CAT 2018 notification out ! Test will be held in 147 cities on 25 Nov 2018

Kolkata, 28 July  2018: The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018, the benchmark test for admission to 20 IIMs and other top B-Schools will be held on 25 November 2018 (Sunday). Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have released the notification across the country today (29 July, 2018 (Sunday). IIM Calcutta is the organizing institute for CAT 2018.

According to Prof. Sumanta Basu, Convener, CAT 2018, informed that registration for CAT 2018 will open on 8 August 2018 and will close on 19 September 2018.


CAT 2018 will be conducted on 25th November 2018 (Sunday) in two sessions. CAT 2018 will be conducted in test centres spread across approximately 147 cities.

Candidates will be given the option to select 4 test cities in order of preference. Cities and centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date for CAT 2018 registration and hence candidates need not rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration.

Concerned authority will try their best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted an alternate city.

However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly.

Candidates must pay the registration fee through online payment modes only, which will include credit cards, debit cards and net banking.

After submission of the application, candidates will be permitted to download their examination admit card from 24 October, 2018 onwards, till the date of test.

Test Pattern: The duration of the test will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections:

Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Section III: Quantitative Ability

Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.

Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen. The tutorials will clearly explain this. Also, we will allow use of basic onscreen calculator for computation.

Tutorial to understand the format of the test will be available on the CAT website from 17 October 2018. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials available on the CAT website well in advance.

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