CAT (Common Admission Test) is one of the best entrance exam for almost all aspiring students looking forward for MBA, PGDM and other Post Graduate Level Management Courses is CAT. CAT 2018-19 scheduled exam date is 25th November, 2018. CAT is the only entrance exam for admission in MBA and PGDM programs in IIMs in India.
CAT Exam has always been a tough gamble and has always given surprises to all its aspirants. There have been multiple variations in CAT Exam pattern over the years including number of questions and duration. However, it is expected that modification in the difficulty level might be seen.
|Conducting Authority||Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta)|
|Exam Type||National Level|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Periodicity||Once in a year|
|Score / Percentile Validity||One Year|
|Eligibility Criteria||Graduation with 50%|
|Exam Pattern||3 Hours (1 hour for each section)|
|Syllabus||Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning|
|Participating Institutes||IIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB and Other Management Institutes|
|CAT 2018-19 Exam Event||Dates|
|Notification Release Date||Last week of July 2018|
|Registration Commencement||8th August, 2018|
|Last Date for Online Registration||19th September, 2018|
|Issue of Admit Card||24th October, 2018|
|CAT Exam Date||25th November, 2018|
|Result Announcement||January 2019|
Every CAT Exam comes with its own surprises. CAT 2018-19 will be no different. Here is what CAT Exam will have in store for you:
|General and OBC||50%|
|Persons with Disabilities||45%|
CAT exam consists of 3 sections namely Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. Each section is further divided into multitude of topics. The topics covered in each section for CAT exam is detailed below:
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension||Verbal reasoning, antonyms and synonyms, sentence correction, critical reasoning, fill in the blanks, syllogism, analogies, idioms|
|Data Interpretation||Area graph, Line graph, Charts (Columns, Bar, Pie), Tables, Venn diagrams|
|Logical Reasoning||Clocks and calendars, Directions, Binary Logic, Coding-decoding, Blood relations, Linear and matrix arrangement, Syllogism|
|Quantitative Ability||Number system, Geometry, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Quadratic & Linear Equation, Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Trigonometry|
CAT exam pattern is quite random in nature and almost every year it undergoes some changes which are not even notified before the exam. It is expected that IIM Lucknow may introduce some changes in CAT Exam Pattern but as per the notification, no change is introduced. Last year (CAT 2017), no change in exam pattern was observed. However, modification in the level of difficulty of the exam is expected.
Note: Apart from CAT Score Card students are required to go through group discussion and personal interview round at respective colleges to get into MBA at IIMs or other Non-IIMs and Top Management Colleges. Marks in Graduation and 10+2 are also considered as metrics for admission. Various IIMs and other top B-schools in India use CAT scores/grades for Management admissions. Validity of CAT score card is 1 year i.e. candidates can apply only for current academic session.
Post CAT Entrance Exam, the qualified Candidates can use their CAT Score Card to apply for the selection process of various IIMs.
CAT 2018 will be conducted in exam centers spread across around 145 cities in India.
Post the declaration of results each IIM will declare a separate cut off list for shortlisting candidates for the selection procedure. The overall cut off for the IIMs generally falls in the bracket of 90-99 percentile. The cut off comprises an overall cut off and a sectional cut off. Sectional cut off is the percentile score a candidate must score in each section to qualify the exam.