CAT Eligibility Criteria 2018- Candidates willing to apply for CAT 2018 must have passed graduation with at least 50% marks (45% for reserved category). Those in their final year can also apply for CAT. There is no restriction on age or number of attempts. Candidates of foreign origin fulfilling CAT Eligibility Criteria can apply.
CAT Registration will begin from August onwards. The application form will release on the official website and the form fee is INR 1900.
CAT Eligibility 2018 – Academic Qualification
- A candidate should have completed his Bachelor’s degree program in any stream from a recognized university or have an equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Ministry of HRD, India.
- For generaland NC-OBC category candidates, the minimum percentage required in Bachelor’s degree is 50%.
- Candidates from the reserved categories must attain a minimum aggregate percentage of 45% in Bachelor’s.
- For candidates who are awarded grades or CGPA, the conversion of grades or CGPA will be according to the process certified by the University or Institute.
- Candidates in the final year of the program or awaiting their results can also apply. In such cases, a candidate will have to submit a certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of the College/Institution latest by June 30, 2018. The certificate should state that the candidate has successfully completed the requirements of the course.
Below are the academic qualification details of CAT Exam Eligibility:
|Engineering Degree – B. Tech/ B.E.||Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE||50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)|
|Bachelor’s Degree from any University||Recognized by UGC||50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)|
|Students who are pursuing final year of their Bachelor’s degree can also take the examination.||Continuing graduation from University Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE or UGC||50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)|
Note 1: A recognized university is one which is constituted by an Act of the Central or State Legislature. It also includes any university or institute which is established by an act of Parliament or is declared as Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act of 1956.
Note 2:In case of Universities which award grades or CGPA, but do not have a procedure for conversion of grades to the percentage, the equivalent percentage will be calculated by the given process:
(Candidate’s CGPA/Maximum CGPA) X 100 = Equivalent Percentage
CAT Eligibility 2018 – Equivalent Degrees
There are certain degrees which are considered equivalent to a bachelor degree. Candidates who possess or are pursuing any of these degrees are also eligible to appear for CAT 2018. The equivalent qualifications valid for appearing in CAT Exam are listed below:
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology of 4-years duration completed after 10+2 or Post B.Sc. or Post Diploma.
- A degree equivalent to bachelor degree in Engineering and Technology of Professional Societies recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE such as AMIE by Institution of Engineers, India or AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers of India.
- Qualification equivalent to bachelor’s degree recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.
- Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degree (Gen: 50% & SC/ST/ PWD: 45%) can also apply.
- A candidate with any other qualification not listed here can also apply but they will have to produce an equivalency certificate issued by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.
CAT Eligibility 2018 for Final Year Students
- The eligibility criterion for CAT is graduation, although final year students of various bachelor's degree courses can also take the test.
- However, a candidate will be admitted into a course only if he clears graduation with at least 50% marks.
- IIMs and other management institutes verify CAT eligibility at various stages of the selection process.
After taking CAT 2018, shortlisted candidates must follow the following instructions-
- They must show an original certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the University/Institution certifying that they have obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of reserved category) based on latest available grades/marks.
- They must also submit a set of photocopy of the original certificates at the time of interview.
For the PGP in IIMs, selected candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally only if they submit a certificate, stating-
- They have completed all the requirements (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.
- Their admission will be confirmed only when they submit original mark sheet and degree certificate of having passed the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of their college/institute.
- They must obtain at least 50% marks or equivalent. They must submit a photocopy of the mark sheets and degree certificate.
- Non-fulfillment of this condition will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.
- IIMs would not allow any candidate to join their program in case the candidate is unable to complete all the requirements for a bachelor degree.
- During CAT 2018 Registration, the entered data is treated as final, and no change is permitted at a later stage. Any variation in data provided at selection stage with the actual data will lead to the nullification of candidature.
- Candidates must declare and maintain the following throughout the selection process:
- Valid and unique Email ID and a phone number
- CAT User ID (provided to you via email after completion of your online registration)
CAT Eligibility 2018 – Work Experience
- It is not mandatory for candidates to hold any prior work experience.
- Although CAT Application Form does ask for it, but it not a necessary condition to fulfill.
- It must be noted that at the time of final selection, this work experience may be given some weightage by the IIMs. However, the exact weightage in never revealed and it varies from one IIM to another.
- The bottom line is that work experience does not come into play till the last stage of final selection and even then it does not play a deciding factor.
- IIMs have been known to have a mixed batch comprising of both fresh graduates and students with work experience.
CAT Reservation Criteria 2018
- IIMs follow the reservation guideline of Central government for admission to their MBA programs.
- Consequently, the reservation norms are also applicable to CAT 2018.
- There are two types of reservations of seats at IIMs – Caste based reservation and Reservation for Differently abled individuals.
Caste Based Reservation Policy
The candidates falling in the SC, ST, or NC-OBC category falls under the aegis of Caste-based reservation policy. The rules which apply to these categories are as follows:
- Candidates who belong to the SC or ST categories must have scored an aggregate of 45% in their Bachelor’s degree program.
- Candidates who belong to the NC-OBC category must have scored an aggregate of 50% in their Bachelor’s degree program.
The distribution of seat reservation based on caste is given below:
|Category||Percent of seats reserved|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||15%|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||7.5%|
|Other Backwards Classes – Non-Creamy Layer (NC-OBC)||27%|
Check Here CAT Reservation Criteria 2018
Essential Documents for Caste Based Reservation
- Candidates who apply under the caste based reservation must upload their SC/ST/NC-OBC certificate during filling the application form online.
- They will also need to produce the original certificate at the time of interview and admission.
- The format for caste certificate is available on the CAT official website.
Reservation Policy for Differently Abled Candidates
There is a separate reservation policy for candidates who are differently abled. The criteria for Differently Abled candidates is defined as below:
- Hearing impairment
- Low Vision blindness
- Locomotor Disability/Cerebral Palsy
This reservation is, however, applicable only for those candidates who suffer from the said disabilities at least to the extent of 40% or more. These candidates must possess a medical certificate stating the same, issued by an authorized medical authority.
Reservation Norms for Differently Abled candidates for CAT Exam
- There is a reservation of 3% seats for differently abled candidates in IIMs.
- Differently abled candidates need to have 45% marks in their graduate degree.
- Differently abled candidates will be provided with a wheel chair (blind candidates or those affected with locomotor disability) at the exam center, if selected during CAT Registration.
- Differently abled candidates in the low vision category can bring a scribe with them. There is no eligibility criteria set for scribes.
Those applying under the Differently Abled category, must upload a PwD/DA certificate at the time of applying. They also need to produce the original certificate at the time of interview in the desired format:
- Download NC-OBC Certificate
- Download SC-ST Certificate
- Download DA/PwD Certificate
- Download Format for Final Year Certificate
- Download Format for Candidate Identification Affidavit
CAT 2018 Application Form will be available from August onwards. More than 2 lacs candidates take CAT each year. The paper consists of 100 MCQ & Non-MCQs. CAT score is accepted by all IIMs and b-schools in India. Good luck for the exam!
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College