Common Admission Test

The Common Admission Test is a computer based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.


Common Admission Test (cat) 2018

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 is the computer based exam and is the largest MBA entrance exam in India for MBA admission in 2019 to 20 IIMs and more than 500 other top MBA/PGDM colleges including FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, among others. CAT 2018 Exam is scheduled on November 25, 2018 in two slots.

Common Admission Test (cat) · 2018 Entrance Exam

Event Details


Exam Name Common Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting Body IIM Calcutta
Exam Level National Level Exam
Exam Frequency Once a Year
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration CAT Forenoon session: 3 Hours

CAT Afternoon session: 3 Hours

Language English
Exam Purpose Admission into 20 IIMs and various management institutes across the country
Course Offered MBA/PGDM
No. of Test Cities 147
Exam Helpdesk No. 1-800-266-3549 (Toll Free)

CAT 2018 Important Dates




CAT tutorial to be available October 17, 2018
Download CAT Exam Admit card October 24, 2018
CAT Exam 2018 November 25, 2018
Declaration of result January 7, 2019

Courses Offered by IIMs

PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management) PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)
PGP-Mumbai (Post Graduate Programme at Mumbai) PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets)
PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management) EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)
PGP (Post Graduate Programme) PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)
PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive) PGPPM (Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management)
PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management) PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)
PGP-UAE (Post Graduate Programme at UAE)

Cat Exam Syllabus

CAT syllabus 2018 – The key to success in CAT exam is understanding the CAT syllabus and exam pattern. The syllabus of CAT includes Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC). IIM Calcutta, the CAT 2018 conducting institute, has not released CAT syllabus.

Here’s the pattern of CAT 2018 question paper

Section Questions Time
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 60 minutes
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 60 minutes
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 60 minutes
Total 100 180

Overview of CAT syllabus 2018
Given below are the main topics of QA, DILR and VARC on which the CAT candidate must pay extra attention while preparing from CAT exam syllabus.

Sections Important Topics
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Number System, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Time and Work
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Para-jumbles & para-summary, sentence completion, inferences, RC passages based questions.

The CAT exam paper of 2018 had 100 questions. There were 34 Quantitative Ability (QA) questions, 34 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) questions and 32 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI-LR) questions. Aspiring candidates can refer to this CAT exam paper to strategies how to complete preparation from CAT syllabus.


No. of MCQs 27
No. of non-MCQs 7
Total questions 34
Total marks 102
Good Attempts 28+
No. of MCQs 24
No. of non-MCQs 8
Total questions 32
Total marks 96
Good Attempts 16+
No. of MCQs 22
No. of non-MCQs 12
Total questions 34
Total marks 102
Good Attempts 15+

1. CAT Syllabus for Mathematics or Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Geometry HCF & LCM Averages
Trigonometry Algebra Partnership (Accounts)
Mensuration Profit & Loss Time-Speed-Distance
Ratios and Proportion In-equations Quadratic and linear equations Surds and Indices
Number system Geometric Progression Inequalities
Work and time Percentages Logarithms

Best Books for CAT Mathematics or Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Books for CAT Author Name/Publisher
CAT 2018 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Gautam Puri
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma

2. CAT Syllabus for English or Verbal Section

Fill in the blanks Verbal Reasoning Sentence completion
Grammar Syllogisms Jumbled paragraphs
Para Completion and inference Contextual usage Foreign language words used in English
Reading Comprehension Analogies Sentence correction
Verbal Logic Different usage of same word Idioms
Parajumbles Antonyms One word substitution

Best Books for CAT Exam Verbal Section

Books for CAT Exam Author Name/ Publisher
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Sharma and Upadhyay
PSC for VA for CAT Nishit Sinha

3. CAT Syllabus for Analytical Reasoning Section

Blood Relations Series Proposition
Direction Sense Coding-Decoding Assumptions
Puzzles Clocks and Calendars Statements
Data Arrangement Family Tree Binary Logic
Seating Arrangement Venn Diagram Sets
Data Structures Syllogism

4. Data Interpretation Section

In CAT syllabus for Data Interpretation, problems related to organised and unorganised data are quite common. Core topics in this section are:

Tables Pie Charts Caselets
Bars Line Graphs Data Sufficiency

Best Books for CAT Exam Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Preparation

Books for CAT Author Name/Publisher
CAT 2018 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Gautam Puri
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma

Cat Exam Eligibility

As per the basic eligibility criteria of CAT 2018, the management aspirants must have a Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50 percent marks in aggregate. The final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for the exam. There is a relaxation of 5 percent in graduation marks for SC, ST and PwD candidates.

Cat Exam Papers

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Cat Registration

CAT 2018 Photo Re-upload facility has been closed by IIM Calcutta on Sep 30. No further error correction facility in CAT 2018 Application form is allowed by IIMs. For any rectification in the CAT Application 2018, now the candidates who have successfully submitted their form should contact on phone or email to CAT 2018 Exam Centre immediately  as nothing would be done after the CAT 2018 Admit card is ready to be released. 

CAT 2018 Registration Dates

CAT Registration Activity
Important Dates
CAT 2018 Registration Starts
August 8, 2018
CAT Registration Last Date
September 26, 2018
Closing time to Complete & Submit CAT Form
11.59 PM
CAT 2018 Registration Fee
CAT Registration Last Date with late fee
Not Announced

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