CAT is conducted every year for admission to 19 IIMs across the country. Besides, more than 100 other B-Schools use CAT score to shortlist students for admission to their MBA programs. Around 2.5 Lakh applicants fight it out for approximately 4000 seats in the IIMs. The exam is appeared by some of the best minds in the country, and is considered to be one of the most competitive exams in the world. However, contrarily to popular belief, any average student can get a good score and a seat in an IIM with consistent effort, planning and guidance.
The official notification for CAT 2018 will be released in the month of July along with the exam dates. Candidates are given 1 month period to apply for CAT exam. Here is the schedule for CAT 2018 application form availability, exam dates and announcement of results.
|CAT 2018 Registration Starts||Aug 8, 2018, Wednesday|
|CAT 2018 Registration ends||Sept. 19, 2018, Wednesday|
|CAT 2018 Admit Card Download||Oct. 24, 2018, Wednesday|
|CAT 2018 Test Date||Nov. 25, 2018, Sunday|
|CAT 2018 Result announcement||First week of January 2019|
In order to be eligible for CAT 2018, an aspirant must be a graduate degree holder in any stream. Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of their degree program can also apply for CAT 2018. They should have also scored the required percentage in their graduation degree. The category-wise percentage requirement for CAT 2018 is explained in the table below:
|CAT 2018 RESERVATION CRITERIA||PERCENTAGE REQUIRED|
|Persons with disabilities||45%|
CAT 2018 Application forms will be available in the month of August. Intersted candidates can apply online on iimcat.ac.in. The application process is usually a four-step process.
|Category||CAT 2018 Application Fee|
Last year, IIM Bangalore had also allowed candidates with backlog or supplementary to appear in the CAT 2016 exam.
|Year||Candidates Registered (In lacs)|
2.31 (231, 067)
CAT Exam pattern changes every year. This year too the same pattern is said to be followed. The marks allotted for each section is given in the table below:
The exam will have 3 sections :
|Sections||No Of Questions||Sectional Duration|
|Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension||34||60 Minutes|
|Quantitative Aptitude||34||60 Minutes|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||32||60 Minutes|
The entire scheme of examination is detailed in the table below:
|Mode of Examination||Offline Computer Based Test|
|Number of Questions||100|
|Duration of Exam||180 minutes|
|Sections on Paper||
3 Parts- Quantitative Aptitude Data, interpretation and logical reasoning,
and Verbal comprehension and learning
CAT is conducted mainly for admission to MBA/PGDM programs offered at 20 IIMs. Apart from IIMs, other top management institutes like FMS, MDI, NTIE, SP Jain, Department of Management Studies at IITs, Manipal University, ITM Delhi, Chandigarh University and over 115 management B-schools also accept CAT score as a qualifying criteria for their management programs. The cut off percentile for IIMs and other top institutes may be above 90 percentile.
The exam is extremely volatile and its pattern keeps on changing frequently. On a broad level, the overall syllabus can be divided in three sections: Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude.
After the results are declared, each IIM will declare a separate cut off list for shortlisting candidates for the selection procedure. The cut off comprises of an overall cut off and asectional cut off. Sectional cut off is the percentile a candidate must score in eachsection of the test paper. The overall cut off for the IIMs generally, falls in the bracket of 90-99 percentile. Find College Wise CAT Cutoff
|IIM||Cut off in Percentile|
CAT Qualitative Aptitude Syllabus 2018-19
The syllabus for Quant Section for CAT contains fragments of fundamental mathematics that one must have covered way before in 9th and 10th grade. Although the questions asked in this section are pretty much the basics, one must not take this section with ease as the questions asked in this section can be one of the trickiest in the entire CAT exam syllabus. However, in order to thoroughly go through this section one must practice problems related to the following topics:
|Higher Degree Equations|
|Clocks & Calendars|
|Simple Interest & Compound Interest|
|Mixture & Alligations|
|Profit, Loss and Discount|
|Ratio & Proportion|
|Speed, Time & Distance|
|Time & Work|
|Lines & Angles|
|NUMBER SYSTEM||Base System|
|LCM & HCF|
|Properties of Numbers|
|PROBABILITY & PERMUTATION||Mean, Median & Mode|
|Set Theory & Venn Diagram|
|SEQUENCE & SERIES||Arithmetic Progressions|
The data interpretation section deals with questions which are asked on the basis of certain information that is provided. The data that needs to be interpreted and solved in these questions are usually given in the form of charts, tables, graphs, and paragraphs. These questions are aimed to test the ability of the student to solve them accurately. Logical Reasoning questions, on the contrary, checks the ability of the candidate to logically evaluate problem statements and then derive the solutions.
|DATA INTERPRETATION||Charts (Column, Bar & Pie)|
|Graphs (Line & Area)|
|LOGICAL REASONING||Logical Sequence|
|Clocks & Calendars|
|Linear & Matrix Arrangement|
|Coading & Decoding|
|Statements & Assumptions|
|ANALYTICAL REASONING||Course of Action|
|Fact Inference Judgement|
|Statement & Assumption|
|Strong & Weak Arguments|
The verbal ability section of the CAT exams has a dynamic approach towards checking how good is the candidate with English as a language. Here, in this section one is bound to be tested on how well he/she can form sentences. Not only this, the sentence formation skills of the student is further used as a benchmark to create paragraphs and determine the correct usage in English. The following are the 9 question types that are asked in this section
|READING COMPREHENSION||Reading Comprehension|
|VERBAL ABILITY||Cloze Test|
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After the declaration of results and cut- offs, shortlisted candidates appear in the selection process which is held separately by each of the IIMs. The selection procedure through CAT EXAM may consist of a Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test round and, Personal Interview. In recent years, IIMs have been known to prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion. Check GD/PI tips for CAT 2018
Personal Interview is also an important part of the selection procedure and can prove to be a decisive factor in selection to IIMs. The final selection is based on performance in CAT and selection procedure rounds.
Written Ability Test comprises of one or more topics on which a candidate is required to write a brief essay. The time duration assigned to write essay on the given topic varies from IIM to IIM and can be anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes.
Group Discussion round is less preferred these days but it is wise to prepare for this round as well. In this round, a group of 8-10 candidates is given a topic to discuss. Through this round, a candidate’s performance and group dynamics are assessed.
Personal Interview round is the final round. In this round, a candidate has to appear before a panel of 4-8 interviewers who test the candidate on their academic background, work experience, hobbies, interests etc.
CAT 2017 was as difficult or as easy as any of the previous CAT papers. The exam was conducted on 4th December 2017 in two different sessions across the country and more than 2 lakh applicants appeared for the exam. The test was conducted by IIM Bangalore this year. The exam was conducted smoothly across centres as per students, albeit there were a few glitches faced by few students at some centres.
The test interface was provided on the official CAT website much before the exam.
Some points about CAT 2017 to note down:
Every correct answer fetched 3 marks. A wrong answer in MCQ questions attracted a penalty of -1 mark, whereas wrong answer in non-MCQ questions did not attract any negative marks.
The exam was reported to be of almost same difficulty level as CAT 2016 paper. A score of about 180 out of 300 fetched students around 99 percentile in the exam. A score of 150 out of 300 fetched around 97 percentile in the exam.
This section was very similar to the CAT 2015 paper. In verbal ability section, there were no questions from grammar and vocabulary. Reading comprehension had 3 passages of 6 questions each and 2 passages of 3 questions each. The passages were of moderate level and none of them were from abstract topics.
An attempt of 26 questions with 85% accuracy can be considered to be good in this section.
This was the make-or-break section for most students in Cat 2016. The section can be categorized as difficult and time-taking. The logical reasoning sets were difficult to crack and needed lots of practice and speed to crack. Data Interpretations sets were calculation-intensive.
14-15 attempts with 85% accuracy can be considered to be good in this section. Many students found this section extremely taxing and tiring, and as a result, felt fatigued by the time this section got over. Ideal strategy for this section would have been to identify three crackable sets and get 12 questions correct, and then try to maximize the scores in the easier sections.
Just like Cat 2015, this section was of easy to moderate difficult level in Cat 2016 too. A good number of questions were short and direct , and a student with solid foundation could have found it easy to solve at least 18 questions in this section.
An attempt of 24 questions with 85% accuracy can be considered to be good in this section.
Overall, the paper was of moderate difficulty level, and a thorough preparation coupled with mock CAT test series appearance and analysis would have helped an average student score of 150 out of 300 in the paper, or close to 97 percentile.
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