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CAT 2018 Conducting Body

Indian Institutes of Management

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
  • Candidates applying for CAT 2018 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:
    • Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks* 
    • Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage*. 
    • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*.

* SC / ST / PWD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, minimum is 50%.

  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.
  • IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website www.iimcat.ac.in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.

Reservation

  • As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC).
  • For the purpose of being considered for reservations, the applicable Central Government list as on the last date of CAT registration shall be binding. No subsequent changes will be effective for CAT 2018 and any subsequent selection process of the IIMs. For an updated central list of state - wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer, visit the website http://www.ncbc.nic.in
  • As per the provisions of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), 5% seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD). “Person with benchmark disability” means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority. “Specified disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. The categories of disability are:
    • a)      Blindness and low vision
    • b)      Deaf and hard of hearing
    • c)     Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
    • d)      Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness
    • e)      Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d).
    • f)      Other 'specified disabilities' mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD Act 2016
  •  The candidates belonging to the reserved categories need to note the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavor of IIMs that the candidates belonging to SC / ST / PWD / NC - OBC categories join the Programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance to be considered for the admission process.
  • The candidates should read the updated description of selection process followed by each IIM on their respective websites. No change in the category will be entertained after CAT registration; hence, the applicants are advised to give attention while registering.

CAT 2018 Exam Centers

Online Dates

Date Centers
25/11/2018 Port Blair, Chirala, Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur, Arrah, Aurangabad, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Chandigarh, Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur, Delhi, Goa, Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Ambala, Hisar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Rohtak, Hamirpur, Shimla, Jammu, Samba, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Belgaum, Bengaluru, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi, Dharwad, Ernakulam, Kannur, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Ulhasnagar, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima, Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur, Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, Tiruchirappalli, Puducherry, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi, Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee, Asansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata

CAT 2018 Important Dates

EventsStart DateLast Date
Application Form08/08/2018 19/09/2018
Admit Card Release Date24/10/2018 -
CAT 2018 Exam Date Online Dates
  • 25/11/2018
  • Declaration of result05/01/2019-
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    Additional Information for SC, ST, NC-OBC, and PWD Candidates

    • If a candidate belongs to SC or ST categories, respective caste / tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that the candidate submits to IIM should be in the Government approved format and should clearly state: (a) Name of the caste/tribe; (b) Whether the candidate belongs to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; (c) District and the State or Union Territory of candidate’s ordinary residence; and (d) the appropriate Government of India schedule under which candidate’s caste / tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
    • A copy of the SC / ST / NC-OB C / PWD certificate(s) must be uploaded at the time of CAT Application registration. Failure to upload a copy of the caste/class certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration.
    • The SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD certificate(s) must be shown and a photocopy should be submitted at the time of interviews. Moreover, the certificate(s) must be submitted at the time of joining the programmes of any of the IIMs. Failure to do so during the post CAT selection process will result in the candidate not being considered under the reserved category.

    TEST CENTRES

    CAT will be conducted in centers spread across around 147 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned in CAT website 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 and / or change the test time and date at their own discretion.

    CAT 2018 will have two sessions: Forenoon and Afternoon on Sunday, 25th November 2018. Candidates will be assigned a single session depending on the test centre availability and city preference

    ADMISSION PROCESS

    Please note that each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2018 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors like previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information, refer the admissions policies of IIMs from their respective websites.

    CAT 2018 Application Form

    Application Form Fee

    Rs 950 for SC, ST and PwD category candidates.

    Rs1900 for all other categories of candidates.

    Please note that a candidate needs to pay registration fees only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. Fees once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

    Application Form Filling Instructions

    The registration window opens on 8th August, 2018 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on 19th September, 2018. The details will be available in the registration guide.

    At the time of registration, the candidates have to select any four Test Cities as per their preference from the drop down menu. After the last date of registration, candidates will be allotted one among the four preferred cities subject to availability. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted a nearby city. The candidates can download the admit cards from 24th October, 2018 till 25th November, 2018. 

    CAT 2018 Syllabus

    • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
    • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
    • Section III: Quantitative Ability

    CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test.


    Subjects


    CAT 2018 will have three sections:
    • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
    • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
    • Section III: Quantitative Ability

    CAT 2018 Admit Card

    Admit Card Download Start Date

    24/10/2018

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    CAT 2018 Exam Day Instructions

    Online Dates

    • 25/11/2018

    Examination Day Instructions

    Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. You may use the onscreen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.

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    Admit Card Download Start Date - 24-10-2018  01:00 p.m.

    The Admit card will appear only if your online application form is submitted successfully. You will receive an automated email confirmation upon successful submission. You can then log into the CAT website using your registered User ID and view / print the Admit card.

    Note:

    The Admit Card is a mandatory document required to take the exam. You must print the Admit Card and bring it to the exam centre on the day of the exam. Follow the instructions provided in the Admit Card before coming for the examination. Please affix the same uploaded photograph in the physical admit card as mentioned.

    The admit card will contain the following details:
    • Name of the candidate
    • Test date
    • PwD status
    • Test center Details
    • Exam Time


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    CAT 2018 Results

    Result Declaration05/01/2019
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    CAT 2018 Re-evaluation

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    CAT 2018 RESULTS AND SHORTLISTING

    Information related to CAT 2018 results will be tentatively available starting second week of January 2019 on this website. The list of candidates shortlisted for the next level of selection will be made available on the website of the respective IIMs. Each IIM will send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly. The criteria for shortlisting vary across IIMs. Please visit the admission websites of respective IIMs for further information.

    CAT 2018 SCORE

    Candidates' CAT 2018 score card will be made accessible at the CAT website. Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS. The CAT results are likely be declared by second week of January, 2019. CAT 2018 score is valid only till December 31, 2019 and will accordingly be accessible on the website. Thereafter, no queries related to issuance of CAT 2018 score cards will be entertained.



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