CAT 2018 Category FAQs

If your certificate fulfils the following conditions, then the same can be uploaded:

  • The certificate should have been issued by 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

The authorities competent to issue the certificate are: District Magistrate /Additional District Magistrate /Collector /Deputy Commissioner /Additional Deputy Commissioner / Deputy Collector / I Class Stipendiary Magistrate /City Magistrate /Taluka Magistrate /Executive Magistrate / Extra Assistant Commissioner /Chief Presidency Magistrate / Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate /President Magistrate /Revenue Officers not below the rank of Tahsildar /Sub Divisional Officer of the area where the person and his family normally resides /Development Officer .

Note: Certifying authority should be one concerned with the locality in which the person applying for a certificate has his permanent place of abode. Revenue Authorities have been empowered to issue certificates on the basis of a certificate issued by an MP, MLA, Gazetted Officer etc. But they should do so only after having made proper verification and after having satisfied themselves of the corrections.

Refer the Government of India website www.ncbc.nic.in for details.

Validity period of OBC Certificate in respect of 'creamy layer' status of the candidates: Click here

How to reach: Click on www.ncbc.nic.in ->Related Links -> Department of Personnel & Training --> https://persmin.gov.in-> Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) - > Notifications > OMs & Orders -> 12. Estt (Reservation) ->12.2 Brochure on Reservation For SC, ST and Other Backward Classes in Services (PART-I) -> SC/ST/OBC -> S. No. 12

The following categories are available:

  • General
  • Scheduled Caste (SC)
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • Non Creamy Other Backward Class (NC-OBC)

Note 1:
Until further communication, all candidates applying under the NC-OBC category shall be inevitably considered under the NC-OBC category, provided they meet the NC OBC eligibility as explained in question number (Q13) below.

Note 2:
No changes in the category will be entertained after the closure of registration window

Click here to view and download the NC OBC Certificate published on CAT website.

Click here to view and download the SC-ST Certificate published on CAT website.

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.

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.

There is no eligibility criterion. On the day of the test, the scribe must bring a valid proof of identity and a passport sized photograph, and sign a declaration about his/her educational qualifications at the test venue.

You need not fill a form to request for a scribe. You must indicate in the CAT application that you will be using a scribe. Please note that you will have to arrange for the scribe.

You must upload the scanned copy of the PwD certificate while filling the online Application form

Click here to view and download the DA Certificate- Form V as published on CAT 2018 website.

Click here to view and download the DA Certificate- Form VI as published on CAT 2018 website.

Click here to view and download the DA Certificate- Form VII as published on CAT 2018 website.

Refer the Government of India website www.ncbc.nic.in for details.

List of Authorities empowered to issue caste/community certificates: click here

How to reach: Click on www.ncbc.nic.in ->Related Links -> Department of Personnel & Training --> https://persmin.gov.in-> Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) - > Notifications > OMs & Orders -> 12. Estt (Reservation) ->12.2 Brochure on Reservation For SC, ST and Other Backward Classes in Services (PART-I) -> Others -> S. No. 30

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.

As per the The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), persons with benchmark disabilities qualify for reservation of seats under PwD category.
“Person with benchmark disability” means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority.
“Specified disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016.
The categories of disability are:

  • a) blindness and low vision,
  • b) deaf and hard of hearing,
  • c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy,
  • d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness, and
  • e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d).

Candidates are advised to go through the RPwD Act 2016 carefully to ascertain if they belong to the PwD category.

If your certificate fulfils the following conditions, you can upload the same certificate with your application form:

  • The certificate should have been issued by competent authority.
  • The photo should be available in the certificate (if applicable).
  • The certificate should be valid as per the RPwD Act 2016.
  • The certificate should be in Hindi/English only

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 . 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.

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