The Common Admission Test(CAT) is a Computer-based exam and the largest MBA entrance exam conducted in India for MBA admissions in 20 IIMs and more than 500 MBA/PGDM colleges. CAT 2018 will be held in 147 cities in India. In 2017, around 2.32 lakh candidates applied for CAT and this year the number is likely to be higher. IIM Calcutta will conduct CAT 2018 exam. CAT 2018 exam date is scheduled on 25th November 2018. The registration date starts on 8th August and ends on 19th September 2018.
www.iimcat.ac.in is the official website. The aspirants need to visit the site and follow the steps of the registration process. The aspirants need to provide Name, Date of Birth, Email ID and Mobile Number for completing the registration process. After successful registration, the candidates will receive the User ID on their registered Email ID and the Password as SMS on the registered mobile number. The aspirants need to log in using the User ID and Password to proceed ahead for filling the application form for CAT 2018.
CAT 2018 Eligibility criteria
The aspirants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. The applicants belonging to SC, ST or Disability category are eligible for registration with 45% marks.
The final year students of Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent examination and the students waiting for the results after completion of Bachelor’s Degree course are also eligible for registration but they would require submitting a certificate from the University stating that the candidate completed the requirements of obtaining the Bachelor’s Degree.
Candidates those who have completed professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA are also eligible with 50% for non-reserved category and 45% for reserved category.
There is no age limit for appearing CAT examination.
CAT 2018 Examination fees
The applicants in General/NC-OBC category will be charged Rs 1900 as the Examination Fees. The SC/ST/PwD Candidates will be charged Rs 950 as the Examination Fees. The registration fees once paid is non-refundable under any circumstances. Additional transaction charges are applicable which varies with the payment gateway.
Online payment can be made through Debit card, Credit cards and Net Banking.
CAT 2018 Exam pattern and mode
CAT 2018 will be a computer-based exam of three hours. Candidates will appear 100 multiple choice questions in three sections, i.e., Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension- VARC, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning- DILR and Quantitative Ability- QA. The numbers of questions in every section will remain the same as last year. For VARC, the number of questions will be 34 and the total marks will be 102. In DILR section, the applicants will face 32 questions, and the total marks will be 96. In the QA section, the question paper will contain 34 questions, and the total marks will be 102 and the total marks will be 300, i.e., three marks for each question. There is -1 marking/ negative marking for each wrong answer and is applicable only for MCQs.
The applicants need to remember, apart from the total duration of 3 hours for the complete test; they need to follow the rules of sectional duration. Every section is time bound for 1 hour, and the applicants can’t switch between the sections within the one hour allotted for each section.
The IIMs introduced subjective questions for Non-MCQs. The candidates have to type the answers in the provided space using the mouse and virtual keyboard. There are no multiple options provided for Non-MCQs. Each section carries Non-MCQs, but the number of questions varies.
CAT exam conducting authority provide blank pages for rough calculations. The candidates need to submit the rough paper after completion of the exam. The candidates will get a non-scientific on-screen calculator which will be helpful for calculating basic computations. The applicants will also face an online mock test before appearing the actual exam. Appearing the mock test, the candidates will get familiar with the exam pattern as well as navigation.
CAT 2018 Syllabus
There is no prescribed syllabus for CAT 2018 examination. The syllabus will be the same as last year’s syllabus. Below mentioned are the topics for every section which the applicants need to prepare.
- VARC- Verbal Ability, Verbal Reasoning, Synonyms Antonyms, Reading Comprehension, Jumbled Paragraph, Cloze Passage, English Usage or Grammar, Facts-Inferences-Judgements, etc.
- DILR- Bar Graphs, Column Graphs, Line Charts, Caselets, Pie Chart, Tables, Venn Diagrams, Calendars, Cubes, Blood Relations, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Clocks, Number and Letter Series, Syllogism, etc.
- QA- Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Arithmetic, Higher Maths, etc.
CAT 2018 cutoff mark
The cutoffs will be declared after the completion of exam. Last year’s cut off mark is mentioned below.
The cutoff marks for Old IIMs and the leading B-Schools like FMS- Delhi, MDI- Gurgaon, SPJIMR- Mumbai, etc. was 99%.
The cutoff marks for other top B-Schools and new IIMs like IIM Sambalpur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Raipur, Trichy, Udaipur, and Kashipur was 90% and above.
The cutoff marks for B-School in Second-tier and other schools was 50-80%.
The cutoff marks for CAT 2018 may vary as the final declaration depends on certain factors like the number of applicants, the number of qualified candidates for the next round, the total number of seats, the difficulty level of exam, and institute’s reputation/ranking.
The Score Card for CAT 2018 will remain valid for one year, i.e., till 31st December 2019.
Do’s and Don’ts of CAT 2018
The aspirants need to follow the set of rules strictly, or else they will get forbidden from entering the examination center.
Candidates should not wear jewelry or shoes. They need to wear open footwear or will be asked to open the footwear along with the socks outside the exam hall.
Without valid Admit Card, the candidates will not be able to enter the exam hall. Make sure to paste the latest photograph on the Admit Card. You need to carry one photo ID proof along with the Admit Card for verification purpose. The applicants who opted for Scribe need to carry the Scribe Educational Qualification Certificate and Photo ID proof along with the Admit Card.
The candidates can’t carry any electronic gadgets like mobile, watch, earphones, calculator microphones, etc. The candidates are also not permitted to carry papers for rough works, pencil box, pouch, etc. to the exam hall.
If the candidate’s digital fingerprint scan will not get done for any reason, he/she will be prohibited from appearing the exam.