CAT 2018 : Exam Date, Exam Pattern, Notification And Eligibility Criteria.

Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India computer based selection test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for admission to their business administration programs.

The CAT exam is considered as a prior condition for admission into more than 100 B-schools across the country.

CAT 2018 will be conducted on 25 November 2018. Detailed notification about CAT 2018 will be released by July or August 2018. CAT 2018 exam is expected to be conducted by either IIM Calcutta, Shillong or Kozhikode.

CAT 2017 result was announced on 8 January 2018; Candidates can download their scorecards from official website. Admissions through CAT at IIMs and other top B-schools is in process.

CAT 2018 Important Dates:

Events and Tentative Dates

CAT 2018 Notification : Last week of July 2018

Application Date : Second week of August 2018

Application form Edit : Last week of September 2018

CAT 2018 Admit Card : Third week of October 2018

CAT Mock Test : Last week of October 2018

CAT 2018 Exam : 25 November, 2018

CAT 2018 Answer Key : Second week of December 2018

CAT 2018 Result : Second week of January 2019

CAT 2018 Application Fee:

  • The application fee is Rs. 1800 for General category candidates and Rs. 900 for SC/ST/PWD category candidates.
  • The mode of application fee payment is through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking

CAT Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks from any recognised university/institute in order to apply for CAT (45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category).
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply for CAT.

CAT Exam Pattern:

Mode of Exam: Online

Exam Format: Objective

Time: 60 minutes for each section


Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

( 24 MCQs and 10 Non MCQs with Total 102 Marks)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

( 24 MCQs and 8 Non MCQs with Total 96 Marks)
Quantitative Ability (QA)

( 27 MCQs and 7 Non MCQs with Total 102 Marks)