CAT Eligibility 2018

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria for General & Reserved category candidates define different percentage of marks in the qualifying graduation degree. However, there is no age bar for either category candidates to apply for IIMCAT 2018 exam.

 

CAT Eligibility for General & NC-OBC Candidates

  • The candidate must hold Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • Candidates in final year of Graduation are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018
  • If selected, the final year candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate latest by June 30, 2019 from the Principal/ Registrar of the College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2019) stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate
  • Candidates who have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% marks 

CAT Eligibility for SC/ST/PwD Candidates
Reserved category candidates applying for CAT 2018 are eligible if they possess one of the following qualifications:

  • Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) category candidates need  45% marks in graduation 
  • Candidates in final year of Graduation are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018
  • Candidates who have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 45% marks 

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  Key Points to ensure your CAT eligibility 2018

  • CAT eligibility does not impose any age bar to appear in CAT 2018 exam.
  • Eligibility for CAT further allows you to appear in CAT 2018 even if you have done graduation in old system of 2 years graduation provided the degree is UGC recognized
  • The candidate applying for CAT 2018 must fulfil one of the following CAT eligibility criteria 2018-

A. Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks, or
B. Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage, or 
C. Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage 

  • 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 in accordance with the CAT exam eligibility criteria.
  • 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 as per the CAT 2018 eligibility
  • Mere fulfilment of minimum CAT eligibility criteria 2018 will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs.
  • One of the key points prescribed by IIMs in CAT eligibility 2018 is that the candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process

Clashing point in IIM and CAT Eligibility Criteria
Over the years the eligibility for CAT has more or less remained same although with some changes in CAT exam eligibility since 2014, IIMs MBA eligibility and CAT exam eligibility criteria have faced few clashing points.

 

CAT eligibility for 2018 prescribes ‘No Age Bar’ to appear in the CAT 2018 exam nor the IIM MBA eligibility restricts any candidates to seek admission on the basis of age bar. However, one of the clashing points in CAT exam eligibility and IIM MBA eligibility is that although you are allowed to appear in CAT 2018 exam with 2 years of graduation in old system, you are not allowed to pursue the management course at IIM unless you have completed obtained graduation degree with minimum 3  years duration. Except this fact CAT eligibility for 2018 and IIM MBA eligibility for 2019-21 course remains the same. 

 

Who is Not Eligible for CAT 2018? IIM Calcutta defines

  • If you are not pursuing or completed your Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA, you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2018
  • If you have not completed any graduation course but you are in the final year of a professional course, you are not eligible for CAT 2018 exam.
  • If you have scored below 50% marks in graduation as a general category candidate and below 45% as SC/ST/PwD candidate you are not eligible for CAT 2018
  • If your Graduation is not recognized by UGC/AICTE/MHRD-Govt. of India, You are not eligible to apply for CAT 2018 

How to convert CGPA/Grades to Percentage of Marks

To determine CAT Eligibility in case of CGPA is given and no percentage of marks is shared on the marks-sheet, the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. I The conversion to percentage of marks from Grades/CGPA 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.

 

Reservation of Seats
The category wise Seat Reservation in IIMs is as below:

Category
Percentage of Reserved Seats in IIMs
Scheduled Caste (SC)
15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  7.5%
Other Backward Classes of NC-OBC
27%

 

The Eligibility criteria for CAT exam has not been much changed by IIM Calcutta for CAT 2018. CAT 2018 Eligibility criteria feature some aspirant friendly changes. IIMs have kept the eligibility for CAT Exam on the same ground over the years. The only eligibility criterion change in CAT eligibility was introduced in 2014 when CAT convening IIM Indore had announced to accept two years of graduation in CAT exam which continues as the CAT 2018 eligibility criteria also.

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