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Economic liberalization and entry of multi-national firms within the Indian business scenario has meant a growing need for trained and qualified managers and professionals capable of dealing with tough situations. This is precisely what MBA education provides. The increase in demand for MBA education led to emergence of the prestigious IIMs that wished to select only best and the most talented students. Thus, was born the Common Admission Test(CAT).

CAT Exam – TimeLine

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta was the first IIM to be set up. It was established as the first national institute for post-graduate studies and research in management by the Government of India in November 1961, in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management, Government of West Bengal, Ford Foundation and the Indian industry. In due course of time 5 more IIMs were established at Ahmedabad (1961), Bangalore (1973), Lucknow (1984), Kozhikode (1996) and Indore (1998). After a decade IIM Shillong (2008) and then IIM Ranchi (2009), IIM Rohtak and IIM Raipur (2010) were established. By 2012 two more IIMs were added, IIM Kashipur and Tiruchirappalli. 2015 was a bright year for the MBA aspirants with 6 new IIMs coming into picture- IIM Nagpur, IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Vishakhapatnam, IIM Sambhalpur, IIM Amritsar, IIM Sirmaur. Because of the increase in the number of students applying for MBA, the IIMs developed the Common Admission Test (CAT) as a first level evaluation for short listing the most talented candidates.

CAT Exam – Changing Pattern

CAT Evolution:

1990’s :CAT included 4 sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Logical reasoning and English (Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary).Through the 1990s the CAT exam remained more or less unchanged with 174 to 190 questions distributed in four sections.

1999 to 2008 : The total number of questions started decreasing although the number of sections remained the same. This tapering trend can be gauged from the diminishing number of questions from 165 to 150, to 123, to 90 and then finally to 75 in 2008.

2009 and 2010 : On the 1st of May, it was announced that from 2009 CAT would be a Computer Based (Online) Test.In 2009 CAT, the number of questions decreased to 60.

2011 to 2014 :During this period CAT had two sections – the first on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation; the second on Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. Each of these carried 30 questions and there were 70 min. for each section.

CAT 2014 had a slight change in the previous pattern. It had 2 sections – Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. A candidate could shift to any of the section as per their wish. Each section had 50 questions with 170 minutes time span.

2015 to 2018 : The 2015 CAT exam had three sections Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal and Reading Comprehension.A candidate had to go through the sections in the pre-specified order only. Sections 1 and 3 had 34 questions each, and Section 2 had 32 questions. Each section was of 1 hour, thus the total time was 180 minutes.Non MCQ questions, where the answer had to be typed in, were introduced. There was negative marking for the MCQ questions but there was no negative marking for non MCQ questions.

In CAT 2016 the sectional order was inverted. Now the three sections appeared in the order Verbal and Reading Comprehension;Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning; Quantitative Ability.

CAT 2018 followed the same pattern as the previous years. It had 100 questions in total with 7 non MCQ questions each in the 1st and 2nd sections and 12 non MCQs in the 3rd section.

Percentages vs. Percentile :

Percentile :CAT scores are based on percentile and not percentage. While percentage can give an idea regarding the performance of individual students, percentile provides a better understanding of how individual scores compare to scores of other candidates. So if a candidate scored 98 percentile then it does not mean that he has gotten 98% of the total marks. Rather it means that, out of 100 students, he scored better than 97 other candidates. It also means that 2 candidates scored better than him/her. In one sentence percentile means percentage of student below you.

Sectional Cutoffs :

Today CAT scores are used by multiple institutes including IIMs. Many of these institutes actually ask for a certain cut off marks for each section. The cut off scores from each section will again vary from institute to institute. There are many institutes that do not require such sectional cut offs.

Classroom Training Overview

The Common Admission Test conducted by the IIMs for short listing candidates for its programmes. There are more than 100 management institutes across India registered under CAT and use CAT scores as a part of their selection procedure.

The Erudite Integrated Classroom Program for CAT preparation has been specifically designed to give a student a head start on the preparation and to give him/her an edge over the other CAT aspirants. Erudite’s classroom training provides a concrete foundation on which students can build their dream careers and forms a one-stop shop for preparations to get into top B-Schools. Erudite’s CAT programme covers not only CAT but also other top B-School Entrance examination i.e. XAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT etc.

Course Structure

The following is the list of classes and the related concepts that will be discussed.

Quantitative Aptitude

Arithmetic

  • Percentages: Basics, Conversion of Percentages into Fractions and Vice-versa, 100-base method, change of base method, successive chain method
  • Profit/ Loss: Basic Concepts, General formulae, problems on cost price selling price marked price, discount, dishonest trader and faulty balance
  • Ratio, Proportion and Variation: Different types of Ratios, their examples, Application in Real Life Problems, different Types of Proportions, Rules of proportion, and Rules of Variations with examples
  • Averages: Concept of Simple and weighted Average, Different Rules of finding Average with examples, Application of Average using Series
  • Alligation& Mixture: Rules of Alligations, Simple and Compound Mixture Problems, Replacement problems, Alligation in more than 2 mixtures, Application of Alligation in Arithmetic
  • Time & Work: Unitary method, basic concepts of Time & Work, alternate days work method, efficiency method, work and wages, Pipes and Cisterns
  • Time & Distance: Concept of Time, Speed & Distance, and questions based on general concepts, problems on Relative speed, Average speed, Application of Relative Speed, concepts of Circular Motion, problems on circular motion, different types of problems related to train, Problems on Boat and stream, Races
  • Commercial Math: Partnership, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, stocks and Shares

Algebra

Indices & its properties and Application based problems, Surds, Properties of Surds, Addition, Multiplication and Division Rules, Finding out square root of surds, Rules of Logarithm, Application Based problems, Important Identities and their applications, Linear Equation, Quadratic Equation, Theory of Equation, Problems on theory of Equation, Inequations and its properties, Theory of Quadratic Functions, Maxima and Minima, finding out Maxima and Minima using Calculus, using Perfect Square Method and application based questions, Different types of Series and Sequences, Problems based on AP, GP, HP & Application, Special series and Applications, Binomial Theorem

Number System

Classification of numbers and their properties, problems based on Basic Properties, Special Numbers and their Properties, Divisibility Rule & Application Based Problems, Conversion of Recurring Decimal into Vulgar Fraction, HCF, LCM & its Application, Successive Division, Cyclicity, Last Digits, Last two digits, last three digits, Finding out Remainder by different Theorem, Advanced Theorems of getting Remainders, Exponent Theorem, Finding out the Power of Prime in n!, number of Zeros at the end of a product of numbers, Finding out the number of factors and Sum of Factors and Applications, Base System (Conversion of numbers from one system to another system, Addition/ Subtraction/Multiplication in Different Base System and Application)

Geometry and Mensuration

  • Geometry
    Different types of Angles and Application Problems, Parallel Lines, Proportionality Theorem, Different Types of Triangles, Theorem based on Triangles and Application Problems, Area of Triangle in different form, Concurrency Rules, Concepts of Similar Triangles, Angle Bisector Properties, Median Properties, Special Techniques to solve CAT Type problems, Polygons-regular and irregular polygons, concave and convex polygon, general formulae for Regular Polygon, Basic properties of Circles, Tangent Properties, chord properties, Different Theorems and applications
  • Mensuration
    Units of Measurement, Perimeter of 2-D diagram and Application, Area of 2-D diagram and application, Volume and surface area of 3-D diagram and application

Higher Mathematics

  • Set theory, Clocks: Concepts of Set, Different Types of sets, Venn Diagram, Application Based Problems, Basic of Clocks, Angle between Hands of Clock, Application Based Problems
  • Functions: Fundamental of Functions, Different types of Functions, Application Based Problems and Pattern based Functions, Recursive Functions, Binary Operation, Concept of Mini-Max and Maxi-Min, Area bounded by graphs of Real Functions, Concept of Symmetry, graphs of Different Functions, Shifting and Scaling of Functions
  • Permutation: Fundamental Principles of Counting and Application, Problem based on Digits and Alphabets, Concept of Permutation and Application, Circular Permutation
  • Combination: Difference between Permutation and Combination, Concept of Combination and Application, Division Rule, Application of Combination in Geometry and Number System
  • Probability: Fundamental laws of Probability, Compound Probability, Probability of Independent Events, Conditional probability and its Rules, Binomial Theorem and Application, Bayes’ Theorem

Co- ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry

Reflection and rotation properties, Distance between two points, sectional ratio, Area of Triangle and Collinearity, Slope of a line, Equation of line in different forms, Area bounded by lines. Trigonometrical Ratios, Relation among T- Ratios, Height and Distance

Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Calculative Graphs: Basic Concepts (averages, ratio, percentage, increase/decrease vs. percentage increase/decrease, average annual growth rate, annualized increase, conversion of percentage to degrees, market share), Types of graphs (Line graph, Tabular graph, Pie-chart, Bar graph, Combination graph), techniques to solve each graph
Innovative Graphs: Types of graphs (Band, Area, Triangular, Travel, Geometrical, Venn Diagrams), Interpreting and understanding such graphs, methods to solve them.
Data Sufficiency: Pattern of questions, Structure of a Data Sufficiency problem, Methods to solve a Data Sufficiency problem, The Nine traps of Data Sufficiency, Logic based and concept based questions

Verbal Ability

  • Grammar: Parts of Speech (Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives), Verb; Subject Verb Agreement Parallelism; Tenses; Modifiers, Conjunctions; Articles; Prepositions
  • Vocabulary: Word Usage; Intro to Analogy, Analogy; Synonyms; Antonyms, Usage; Homonyms; Analogy; Dictionary Definition
  • Jumble Sentence: Basic techniques; 4, 5 & 6 sentence types
  • Critical Reasoning: Basic concepts; practice
  • Fill in the Blanks: Single blank; double blanks; paragraph blanks ; incomplete sentences
  • Fact, Inference, Judgment: Basic concepts; Practice
  • Verbal Ability: Grammar; FIB (2 blanks)
  • Concluding Statements: Basic Techniques; Practice
  • Reading Comprehension: Introduction. Rational behind CAT Reading Comprehension questions and structure and correlation to real life scenario.
    Reading Comprehension Summary: Train students on the fundamentals and the importance of summary/central idea from management perspective
    Reading Comprehension Tone & Style: Train students on different tones and styles in the Reading Comprehension
    Reading Comprehension Speed Reading: How to read quickly and still retain comprehension of the material
    Reading Comprehension Type – 1: Train the students on different types of questions expected in CAT RC and understand them from the author’s perspective
    Reading Comprehension Type – 2: Train students specifically on inferential and application based questions based on difficult abstract passages
    Reading Comprehension Techniques: Train students on elimination techniques in identifying the correct options
    Reading Comprehension Strategy: Time management, DOT Analysis and online strategy

Logical Reasoning

  • Deductive Reasoning: General form of a Deductive Reasoning problem, types of Deductive Reasoning, basic skills of reasoning, methods and strategies to tackle the different types.
  • Data Arrangement: Anatomy of Data Arrangement Problems (premise, rules and questions), Diagramming Techniques & Symbols (Floaters, Brackets, Flip-flopping and Snap-shots), Types of problems (Spatial, Chronologic al, Categorization & Ranking)
  • Tables & Charts: Introduction to Tables & Charts, Types of tables (Simple and Multiple), Typical examples
  • Family Tree: Introduction, Assumptions underlying, typical relationship types, Methods to solve such questions (backtracking), diagramming techniques and symbols
  • Network Diagrams: Basic Networking, Types of network (flowchart, path & flow), methods of drawing network paths
  • Sports and Games: Types of problems (Card games, Performance Comparisons, Ranking and positioning, pools), methods of solving, basic rules to be considered
  • Caselets: Introduction, Application of basic concepts, Methods to tackle caselets, Forming the structure
  • Puzzles and Teasers: Introduction, Categories of Ordinal Puzzles and Teaser problems (The Simple Line and Multiple Line), Strategy for solving puzzles using the process of elimination
  • Cross Concepts: Introduction, Types of cross concept problems (Pattern Recognition, Algebraic Systems, Arithmetic concepts like Alligation, Set Theory, Venn diagrams)

Teaching Methodology

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Refresher classes – to help develop and consolidate concepts for students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Normal classes focusing on solving problems by applying shortcut methods.
  • Revision classes to brush up all important topics.
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Workshops on frequently asked topics in CAT like Number Systems, Geometry, etc. with each topic being divided into 2 – 4 classes for thorough coverage of related formulae and concepts.
  • Strategy to handle different types of questions
  • Individual doubt clearing sessions with faculty
  • Individual doubt clearing sessions with faculty
    – Formula based
    – Reasoning or Logic based
    – Miscellaneous involving a combination of multiple concepts
    – Innovative questions
  • Unique time saving techniques for specific topics.
  • Exhaustive practice through class assignments, home assignments and model tests.
  • Time management skills.

Data Interpretation

  • Beat the calculator
  • Learn to do each of the above calculations and more, in less than 5 seconds through a combination of Vedic Maths and in-house developed methods.
  • Unique approach to solve each of the 6 different types of graphs – Line graphs, Bar graphs, Pie charts, Tabulator data, Combo graphs, Innovative graphs.
  • Strategies to select the right type of questions and graphs, solve questions with options, deal with close options, solve logical reasoning and data sufficiency problems.
  • Cumulative Analysis (Individual & Comparative) based on all papers attempted until now
  • Index of terminology associated with graphs like EMI, interest rates, market capitalization etc. for better understanding of graphs.
  • Ample number of solved examples highlighting concepts and ideas.
  • Practice tests to improve speed and accuracy.

ENGLISH

Reading Comprehension

  • Passages designed to help student read actively as opposed to passive reading.
  • Scientific techniques like soft focus and practice passages to help shoot reading speed to upto 500 w.p.m.
  • Mind Mapping, Skimming and Scanning – excellent
  • Strategies to extract the main idea of passages in less than 30 seconds.
  • Sure shot approach to arrest regression and vocalization – the two stumbling blocks.
  • 4 easy steps to double concentration and perfect recall.
  • Detailed lessons on different type of questions.
  • Unique methods to track difficult questions.

Verbal Ability

  • A thoroughly researched and updated hotlist of the most frequently encountered words in CAT.
  • Flash card technique and C. O. W. – Powerful tools to acquire a distinctive vocabulary of more than 2000 words in less than 3 months.
  • Techniques to identify and correct grammatical errors in less than 30 seconds.
  • Special capsules on etymology with special emphasis on analogies.
  • Diagrammatic explanations offered to enhance critical reasoning.
  • Fundamentals of symbolic logic.
  • Innovative methods like P.O.E. and L.R.L. to tackle tricky structural questions on Jumbled Sentences.

Logical Reasoning

  • Delivering fundamental concepts through pictorial representation
  • EII approach “Elimination of irrelevant information from the question”
  • Unique approach to solve some of the LR questions, without drawing diagrams
  • Ample number of solved examples, highlighting concepts and ideas
  • Individual sessions to cover individual topics such as Series, Puzzles etc
  • Sessions designed to build up individuals own reasoning ability

Erudite WEB SUPPORT

Student Home Page: This is the main page that students will be logging into. This contains a whole lot of information. All online tests, analysis, institute related information, exam results and other information pertaining to management entrance exams will be displayed in this section.

Online Test Corner: This contains more than 250 online tests including Elementary tests, Section Tests, Topic Tests, Actual CAT papers, Strategy Tests, GK Tests & Sim CATs. This also carries detailed analysis of every test under Test Results.

Test Results: This section will provide an insight into the performance of the student. The analysis is majorly divided in two parts:
1. Self Analysis
2. Comparative Analysis

The analysis will consist of the following features

  • Analysis based on Score Vs Percentile(Total as well as Subject wise), with interactive graph points
  • Categorization of questions as per difficulty level
  • Accuracy in each subject- overall & level of difficulty wise
  • Attempt Breakup in the form of a Pie Chart- both individual as well as comparative
  • Cumulative Analysis (Individual & Comparative) based on all papers attempted until now
  • Overall-Subject Wise-Topic Wise
  • Multi-Dimensional Analysis using highly efficient algorithms

Erudite’s Test Series

Erudite’s Test Series has been proven to be the closest to the actual CAT, year on year. Erudite tests will help you out to evaluate your standing on each topic and section. Erudite is the first institute to launch the Computer Based Test for CAT (2007), even before CAT adopted CBT.

Our Online Tests are designed after an in-depth research of previous trends and keeping in mind the unpredictability factor of CAT.

  1. 40 Nos. of Online Elementary tests to assess basic understanding of concepts
  2. 40 Nos. of Online Topic tests to understand weaknesses and strengths
  3. 100 Nos. of Online Sectional tests aimed at integrating learning and strengthening individual test sections
  4. 10 Nos. of Online Strategy tests to hone strategy adaptation skills
  5. 20 All India Online Mock CATs with detailed performance analysis along with solutions
  6. 12 Actual Online CAT papers for self-evaluation
  7. Non-CAT tests – XAT, IIFT, SNAP, MICA (Offline), CAT, CMAT, NMAT (Online)
  8. Regular online doubt clearing sessions

Elementary Tests + Topic Tests + Sectional Tests + Mock CATs + Mock Tests for Other Management Entrance Exams.
Fees : Rs 8000/- (Eight thousand only)+GST.

How to order

Please contact the corporate office

Delivery Schedule

The entire set of course material and Login access will be made available to you within 7 working days after receiving the payment.

CAT FAQs 2018 – Registration

CAT 2018 application process had commenced from August 8 and ended on September 26, 2018. Below are the answers to CAT 2018 FAQs under this section.

I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?

As per CAT 2018 eligibility criteria, you must submit the percentage according to your university norms.

I have not completed my Bachelor’s Degree/I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks do I need to enter in the Application form?

As per the CAT 2018 eligibility criteria, you must provide the Aggregate Percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.

I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., Am I eligible to appear for CAT 2018?

As you are not appearing/ completed any Bachelor Degree or not completed any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2018

Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam?

No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT exam.

What is the fee for the CAT exam?

The fee is Rs. 1900 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD category, the applicable fee is Rs. 950.
A candidate needs to pay registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for SC, ST and PwD test takers must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fee once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

Where can I pay the CAT exam fee?

You can pay the CAT exam fee during online registration. The payment of application fee should be done payment gateway. Use a valid credit card, debit card, or net banking facility.

When and how do I register for CAT 2018?

Online registration for CAT 2016 had begun from Wednesday, August 8, 2018, onwards and closed on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Additional instructions for online registration and the application process are available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website.

Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT?

No. You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2018 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.

I have done 5 years integrated course of B.Tech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.Tech and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA. How do I enter my marks?

As per your University norms, you will enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and remaining 1.5 years under Master’s degree.

I have completeda 5-year dual degree course (BTech+MTech, BS+MS, BTech+MSc etc.)? How do I enter my marks for a bachelor degree?

As per your university norms, you must enter the aggregate of marks that are equivalent to Bachelors’ Degree under the Bachelor’s Degree section and the equivalent Marks for the Masters’ degree under the Master Degree section.

I have completed dual Bachelors’ degree courses (BCom+LLB, BPharm+BTech etc.). How do I enter my marks for two Bachelor degrees?

On the CAT 2018 application form, you must select the option indicating that you have dual Bachelors’ Degrees. You can then enter the details of both qualifications.

When will CAT 2018 be held and can I choose an exam date?

The CAT exam will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2018, with two sessions (forenoon and afternoon). Based on your selection of preferred test city, you will be allotted the session slot, test city, and test centre, subject to availability.

Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2018?

You cannot appear for more than one slot. It will be deemed as a fraudulent activity if you attempt to appear more than once for CAT 2018. To ensure that candidates have only one attempt, Admit Cards, photo IDs, candidate pictures, and biometric information will be verified. Candidates who attempt to take the test more than once will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.

I have made mistake(s) while registering/entering the details in my CAT 2018 application. What should I do now?

You cannot edit certain personal details like Name, Date of Birth, email id, mobile number etc., at any stage in the application process (either before or after submitting the application). If you have made a mistake in these details, you must register again with a new email ID. Your CAT 2018 application will be considered for the latest registration and the Admit Card will be issued for the same. Please note that you will not receive a refund or Admit Card for your earlier registration. Failure to re-register in such circumstances may lead to the nullification of your candidature.
You can edit some personal details, such as Communication Address, gender, category, educational information, work experience, or exam city preferences etc. until you have not submitted the Application Form. To do so, click the Existing User Login option on the CAT website.
After you submit the application, there will be a limited time window during which can you modify very limited details like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected etc. You will not be able to modify any of the following: any details entered in the Personal Details section, any details entered in the Academics section except the percentage marks scored, Exam Centre City Preferences. You can only view and print after this. Details are available on the application submission page. You are strongly encouraged to preview your application before submission to ensure that all the details are correct.

In case the website does not work and I am unable to complete my application, what should I do?

. If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close the Internet browser (delete browsing history, cache & cookies of the web browser) and try again.

I have changed my name with the due procedure after completing my degree. Should I enter my name as per the degree certificate or the changed name?

You must enter your changed name and provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview, and admission.

I have an SC/ST certificate in the format uploaded on the CAT 2018 website. Can I use the same certificate or do I have to download the certificate template from the CAT website and fill it again?

If your certificate fulfills the following conditions; you can upload the same certificate:
• The certificate should have been issued by a competent authority.
• The name of the caste and caste number should appear in the certificate.
• The Ministry’s resolution/order number should be available.
• The certificate should be in Hindi or English only.

I have changed my name with the due procedure after completing my degree. Should I enter my name as per the degree certificate or the changed name?

You must enter your changed name and provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview, and admission.

Which screen appears after I log into the website post registration?

After successful registration, you can use the system generated User ID and Password to log in to the website. Upon logging in, you will first see the Registration Summary page. Click on Go to Application Form. This will direct you to the application form page.

I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2018 but have backlogs, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2018?

Yes, as per the CAT 2018 eligibility norms, candidates who are completing their degree by May 2018 are eligible to appear for CAT. However, the candidate should select Yes to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree”.

What should I do if I have not received the password or have lost the SMS?

If you have not received the password or have lost the SMS, click the Forgot Password option on the Existing User login page. You will be prompted to enter a Captcha string. The new password will be sent to your registered email address.

I have received multiple passwords. Which password should I enter to login?

You need to use the password contained in the most recent SMS you have received. In case you are not able to login, you can simply use your user id and click ‘forgot password’. You will receive a new password through email on your registered email id.

My University name is not mentioned in the drop-down list while filling the application form?

If your university’s name does not appear in the drop-down, you may select the option as “Others” from the drop-down.

CAT FAQs 2018 – Admit Card

If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?

The Admit Card needs to be directly printed from the CAT 2018 website using your User ID and Password. It has been made available for printout from Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 1:00 p.m. onwards. The admit card will not be mailed to your postal address.
If you are unable to view your Admit Card after logging in, contact the CAT Helpdesk:
• Toll-free: 18002663549
• Email:cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in
Please note- The CAT Candidate Helpdesk will remain closed on Sundays and on National/Public holidays.

What details will be mentioned in the CAT Admit Card 2018?

The admit card of CAT 2018 will contain the following information-
• Name of the candidate
• Test Date
• PwD Status
• Test Centre Details
• Exam Time

Will the CAT 2018 Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy or by mail?

The Admit card of CAT 2018 will be available on the CAT website only. You must log in using your CAT 2018 User ID to view/print the Admit card.

When should the hall ticket/admit card be produced?

The CAT Admit Card 2018 is a mandatory document required to take the exam. You must print the Admit Card and bring it to the exam centre on the exam day. Follow the instructions provided in the Admit Card before coming for the examination. Please affix the same uploaded photograph in the physical admit card during the process of registration.

CAT FAQs 2018 – Exam Pattern

CAT 2018 exam pattern remains unaltered as that of last year. The FAQs on CAT exam pattern are:

How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?

In the computer-based format, the candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer from among the options given or types the answer in case of question where no options are given. Additionally, the timer on the computer screen tells you the remaining time to complete the current section.In the paper-based format, the candidate reads a question on a paper booklet and uses a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer-sheet. Additionally, a timer will be displayed on the screen that tells you how many more minutes to complete the current section.

Can I take the exam from any computer?

A candidate must take the exam on a workstation assigned at the exam venue based on the city selected while registering for CAT. The venue details are printed on the Admit Card.

How many sections are there in CAT 2018?

CAT 2018 will have three sections:
• Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
• Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
• Section III: Quantitative Ability

What does a CBT exam look like?

A practice test will be available on the CAT website: www.iimcat.ac.in. You can familiarize yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT 2018 Mock Test link was activated from October 17, 2018.

Where can I select my preference of shift and test date?

The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application. A candidate cannot select the shift.

How many sections are there in CAT 2018?

CAT 2018 will have three sections:
• Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
• Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
• Section III: Quantitative Ability

Can I bring a calculator to the testing centre?

Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. You may use the on-screen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.

How many non-MCQs are there in each section?

The number of questions varies and cannot be disclosed.

Are there negative marks for questions other than MCQs?

No, there are no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions.

Is there a specific order for answering sections? Can I attempt sections the way I want?

You must answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order will remain the same for all test takers.

What is the marking/grading scheme for CAT? Is there negative marking for a wrong answer?

For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt’.
The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:
• Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
• An incorrect answer fetches -1.
• No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.

Does CAT 2018 have a syllabus for exam preparation?

No, the CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test.

CAT FAQs 2018- Answer Key

What is the difference between the CAT answer key 2018 and CAT response sheet 2018?

The CAT 2018 answer key will display the correct answer for each question whereas the CAT response sheet will show the answers provided by the test taker on the test day.

When will IIM Calcutta release the CAT response sheet 2018?

IIM has released the CAT response sheet 2018 along with the question paper on November 30, 2018. It is available on the official website (iimcat.ac.in). The file is in HTML format.

When will IIM Calcutta release the CAT answer key 2018?

IIM will release the CAT answer key 2018 in the first week of December 2018.

CAT FAQs 2018- Result

When will IIM Calcutta release the result of CAT 2018?

IIM Calcutta has not released the exact release date of CAT 2018 result. However, it is expected to be released on January 7, 2019 (tentative).

How to check CAT Result 2018?

Candidates will be able to check the CAT 2018 result online only.
• Login through your registration credentials – CAT user ID and Password
• Click on the tab ‘Score Card’
• Download your CAT 2018 result cum scorecard

Will IIM Calcutta send CAT result 2018 on SMS?

Yes. IIM Calcutta will send the overall CAT result 2018 to the registered mobile number of the candidates through SMS.

CAT FAQs 2018 – Category Selection

Under which categories can I apply for CAT?

You can apply under the following categories:
• General
• Scheduled Caste (SC)
• Scheduled Tribe (ST)
• Non-Creamy Other Backward Class (NC-OBC)

Which documents must I submit if I belong to the SC/ST category?

If you belong to the SC or ST category, your caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. For more information, refer the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment website and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs website (tribal.nic.in). The caste certificate that you upload in the Application Form should be in the Government approved format. The certificate format is also available on the CAT website under the Certificates section. Download and print the certificate, and clearly state the following:
• Name of your caste/tribe.
• Whether you belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
• District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence
• The appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved, whether Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
• Signatures of required authorities.

Do I belong to the NC-OBC category?

To know whether you belong to the NC-OBC category, see the following website: https://www.ncbc.nic.in. Refer the updated list of state-wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer.

CAT FAQs 2018 – Persons with Disability

Who is eligible to take the test under the PWD category?

As per the “Persons with Disability Act, 1995”, a candidate qualifies to be a PWD candidate if he/she suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40 per cent as certified by a competent medical authority in the prescribed format. The certificate format is available on www.iimcat.ac.in under the section Certificates. The following categories are defined by IIMs for PWD candidates:
• Low Vision/Blindness
• Hearing Impairment
• Locomotive Disability/ Cerebral Palsy

Which are the acceptable testing devices that I can use/bring to the test centre?

The approved means of testing assistance are:
Testing assistance devices

Testing Assistance Applicable for Arranged by
Abacus (without the calculator) Visually Impaired Candidate
Hearing Aid Hearing Impairment Candidate
Wheel Chair Locomotive Disability/ Cerebral Palsy Test Center, on request in Application Form
Magnifying Screen Visually Impaired Test Centre on request(System Inbuilt feature)
Scribe/Reader Visually Impaired/ Cerebral Palsy Candidate

Will the means of testing assistance be provided to me directly at the test centre?

Based on your request in the Application Form, only a magnifying screen (System Built feature) and a wheelchair will be arranged by the test centre. All other approved means of testing assistance including Abacus, hearing aids, wheelchair, Scribe/reader need to be arranged by you.

I am a PWD candidate with Blindness or low vision/cerebral palsy. What privileges will I receive on the test day?

PWD candidates suffering from low vision/blindness/cerebral palsy will be allowed to bring a scribe. Such candidates will also receive a time extension during the examination.

Will the extra one hour be distributed among three sections?

Yes. For PWD candidates, the extra one hour will be distributed into 20 minutes for each section. That is, PWD candidates will have 80 minutes to attempt each section, while the other candidates will have 60 minutes per section.

CAT 2018 is scheduled to be held in two slots on November 25, 2018. The CAT admit card has been released on October 24 along with a tutorial. The result of CAT 2018 is expected to be declared in the second week of January 2019.

What will be the time extension given to a PWD candidate?

PWD candidates with or without Scribe requirement will be given a time extension of 20 minutes per section, which comes to a total extension of one hour for the full test.

CAT Exam – Overview


Economic liberalization and entry of multi-national firms within the Indian business scenario has meant a growing need for trained and qualified managers and professionals capable of dealing with tough situations. This is precisely what MBA education provides. The increase in demand for MBA education led to emergence of the prestigious IIMs that wished to select only best and the most talented students. Thus, was born the Common Admission Test(CAT).

CAT Exam – TimeLine

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta was the first IIM to be set up. It was established as the first national institute for post-graduate studies and research in management by the Government of India in November 1961, in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management, Government of West Bengal, Ford Foundation and the Indian industry. In due course of time 5 more IIMs were established at Ahmedabad (1961), Bangalore (1973), Lucknow (1984), Kozhikode (1996) and Indore (1998). After a decade IIM Shillong (2008) and then IIM Ranchi (2009), IIM Rohtak and IIM Raipur (2010) were established. By 2012 two more IIMs were added, IIM Kashipur and Tiruchirappalli. 2015 was a bright year for the MBA aspirants with 6 new IIMs coming into picture- IIM Nagpur, IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Vishakhapatnam, IIM Sambhalpur, IIM Amritsar, IIM Sirmaur. Because of the increase in the number of students applying for MBA, the IIMs developed the Common Admission Test (CAT) as a first level evaluation for short listing the most talented candidates.

CAT Exam – Changing Pattern

CAT Evolution:

1990’s :CAT included 4 sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Logical reasoning and English (Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary).Through the 1990s the CAT exam remained more or less unchanged with 174 to 190 questions distributed in four sections.

1999 to 2008 : The total number of questions started decreasing although the number of sections remained the same. This tapering trend can be gauged from the diminishing number of questions from 165 to 150, to 123, to 90 and then finally to 75 in 2008.

2009 and 2010 : On the 1st of May, it was announced that from 2009 CAT would be a Computer Based (Online) Test.In 2009 CAT, the number of questions decreased to 60.

2011 to 2014 :During this period CAT had two sections – the first on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation; the second on Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. Each of these carried 30 questions and there were 70 min. for each section.

CAT 2014 had a slight change in the previous pattern. It had 2 sections – Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. A candidate could shift to any of the section as per their wish. Each section had 50 questions with 170 minutes time span.

2015 to 2018 : The 2015 CAT exam had three sections Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal and Reading Comprehension.A candidate had to go through the sections in the pre-specified order only. Sections 1 and 3 had 34 questions each, and Section 2 had 32 questions. Each section was of 1 hour, thus the total time was 180 minutes.Non MCQ questions, where the answer had to be typed in, were introduced. There was negative marking for the MCQ questions but there was no negative marking for non MCQ questions.

In CAT 2016 the sectional order was inverted. Now the three sections appeared in the order Verbal and Reading Comprehension;Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning; Quantitative Ability.

CAT 2018 followed the same pattern as the previous years. It had 100 questions in total with 7 non MCQ questions each in the 1st and 2nd sections and 12 non MCQs in the 3rd section.

Percentages vs. Percentile :

Percentile :CAT scores are based on percentile and not percentage. While percentage can give an idea regarding the performance of individual students, percentile provides a better understanding of how individual scores compare to scores of other candidates. So if a candidate scored 98 percentile then it does not mean that he has gotten 98% of the total marks. Rather it means that, out of 100 students, he scored better than 97 other candidates. It also means that 2 candidates scored better than him/her. In one sentence percentile means percentage of student below you.

Sectional Cutoffs :

Today CAT scores are used by multiple institutes including IIMs. Many of these institutes actually ask for a certain cut off marks for each section. The cut off scores from each section will again vary from institute to institute. There are many institutes that do not require such sectional cut offs.

Classroom Programme

Classroom Training Overview

The Common Admission Test conducted by the IIMs for short listing candidates for its programmes. There are more than 100 management institutes across India registered under CAT and use CAT scores as a part of their selection procedure.

The Erudite Integrated Classroom Program for CAT preparation has been specifically designed to give a student a head start on the preparation and to give him/her an edge over the other CAT aspirants. Erudite’s classroom training provides a concrete foundation on which students can build their dream careers and forms a one-stop shop for preparations to get into top B-Schools. Erudite’s CAT programme covers not only CAT but also other top B-School Entrance examination i.e. XAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT etc.

Course Structure

The following is the list of classes and the related concepts that will be discussed.

Quantitative Aptitude

Arithmetic

  • Percentages: Basics, Conversion of Percentages into Fractions and Vice-versa, 100-base method, change of base method, successive chain method
  • Profit/ Loss: Basic Concepts, General formulae, problems on cost price selling price marked price, discount, dishonest trader and faulty balance
  • Ratio, Proportion and Variation: Different types of Ratios, their examples, Application in Real Life Problems, different Types of Proportions, Rules of proportion, and Rules of Variations with examples
  • Averages: Concept of Simple and weighted Average, Different Rules of finding Average with examples, Application of Average using Series
  • Alligation& Mixture: Rules of Alligations, Simple and Compound Mixture Problems, Replacement problems, Alligation in more than 2 mixtures, Application of Alligation in Arithmetic
  • Time & Work: Unitary method, basic concepts of Time & Work, alternate days work method, efficiency method, work and wages, Pipes and Cisterns
  • Time & Distance: Concept of Time, Speed & Distance, and questions based on general concepts, problems on Relative speed, Average speed, Application of Relative Speed, concepts of Circular Motion, problems on circular motion, different types of problems related to train, Problems on Boat and stream, Races
  • Commercial Math: Partnership, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, stocks and Shares

Algebra

Indices & its properties and Application based problems, Surds, Properties of Surds, Addition, Multiplication and Division Rules, Finding out square root of surds, Rules of Logarithm, Application Based problems, Important Identities and their applications, Linear Equation, Quadratic Equation, Theory of Equation, Problems on theory of Equation, Inequations and its properties, Theory of Quadratic Functions, Maxima and Minima, finding out Maxima and Minima using Calculus, using Perfect Square Method and application based questions, Different types of Series and Sequences, Problems based on AP, GP, HP & Application, Special series and Applications, Binomial Theorem

Number System

Classification of numbers and their properties, problems based on Basic Properties, Special Numbers and their Properties, Divisibility Rule & Application Based Problems, Conversion of Recurring Decimal into Vulgar Fraction, HCF, LCM & its Application, Successive Division, Cyclicity, Last Digits, Last two digits, last three digits, Finding out Remainder by different Theorem, Advanced Theorems of getting Remainders, Exponent Theorem, Finding out the Power of Prime in n!, number of Zeros at the end of a product of numbers, Finding out the number of factors and Sum of Factors and Applications, Base System (Conversion of numbers from one system to another system, Addition/ Subtraction/Multiplication in Different Base System and Application)

Geometry and Mensuration

  • Geometry
    Different types of Angles and Application Problems, Parallel Lines, Proportionality Theorem, Different Types of Triangles, Theorem based on Triangles and Application Problems, Area of Triangle in different form, Concurrency Rules, Concepts of Similar Triangles, Angle Bisector Properties, Median Properties, Special Techniques to solve CAT Type problems, Polygons-regular and irregular polygons, concave and convex polygon, general formulae for Regular Polygon, Basic properties of Circles, Tangent Properties, chord properties, Different Theorems and applications
  • Mensuration
    Units of Measurement, Perimeter of 2-D diagram and Application, Area of 2-D diagram and application, Volume and surface area of 3-D diagram and application

Higher Mathematics

  • Set theory, Clocks: Concepts of Set, Different Types of sets, Venn Diagram, Application Based Problems, Basic of Clocks, Angle between Hands of Clock, Application Based Problems
  • Functions: Fundamental of Functions, Different types of Functions, Application Based Problems and Pattern based Functions, Recursive Functions, Binary Operation, Concept of Mini-Max and Maxi-Min, Area bounded by graphs of Real Functions, Concept of Symmetry, graphs of Different Functions, Shifting and Scaling of Functions
  • Permutation: Fundamental Principles of Counting and Application, Problem based on Digits and Alphabets, Concept of Permutation and Application, Circular Permutation
  • Combination: Difference between Permutation and Combination, Concept of Combination and Application, Division Rule, Application of Combination in Geometry and Number System
  • Probability: Fundamental laws of Probability, Compound Probability, Probability of Independent Events, Conditional probability and its Rules, Binomial Theorem and Application, Bayes’ Theorem

Co- ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry

Reflection and rotation properties, Distance between two points, sectional ratio, Area of Triangle and Collinearity, Slope of a line, Equation of line in different forms, Area bounded by lines. Trigonometrical Ratios, Relation among T- Ratios, Height and Distance

Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Calculative Graphs: Basic Concepts (averages, ratio, percentage, increase/decrease vs. percentage increase/decrease, average annual growth rate, annualized increase, conversion of percentage to degrees, market share), Types of graphs (Line graph, Tabular graph, Pie-chart, Bar graph, Combination graph), techniques to solve each graph
Innovative Graphs: Types of graphs (Band, Area, Triangular, Travel, Geometrical, Venn Diagrams), Interpreting and understanding such graphs, methods to solve them.
Data Sufficiency: Pattern of questions, Structure of a Data Sufficiency problem, Methods to solve a Data Sufficiency problem, The Nine traps of Data Sufficiency, Logic based and concept based questions

Verbal Ability

  • Grammar: Parts of Speech (Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives), Verb; Subject Verb Agreement Parallelism; Tenses; Modifiers, Conjunctions; Articles; Prepositions
  • Vocabulary: Word Usage; Intro to Analogy, Analogy; Synonyms; Antonyms, Usage; Homonyms; Analogy; Dictionary Definition
  • Jumble Sentence: Basic techniques; 4, 5 & 6 sentence types
  • Critical Reasoning: Basic concepts; practice
  • Fill in the Blanks: Single blank; double blanks; paragraph blanks ; incomplete sentences
  • Fact, Inference, Judgment: Basic concepts; Practice
  • Verbal Ability: Grammar; FIB (2 blanks)
  • Concluding Statements: Basic Techniques; Practice
  • Reading Comprehension: Introduction. Rational behind CAT Reading Comprehension questions and structure and correlation to real life scenario.
    Reading Comprehension Summary: Train students on the fundamentals and the importance of summary/central idea from management perspective
    Reading Comprehension Tone & Style: Train students on different tones and styles in the Reading Comprehension
    Reading Comprehension Speed Reading: How to read quickly and still retain comprehension of the material
    Reading Comprehension Type – 1: Train the students on different types of questions expected in CAT RC and understand them from the author’s perspective
    Reading Comprehension Type – 2: Train students specifically on inferential and application based questions based on difficult abstract passages
    Reading Comprehension Techniques: Train students on elimination techniques in identifying the correct options
    Reading Comprehension Strategy: Time management, DOT Analysis and online strategy

Logical Reasoning

  • Deductive Reasoning: General form of a Deductive Reasoning problem, types of Deductive Reasoning, basic skills of reasoning, methods and strategies to tackle the different types.
  • Data Arrangement: Anatomy of Data Arrangement Problems (premise, rules and questions), Diagramming Techniques & Symbols (Floaters, Brackets, Flip-flopping and Snap-shots), Types of problems (Spatial, Chronologic al, Categorization & Ranking)
  • Tables & Charts: Introduction to Tables & Charts, Types of tables (Simple and Multiple), Typical examples
  • Family Tree: Introduction, Assumptions underlying, typical relationship types, Methods to solve such questions (backtracking), diagramming techniques and symbols
  • Network Diagrams: Basic Networking, Types of network (flowchart, path & flow), methods of drawing network paths
  • Sports and Games: Types of problems (Card games, Performance Comparisons, Ranking and positioning, pools), methods of solving, basic rules to be considered
  • Caselets: Introduction, Application of basic concepts, Methods to tackle caselets, Forming the structure
  • Puzzles and Teasers: Introduction, Categories of Ordinal Puzzles and Teaser problems (The Simple Line and Multiple Line), Strategy for solving puzzles using the process of elimination
  • Cross Concepts: Introduction, Types of cross concept problems (Pattern Recognition, Algebraic Systems, Arithmetic concepts like Alligation, Set Theory, Venn diagrams)

Teaching Methodology

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Refresher classes – to help develop and consolidate concepts for students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Normal classes focusing on solving problems by applying shortcut methods.
  • Revision classes to brush up all important topics.
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Workshops on frequently asked topics in CAT like Number Systems, Geometry, etc. with each topic being divided into 2 – 4 classes for thorough coverage of related formulae and concepts.
  • Strategy to handle different types of questions
  • Individual doubt clearing sessions with faculty
  • Individual doubt clearing sessions with faculty
    – Formula based
    – Reasoning or Logic based
    – Miscellaneous involving a combination of multiple concepts
    – Innovative questions
  • Unique time saving techniques for specific topics.
  • Exhaustive practice through class assignments, home assignments and model tests.
  • Time management skills.

Data Interpretation

  • Beat the calculator
  • Learn to do each of the above calculations and more, in less than 5 seconds through a combination of Vedic Maths and in-house developed methods.
  • Unique approach to solve each of the 6 different types of graphs – Line graphs, Bar graphs, Pie charts, Tabulator data, Combo graphs, Innovative graphs.
  • Strategies to select the right type of questions and graphs, solve questions with options, deal with close options, solve logical reasoning and data sufficiency problems.
  • Cumulative Analysis (Individual & Comparative) based on all papers attempted until now
  • Index of terminology associated with graphs like EMI, interest rates, market capitalization etc. for better understanding of graphs.
  • Ample number of solved examples highlighting concepts and ideas.
  • Practice tests to improve speed and accuracy.

ENGLISH

Reading Comprehension

  • Passages designed to help student read actively as opposed to passive reading.
  • Scientific techniques like soft focus and practice passages to help shoot reading speed to upto 500 w.p.m.
  • Mind Mapping, Skimming and Scanning – excellent
  • Strategies to extract the main idea of passages in less than 30 seconds.
  • Sure shot approach to arrest regression and vocalization – the two stumbling blocks.
  • 4 easy steps to double concentration and perfect recall.
  • Detailed lessons on different type of questions.
  • Unique methods to track difficult questions.

Verbal Ability

  • A thoroughly researched and updated hotlist of the most frequently encountered words in CAT.
  • Flash card technique and C. O. W. – Powerful tools to acquire a distinctive vocabulary of more than 2000 words in less than 3 months.
  • Techniques to identify and correct grammatical errors in less than 30 seconds.
  • Special capsules on etymology with special emphasis on analogies.
  • Diagrammatic explanations offered to enhance critical reasoning.
  • Fundamentals of symbolic logic.
  • Innovative methods like P.O.E. and L.R.L. to tackle tricky structural questions on Jumbled Sentences.

Logical Reasoning

  • Delivering fundamental concepts through pictorial representation
  • EII approach “Elimination of irrelevant information from the question”
  • Unique approach to solve some of the LR questions, without drawing diagrams
  • Ample number of solved examples, highlighting concepts and ideas
  • Individual sessions to cover individual topics such as Series, Puzzles etc
  • Sessions designed to build up individuals own reasoning ability

Erudite WEB SUPPORT

Student Home Page: This is the main page that students will be logging into. This contains a whole lot of information. All online tests, analysis, institute related information, exam results and other information pertaining to management entrance exams will be displayed in this section.

Online Test Corner: This contains more than 250 online tests including Elementary tests, Section Tests, Topic Tests, Actual CAT papers, Strategy Tests, GK Tests & Sim CATs. This also carries detailed analysis of every test under Test Results.

Test Results: This section will provide an insight into the performance of the student. The analysis is majorly divided in two parts:
1. Self Analysis
2. Comparative Analysis

The analysis will consist of the following features

  • Analysis based on Score Vs Percentile(Total as well as Subject wise), with interactive graph points
  • Categorization of questions as per difficulty level
  • Accuracy in each subject- overall & level of difficulty wise
  • Attempt Breakup in the form of a Pie Chart- both individual as well as comparative
  • Cumulative Analysis (Individual & Comparative) based on all papers attempted until now
  • Overall-Subject Wise-Topic Wise
  • Multi-Dimensional Analysis using highly efficient algorithms
Test Series

Erudite’s Test Series

Erudite’s Test Series has been proven to be the closest to the actual CAT, year on year. Erudite tests will help you out to evaluate your standing on each topic and section. Erudite is the first institute to launch the Computer Based Test for CAT (2007), even before CAT adopted CBT.

Our Online Tests are designed after an in-depth research of previous trends and keeping in mind the unpredictability factor of CAT.

  1. 40 Nos. of Online Elementary tests to assess basic understanding of concepts
  2. 40 Nos. of Online Topic tests to understand weaknesses and strengths
  3. 100 Nos. of Online Sectional tests aimed at integrating learning and strengthening individual test sections
  4. 10 Nos. of Online Strategy tests to hone strategy adaptation skills
  5. 20 All India Online Mock CATs with detailed performance analysis along with solutions
  6. 12 Actual Online CAT papers for self-evaluation
  7. Non-CAT tests – XAT, IIFT, SNAP, MICA (Offline), CAT, CMAT, NMAT (Online)
  8. Regular online doubt clearing sessions

Elementary Tests + Topic Tests + Sectional Tests + Mock CATs + Mock Tests for Other Management Entrance Exams.
Fees : Rs 8000/- (Eight thousand only)+GST.

How to order

Please contact the corporate office

Delivery Schedule

The entire set of course material and Login access will be made available to you within 7 working days after receiving the payment.

CAT 2018 FAQ

CAT FAQs 2018 – Registration

CAT 2018 application process had commenced from August 8 and ended on September 26, 2018. Below are the answers to CAT 2018 FAQs under this section.

I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?

As per CAT 2018 eligibility criteria, you must submit the percentage according to your university norms.

I have not completed my Bachelor’s Degree/I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks do I need to enter in the Application form?

As per the CAT 2018 eligibility criteria, you must provide the Aggregate Percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.

I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., Am I eligible to appear for CAT 2018?

As you are not appearing/ completed any Bachelor Degree or not completed any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2018

Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam?

No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT exam.

What is the fee for the CAT exam?

The fee is Rs. 1900 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD category, the applicable fee is Rs. 950.
A candidate needs to pay registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for SC, ST and PwD test takers must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fee once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

Where can I pay the CAT exam fee?

You can pay the CAT exam fee during online registration. The payment of application fee should be done payment gateway. Use a valid credit card, debit card, or net banking facility.

When and how do I register for CAT 2018?

Online registration for CAT 2016 had begun from Wednesday, August 8, 2018, onwards and closed on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Additional instructions for online registration and the application process are available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website.

Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT?

No. You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2018 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.

I have done 5 years integrated course of B.Tech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.Tech and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA. How do I enter my marks?

As per your University norms, you will enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and remaining 1.5 years under Master’s degree.

I have completeda 5-year dual degree course (BTech+MTech, BS+MS, BTech+MSc etc.)? How do I enter my marks for a bachelor degree?

As per your university norms, you must enter the aggregate of marks that are equivalent to Bachelors’ Degree under the Bachelor’s Degree section and the equivalent Marks for the Masters’ degree under the Master Degree section.

I have completed dual Bachelors’ degree courses (BCom+LLB, BPharm+BTech etc.). How do I enter my marks for two Bachelor degrees?

On the CAT 2018 application form, you must select the option indicating that you have dual Bachelors’ Degrees. You can then enter the details of both qualifications.

When will CAT 2018 be held and can I choose an exam date?

The CAT exam will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2018, with two sessions (forenoon and afternoon). Based on your selection of preferred test city, you will be allotted the session slot, test city, and test centre, subject to availability.

Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2018?

You cannot appear for more than one slot. It will be deemed as a fraudulent activity if you attempt to appear more than once for CAT 2018. To ensure that candidates have only one attempt, Admit Cards, photo IDs, candidate pictures, and biometric information will be verified. Candidates who attempt to take the test more than once will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.

I have made mistake(s) while registering/entering the details in my CAT 2018 application. What should I do now?

You cannot edit certain personal details like Name, Date of Birth, email id, mobile number etc., at any stage in the application process (either before or after submitting the application). If you have made a mistake in these details, you must register again with a new email ID. Your CAT 2018 application will be considered for the latest registration and the Admit Card will be issued for the same. Please note that you will not receive a refund or Admit Card for your earlier registration. Failure to re-register in such circumstances may lead to the nullification of your candidature.
You can edit some personal details, such as Communication Address, gender, category, educational information, work experience, or exam city preferences etc. until you have not submitted the Application Form. To do so, click the Existing User Login option on the CAT website.
After you submit the application, there will be a limited time window during which can you modify very limited details like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected etc. You will not be able to modify any of the following: any details entered in the Personal Details section, any details entered in the Academics section except the percentage marks scored, Exam Centre City Preferences. You can only view and print after this. Details are available on the application submission page. You are strongly encouraged to preview your application before submission to ensure that all the details are correct.

In case the website does not work and I am unable to complete my application, what should I do?

. If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close the Internet browser (delete browsing history, cache & cookies of the web browser) and try again.

I have changed my name with the due procedure after completing my degree. Should I enter my name as per the degree certificate or the changed name?

You must enter your changed name and provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview, and admission.

I have an SC/ST certificate in the format uploaded on the CAT 2018 website. Can I use the same certificate or do I have to download the certificate template from the CAT website and fill it again?

If your certificate fulfills the following conditions; you can upload the same certificate:
• The certificate should have been issued by a competent authority.
• The name of the caste and caste number should appear in the certificate.
• The Ministry’s resolution/order number should be available.
• The certificate should be in Hindi or English only.

I have changed my name with the due procedure after completing my degree. Should I enter my name as per the degree certificate or the changed name?

You must enter your changed name and provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview, and admission.

Which screen appears after I log into the website post registration?

After successful registration, you can use the system generated User ID and Password to log in to the website. Upon logging in, you will first see the Registration Summary page. Click on Go to Application Form. This will direct you to the application form page.

I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2018 but have backlogs, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2018?

Yes, as per the CAT 2018 eligibility norms, candidates who are completing their degree by May 2018 are eligible to appear for CAT. However, the candidate should select Yes to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree”.

What should I do if I have not received the password or have lost the SMS?

If you have not received the password or have lost the SMS, click the Forgot Password option on the Existing User login page. You will be prompted to enter a Captcha string. The new password will be sent to your registered email address.

I have received multiple passwords. Which password should I enter to login?

You need to use the password contained in the most recent SMS you have received. In case you are not able to login, you can simply use your user id and click ‘forgot password’. You will receive a new password through email on your registered email id.

My University name is not mentioned in the drop-down list while filling the application form?

If your university’s name does not appear in the drop-down, you may select the option as “Others” from the drop-down.

CAT FAQs 2018 – Admit Card

If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?

The Admit Card needs to be directly printed from the CAT 2018 website using your User ID and Password. It has been made available for printout from Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 1:00 p.m. onwards. The admit card will not be mailed to your postal address.
If you are unable to view your Admit Card after logging in, contact the CAT Helpdesk:
• Toll-free: 18002663549
• Email:cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in
Please note- The CAT Candidate Helpdesk will remain closed on Sundays and on National/Public holidays.

What details will be mentioned in the CAT Admit Card 2018?

The admit card of CAT 2018 will contain the following information-
• Name of the candidate
• Test Date
• PwD Status
• Test Centre Details
• Exam Time

Will the CAT 2018 Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy or by mail?

The Admit card of CAT 2018 will be available on the CAT website only. You must log in using your CAT 2018 User ID to view/print the Admit card.

When should the hall ticket/admit card be produced?

The CAT Admit Card 2018 is a mandatory document required to take the exam. You must print the Admit Card and bring it to the exam centre on the exam day. Follow the instructions provided in the Admit Card before coming for the examination. Please affix the same uploaded photograph in the physical admit card during the process of registration.

CAT FAQs 2018 – Exam Pattern

CAT 2018 exam pattern remains unaltered as that of last year. The FAQs on CAT exam pattern are:

How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?

In the computer-based format, the candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer from among the options given or types the answer in case of question where no options are given. Additionally, the timer on the computer screen tells you the remaining time to complete the current section.In the paper-based format, the candidate reads a question on a paper booklet and uses a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer-sheet. Additionally, a timer will be displayed on the screen that tells you how many more minutes to complete the current section.

Can I take the exam from any computer?

A candidate must take the exam on a workstation assigned at the exam venue based on the city selected while registering for CAT. The venue details are printed on the Admit Card.

How many sections are there in CAT 2018?

CAT 2018 will have three sections:
• Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
• Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
• Section III: Quantitative Ability

What does a CBT exam look like?

A practice test will be available on the CAT website: www.iimcat.ac.in. You can familiarize yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT 2018 Mock Test link was activated from October 17, 2018.

Where can I select my preference of shift and test date?

The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application. A candidate cannot select the shift.

How many sections are there in CAT 2018?

CAT 2018 will have three sections:
• Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
• Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
• Section III: Quantitative Ability

Can I bring a calculator to the testing centre?

Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. You may use the on-screen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.

How many non-MCQs are there in each section?

The number of questions varies and cannot be disclosed.

Are there negative marks for questions other than MCQs?

No, there are no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions.

Is there a specific order for answering sections? Can I attempt sections the way I want?

You must answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order will remain the same for all test takers.

What is the marking/grading scheme for CAT? Is there negative marking for a wrong answer?

For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt’.
The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:
• Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
• An incorrect answer fetches -1.
• No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.

Does CAT 2018 have a syllabus for exam preparation?

No, the CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test.

CAT FAQs 2018- Answer Key

What is the difference between the CAT answer key 2018 and CAT response sheet 2018?

The CAT 2018 answer key will display the correct answer for each question whereas the CAT response sheet will show the answers provided by the test taker on the test day.

When will IIM Calcutta release the CAT response sheet 2018?

IIM has released the CAT response sheet 2018 along with the question paper on November 30, 2018. It is available on the official website (iimcat.ac.in). The file is in HTML format.

When will IIM Calcutta release the CAT answer key 2018?

IIM will release the CAT answer key 2018 in the first week of December 2018.

CAT FAQs 2018- Result

When will IIM Calcutta release the result of CAT 2018?

IIM Calcutta has not released the exact release date of CAT 2018 result. However, it is expected to be released on January 7, 2019 (tentative).

How to check CAT Result 2018?

Candidates will be able to check the CAT 2018 result online only.
• Login through your registration credentials – CAT user ID and Password
• Click on the tab ‘Score Card’
• Download your CAT 2018 result cum scorecard

Will IIM Calcutta send CAT result 2018 on SMS?

Yes. IIM Calcutta will send the overall CAT result 2018 to the registered mobile number of the candidates through SMS.

CAT FAQs 2018 – Category Selection

Under which categories can I apply for CAT?

You can apply under the following categories:
• General
• Scheduled Caste (SC)
• Scheduled Tribe (ST)
• Non-Creamy Other Backward Class (NC-OBC)

Which documents must I submit if I belong to the SC/ST category?

If you belong to the SC or ST category, your caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. For more information, refer the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment website and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs website (tribal.nic.in). The caste certificate that you upload in the Application Form should be in the Government approved format. The certificate format is also available on the CAT website under the Certificates section. Download and print the certificate, and clearly state the following:
• Name of your caste/tribe.
• Whether you belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
• District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence
• The appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved, whether Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
• Signatures of required authorities.

Do I belong to the NC-OBC category?

To know whether you belong to the NC-OBC category, see the following website: https://www.ncbc.nic.in. Refer the updated list of state-wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer.

CAT FAQs 2018 – Persons with Disability

Who is eligible to take the test under the PWD category?

As per the “Persons with Disability Act, 1995”, a candidate qualifies to be a PWD candidate if he/she suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40 per cent as certified by a competent medical authority in the prescribed format. The certificate format is available on www.iimcat.ac.in under the section Certificates. The following categories are defined by IIMs for PWD candidates:
• Low Vision/Blindness
• Hearing Impairment
• Locomotive Disability/ Cerebral Palsy

Which are the acceptable testing devices that I can use/bring to the test centre?

The approved means of testing assistance are:
Testing assistance devices

Testing Assistance Applicable for Arranged by
Abacus (without the calculator) Visually Impaired Candidate
Hearing Aid Hearing Impairment Candidate
Wheel Chair Locomotive Disability/ Cerebral Palsy Test Center, on request in Application Form
Magnifying Screen Visually Impaired Test Centre on request(System Inbuilt feature)
Scribe/Reader Visually Impaired/ Cerebral Palsy Candidate

Will the means of testing assistance be provided to me directly at the test centre?

Based on your request in the Application Form, only a magnifying screen (System Built feature) and a wheelchair will be arranged by the test centre. All other approved means of testing assistance including Abacus, hearing aids, wheelchair, Scribe/reader need to be arranged by you.

I am a PWD candidate with Blindness or low vision/cerebral palsy. What privileges will I receive on the test day?

PWD candidates suffering from low vision/blindness/cerebral palsy will be allowed to bring a scribe. Such candidates will also receive a time extension during the examination.

Will the extra one hour be distributed among three sections?

Yes. For PWD candidates, the extra one hour will be distributed into 20 minutes for each section. That is, PWD candidates will have 80 minutes to attempt each section, while the other candidates will have 60 minutes per section.

CAT 2018 is scheduled to be held in two slots on November 25, 2018. The CAT admit card has been released on October 24 along with a tutorial. The result of CAT 2018 is expected to be declared in the second week of January 2019.

What will be the time extension given to a PWD candidate?

PWD candidates with or without Scribe requirement will be given a time extension of 20 minutes per section, which comes to a total extension of one hour for the full test.

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