Even after reducing the minimum required CAT 2018 cutoffs and reducing the weightage of CAT 2018 score in shortlisting, it seems unlikely that the actual CAT 2018 cutoffs may go down at IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow or for that matter at FMS Delhi. On the contrary, it is expected that the cutoffs would go up with 2.09 lakhs actually taking CAT 2018 exam on November 25, 2018, in two slots out of the total 2.41 lakh registered candidates

There has been a record-breaking attendance in CAT 2018. Attendance in CAT 2018 has gone up to 87.1% with 209,405 test takers as against 199,632 in 2017, marking a presence of ten thousand more candidates. It may also be noted that the total test takers in some of the MBA entrance exams in India are limited to 10000 only.  

CAT cutoff 2018

Actual CAT 2018 Cutoffs May Go Up

Most of the IIMs have reduced the threshold CAT cutoffs as well as the weightage to the exam score to improve diversity, but will it really help to achieve the goal?  Given the fact that CAT 2018 has seen a massive presence of well-prepared test takers this time.

Expected Cutoffs 2019

Apart from the top 3-4 IIMs, the CAT cutoffs in top MBA colleges is also expected to go up for the MBA admissions 2019 as under:

IIMs CAT 2018 Cutoffs as per Admission Policy Expected Actual CAT 2018 cutoffs 
IIM Ahmedabad 80 98-99
IIM Bangalore 90 99+
IIM Calcutta 90 98-99
IIM Lucknow 90 97-98
IIM Indore 90 92-93
IIM Udaipur 90 94-95
IIM Tiruchirappalli 90 93-94
IIM Kozhikode 90 95-96
FMS Delhi Differential Weight to Sectional Score 98+
SPJIMR, Mumbai 85 90+
MDI Gurgaon 90 94+
IMI New Delhi 90 90+
IMT Ghaziabad 90 90+
XIM Bhubaneshwar  90 92+
JBIMS Mumbai 96 98+

Past Trends in CAT Exams

During the last 3-4 years not only the registrations for CAT exams have been going up consistently but also the ratio of test takers in CAT exams is also increasing. Here are the last 4 years trends in the IIMs-CAT exam:

CAT Exam Year Total Registered Candidates Actual Test Takers
CAT 2018 2,41,000 2,09,405
CAT 2017 2,31,067 1,99,632
CAT 2016 2,32,436 1,95,679
CAT 2015 2,18,664 179,602

More Women Candidates To Take CAT 2018

CAT 2018 exam right from the beginning has aimed to improve gender diversity in IIM classrooms in the academic session beginning 2019. The strategic planning to allot nearest test centre to female candidates and move to restructure CAT 2018 on the pattern and content with the objective to achieve this goal has turned out to result in more number of women appearing in the exam than in previous year CAT exams.

CAT Exam Year Total Women Registered for CAT Actual Women test takers in CAT
CAT 2018 84,350 73,326
CAT 2017 78,009 NA
CAT 2016 76,704 64,774
CAT 2015 69,176 58,270

56000 aspirants Expected to Be Shortlisted by IIMs

It is expected that around 56000 MBA aspirants will be shortlisted by IIMs only, out of the total 2.09 lakh candidates who took CAT 2018 exam. Out of this number, 5600 are proposed to be offered with final admission letter by these IIMs in order of merit, if they fulfill the eligibility criteria and qualify the minimum required cutoff percentile. Know about your CAT 2018 Answer key and Response sheet here.

CAT 2018 Admission Procedure

CAT is one of the most sought-after MBA exams which attracts the creamy layer of talents all across the country. There is no centralized counseling conducted by the institution and each IIM sends interview call letters to the shortlisted candidates directly. A merit list is prepared based on the candidate’s score in CAT 2018 exam. Shortlisted candidates have to appear in the Written Ability Test, Group Discussion & Personal Interview rounds. The candidates are required to carry all the documents needed for verification.

IIMs Admission Criteria 2019: More Academic Diversity Expected

CAT 2018 achieved a new feat as its aim to achieve academic diversity in IIM classrooms has begun to take shape with the significant increase in the number of non-engineers. To turn the vision into reality in 2019, the top-rated IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta among others have reduced their weightage to CAT 2018 scores and have increased the weightage to academic profile and academic diversity in their admission process for PGP batch 2019-21.

CAT 2018 result is expected to be declared on January 7, 2019, in the morning hours. IIM Calcutta will send an SMS regarding the CAT Result along with the total percentile score to each of the CAT test takers. CAT 2018 scorecard will contain the scaled score as well as the CAT 2018 percentile score. The CAT scorecard has to be downloaded by logging in with the CAT 2018 ID and password at CAT 2018 official exam website.

Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) have not only revised the admission policy for the forthcoming academic session commencing 2019 but have also increased their intakes and have liberalized the shortlisting criteria to improve academic and gender diversity in their classrooms.