CAT Exam 2018 – Important Dates, Result and more


Common Aptitude Test or more popularly known as the CAT Exam is an annual national level entrance exam conducted by IIM Calcutta. The Exam proves to be a gateway for candidates seeking admissions in some of the top B-schools in India like the IIMs, XLRI and more.

CAT Exam is scheduled on 25 November while the admission process started on 8 August and concluded on 26 September 2018. Candidates who registered successfully by paying the application fees will receive the CAT Admit Card on 24 October 2018.

Here is all the information regarding the CAT Exam including the Important Dates, Syllabus, Exam Pattern and more.

CAT Important Dates

Events Important Dates
CAT Notification 29 July 2018
CAT Application Commencement 8  August 2018
CAT form last date to apply 26 September 2018
CAT application form edit 27 September 2018
CAT  Admit Card 24 October 2018
CAT  Tutorial 17 October 2018
CAT 2018 Exam Date 25 November 2018
CAT Result Date Second Week of January 2019

As per the official notification by IIM Calcutta for Common Admission Test in 2018 – 2019, the CAT Exam will be conducted on 25 November 2018. Notification was released on 29 July and CAT aspirants can fill application form till 26 September 2018.

CAT Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum of 50% or equivalent CGPA by any recognised university.
  • For reserved category candidates, like Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and candidates with Disability (PWD), the minimum percentage to be secured in Bachelor’s Degree is 45% or equivalent CGPA.
  • Candidates in the final year of their degree or the candidates awaiting their results are eligible to apply for the exam.

Candidates must fulfil any one of the following conditions to be eligible for the exam:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree with prescribed percentage of marks or
  2. Professional Degree with prescribed percentage of marks Or
  3. In the final year of Bachelor’s Degree with prescribed marks percentage

There is no age limit for a candidate to appear for the CAT Examination.

CAT Registration Form

The CAT registration process started on 8 August and ut concluded on 26 September 2018. However, the last date for the CAT application form was 19 September 2018 ut due to an exceptional amount of requests from the flood-hit areas the registrations were extended. The process was completed in the online mode only, which is a three-way process. First, you register with your email id and password, then you fill up the form by filling your personal details and then the last step is to pay the CAT exam fees.

The process for CAT online form is three-fold as it comprises of three steps to successfully fill the form.

Step 1 – CAT Registration ( Attaining User ID and Password)

Step 2 – Log in to CAT website using the generated User Id and Password

Step 3 – Filling the CAT Registration form and CAT Registration fee

CAT Admit Card

The CAT 2018 Admit card will be released on 24 October 2018. However, before that, we would like the students to go through the important dates of the CAT Exam. We have mentioned all the important dates about CAT 2018.

Events Dates
Admit card release date October 24, 2018
Last date for downloading CAT admit card November 25, 2018
CAT Exam to be conducted on November 25 2018

Along with that, we have also provided the steps to download the CAT Admit card. We would also be providing the link to download CAT admit card once the admit card releases.

  • To Download the CAT admit card, visit the official website.
  • Login using your registered ID and password (that you have created while filling the CAT Application form).
  • After logging in, admit card will be displayed on a screen, download the PDF
  • Take two printouts of the downloaded PDF, do not delete the file as it might be useful for future use.

CAT Exam Pattern

As per the CAT exam pattern, the number of questions asked varies in each section – 34 question is Quantitative and VA-Rc both, while 32 questions in DI-LR. In the CAT exam, the candidate is awarded 3 marks for each correct answer ( for all the sections) whereas, one mark is deducted for each incorrect answer. However, there is no negative marking for any unattempted question. Also, in the previous year, it has been observed that there was no negative marking for the non-MCQs.

Also, the CAT Exam duration is of 180 minutes or 3 hours and the time is divided equally amongst each section of the exam. Which means that candidates have 1 hour for each section of the exam.

S. No. Subjects Marking Scheme
1. Quantitative Aptitude 102 ( 34 questions* 3 marks each)
2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI-LR) 96 (32 Questions * 3 marks each)
3. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VA-RC) 102 ( 34 Questions* 3 marks each)
CAT Total Marks 300

CAT Exam Syllabus 2018

By looking carefully at the previous year questions, one can get a fair idea about the syllabus. Some of the topics are related to the level of 12 standards till the graduation, while most of them belong to the middle school level, i.e. 8 to 10 standard. The CAT syllabus is three-tiered as per the three sections of the examination.

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Ability

The following table mentions the subtopics in each tier:


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Ability

  1. Caselets and Tables
  2. Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
  3. Venn Diagrams
  4. Line Charts & Pie Chart
  5. Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  6. Number and Letter Series
  7. Calendars, Cubes, and Clocks
  8. Binary Logic
  9. Seating Arrangement
  10. Syllogism
  11. Logical
  12. Matching
  13. Logical Sequence
  14. Logical
  15. Connectives
  16. Blood Relations
  1. Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary based)
  2. Grammar or English Usage
  3. Correction in Sentence
  4. Fill in the blanks
  5. Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
  6. Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  7. Meaning/Usage Match
  8. Verbal Reasoning
  9. Summary Questions
  10. Reading Comprehension
  11. Facts Inferences Judgements
  1. Number System
  2. LCM & HCF
  3. Profit, Loss & Discount
  4. Percentages
  5. Speed, Time & Distance
  6. Time & Work
  7. Simple & Compound Interest
  8. Ratio & Proportion
  9. Averages
  10. Quadratic & Linear Equations
  11. Complex Numbers
  12. Logarithm
  13. Binomial Theorem
  14. Sequences & Series
  15. Surds & Indices
  16. Inequalities
  17. Probability, Permutation, and Combination
  18. Set Theory
  19. Functions & Geometry
  20. Mixtures & Allegations
  21. Trigonometry
  22. Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration

CAT Result

The CAT result will be announced in the second week of January 2019 in the online mode only. CAT results 2018 would be declared in the scorecard form for the ease of candidates which would mention marks and percentiles of the respective sections along with the candidate’s amalgamation of overall scaled scores in each of the sections. Candidates note that the CAT exam results or scorecard is valid only for one year

  • Candidates must visit the official CAT website
  • Login to the website using your credentials – CAT user ID and password.
  • Click on the icon ‘Score Card’
  • Download the CAT Exam results
  • It is advised that candidates take a print out of their scorecard and retain it till the admission process is complete.

The candidates also have the option of receiving the CAT result through an SMS. However, the result received on the SMS service would not be detailed and contain just the overall percentile.

CAT Exam Cut Off

After the declaration of results, each of the CAT participating institutes will release its own cut off, including the 20 IIMs. For IIMs and some of the other participating institutes as well, candidates must qualify the sectional as well as the overall cutoff in order to get shortlisted for the next rounds of the selection process – WAT-GD/PI.

  • Number of the candidates appearing for the exam
  • Number of seats available
  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Institute’s reputation or ranking

It has been seen that the cut off for old IIMs and top notch B-schools such as FMS (University of Delhi), MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, etc. goes over 99 percentile. Whereas, for the B-schools of tier two, the cut off remains below 90 percentile.

So, this was all the information regarding the CAT Exam. Candidates, please note that after the declaration of the CAT Exam Results and the respective cutoffs of each of the participating institutes. The shortlisted candidates are called for the further selection ( as per the institute’s norms) which usually consists of GD, PI and WAT. After a candidate has successfully passed these test as per the institute’s criteria, only then he/she is granted admission.