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CAT 2018 Application Form

Last Updated - July 14, 2017

CAT 2018 Application Form: CAT 2018 is set to be conducted in the month of December 2017 for the coming session. Candidates with minimum 50% aggregate marks at graduate level can register themselves online on the official website in August 2017. Aspiring candidates will be required to fill in an online application form. This CAT 2017 application form will be available on separate website created for the convenience of candidates. Application fee is INR 1600 for General candidates and INR 800 for SC/ST and PwD candidates.

CAT is a national level exam organized by Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) on a rotational basis to admit candidates under various disciplines of MBA programs offered at IIMs, Institutions under state government, state-funded institutes, and other private B-schools.

CAT 2018 Highlights

CAT 2018 Conducting BodyIIM Delhi
CAT 2018 Official NotificationJuly 2017
CAT 2018 Exam DateDecember 2017
Eligibility CriteriaGraduate with 50%
Participating InstitutesIIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB
Number of candidates appeared in CAT 20171,79,602
Mode of ExamOnline
Duration of Exam3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Types and Number of QuestionsMCQ and Non-MCQ (100 Questions)
Sections3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal & Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)
Courses OfferedMBA/PGDM

Application Form for CAT 2018

Application Form for CAT 2018 is available in online mode only and no offline mechanism for the same is there at present. Aspirants who wish to appear in CAT 2018 will have to undertake an online process of application to present their candidature at the time of taking exam. While making an application online, candidates should take care of the following things:

  • Ensure that uploaded photographs and signature are in accordance with specification demanded for in the official notification and instructions.
  • Size of uploaded documents should not exceed the prescribed limit otherwise the application would not get submitted.
  • Verify all details before submission to avoid any discrepancy in later stages.

Don’t forget to take a printout of the acknowledgement form after making payment of application fee.

How to apply for CAT 2018?

Candidates are required to follow the following steps in order to make a successful application of CAT 2018:


The first stage in CAT 2018 application process is registration. Steps to make registration successful are listed below:

  • Go to the official website-
  • Click on ‘CAT 2018 Registration’.
  • Fill in details like name, email id, DOB and mobile number.
  • Click on ‘Submit’ tab.
  • After successful completion of registration process candidates would receive two separate e-mails containing User ID and Password respectively.

Application Form Filling

After successfully registering themselves for CAT 2018 candidates are required to fill a detailed CAT 2018 application form. The step by step reference for the same is as follows:

  • Log in the portal using user ID and Password (generated post registration completion).
  • Fill in necessary details such as Personal Details, Academic Details, Work Experience and Program Preference.
  • Click on ‘Submit’ to proceed to the next stage i.e. ‘Application Fee Payment’.

Uploading Documents and Application Fee Payment

The final step in CAT 2018 application process is document uploading and fee payment. The procedure for it is mentioned below:

  • Candidates would be required to upload necessary documents as a part of application process (in required specifications only).
  • After uploading of the documents candidates would be required to submit the application fee that is INR 1600/- (INR 800 for SC/ST/PWD).
  • After submission of application fee the candidates would be asked to make a final submission of the form.

Important Documents Required to be Uploaded

Following documents are required to be uploaded as a part of application process:

  • Scanned passport size photograph of .jpg or .jpeg format with size less than 80 kb and dimensions 35 mm x 45 mm.
  • Scanned signature of the candidate in .jpg or .jpeg format with the dimensions of 80 mm x 35 mm and size less than 80 kb.

Self-attested scanned copy of NC-OBC/SC/ST/PwD/DA Certificate in pdf format.

CAT 2018 Application Fee

The amount of application fee to be paid for CAT 2018 is different for each category. Candidates applying online would have to pay an additional online processing fee as per their respective banking channel. The exact amount payable at the time of CAT 2018 Application Process is as follows:

GeneralINR 1600
Non- Creamy layer OBCINR 1600

Retrieving Application Number and Password

Application number generated after completion of CAT Registration Process would be received by candidates through a separate e-mail. Candidates are advised to save this mail or note down this number at some secure place. In case they forget password for log in portal then they can use the respective application number to set a new password. Steps to set a new password are as follows:

  • Go to log in portal for CAT 2018.
  • Click on forget password/username.
  • Enter the respective Email ID and Application Number.
  • In case you don’t know the Application Number the portal will ask you some other details to ensure authentication.
  • A new password reset link would be sent on your registered email ID.
  • Click on the link and set a new password.
  • Now log in using this new password.

The Application Number would be mentioned on the page appearing immediately after log in. Note this number for future reference.

CAT 2018 Application Status

Candidates would come to know about their application status for CAT 2018 once the admit cards are published for the same. At the time of making CAT 2018 application if a candidate has not done any mistake and has successfully filled the form and submitted stipulated fee then they will be notified through a message/mail that their application response is submitted successfully.

Those whose application gets rejected would not be able to download the admit card and would be informed about the same through a mail on the registered email id. The reason for rejection of application would also be mentioned.

Registration Process for Foreign Candidates

Foreign candidates, NRIs and candidates belonging to “Overseas Candidate” category will have to go through the same examination procedure as that of Indian candidates. A candidate who is residing outside India for a period of 12 months or more for work, study etc. would be treated as an Indian resident abroad for the purposes of exam.

Eligibility criteria and other rules related to CAT 2018 will be similar to candidates residing in India. CAT 2018 Application Process will include following steps:

  • Registration on the official website by filling in basic details and contact details.
  • Next, candidates will have to fill the application form and enter details such as qualification and education, work experience, personal details, etc.
  • Once done, upload the required documents within the given specifications.
  • Lastly, pay the application fee as specified through online payment gateway.

CAT 2018 Application Form Correction

Candidates are allowed to make corrections of the mistakes (if any) which they might have made while filling the CAT Application Form. However, candidates should note that these corrections have to be made within the stipulated time period as notified by CAT 2018 conducting authority in the official notification. Candidates would be able to correct/modify only following details:

  • Percentage of marks scored
  • Work experience
  • selected

Other details would not be subjected to correction/modification.



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