All You Need To Know About Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 Before The Official Notification Release

If you are an MBA aspirant, gear up! The most popular management entrance examination in the country, Common Admission Test (CAT), is all set to take place on November 25, 2018. According to the sources, the detailed notification for CAT 2018 may be released in July/ August 2018. The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018, which will be organised by the IIM Calcutta, is conducted for admissions to 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and more than 100 top business schools spread across the country.


Every year, more than two lakh candidates take this computer-based examination in over 140 cities. Candidates who clear CAT will be eligible to pursue courses such as PGDM, EPGP, PGPEX and others. Over 2.3 lakh candidates registered for CAT 2017, which was conducted by IIM Lucknow, and the number is expected to surpass that this year. Prior to the CAT 2018, let's tour everything you need to know about the examination!

All About Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent from the recognised university. The minimum percentage for the SC, ST and PWD (persons with disability) candidates is 45%. Candidates appearing for the final year of their bachelor's degree or its equivalent examination are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018. To know more information about the eligibility criteria, visit here.

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

S NoSection Questions Time 
 1 Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 3460 minutes 
 2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 60 minutes
 Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) 34 60 minutes
  Total 100180 minutes 

Candidates can choose any section to start and switch between them. The total marks for CAT 2018 will be 300 and one mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. Using scientific calculators is not allowed during the examination, but one can use the basic on-screen calculator for computation. To know more information about CAT exam pattern, visit here.


The seats will be allotted based on the legal reservation. 15% of the seats are reserved for SCs, 7.5% for STs and 27% for OBC candidates belonging to the non-creamy layer. However, 5% is reserved for PWD candidates.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for CAT 2018 will be Rs 1800 for general candidates and Rs 900 for SC/ST/PWD (DA) and the non-creamy layer of OBC candidates.

CAT 2018 Syllabus

The CAT examination will be conducted to test the candidates on their logical thinking and critical thinking skills besides their aptitude. As we mentioned above in the exam pattern, the test will be on the sections such as quantitative aptitude (QA), data interpretation & logical reasoning (DILR) and verbal and reading comprehension (VRC). To know more information about CAT syllabus, visit here.

CAT 2018 Important Dates

The dates mentioned below are tentative. Once the detailed notification for CAT 2018 is released, the exact dates such as registration date, application date, result date and others will be available. To know more information about important dates, visit here.

  • Application date: August 9 to September 25
  • Admit card date: October 25 to November 25
  • CAT 2018 exam date: November 25, 2018

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