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CAT 2018 Application Form

Last Updated - August 31, 2017

 CAT 2018 Application Form is available in online mode only and no offline mechanism for the same is there at present. CAT 2018 will be conducted in the month of December 2018 and the application form will be available in the month of August 2018. 

  • Candidates with minimum 50% aggregate marks at the graduate level can register themselves online on the official website in August 2018.
  • Application forms for CAT 2018 will be available on a separate website created for the convenience of candidates.
  • There is a common application form for MBA and PGDM courses.
  • Before the registration, it is mandatory to have a valid email ID, contact number and address.
  • CAT Application fee is INR 1800 for general category candidates and INR 900 for SC/ST and PWD candidates.
  • CAT Admit Card 2018 will be available for download in December 2018. 

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 the state government, state-funded institutes, and other private B-schools.

CAT 2018 Highlights

CAT 2018 Conducting BodyIIM Delhi
CAT 2018 Official NotificationJuly 2018
CAT 2018 Exam DateDecember 2018
Eligibility CriteriaGraduate with 50%
Participating InstitutesIIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB
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

CAT 2018 Application form: Things to keep in mind while filling the form

CAT 2018 Application Form 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 the 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 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:

CAT Registration

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 emails containing user ID and password respectively.
    CAT Registration Process 2018

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’.
CAT details filling

Uploading Documents and CAT Application Fee Payment

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

  • Candidates would be required to upload necessary documents as a part of the application process (in required specifications only).
  • After uploading of the documents candidates would be required to submit the application fee that is INR 1800 (INR 900 for SC/ST/PWD).
  • After submission of the application fee, the candidates would be asked to make a final submission of the form.

Important documents to be uploaded

CAT 2018: Important Documents Required to be Uploaded

Following documents are required to be uploaded as a part of CAT 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 1800
Non- Creamy layer OBCINR 1800

CAT 2018: Retrieving Application Number and Password

CAT 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 email or note down this number at some secure place. In case they forget the 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 login 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 to 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/email 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.

CAT 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 the 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 CAT Application form and enter details such as qualification & education, work experience, personal details, etc.
  • Once done, upload the required documents within the given specifications.
  • Lastly, pay the application fee as specified through the 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
  • Selection

Other details would not be subjected to correction/modification.

Steps to Correct CAT Application Form

Follow the given below steps for CAT Application Form Correction-

  • Visit official website of CAT 2017 at
  • Click on ‘Existing User’ button
  • Enter your User ID and Password to login
  • Edit the entries that need correction
  • Take a printout of corrected CAT Application Form 

Corrections cannot be made under the following entered fields-

  • Name of the candidates
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Phone number



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