CAT 2018 or Common Admission Test 2018 is a tough nut to crack and a national exam that helps a student to acquire management courses. The nineteen IIM (Indian Institutes of Management) in India take turns to conduct the Common Admission Test every year. The exam panel conducts this exam on a regular yearly basis. In order to procure brilliant minds around the country, its level and pattern change every year. This exam is only for the post graduation in management field only.
This exam is generally considered a tough one and students need to be persistent throughout the mock test. And need to rectify and improve the weak field. Its preparation generally takes 3 to 12 months long commonly start preparing for the exam as much as a year before the actual exam. The preparation is also followed by the mock tests as the general perception suggests that it requires a lot of practice and time management skills to ace this exam.
CAT 2018 Important Dates
|CAT Registration Starts||6 August 2018|
|Registration Ends||27 September 2018|
|Admit Card||24 October 2018|
|CAT Test||4 December 2018|
Common Admission Test – CAT 2018
Admission for Indian students to the IIMs and mostly all good business schools is offered on the basis of performance of students in the Common Admission Test (CAT) and their overall percentile. Some other prestigious Management Institutions apart from IIMs that consider a candidate’s CAT percentile for admission are S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (Mumbai), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), MDI Gurgaon, IMT Ghaziabad, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi etc. However, the weightage given to the CAT scores may differ at different Management Institutes.
The CAT score and a lot of other factors together determine which Management Institutions the candidates will get a call from, for the next round of the admission process. Some important factors which are considered by these prestigious business schools include work experience of a candidate, over- all academic performance, participation in extracurricular activities, candidate’s performance in the Group Discussions (GD), writing assessment scores and Personal Interviews (P.I) etc.
Last year an estimated 2,04,370 students competed for approximately 1600 seats making it one of the most competitive exams in the country.
CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria
The candidates interested in CAT 2018 must check that they fulfil the eligibility requirements before filling up the form and applying for the exam. Here is a list:
- Applicants must have secured at least 50% marks in their graduation or an equivalent score at an institution that is recognised by the Government of India. In case of applicants who belong to the reserved category such as Scheduled Caste (SC), Schedule Tribe (ST), Differently Abled (DA) and People with Disabilities (PWD), the minimum score requirement to appear in this exam has been reduced to 45%
- In case, an applicant’s degree issuing institution follows a different method of awarding scores such as grades/ CGPA, instead of marks in percentage format, the conversion of marks of such applicants will be done on the basis of conversion procedure recommended or followed by that respective university / Institute/ College. If any University happens not to have such a score conversion scheme then a standard procedure will be followed for converting CGPA to equivalent marks. The score equivalence will be drawn by dividing the applicant’s CGPA by the maximum CGPA possible. The result of which will then be multiplied with 100.
- Applicants who are currently in their final year of the under- graduate degree program or a degree program that is equivalent in nature and recognised by the Government of India or such applicants who have completed their final year but are still awaiting the results can also apply. Upon being selected, such candidates will be given the liberty to join the Management degree program provisionally. However, such candidates will be required to produce and submit their undergraduate qualifying degree certificate latest by June 30, 2018. The final score submitted should meet the primary requirements stated in the CAT eligibility criteria. Refer to the instruction provided on the CAT official website or bookmark this page for the latest updates on the eligibility criteria.
- IIMs will verify the legitimacy of the applicant’s documents and if they fulfil the eligibility requirements at various steps of the way. Please only furnish correct documents and information throughout the admission process. Any wrong or intentionally misleading information may result in the applicants’ candidature being rejected or the candidate being barred from taking the CAT exam in the future.
The selection procedure for IIMs is usually very intensive and rigorous and merely meeting the eligibility criteria is not enough to ensure a place at one of the IIMs or any top notch management institution. This information is being given here not to discourage prospective candidates but to encourage them to perform better academically and to prepare well for the exams if their dream is to study at one of the top business schools.
In the application, candidates are encouraged to provide a unique and working email ID and a phone number on which they can be easily approached and be available as most of the information related to the admission procedure is communicated online through email or phone notifications/ text messages.
Details about Reservation in CAT Exam
A definite number of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to any of these categories:
|Category||Percentage of seats reserved|
|Scheduled Caste or SC –||15%|
|Scheduled Tribe or ST –||7.5%|
|Other Backwards Classes or OBC –||27%|
|Differently Abled –||3%|
Candidates belonging to reserved categories listed above must read the information booklet carefully and abide by the rules laid down by the CAT conducting body. While the government has made provisions to accommodate people from all categories, the candidates belonging to all these categories will still have to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria to write the exam as well as score a minimum required marks in the CAT exam to secure admission at one of the IIMs. The candidates belonging to the OBC category must check an updated list of caste included in Central List by the National Commission of Backward Classes, Government of India.
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