IIM Calcutta releases CAT 2018 Notification, Application to begin on August 8

IIM Calcutta releases CAT 2018 Notification, Application to begin on August 8
Ashish Jha | Jul 30, 2018 - 12:39 p.m. IST
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New Delhi, July 28:  CAT 2018 will be held on November 25, 2018, in two slots across 147 cities of India. The application for Common Admission Test (CAT) for admission to Indian Institutes of Management and many other top MBA institutions will begin on August 8.

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According to CAT 2018 Convenor Prof. Sumanta Basu, the application will continue till September 19, 2018. A detailed brochure will be released on CAT Application and exam process on July 29, Prof Basu said.

Further, there has not been any major change in the CAT 2018. The exam pattern is same as that of last year. Likewise last year, the application fee is Rs. 1900 for General category candidates and Rs. 950 for the reserved category candidates. The following table brings CAT 2018 important dates as per the CAT 2018 notification.

CAT 2018 Important Dates


Important Dates

Official notification of CAT 2018

July 28, 2018

CAT 2018 Registration Commencement

August 8, 2018

Last date of CAT 2018 Registration

September 19, 2018

CAT 2018 Admit Card

October 24, 2018

CAT 2018 exam

November 25, 2018

CAT 2018 result

Second week of January 2019

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

According to the exam pattern, it is a computer-based test of three hours carrying 100 questions from three sections, namely, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability.

Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they

will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section, the convenor said, adding, “Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen. The tutorials will clearly explain this. Also, we will allow use of basic on-screen calculator for computation.”

CAT 2018 Structure


3 Sections –

  • Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

Number of Questions


Verbal & Reading Comprehension -34

Quantitative Ability -34

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning -32


3:00 hours (180 minutes)

Sectional Duration

1 hour (60 minutes) for each section

Question Types

MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) and Non-MCQs

Calculator Usage

On Screen basic calculator will be provided

Marking Scheme

For Non-MCQs(Multiple Choice Questions),

· +3 marks for ‘correct answer’

· Negative marks (or No marks) for ‘wrong or no attempt’.

The scoring scheme for MCQs (multiple choice questions) is:

· +3 marks for correct answer

· -1 marks for incorrect answer

· No marks given or deducted for non-MCQs.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should be graduates in any discipline from a recognised institute with minimum 50 percent aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA for General category candidates and 45 percent for SC, ST and PWD candidates. Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply provided they fulfil eligibility criteria within the stipulated date. There is no age limit for appearing in CAT.

How to apply for CAT 2018?

CAT 2018 registration process will be completely online. Candidates have to register using their email address and mobile number. Upon completing the registration process, they will receive the credentials. They have to log in again and fill up the forms with requisite personal, educational, professional details and upload photograph, signature and documents. Applicants have to also enter four preferred test cities and select IIMs and programmes they want to apply for. The last step is to pay the application fee using any of the payment modes, including Credit/Debit Card, Net Banking or Mobile Wallets.

CAT 2018 will be conducted across 147 cities located across 28 states of India.

B-schools accepting CAT scores

Along with 20 IIMs, more than 100 B-schools across India will accept CAT scores. Some of the top non-IIM CAT participating institutes are FMS, University of Delhi, DMS-IITs, SPJIMR, MDI Gurgaon to name a few.

In CAT 2017, a total of 1,99,632 candidates had appeared for the exam out of 2,31,067 candidates registered for the test.

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