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The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for admission to the Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India including the IIMs.
The CAT score is used separately by each institute along with other parameters i.e. academic performance, work experience, group discussion, written assessment and interview performance etc. to select candidates. The weightage assigned to CAT score may differ for each institute. Candidates are advised to read the weightage, process and breakup for each institute on its respective website.

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.
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.
Candidates applying for CAT 2018 should fulfill any one of the following conditions: 
Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks* Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage*. Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*. SC / ST / PWD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, minimum is 50%.
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.
IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website www.iimcat.ac. in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.
15.00%Scheduled Caste (SC)
7.50%Scheduled Tribe (ST)
27.00%Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer
3.00%Differently Abled (DA)
 For more details on the eligibility criteria and reservations, go here

Test Duration & Pattern (CAT 2018)

SectionNo. of QuestionsDuration
1.Quantitative Ability
343 hrs
2.Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
3.Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
To know about the scoring and equating process go here 

CAT Syllabus & Exam Format 2018

In order to get admission in any of the IIMs, you will have to attempt the CAT (Common Admission Test). This exam in conducted every year in India by one of the IIMs on a rotation basis. Along with admission in IIMs, it is also a qualifying exam for MBA studies in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and a few other institutions as well.There will be a lot of students preparing for this exam and it is not going to be really easy for all the IIM aspirants to qualify for this exam with best score. In order to stand out of the crowd and get admission, you need to understand the exam pattern and syllabus first.The CAT 2018 syllabus has three sections namely quantitative aptitude, verbal reasoning and data interpretation & logical reasoning.There is no specific portion in each part, that can be expected in the exam. You will have to make sure that you are mastering all three parts of the CAT exam. The basic thing to know at the beginning is the fundamentals of each part. Once you know the basics, you can start working on them till the advanced levels. Once you have revised the complete syllabus, you will have to start learning tips and tricks like shortcuts to solve the questions fast. Practice more and more previous papers and other tests to know your accuracy levels.

CAT is a computer based test, conducted in multiple cities. A candidate can select his / her test date and slot as per choice and availability.

CAT 2018 dates

CAT 2018 is to be conducted by the IIMs in the month of November 2018. The detailed notification for CAT 2017 was released on 30th July 2017.

RegistrationsFourth week of September 2018
Download of Admit CardThird week of October 2018
Exam datesFourth week of November 2018
ResultsSecond week of January 2019

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How to Apply

Register online at the CAT website with a registration fee of Rs. 1700 (General/NC-OBC) and Rs. 850 (SC/ST/PWD-DA).
Note: Payment of registration fee can be done through online modes only including credit card, debit card or through net banking.
You do not have the option of choosing you preferred slot this time
You must show original mark sheets and submit photocopies to prove your eligibility at the time of interview. Further, if you are selected for a programme, original degree certificate and mark sheets along with your photocopies must be submitted for verification at the time of joining the programme.

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