CAT 2018 – IIM Calcutta conducted the CAT 2018 exam on November 25. The Answer Key, Question paper and Objection form has been released on the candidate login. CAT is a national management examination. Although, this examination is conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the scores for it will also be considered by other Business Schools. To take admission, candidates have to also sit for GD & PI Rounds.

Until now, the CAT 2018 has been conducted on November 25, 2018 in 374 centers. The unofficial answer keys and response sheets for CAT 2018 have been released. The Official Answer Key for CAT 2018 by IIM will soon be released. CAT 2018 Result will be declared approximately in the second week of January 2019. To grasp more information about CAT 2018, be it, its answer key, paper analysis, question paper etc, candidates can go through this article.

 Latest: CAT 2018 Question paper, Answer key and Objection form has been released. Click here to check the same.

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CAT 2018 Question Paper and Answer Key

The CAT 2018 Answer Key has been released. As of now, it has been released by official conducting body. The question paper and response sheet have also been released at www.iimcat.ac.in. Candidates can challenge it by paying Rs 1000. This pattern of releasing the Answer Key has been started from last year.

CAT 2018 Paper Analysis

We will keep on updating this section to keep readers updated about CAT 2018:

CAT 2018 Slot 2 Analysis:

  • CAT 2018 Slot 2 is over at 05:30 PM and the complete analysis is available after that.
  • The Quantitative Section was of the same difficulty level as Slot 1, i.e, DIfficult. Students said that it was lengthy for Slot 2.
  • The most easiest section was Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. The question asked in this section were straight forward.

CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis:

  • The most difficulty section in the examination was Quantitative Ability.
  • Most easiest section was Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
  • For DILR, the reaction of the candidates was 50%-50%. While some found it tough, others said it to be very easy.
  • CAT 2018 slot 1 gets over at 12:00 noon and the complete analysis will be available after that.
  • The checking at the exam hall was very strict. Candidates who did not reach the exam hall at the time were not allowed to enter the exam hall.
  • Approximately, 2.41 candidate is appearing for CAT 2018 today.

CAT 2018

At the exam center, candidates have to go through bio-metric assessment and frisking process. The candidates who reach exam hall after the reporting time are not getting entry inside the exam hall. Qualifying candidates of CAT will be called for Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) round. Candidates can check all the important dates of CAT 2018 from below:

CAT 2018 Important Dates
IIM Calcutta Has Published Media Release 28 Jul 2018
Publication Of CAT 2018 Notification In Newspapers 29 Jul 2018
Start Of CAT 2018 Registration 08 Aug 2018
Last Date To Apply Online 19 Sep 2018 26 Sep 2018
Tutorial To Understand Format Of Test 17 Oct 2018
Download CAT 2018 Admit Card 24 Oct 2018
CAT 2018 Exam Date 25 Nov 2018
CAT 2018 Response Sheet 30 Nov 2018
Issuance Of CAT Answer Key 2018 After Exam
Declaration Of Result 2nd week of Jan 2019

All changes in the dates are decided by IIM Calcutta and updated at iimcat.ac.in as per changes.

CAT Question Paper with Solution

Last year’s question paper with the solution is available here. For the first time since the exam has been held online, question paper and answer key were released officially last year. It is a valuable resource for all MBA aspirants.

Since the exam was held in two slots, there are two separate papers. Thus you get two official CAT question papers to practice with.

CAT 2018 Answer Key

After conducting the exam, IIM Calcutta has released the CAT 2018 question paper and answer key. Last year was the first time that IIMs officially released answer key. IIM has followed the same trend this year as well. It was a welcome move for students as the issuance of official answer key makes it more transparent to know correct answers. Candidates can download it from candidate login available on the official website.

The Unofficial Answer Keys have been released by coaching institutes like TIME and IMS. Candidates have an opportunity to calculate their score as per CAT 2018 Answer Key and Response sheet. However, candidates must wait for the official answer key which will be released bby IIM. The Official Answer Key for CAT 2018 will be relased approximately till the 1st week of December 2018.

CAT 2018 Result

CAT 2018 Result will be released approximately in the first week of January 2019. Candidates can make use of CAT 2018 Answer Key in order to calculate their score and see what they have done in the examination. To know about the complete scores, candidates can download the result from the official website.

For Non- IIMs, candidates can take admission as per the cutoff released by them. Candidates will be required to fill the forms of these institute in order to take admission. On the other hand, IIM will release the list of the students who will qualify for the next round on the result day itself.

Candidates can check result in online mode at iimcat.ac.in. Candidates will have to Login entering their User ID and Password.

CAT result indicates percentile which will play a direct role for the purpose of admission to IIMs and several B schools.

IIMs accepting CAT Score

Candidates an check the list given below to know about the colleges which will be accepting CAT 2018 Score:

  1. IIM Nagpur
  2. IIM Sirmaur
  3. IIM Amritsar
  4. IIM Calcutta
  5. IIM Bangalore
  6. IIM Kashipur
  7. IIM Bodh Gaya
  8. Rajiv Gandhi IIM Shillong
  9. IIM Tiruchirappalli
  10. IIM Raipur
  11. IIM Udaipur
  12. IIM Kozhikode
  13. IIM Ahmedabad
  14. IIM Ranchi
  15. IIM Lucknow
  16. IIM Indore
  17. IIM Sambalpur
  18. IIM Rohtak
  19. IIM Visakhapatnam

List of Top B- Schools accepting CAT Score

CAT 2018 Reservation

The reservation for CAT 2018 will be on the basis of the categories. The reservation which will be made on the basis of following given percentage criteria:

Categories Percentage
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC) 27%
PwD 5%

Important Instructions for the Candidates Appearing for CAT 2018

The exam conducting body, i.e IIM Calcutta has published a notification in which it has stated important instructions for the candidates

  1. CAT 2018 will be held in multiple shifts on November 25, 2018. The Morning shift is from 09:00 AM – 12:00 noon and Afternoon shift is from 02:30 PM – 05:30 PM.
  2. Those who will be appearing for the CAT exam in morning shift have to report at the test center at Candidates are advised to report at 07:30 AM for the morning shift and at 01:00 PM for the afternoon shift.
  3.  Make sure that the images on the CAT 2018 Admit Card are visible. Hence, take a color laser print out of the CAT Admit card on an A4 size sheet.
  4. Ensure to affix the Photograph, as required, in the space provided on the Admit Card before handing over for verification at the Test Centre. You must paste the same photograph as the one uploaded by you at the time of Registration
  5. The candidates will be distributed Writing pad pages for the test. Hence, it is advised that the candidate should not waste Writing pad pages as it is distributed only once per Candidate during the course of the Exam.
  6. Only Admit Card, Photo Identity Card, required Medical certificate and Scribe affidavit (if any) is allowed inside the test center

Dress Code for CAT 2018

Ensure that you follow the dress code as given below to avoid any problem at the test center :

  1. CAT 2018 will be held in multiple shifts on November 25, 2018. The Morning shift is from 09:00 AM – 12:00 noon and Afternoon shift is from 02:30 PM – 05:30 PM.
  2. Those who will be appearing for the CAT exam in morning shift have to report at the test center at Candidates are advised to report at 07:30 AM for the morning shift and at 01:00 PM for the afternoon shift.
  3.  Make sure that the images on the CAT 2018 Admit Card are visible. Hence, take a color laser print out of the CAT Admit card on an A4 size sheet.
  4. Ensure to affix the Photograph, as required, in the space provided on the Admit Card before handing over for verification at the Test Centre. You must paste the same photograph as the one uploaded by you at the time of Registration
  5. The candidates will be distributed Writing pad pages for the test. Hence, it is advised that the candidate should not waste Writing pad pages as it is distributed only once per Candidate during the course of the Exam.
  6. Only Admit Card, Photo Identity Card, required Medical certificate and Scribe affidavit (if any) is allowed inside the test center

Schedule for CAT 2018

 CAT 2018 Admit Card

IIM Calcutta has issued the CAT 2018 Admit Card on 24 October 2018. Candidates can download admit card of IIM CAT 2018 from iimcat.ac.in as per schedule and print it. Take the print out of the official CAT Hall Ticket to the exam center.

How to print the CAT Admit Card?

Steps to print CAT 2018 admit card will be as follows:

  1. Visit the official website.
  2. Navigate to admit card link.
  3. Enter user ID and password.
  4. Hit the login button.
  5. Once you login you will see admit card on the screen.
  6. Download and print it.

CAT 2018 Mock Test

Mock Test Navigation Guide describes the steps as of how to access CAT 2018 MOCK Test Link. CAT 2018 MOCK Test Link offers CAT 2018 aspirants to access an online CAT 2018 Mock Test to become familiar with the computer-based test’s instructions, procedures and features. Mock Test link can be directly accessible from the official CAT 2018 website, www.iimcat.ac.in or through the direct link which is provided below.

Mock test: 

  • Click here to check CAT 2018 Mock Test Link.
  • Click here to check CAT 2018 Mock Test Link (for PwD candidates with Low Vision).
  • Click here to check CAT 2018 Mock Test Navigation Guideline.

CAT 2018 Notification

CAT 2018 Notification has been released on 29 July 2018. The notification has been publicised on iimcal.ac.in, iimcat.ac.in, and published in various newspapers. You can read it here.

CAT 2018 Notification

Click here to download CAT Notification and read it in a separate window.

CAT 2018 Media Release

On 28 July 2018, IIM Calcutta has published the media release at iimcat.ac.in. The media release is given below.

CAT 2018 Media Release

Click here to download media release in PDF format and read it in a separate window.

Salient points of Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018

  • Number of test cities: 147
  • Assignment of test centres: Candidates can select 4 cities in online registration. Allotment of centres will be when form filling ends. So candidates need not rush to fill form to get centres.
  • Mode of fee payment: Credit card, Debit card, Netbanking.
  • Duration of exam: 180 minutes
  • Sections: I: Verbal ability and reading comprehension, II: Data interpretation and logical reasoning, III: Quantitative ability.
  • Sectional timing: 60 minutes per section. Candidates cannot jump between sections.
  • Types of questions: Some questions will be multiple choice questions. Some will be type in the answer type.

CAT 2018 Online Application Form

Online application form for CAT 2018 is available from 8 August to 26 September 2018. Within the given timeline, candidates have to fill the form, pay fee, and submit it. Candidates may note that centre allotment shall be only after last date of CAT 2018 registration. Therefore one need not rush to fill the form only to get centre of choice. However it is advisable to fill the form early to avoid last minute rush.

Application fees: SC/ST: Rs 950, Others: Rs 1900.

CAT 2018 Registration

Candidates can register online at iimcat.ac.in. In order to register, visit official website iimcat.ac.in and navigate to apply online link. Then one by one fill all details that are asked in the form. After filling all details, pay fee (online mode payment only) and submit form. Step by step guide on how to do registration will be updated here on 8 August when registration starts.

Details to fill in CAT Registration 2018:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Country
  • Mobile number
  • Father / husband / guardian’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Gender
  • Category
  • Nationality
  • Address
  • Photograph
  • Signature
  • SSC / class 10 details (aggregate marks, total marks, maximum marks, board name, month and year of completion)
  • HSC / class 12 details (course type, aggregate marks, total marks, maximum marks, board name, month and year of completion, discipline)
  • Bachelor’s degree details (which year you are in, have you completed or not, total duration, marks, type of university, state, name of university, name of college, degree, discipline, month and year of course commencement and completion)
  • Masters degree details
  • Work experience
  • Programs and interview city preference
  • Exam city centre preference

CAT 2018 Eligibility

Candidates must fulfill eligibility criteria of IIM CAT 2018. It is given below so that you can check now and then apply.

  • Candidate should have Bachelors degree with minimum marks:- General: 50% marks, SC/ST/PWD: 45%.
  • Those who are in final year of Bachelors degree can also apply subject to fulfilling criteria.
  • Candidates who apply for CAT 2018 should fulfill any of the following conditions:
    • Completed Bachelors degree with minimum marks.
    • Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with minimum percentage.
    • Is in final year of Bachelors.

CAT Exam Syllabus 2018

For the Common Admission Test, there is no fixed syllabus per se. However a study of past year exams reveal a certain set of topics which can be considered as the syllabus for CAT 2018.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

CAT 2018 Syllabus for VARC is as follows.

  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  • Fact Inference
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar
  • Judgment
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • RC
  • Sentence Correction
  • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based), etc.
  • Verbal Reasoning

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

CAT 2018 Syllabus for DILR is as follows.

  • Assumptions
  • Bar Graph
  • Binary Logic
  • Blood Relations
  • Caselet
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Combination of Graphs
  • Constraint-based puzzles
  • Data Arrangement
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Family Tree
  • Line Graph
  • Matching Puzzles
  • Pie Chart
  • Proposition
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Sets and Syllogism
  • Statements
  • Tables, etc.
  • Venn Diagram

Quantitative Ability

CAT 2018 Syllabus for QA is as follows.

  • Algebra
  • Angles and triangles
  • Arithmetic
  • Arithmetic mean
  • AP
  • Average
  • BODMAS
  • Clocks
  • cubes and cone
  • Geometric progression and Geometric mean
  • Geometry
  • Harmonic mean
  • HCF and LCM
  • Higher Maths
  • Installment and payments
  • Lines
  • Median and Mode
  • Mensuration
  • Modern Mathematics
  • Number System
  • Partnership
  • Partnership
  • Percentage
  • Pipe and cisterns
  • Profit and loss
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Speed and distance
  • sphere’s rectangles
  • Trigonometry
  • Work & time

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Duration: CAT 2018 Exam will be 3 hours or 180 minutes.

Sectional Timing: Each section will have a time duration of 60 minutes.

Types Of Questions: CAT 2018 paper will contain MCQ and TITA questions.

Marking Scheme: Negative marking of -1 for every wrong answer. However, there will be no negative marking for non-mcq type questions.

In the table given below candidate can find properly explained expected exam pattern for CAT 2018

Section Total Number of Questions Number of Non-MCQs Duration Marks
QA 34 7 60 min 102
VARC 34 10 60 min 102
DILR 32 08 60 min 96
Total 100 28 180 min 300

CAT 2018 Test Centres

IIM Calcutta will organize CAT exam in 147 cities in India. CAT 2018 Test Centres List will be updated here as soon as information brochure releases.

Official website: www.iimcat.ac.in

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