Click here to know more about the steps to register CAT 2018 exam.

20 September 2018

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