CAT 2018 Notification: Important dates & related information

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One of the biggest MBA entrance exams, CAT is conducted every year by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) on a rotational basis. CAT is a computer based test held for admissions in elite B-Schools across India. A seat in these institutions promises high pay-packages and a rewarding career in the corporate world. As such, CAT remains one of the most sought after competitive examinations and attracts graduates from all streams. The score is not only accepted by the IIMs, but also by other 100+ top notch B- Schools across the country. Approximately 4,000 seats are offered by the IIMs.

Though the official registration of CAT starts in the month of August and the test takes place in November, we bring you the tentative dates of the commencement of the CAT (based on previous year actual dates) so that you have a fair idea about CAT and plan your preparation accordingly.

CAT 2018 will be conducted on Nov 25, 2018 (Sunday).

The following table gives you the tentative details about CAT 2018.

CAT Important Dates:

Notification release dateLast week of July 2018
Registration commencementSecond week of August 2018
Last date for Online RegistrationThird week of September 2018
Issue of Admit CardThird week of October 2018
CAT Exam Date25th November 2018
Result AnnouncementJanuary 2019

News alert: For the first time ever, Singapore Management University, an international B-school, has started accepting CAT scores for admissions since last year.

A quick overview of important facts about CAT:

Name of testCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Purpose of testQualifying test for admission to 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India
Conducted byIIM Calcutta
Exam typeNational level
PeriodicityOnce in a year
Score/Percentile ValidityOne Year
Annual Number of Test Takers1,99,632 in 2017
Pattern of TestMCQs and Non-MCQs
Number of Questions100
Test Duration3 hours
Negative Marking-1 for each wrong answer in MCQs
No negative marking for Non-MCQs or TITA
SyllabusQuestions from VARC, QA and DI & LR
Mode of ConductComputer-based (Online test)
CAT 2018 ConvenorProf. Sumanta Basu
Application FeesRs. 1800 for General/NC-OBC category
Rs. 900 for SC/ST/PWD/DA category
Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schoolsAs per the Government of India regulations
Official Websitehttps://iimcat.ac.in

A detailed notification for the CAT 2018 may be released in July/ August 2018. (IIMs reserve the right to change the test date in case of exceptional circumstances.)

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