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CAT 2018 Exam Date, Registration, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

What is CAT 2018 Exam for MBA?

Latest Updates: CAT 2018 exam will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Registration starts on August 8, 2018.

Read Complete Notification Details Here

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a competitive management entrance exam conducted at the national level.

CAT 2018 is conducted for admissions in Postgraduate Business Administration Programme and other programs in various IIMs and other B-Schools accepting CAT 2018.

Finally CAT 2018 date is approaching very fast. You are advised not to get vitiated by fake  news on VAT and remain cool. Pattern of CAT can't be anticipated hence, your focused preparation is enough to take on any worst surprise which in all likelihood might not happen because CAT is examining you only for you two skills and they are quantitative and language only. Let's remain confident and ace CAT.

Bonus : Download CAT Tips PDF that will help you boost your preparation
  Conducted on Result Declaration Date Convened By
CAT 2018 November 25, 2018 2nd week of January 2019 IIM Koklata
CAT 2017 November 26, 2017 January 8, 2018 IIM Lucknow
CAT 2016 December 4, 2016 January 9, 2017 IIM Bangalore

"A sincere advise to you from MBA Rendezvous"  

CAT aspirants are advised to take cognizance of the fact that in CAT you will be tested only for your Quantitative Skills and Language Skills, therefore absolutely no chance for any  change in CAT 2018 and you must continue to focus on your preparation. 

Mind it that nature of CAT is to test you for number crunching skills and know your analytic skills along with language usage skills. so it doesn't  matter you to count on sections in CAT. 

The outer limit is that  CAT 2018  convener can alter few number of questions from one section to another or sections can be merged but there is no point to trust to bloggers or sites which unnecessary predict changes or pattern for CAT 2018 

Focused CAT aspirants like you, should wait for CAT notification which will be out in second week of coming July 2018 and then maneuver your preparation accordingly.  
 

Since 2009, the mode of CAT, has been computer-based. The exam is of a duration of 3 hours, carrying 100 objective type questions, that are divided into three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). Time allotted for each section is 60 minutes each. Candidates will have to attempt the exam in a chronological order, and they cannot switch from one section to another during the exam. Results are announced in the form of Percentile, in a cut-off list. Candidates can check the same, by providing their log in info. Counseling procedure for the paper, starts from the last week of January. After clearing the exam, the Candidates are required to appear for the Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD), Group Activity (GA), Extempore Activities, and the Personal Interview (PI) rounds, to get admission in IIMs, or other Business Schools in India.

CAT 2018 will be conducted across more than 140 cities and 650 test centers in India, in 2 sessions: Morning & Afternoon. Candidates appearing for CAT 2018, shall get an option to select 4 test cities in the order of their preference. After the last date of registration, a candidate shall be allotted a test site in one among the 4 preferred test cities, in any one of the sessions, after the last date of registration. CAT exam will be conducted in the last week of November, or the first week of December.

Earlier till 2013, CAT used to be held in around 15 to 20 days of the testing window by the IIMs. But since 2014, CAT testing window has been shortened to a single day only. Hence, CAT exam will also be held on 1 single day, in two sessions.

CAT 2018 Important Dates

CAT Exam 2017 was conducted on November 26, 2017. The result for CAT 2017 was declared on January 8, 2018.

All Important Dates for CAT 2018 have been announced by the IIMs.

CAT Exam 2018 Important Dates

CAT 2018 Notification

July 29, 2018

Registration Start Date

August 8, 2018

Registration End Date

September 26, 2018 (5:00 PM)

Admit Card download Window

October 24, 2018 - November 25, 2018

CAT Exam Date

November 25, 2018

CAT Exam Results

Second week of January 2019

CAT Syllabus 2018

CAT 2018 shall include 3 sections, namely, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). CAT does not have a predefined syllabus. However, questions are expected from the topics given below.

  • Quantitative Ability (QA) : -CAT 2018 the forthcoming exam will have Quantitative Ability (QA) as one of its main sections which give the impression to be the favourite of the exam setters. It seems as if over 50% of paper setting efforts is devoted to Quant sections.
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) : -To prepare for this section, here are some general test-taking tips that should help you with the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) : -Try and solve what sort of questions you can expect in Verbal Ability section, and then analyse how preparation can be taken up for the next few months.

Section A: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Topics covered under this section include: Critical Reasoning; Paragraph Forming; Grammar; Vocabulary- Synonyms, Antonyms, Odd Man Out, Analogies; Reading Comprehension etc.

Section B: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

Topics covered under this section include: Tables; Graphical Representations; Charts and any diagrammatical Representation- Bar Charts, Pie Charts, Cases, X-Y Charts involving Line Series etc.

CAT aspirants should take a cognizance of the logical views of professional teachers that in CAT 2018, DI questions will be analytics based. Pie charts and Table formats in DI  are almost out. 

Since analytics is ruling  the roost in business environment hence, CAT aspirants too will be tested out to understand their analytical skills and for that matter, Data Interpretation is the right  medium in CAT 

Your ability to link the correct data and weed out redundant data will be the game changer to ace DI in CAT 2018 

Section C: Quantitative Ability (QA)

This section includes topics like: Geometry; Trigonometry; Probability; Number System- GCD, LCM, Divisibility, Base System, The Remainder Theorem; Permutation & Combination; Speed; Time and Distance; etc.

Read Complete CAT Syllabus

CAT 2018 Registration/Application Process

CAT 2018 Registration form and process will be online, and there shall be no CAT 2018 offline Registration facility available. The Online Registration for CAT 2018 shall start by the August 8, 2018. The CAT 2018 Application Form will be a part of the CAT 2018 Registration form. The candidate shall apply for CAT 2018 online. After the completion of CAT 2018 exam online, the IIMs shall send the candidates their respective registration IDs. With these unique Registration IDs, the candidates will need to log in to the CAT exam online Registration Form, which shall also contain the CAT 2018 Online Application Form. Hence, it will be a combined CAT 2018 Online Registration and Application Form.

CAT exam 2017 was conducted on November 26, 2017. The result for CAT 2017 was declared on January 8, 2018. CAT 2018 will be held on November 25, 2018.

The Registration/Application Form for CAT 2018 will require the candidates to fill up their Academic Details, upload their Photograph, their scanned Signature, and category certificates, as per the formats for CAT 2018, prescribed by the IIMs. The Online Application Form for CAT 2018, shall consist of Programme details on all the 20 IIMs. The candidates filling up the CAT 2018 Online Application, shall have to check mark the relevant Programmes of the IIMs, that they are interested in.

The Registration Fee for the General Category was INR 1800, and for the Reserved Category was INR 900. There shall be no provision for any offline mode of application for CAT 2018.

In case the candidate makes some errors in filling the Application Form, once submitted, the errors cannot be rectified. Hence, the candidate will have to Re-register.

According to the data given below, the number of candidates registered for CAT 2017 was 2.31 Lakh. With the growing popularity of CAT Exam, this number is much likely to increase for CAT 2018.

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Steps to Apply for CAT 2018 Online

  • The candidate must log on to the official website for CAT 2018: https://iimcat.ac.in
  • The candidate shall then register himself/herself with a valid Email ID and Phone Number.
  • In Foreign Countries: $125 + Bank charges as applicable
  • The IIMs will then send the Login Credentials to the candidates, through mail or SMS.
  • On receiving the Login credentials, the candidates must log in the Application window and fill up the Online Application Form, which has the following areas to be filled up:
    • Personal Details
    • Contact Details
    • Academic Details
    • Work Experience
    • Selection of IIMs to apply for
    • Selecting the Test Centers and the Interview Cities
  • It is advisable for the candidates to review the Application Form, once it is filled up, and then upload the necessary documents, with the form, which include:
    • A scanned copy of the Candidate’s Photograph, in the jpeg format
    • A scanned copy of the Candidate’s Signature, in the jpeg format (The candidates should make sure that the Photograph and the Signature are clear and appropriate.)

CAT 2018 Application Fee

After the completion of the Application Form, the candidates need to pay the application fee online. On completion of the Application Form, the candidates shall click on the PAY tab, after saving the filled Application Form. The Application Fee has to be settled through Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking/ATM-cum-Debit Cards/Cash Card & Wallet.

The Registration Fee for the General Category was INR 1800, and for the Reserved Category was INR 900. The final amount also included certain applicable additional charges.

CAT Exam Pattern 2018

CAT 2018 will be a computer-based exam, judging the candidates across three sections, namely, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). The total test duration will be 3 hours, with a total of 100 questions, while each section will have 34, 32, and 34 questions, respectively.

Get Detailed Pattern and Procedure for CAT 2018 Exam 

There will be 3 Sections in CAT 2018

The Sectional Marks and Time distribution, for CAT 2018 is given in the Table below:

Sections Questions Time Allotted (In Minutes) Maximum Marks Allotted
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 60 102
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) 32 60 96
Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 60 102
Total 100 180 300

CAT 2018 Exam Format

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

Quantitative ability (QA)

34

Total No. of Questions

100

  • Duration of the examination will be 180 minutes.
  • Some questions in each section (Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Verbal and Reading Comprehension) may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen. Also, use of a basic on-screen calculator will be allowed for computation.
  • Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
  • The on-screen timer will mark remaining minutes for the test.
    • The questions will be both in the form of MCQs and Non-MCQs. According to CAT Exam 2017, there shall be 28 Non MCQs and 72 MCQs in the exam. The answers to the Non MCQs will be typed in the given space, on the computer-screens, as they will not have any answer options. The Non MCQs will have no-negative penalty. The candidate is not allowed to leave the examination in between.
  • Three (3) points will be awarded for each correct answer; one (1) point will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • There is no penalty for questions that are left unanswered.

The Pattern for the MCQ and Non-MCQ type questions is represented through the graph below:

CAT 2018 Exam Details

Duration of Exam

180 Minutes

No. Of Sections

3

Exam Sections

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), Quantitative ability (QA)

Marking Scheme

  • Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
  • An incorrect answer fetches -1.
  • No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.

Eligibility for CAT Exam 2018

CAT 2018 Eligibility - Complete Details

The Candidates wanting to appear for CAT Exam 2018, must fulfil the following Eligibility Criteria:

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline, securing a minimum of 50% marks, or equivalent CGPA. The candidates belonging to the categories of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Differently Abled (DA), need only 45% marks. Even if the candidate has done his/her graduation in the old system of the 2 years graduation, is allowed to appear for CAT 2018, provided that the degree is UGC recognized. Final year Graduation students can also apply for CAT 2018. If selected, these students shall be allowed to join the Programme provisionally, provided, he/she submits a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of the College, stating that the candidate has fulfilled all the requirements of obtaining the Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
  • Alternatively, the candidate must hold a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA), securing the required percentage.
  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate, shall be calculated based on the practice followed by the respective University/Institution.
  • In case of the CGPA/Grading System, the conversion to the percentage of marks, shall be based on the procedure certified by the respective University/Institution, in accordance with the CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria. In case of the absence of a conversion system, the equivalence will be established by dividing the CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and then multiplying the result with 100, as per CAT 2018 Eligibility.
  • The candidate must also maintain and declare a valid and unique email ID and a phone number, throughout the selection process.

List of Equivalent Qualifications for Eligibility for CAT 2018:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post Diploma) or B.E/B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers- India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers- India).
  • Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, which is equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree, awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutions.
  • Cases not covered above equivalency certificate to be produced by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.

Reservations of Seats

As per the Government of India:

  • 15% - Seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC)
  • 7.5% - Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates
  • 27% - Seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the non - creamy layer (NC - OBC)
  • 3% - Seats are reserved for Differently Abled (DA) candidates

CAT Exam Reservation of Seats

Steps to Apply for CAT Exam 2018 Online

  • The candidate must log on to the official website for CAT 2018: 
  • The candidate shall then register himself/herself with a valid Email ID and Phone Number.
  • The IIMs will then send the Login Credentials to the candidates, through mail or SMS.
  • On receiving the Login credentials, the candidates must log in the Application window and fill up the Online Application Form, which has the following areas to be filled up:
    • Personal Details
    • Contact Details
    • Academic Details
    • Work Experience
    • Selection of IIMs to apply for
    • Selecting the Test Centers and the Interview Cities
  • It is advisable for the candidates to review the Application Form, once it is filled up, and then upload the necessary documents, with the form, which include:
    • A scanned copy of the Candidate’s Photograph, in the jpeg format
    • A scanned copy of the Candidate’s Signature, in the jpeg format (The candidates should make sure that the Photograph and the Signature are clear and appropriate.)

In case the candidate makes some errors in filling the Application Form, once submitted, the errors cannot be rectified. Hence, the candidate will have to Re-register.

CAT 2018 Admit Card

Admit Card is a highly mandatory document to be carried by the candidate to the Examination Hall, during the exam day of CAT 2018. CAT 2018 Admit Card will be issued by the IIMs, on the official CAT 2018 website, and no hard copy of the Admit Card will be sent to any candidate. To download the Admit Card, the candidate will have to log in to the official Website- https://iimcat.ac.in/, and positively take a print out of the CAT 2018 Admit Card. The Admit Card will be available for download, till the exam day.

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The Admit Card shall be released in the last week of October.

Steps to download, CAT 2018 Admit Card:

  • Log on to the official website of the Indian Institute of Management- https://iimcat.ac.in
  • The candidate shall then click on the download ADMIT CARD 2018 tab, from options given on the notice board.
  • The candidate shall then enter his/her login credentials.
  • After filling the details, the candidate shall then be redirected to his/her Admit card, where he/she can review all the details.
  • After reviewing all the details, the candidate shall then click on the Download Admit Card Tab
  • The candidate must positively save and take a print out of the CAT 2018 Admit Card, and preserve it till the examination day.

CAT 2018 Admit Card shall contain the following details:

  • The candidate’s name, as entered in the registration/application form of CAT 2018.
  • The Examination date of CAT 2018, along with the slot of exam.
  • The candidate’s User ID/Registration Number.
  • The candidate’s Test System Number. This is a very important information, as the candidate is authorized to use only one particular test system. This system shall display the candidate’s particulars, that no other system can.
  • The candidate’s address of the CAT Exam 2018 Test Centre.
  • The candidate’s PWA/DA Status.

Along with the Admit Card, the candidate must carry a photo ID Proof to the Examination Hall. It is crucial for the candidates to remember, that other than the Admit Card and the photo ID Proof, no other document will be allowed inside the Examination Hall. The Candidate must report 90 minutes before, at the Examination Hall.

CAT Exam 2018 Test Centres

CAT 2018 will be conducted for admissions to MBA/PGDM Programmes in 20 IIMs, and more than 100 other Business Schools in India. CAT Exam 2017 was convened by IIM Lucknow, in approximately 140 cities, and 400 test centers.

Get Complete Info on CAT Exam Centres

CAT exam 2017 was conducted on November 26, 2017. The result for CAT 2017 was declared on January 8, 2018. CAT 2018 will be held on November 25, 2018. The Online Registration for CAT 2018 shall start on 8th August 2018.

Candidates must select 4 preferred cities from the drop-down menu, while filling the CAT 2018 Application Form. The authorities will then allot an exam center, in the city of the candidate’s first preference. In case it is not made possible, the candidate shall be allotted a city form the following preferences. It is advisable for the candidates to register as soon as the Registration Form is released, to smoothen the procedure for themselves.

Exam State Exam Cities
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati
Bihar Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chattisgarh Raipur, Bhillai
Delhi New Delhi
Goa Madgaon, Verna
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Haryana Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipath, Rohtak, Sonipath
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikballapur, Davanagere, Hasan, Kolar, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi
Kerala Kasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Trivandrum
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar
Maharashtra Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli
Telangana Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Noida, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Roorkee
West Bengal Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

CAT 2018 Result

CAT 2018 will be held on November 25, 2018. The Result for the same is most likely to be declared by the second Week of January, 2019.

Get Details on CAT Cutoff 2018: Calculation & Determination Factors

The Result of CAT 2018, will be sent to the candidates in the percentile format through an SMS, on their registered Mobile numbers, by the Exam convening IIM, that is yet to be announced.

CAT Exam 2017 was conducted on November 26, 2017. The result for CAT 2017 was declared on January 8, 2018. CAT 2017 was taken by a total of 1,99,632 candidates, who appeared for the exam on November 26, 2017, in more than 140 cities of India.

For the result of CAT 2018, the candidates will be able to download their Scorecards online, by logging in to the official website- https://iimcat.ac.in, through their unique IDs and Passwords, given by the IIMs before the exam. The steps to download the Scorecard is as follows:

  • The candidate shall Log in with his/her respective credentials, on the official website: https://iimcat.ac.in
  • The candidate shall then click on ‘Download Score Card for CAT 2018’.
  • The candidate shall then ‘Login to View/Download Application Form/Scorecard’ tab on the Website.
  • The candidate shall then be directed to the Results Portal, where he/she shall fill in his/her Login credentials.
  • The candidate’s respective result will appear on the screen, which shall be downloaded and saved by the candidate for future use.

The Scorecard of CAT 2018 Result, will bear the candidate’s scores section-wise, and the overall scaled percentiles. CAT 2018 Result will only be Online, and the IIMs will not be sending any hard copy of the Scorecards at the candidate’s address. The Candidate’s Score Card shall be available till the last week of December, 2019. Subsequent to this date, no queries related to the issuance of CAT 2018 Exam Score Cards will be entertained.

CAT 2018 Marking Scheme

CAT 2018 will be 180 minutes OR 3 hours long exam, which will test the candidate’s ability across 3 sections, namely, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). There will be a total of 100 questions, divided into 34, 32, and 34 questions in each section, respectively. Amongst the 100 questions, 72 questions will be in the MCQ format, whereas the rest 28 will be in a Non MCQ format.

Time allotted for every section will be 60 minutes each. The candidates will not be allowed to switch from one section to another during the examination. Hence, the candidates will have to answer in a chronological order only.

Every correct answer will reward the candidate with 3 marks, and every incorrect MCQ type question will penalize the candidate with 1 mark. There is no negative marking for the Non MCQ type questions. For every unattempted question, no marks will be granted.

CAT 2018 Percentile Prediction

A percentile represents the rank of the candidate in an examination, relative to the rest of the candidates who appeared for the same examination, in the same time frame.

Let's say there were 10 students who gave an exam, including you. If you ranked 1st, then there are 9 students behind you, or 90% of the test-takers are ranked after you. This means that you have a 90%tile score. If you stood 3rd, then there are 7 test-takers ranked after you. You will have a 70%tile score in this case.

If there is an exam where 1000 people appeared, including yourself, and you ranked 75th, then there were effectively 925 test-takers who were ranked below you (because they scored lesser marks than you did). In this case, your percentile score will be (925/1000) x 100 = 92.5 %tile Let's say 2,00,000 people appeared for CAT exam in a certain year. Everyone's net score was calculated, and all test-takers were sorted in descending order of their marks in CAT. Your rank was 1,500. In this case, your percentile score will be:(198500/200000) x 100 = 99.25 %tile.

CAT Previous Year Exam Analysis

Approx. 2.32 Lakh aspirants gave CAT exam 2017 on November 26, 2017, which took place in 2 slots on one day; the morning session, from 9 AM to 12 Noon, and the afternoon session, from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The difficulty level of both the papers was identical.

CAT exam 2017 was conducted on November 26, 2017. The result for CAT 2017 was declared on January 8, 2018. CAT 2018 exam will be held on November 25, 2018.

There were 3 sections in the exam, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC), that made a total of 100 questions. These 100 questions were further divided into 72 MCQ type questions, and 28 Non-MCQ type question. The exam duration was 180 minutes. Each correct answer rewarded the candidate with 3 marks each, whereas every wrong MCQ type question, penalized the candidate with 1 mark. There was no negative marking, whatsoever, in the Non-MCQ type questions.

The DILR Section, was considered to be the toughest section, whereas the QA Section was relatively easy. The VARC Section was moderately difficult.

CAT Previous Year (2016) Exam Analysis

Approx. 2.32 Lakh aspirants gave CAT exam 2016 on 4th December which took place in 2 slots on one day; the morning session, from 9 AM to 12 Noon, and the afternoon session, from 2 PM to 5 PM. The difficulty level of both the papers was identical.

There were 3 sections in the exam, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) unlike previous years. The exam duration was 180 minutes.

Of course all of you had a tough time on CAT and QA section was supposedly tougher this year and verbal ability section was similar(easy) to last year, but definitely, by now you must have got your name in cut-off lists with IIMs and other top B Schools.

Section I Section II Section III
Reading Comprehension (RC) and Verbal Ability (VA) Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR) Quantitative Ability (QA)
34 32 34

Trend of MCQ & Non-MCQ Questions

cat exam MCQ & Non-MCQ

List of Courses Offered under CAT 2018

PGPEM | PGP | PGP-ABM | PGPBM | PGP-UAE | PGPWE | PGPPM | EPGPM | PGP-Mumbai | PGPSM | PGDHRM | PGDM | PGPEX

CAT 2018 Exam Preparation

Everyone aspires to be enrolled in the IIMs or at least in the top bracket of MBA Institutes. But the moot point is that are you nurturing this dream?

You know it pretty well that without scoring a decent percentile, it is almost certain to be out of the options of IIMs and other souring Business Schools. Preparing for CAT 2018 exam is not that tricky as it sounds. You should know How often, when and why to take Mock Tests.

Both Perception & Reality about the toughness of CAT is intact without any exception year to year, CAT springs surprises. Competitiveness of CAT is further supplemented with negative marking of minus one marks for every wrong answer and that is really a merciless killing. CAT aspirants can't afford to be judgmental in their answers at all.

All three sections of CAT continue to be tougher but whispers are on that in CAT 2018, RC will be tougher. Reading Comprehension being so crucial in VARC can really spoil the party. 

On the face of it, RC is simple language skill test but it can be suicidal if vocabulary is moderate even. Exactly to ace RC, CAT aspirants must enrich vocabulary and achieve its' pinnacle. That  would pave the way to be a winner in CAT 2018 

These are few points you must plan out before taking CAT 2018 :

  • Which section, whether it is English, Quantitative Ability or Data Interpretation, you are going to attempt in the beginning, followed by which section and which in the end. Within these sections, what will be your order of attempting the various types of questions? For example, within the English section, will you do Reading Comprehension first or begin with the Verbal Ability part?
  • What is your time allocation strategy? How much time do you plan to spend on each of the sections? In particular, do you plan to devote equal time to each section or slightly more time to the section that you are the strongest at?
  • How will you respond to a differential marking scheme if that is specified? For example, if there are 2 marks and 1-mark questions, do you plan to attempt the 2-marks questions first? (You never know, when the CAT 2018 pattern is changed without any notification!)
  • Do you plan to spend some time at the completion of the exam, cross-checking or verifying some of the answers, especially of those questions that you are not really sure of and have just estimated or guessed the answer?

Top 20 tips for CAT 2018 Exam Preparation | Beginners and Toppers
Tips for Reading Comprehension Combination

Life at IIMs

It is said that there is just one life and it changes its dimensions as per the surroundings and circumstances. It is you, who needs to adapt and change your life as you wish so.

Life at IIM is no different from all so-called nuisances of life but positively, the moment you realize that you are at the Gurukul of management teachings, you go ahead with day dreaming and that really puts you on cloud 9. Invariably you attend classes in embedded format of learning 24 x7 x 18 months. You dream day and night of learning.

Right in the morning after having a quick breakfast at the mess, you are in the class room by 8.30 am to deliberate on issues on a case study which would have been given by the professor last night at 11 pm. Process of deliberations on pros and cons continue till mid night and you surely get time to place yourself in learning the resources of IIM, wherein you watch inspiring / motivational videos.

At all IIMs, the libraries have been aptly named as learning resource centers and are equipped with latest books, journals, latest happenings at corporates, movements of top honchos, Brands etc.

You get time to share your concerns with your companions of growth at the campus and you too recreate yourself with sports amenities available in the campus. The best part of the life at IIM is that you are able to listen live top Honchos, practically who is who of the various industries and indeed that is one of the exceptional parts of learning which sparks you to go ahead and nourish your dreams of becoming one day like them.

How to secure an MBA scholarship ?

Scholarships for MBA students are available for those who deserve monetary support but can avail under various schemes which are predetermined under Institute's prerogative but have easy approach with intent to help deserving students.

Financial assistance under aegis of Scholarship can be need based and also for bright students who can avail from Alumni or Industry besides under government rules for certain categories.

Since scholarship is financial assistance hence, one has to find rules and regulation which vary from institution wise. it is better not only to visit websites of institute but to meet admission head and apply for scholarship eligibility wise in time.

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