Earning an MBA degree that too from IIMs or any other reputed management institutes in India is considered as a golden pass to the international business world. Looking at this scenario, the Government of India emphasizes more on a complete and transparent selection criteria. In order to select superior talent, Ministry of HRD conceptualized the CAT exam.
CAT stands for Common Admission Test. It is conducted by the six IIMs as a national level entrance test in selecting students for their business administration program at the Masters level. Apart from IIMs, the exam doesn’t fail to have its influence on other reputed B- schools such as SP Jain, MICA, TA Pai and many more. With the help of this pre-requisite candidates are judged in five broad areas i.e. Verbal ability & reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative skills, data interpretation and analytical & logical reasoning. CAT score is approved by almost top 50 B-schools across India.
CAT 2018 Eligibility:
The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, India.
The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.
Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
CAT Registration / Application Form
CAT 2018 Application Form / Registration:-
Apply online at website: - https://iimcat.ac.in
PAYMENT OF CAT REGISTRATION FEE -
Rs. 900 for SC, ST and PwD category candidates.
Rs. 1800 for all other categories of candidates.
Please note that a candidate needs to pay registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC, ST and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fee once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.
CAT Exam Dates
CAT 2018 Date:- 25th November 2018, Sunday.
CAT 2018 Syllabus:-
The CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test.
CAT 2018 Pattern:-
Exam Mode:- Computer Based Test (CBT)
Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Quantitative Ability
For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt'.
The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:
Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
An incorrect answer fetches -1.
No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.
CAT is labeled among the toughest exams conducted in India. To crack the exam, one needs to put in a lot of hard work. But despite of striving a lot, even brilliant students get paused at tricky questions. To avoid this, it is advisable that aspirants should try to attempt sample papers and previous years’ papers in order to find the right way to prepare for the exam
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