CAT 2020 Common Admission Test

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CAT Exam: The Key to Business Management

By: Anjali Hans on June 05, 2018

The Common Admission Test (CAT) was initiated by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to test the students' aptitude for the Business Administration course. It is a national level test of management. The areas evaluated through the exam are:

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

CAT is conducted every year by one of the branch colleges of the IIM's, and according to their official website, that is,, IIM Calcutta will be the hub for the same in 2018.

This year, CAT Exam will be conducted on the 25th November, 2018, Sunday.

CAT 2018

There are 3 sections which need to be answered, QA, VARC, and DILR, where each section is allotted exactly 60 minutes to answer. However, the pattern of the exam varies frequently. The students cannot choose the section they wish to attempt first. It is held in the chronological order.

With each correct answer, the student is granted +3, while with every wrong tick, a -1 is given. The division of questions is as follows: Quantitative Ability and Verbal and Reading Comprehension comprise 34 questions each, and 32 questions in the section of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

The important subjects to be covered while preparing for CAT are:

Mathematics or Quantitative Section

Percentages and its applications

Ratio and its applications


Numbers and its applications

Geometry and its applications

English or Verbal Section



Critical Reasoning (and its numerous applications)

Reading Comprehension

Analytical Reasoning Section

Blood Relations

Direction Sense



Data Structures



Clocks and Calendars

Data Interpretation Section




Line graphs

CAT Eligibility Criteria:

  1. A candidate must hold a graduate's degree or any other equivalent degree in any course with an aggregate of minimum 50% and above or an equal CGPA. Also, the candidates under SC/ST/PWD category should have 45% aggregate marks in their graduate degree.
  2. If any candidate is in his/her final year of bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification degree, and the candidates whose results are still awaited, can also apply for the CAT exam.

The Steps to fill the CAT Online Application form:

  • Log on to the official website,
  • Click on the ‘Register' button and provide a valid Email Id and Phone Number.
  • The login details will then be received via Email and SMS.
  • With the same credentials, log in to the main window and read the instructions carefully.
  • Fill the application form and recheck once done.

The necessary documents required to be uploaded are:

  • Candidate's Passport-sized Photograph in jpeg format
  • Candidate's Signature's Photograph in jpeg format

The photographs should be clear and in accordance with the size mentioned in the application form.

CAT Important Dates 2018:



Notification released

1st week of August 2018

Registration Process

1st week of August 2018

Last date for registration

3rd to 4th week of November 2018

Application correction

27th – 30th September 2018

Admit card release date

25th October – 26th October 2018

Mock Test Release

Last week of October 2018

Exam date

November 25, 2018

Answer key & question paper release

2nd week of December 2018

Last date to submit objection

2nd week of December 2018

Result announcement

First week of January 2019

Clearing CAT Opens opportunities to get into several top colleges like the IIMs, FMS Delhi, JBIMS Mumbai, MDI Gurugram, IITs, IMI. These colleges and others accept CAT as a strong ground criterion for the admissions. There were more than 2.3 Lakh applicants in the year 2017, and the number is expected to increase in 2018. Also, by the admission in a top college, there are great placement opportunities as well. The registration fee of CAT varies according to the categories.

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