CAT 2018 Eligibility FAQs

You can find a summary of the CAT 18 notification here. You can also visit the CAT website @

A candidate:

  • Holding Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste(SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Person With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • Possessing an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India (including the Associate Membership Examination (AMICE) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) as an equivalent qualification).

The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100. Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. IIMs may verify the eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website


The CAT application data is treated as final, and no change in it is permitted at a later stage. Any variation in data provided at the CAT selection stage with the actual data will lead to nullification of candidature.

Candidates must declare and maintain the following throughout the selection process:

  • Valid and unique Email ID and a mobile phone number
  • CAT User ID (provided to you via email after completion of your online registration)

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:

  1. blindness and low vision,
  2. deaf and hard of hearing,
  3. locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy,
  4. autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness, and
  5. 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.

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.

As per the CAT 2018 criteria, you must mention the Aggregate Percentage of marks (computed using the conversion formula specified by CBSE for converting CGPA into percentage of marks) for all subjects irrespective of your Board regulations.

No. You must fulfill one of the following criteria to apply for CAT 2018:

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks*.
  • Completed professional degree (For example, CA) with required percentage*.
  • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*.

*SC/ST/PWD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, minimum percentage is 50%.

NO, as per CAT eligibility you should have obtained 50% or more in the Bachelor’s degree. Following the norm, you are NOT eligible to apply for CAT 2018.

NO, as per CAT eligibility you should have obtained 45% or more in the Bachelor’s degree. Following the norm, you are NOT eligible to apply for CAT 2018.

Yes, as per the CAT 2018 eligibility norms, candidates who are completing their degree by June 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”.

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.

As per your university norms, you have to enter the aggregate of marks which are equivalent to bachelor degree and if any marks are there for Master’s degree you enter the same in Master’s degree section.

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

No. You must fulfill the eligibility requirements to appear for CAT. Moreover, appearance in the CAT shall be considered as an attempt.

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

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