CAT 2018 Notification: Changes You Must Know

CAT 2018 Notification: Changes You Must Know

CAT 2018 application procedure is planned to be start from 8th August, 2018 and the CAT 2018 exam is all set to be conducted on 25th November, 2018 in two different sessions: Forenoon and Afternoon. With the announcement of CAT 2018 schedule, IIM Calcutta has even declared a slight change in CAT, especially the pattern of the examination. This year, the CAT question paper is expected to have less MCQs and more key-in answer type questions. Confirming the change in pattern, the admission Chairperson of IIM Calcutta and convener of CAT 2018 Sumanta Basu said, “We are concentrating on the issues which are related to the framing questions, the procedure followed while responding to a questions, rigour and analytical skills required”.

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So, if you are planning to appear for CAT 2018, here are few things that you must know:

  1. Number of test cities: This year the total number of test cities has been enhanced from 144 to 147. New cities along with the centers have been added to accommodate all the CAT test takers in both the sessions.
  2. Increment in Application Fee: CAT 2018 application fee has been enhanced by Rs 100 [Rs. 50 for reserved category students]. Last year, the application fee was Rs. 1800 for General category students and Rs. 900 for SC/ST and PwD Category students. This year all the CAT aspirants who comes under General category will have to pay Rs. 1900 and those who comes under SC/ST and PwD category will have to pay Rs. 950.
  3. CAT 2018 Mock Tutorial: CAT 2018 mock tutorial will be released on 17th October, 2018 to assist the CAT aspirants familiarize themselves with the new exam pattern. Every candidate must go through this online tutorial not only to understand the CAT 2018 question paper pattern but even other vital instructions to follow at the exam centre to save time and avoid last minute frenzy.
  4. Admit Card Download Date: The Admit card will be available for download from 24th October, 2018 on the official website. The aspirants can download their CAT 2018 admit cards till the date of examination i.e. 25th November, 2018. They must be sure that they have downloaded their admit cards before the exam as hard copy of the same will not be issued.
  5. Result Date: CAT result is usually declared in the initial week of January but this time, the CAT 2018 result is expected to be declared in the next week of January. The result will be declared online as well as via SMS. The CAT 2018 scorecards will be available for download on the central portal.
  6. CAT 2018 Normalization Procedure: The CAT 2018 marks normalization will be done by adjusting location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms.
  7. CAT 2018 Answer Key: In the year 2017, CAT released the official answer keys for the initial time since the examination moved online in 2009. CAT 2018 candidates can hope that the exam authorities will release the answer keys this year as well.

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