Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular entrance exam for MBA admissions. It is national level 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 in India including the IIMs.

More than 100 B-Schools accept CAT score. On the basis of CAT percentile score, eligible candidates are short listed and called for a Written Aptitude Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

Important Dates

  • Start of Registration: 08 August, 2018
  • Last Date to Apply: 19 September, 2018
  • Download Admit Card: 24 October, 2018
  • Computer Based Test Date: 25 November, 2018
  • Declaration of Results: Second week of January, 2019

CAT is conducted in two sessions on a single day. CAT 2018 is conducted by IIM Calcutta. Prof. Sumanta Basu is the exam convener.

How To Apply

Application Procedure: You have to first buy the CAT voucher. Registration is done online at You must have a valid email id as IIMs will do all the communications by that email id only.

Application Fees: The fee is ₹1900/- for general and NC-OBC candidates. For SC/ST/PWD (DA) category the applicable fee is ₹950/.

Eligibility Criteria

You 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 Differently-abled (DA) categories). If you are appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.

Exam Pattern

CAT is a computer based test. It has three sections:

  1. Quantitative Ability (QA)
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)

QA and VRC consists of 34 questions, whereas DILR section has 32 questions, making total of 100 questions in the paper. The duration of the exam is 180 minutes (3 hours). Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen. Basic on-screen calculator is available for computation.

You are allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and you cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.

Marking Scheme: You are awarded three marks for each correct answer. The test carries negative marking, one mark is deducted for each wrong answer.

IIM CAT Website