CAT 2018 Date is November 25, Notification to be out in July

Gareema Bali updated on : 10 May 2018

CAT 2018 date announced on Online registration to begin in first week of August 2018.

CAT 2018 Date Announced

Even before the CAT 2018 date predictions could begin, it has been officially announced by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs). The exam date has been intimated through the official website, Also, a mention about CAT 2018 notification has been made. As announced, the Common Admission Test 2018 will be held on Sunday, 25 November 2018. However, the detailed exam notification will be out in July or August 2018.

Following the trend, the CAT 2018 exam date falls on the last Sunday of the respective month. Last year, the notification was released on 29 July, which was followed by commencement of online registration from 9 August 2017. This year too, the timeline for release of CAT 2018 notification and application form is expected to remain same.  

Last year, the CAT exam date got clashed with IIFT entrance exam and to resolve the issue, the date of MBA (IB) IIFT test was postponed. Now, with the announcement of CAT 2018 date much in advance, the chances of it getting clash with any other management entrance exam is negligible.

Official CAT 2018 Exam Date Announcement

The announcement running on the official website is as follow -

“CAT 2018 will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Detailed notification for CAT 2018 may be released in July / August 2018. (IIMs reserve the right to change the test date in case of exceptional circumstances).”

Who will convene CAT 2018?

Since the exam date is known now, another thing that may bug the candidates is “who will conduct CAT 2018?” Though, it should not matter much to the CAT 2018 aspirants that which IIM will be conducting it, still they keep looking for the answer to this. Probably because, it helps them a bit in predicting the difficulty level of the exam on the basis of who is conducting it. In 2017, IIM Lucknow organized the test. This year, IIM Calcutta and IIM Kozhikode are expected to convene CAT 2018.

CAT 2018 Important Dates

The management aspirants interested in taking this entrance test this year can check the tentative schedule of IIM CAT 2018 from the table below.


CAT 2018 Dates (Tentative)

Release of exam notification

28 or 29 July 2018

Registration to begin in

First week of August 2018

Last date to register

Last week of September 2018

CAT 2018 Exam Date

25 November 2018

Issuance of CAT admit card

Around 20 October 2018

Result announcement

Second week of January 2018

Availability of CAT 2018 Application Form

CAT 2018 registration is expected to commence in first week of August 2018. The form can be accessed and submitted in online mode only. To register for the test, the candidates will have to create their respective candidate’s login, followed by filling the details in the form. The application fee to submit the form is expected to remain same as last year, which was Rs. 900 for SC / ST / PwD category candidates and Rs. 1800 for all other category candidates.

In 2017, the CAT registration count was 2.31 lakh, which saw a drop compared to year 2016, where more than 2.32 lakh applications were received. This drop in the registration last year was witnessed even after extending the date of form submission.

Expected CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CAT 2018 will be a computer based test that will be conducted on a single day, may be in two sessions just like last year. The pattern of the test is expected to remain unchanged this year. A total of 100 will be asked in CAT 2018 question paper, which will be a mix of multiple choice and non-multiple choice questions. The duration of the test will be 3 hours, with sectional limit of 60 minutes each.

Refer to the table below for more clarity on the test pattern of CAT -

Number of Sections

CAT 2018 Sections

Number of Questions

Sectional Time Limit


Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)


1 hour


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)


1 hour


Quantitative Ability


1 hour



3 hours

Admission through CAT 2018

The announcement about CAT 2018 exam date and notification marks the beginning of MBA admissions for the session 2019-20. Based on this entrance exam score/percentile, admission can be taken to MBA, PGDM, Executive, Fellow and other management programs. CAT exam score will be accepted by 20 IIMs, IITs and prestigious B-schools such as MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR, FMS Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, IMI, TAPMI Manipal, MICA Ahmedabad, NITIE, JBIMS etc.

Now, its the time for CAT 2018 aspirants to kick start their preparations. Wishing all the good luck to the candidates for their preparations. In case of any doubts or queries regarding the test, the candidates can comment below.

Compare Colleges

Recommended articles

Leave Your Comments Views or Questions here