CAT 2017 NEWS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
CAT 2018: CAT is a national level online test conducted for admission to MBA/ PGDM in IIMs and top business schools of India. Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted annually on a rotational basis by Indian Institute of Management. CAT 2018 will be organised by IIM Delhi in December 2018. The official notification is expected to be released in the month of July 2018.
Once the result is declared, candidates can start applying to colleges as per the Cut Off. CAT Cut Off is accepted by 20 IIMs and over 150 top private and public colleges for admission to MBA and PGDM programs. Post declaration of result, CAT Selection Process will commence for the admissions. Qualifying candidates will then appear in Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
|CAT 2018 Conducting Body||IIM Delhi|
|CAT 2018 Official Notification||July 2018|
|CAT 2018 Exam Date||December 2018|
|Eligibility Criteria||Graduate with 50%|
|Participating Institutes||IIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB|
|Number of candidates appeared in CAT 2017||1, 79, 602|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Duration of Exam||3 Hours (180 Minutes)|
|Types and Number of Questions||MCQ and Non-MCQ (100 Questions)|
|Sections||3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal & Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)|
The official notification for CAT 2018 is expected to be released in the month of July 2018. Exam Dates will be released along with it. Candidates can start applying for CAT 2018 from August 2018. The table below elucidates the tentative schedule for CAT 2018 exam:
|Online registration for CAT 2018 will start from||August 2018|
|Last date for online registration||September 2018|
|CAT 2018 Admit Card will release in||October 2018|
|Date of the CAT 2018 examination||November 29, 2018|
|Announcement of CAT Results||2nd week of January 2019|
Note: These dates are tentative.
The eligibility criteria for the aspirants of CAT-2018 is specified below
Government of India has laid out some reservation policy criteria for admission of reserved category candidates in IIMs. The table given below shows the percentage of seats reserved for each category.
In case of seats reserved for PwD or DA candidates, following is the definition of disability as described in the Section 39 of PwD Act of 1995.
Candidates who suffer from these disabilities to the extent of not less than 40%, are eligible for reservation under this category. There is a predefined norm for the percentage of seats for the reserved categories. The table given below describes the percentage of seats reserved for each category.
|Scheduled Castes (SC)||15% seats|
|Scheduled Tribes (ST)||7.5% seats|
|Other Backward Classes (OBC)||27% seats|
|Physically Handicapped /PwD||3% seats|
Candidates can start the CAT registration in August 2018 followed by the filling of the CAT application form, uploading of important documents form, payment of required fee and submission of the application form. The online application can be filled through the official website of CAT at https://iimcat.ac.in/. They must log on the official website and follow the following steps:
Note: Application fee for SC/ST/PWD candidates is INR 850/- only.
CAT 2018 Admit Card will be available to download on the official website of CAT in October 2018. CAT Admit Card can be downloaded by following the given below steps:
Note: Candidate will not be allowed to sit in the examination without the CAT Admit Card and a valid photo identity proof.
Candidates applying for CAT 2018 are given an option to choose 4 CAT test cities in order of their preferences. CAT authority makes best to allot the nearest test center to the candidates especially the females.
Generally, they are allotted the center as per the preferences filled by them. However, in case it is impossible to accommodate the aspirant in the preferred CAT Exam Center, then they are allotted the center closest to their preferred center of choice.
The details of the allotted CAT exam center will be mentioned in the admit card of the candidate. Out of all the 19 IIM’s only IIM Bangalore can change the venue of the allotted test center. IIM Bangalore also holds the right to cancel the same, as it deems fit due to administrative or any other reason.
Candidate must bring a government approved identification proof such as Pan Card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card etc. along with the CAT Admit Card on the day of examination in order to be allowed to enter the exam center.
CAT exam is a computer-based test and it majorly consists of 3 sections- Quantitative Ability, Verbal & Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. CAT 2018 is a 3-hour duration exam and 1-hour is assigned to each section.
The paper will have 100 questions of both MCQ and Non-MCQ nature. For every correct answer, a candidate will be awarded 3 marks and 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. CAT Exam Pattern is shown below:
Exam Duration is 3 hours
Each Correct Answer will be awarded 3 marks
1 mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer
CAT 2018 is a computer based test
Questions will be of objective & numerical in nature
There are 100 questions in CAT 2018
|Sections||Quantitative Ability||Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||Total|
|Duration||60 Min||60 Min||60 Min||180 minutes|
CAT exam 2018 consists of 3 sections namely Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. Each section is further divided into multitude of topics. The topics covered in each section for CAT exam syllabus is detailed below:
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension||Verbal Reasoning, Antonyms and Synonyms, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, Fill in the Blanks, Syllogism, Analogies, Idioms|
|Data Interpretation||Area Graph, Line Graph, Charts (Columns, Bar, Pie), Tables, Venn Diagrams|
|Logical Reasoning||Clocks and Calendars, Directions, Binary Logic, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Linear and Matrix Arrangement, Syllogism|
|Quantitative Ability||Number System, Geometry, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Quadratic & Linear Equation, Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Trigonometry|
Each topic from CAT syllabus mentioned above is further divided into sub-topics. The division into sub-topics makes it easier to concentrate on the various aspects of a section and helps during preparation.
CAT Results is expected to be declared in January 2019. Candidates can check their CAT Results on the official website. Post declaration of result, each IIM will release their separate cut offs. On the basis of cut offs, candidates will be called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds for the admission process.
Follow the steps provided below to check CAT Result:
After the declaration of CAT Result, candidates can check the merit list on respective IIMs for admissions. Also, each IIM will send interview letters to shortlisted candidates directly for GD/PI rounds.
Candidates are selected for various MBA courses in different IIM’s on the basis of their score in the CAT exam. After the declaration of result, shortlisted candidates would appear in CAT Selection Procedure. The selection process further comprises of three stages conducted by the IIM’s separately for the shortlisted candidates. The three stages of selection are illustrated below:
In recent years, IIMs have been known to prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion.
The cut-off for the IIMs is very high ranging generally in the bracket of 90-99 percentiles. The expected CAT 2017 cut-off will not vary much from the cut-off trend of the last year. The below-given table gives the expected cut-off in various top B- schools:
|B-School||CAT 2016 Cut-off (expected)|
|UBS Chandigarh||93+ Percentile|
|FMS, DU (Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi)||98.20 Percentile|
|DMS, IIT Delhi||98+ Percentile|
|Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad||90+ Percentile|
|SJMSOM, IIT Bombay||99+ Percentile|
|Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon||95+ Percentile|
|Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras||95+ Percentile|
|National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai||95+ Percentile|
|Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)||90+ Percentile|
|Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai||90+ Percentile|
|T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal||85+ Percentile|
CAT examination is held every year by various IIM’s and there is no specific list of Institutes that participate in CAT. However, almost every top Business School accepts the scores obtained by the candidate in CAT examination.19 IIMs ,118 B-schools along with top B-Schools like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), FMS, SP Jain, MDI, etc. Participate in the CAT examination.
Here is the list of CAT Participating IIM’S along with details of the management courses offered by them:
|S.No.||Name of IIM||MBA specialization offered|
|1||IIM Ahmadabad||PGP, PGP-ABM , FPM|
|2||IIM Bangalore||PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM, FPM|
|3||IIM Calcutta||PGP-PGDM ,PGP PGDCM ,FPM|
|4||IIM Indore||PGP, EPGP, FPM|
|5||IIM Kolhapur||PGP, EPGPM|
|6||IIM Kozhikode||PGP FPM|
|7||IIM Lucknow||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGPSM , FPM|
|8||IIM Raipur||PGP, PGPWE , FPM|
|9||IIM Ranchi||PGDM, PGDHRM , FPM|
|11||IIM Shilling||PGP, PGPEX , FPM|
|12||IIM Trichy||PGP, PGPBM, PGPHRM|
|14||IIM Bodh Gaya||PGP|
|16||IIM Sambalpur||PGP, EPGP, FPM|
|17||IIM Sirmaur||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGPSM, FPM|
|19||IIM Kozhikode||Executive Post Graduate Programme - Kochi PGP,EPGP .FPM, Campus, MDP,FDP|
Note: Candidates are requested to apply for the institutes as per the availability of the desired course
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