CAT 2008



Last Date of Issuing App.
Last Date For Applying
App. Fee

Important Dates

    * Issue of CAT Bulletins by Axis Bank STARTS : JULY 14, 2008 (Monday)
    * Issue of CAT Bulletins by Axis Bank ENDS : AUGUST 8, 2008 (Friday)
    * Issue of CAT Bulletins by IIMs ENDS : AUGUST 13, 2008 (Wednesday)
    * Last date for receipt of completed CAT Applications by the IIMs : SEPTEMBER 5, 2008 (Friday)
    * COMMON ADMISSION TEST : NOVEMBER 16, 2008 (Sunday)

Test Centres

Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Noida, Patna, Pune and Varanasi
Note: IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test centre at their discretion.

Important Documents

CAT 2008 Notification..

CAT-2008 Eligibility Criteria

Non IIM Institutes accepting CAT 2008 Scores

CAT 2008 Test Centers

CAT 2008 Bulletin

Following are the informations about frequently asked questions and queries about submission of CAT 2008 application
forms. It also spells out the processes followed by IIMs up to Common Admission Test (CAT) and issue of CAT
scorecard. It is, therefore, important for the candidates to read this box carefully.

1. CAT Application Forms are sold or sent (along with Bulletins) only to the candidates, who are interested in appearing for CAT 2008 and are applying to one of the Programmes of IIMs. The CAT Application Form sold or sent in the name of one person cannot be used by someone else for applying to IIMs. CAT Application Forms and Bulletins, once sold, would not be bought back by the banks or by the IIMs. CAT Bulletin can also be accessed or downloaded from the CAT website (

2. CAT Bulletin has considerable information on how to fill up the form. Please read the bulletin carefully before filling-in the form. The candidates should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria of the Programme(s), which they have applied for, that the form is complete in all respectsand that they have read the checklist in the CAT Bulletin before forwarding the application to the concerned IIM.

3. The candidate may note that his/her application would be summarily rejected if the application is incomplete in any
respect, specifically if documents supporting qualifications and category are not provided, any mandatory field is left
blank, the form is not signed, photograph is not attached or the candidate fails to meet the eligibility criteria. No corrections will be permitted after submission of the application form. However, in case a candidate identifies any mistake in the submitted form, he/she may buy and submit a fresh form duly filled-in by September 5, 2008.

4. A candidate can check the information related to the admission process from CAT website ( at different stages – (a) whether the application form has been received, (b) Allotted test registration number and the CAT venue where a candidate will appear for CAT 2008. A candidate can also check the CAT website ( for information related to (c) whether the application form has been accepted/rejected (d) CAT 2008 scores, (e) whether the candidate has been short listed for Group Discussions and Personal Interview of different IIMs, and (f) whether the candidate has been offered admission by different IIMs.
CAT-takers can also access their CAT-2008 scores by using SMS facility of mobile phones. For SMS, candidate can type ‘CAT
<space> test registration number <space> date of birth (ddmmyy)’ or ‘CAT <space> test registration number <space> application number” for example: “CAT 5370082 030482” or “CAT 5370082 123456” and SMS to “57333”. IIMs have also made arrangements to deliver results by e-mail. Candidates who wish to get their results by e-mail should register themselves between October 17, 2008 and November 30, 2008 by sending an SMS to 57333 as follows: ‘CAT <space> test registration number <space> date of birth (ddmmyy) <space> email id’ Please note that only one e-mail id will be registered against a test registration number.

5. While CAT Bulletin and the CAT website would provide most of the information, a candidate may still have queries about filling the application form. In case a candidate needs further assistance, he/she can call up the concerned IIM. An interactive voice response system (IVRS) would help in resolving the queries. The IVRS numbers given in this advertisement would allow the candidate to access this system. Please note that the IVRS provides answers to common queries related to admission process and IIMs are not responsible for any misunderstanding created by the IVRS in the mind of any candidate. IIMs, however, own up the responsibility for written responses to queries raised through e-mail/ letters, for which addresses have been provided in this advertisement.

6. In case a candidate has any special query which cannot be addressed to by the IVRS or the CAT Bulletin, the candidate can write to the admission office of the concerned IIM quoting the application number before receipt of admit card and test registration
number after receipt of admit card. The candidate must retain a photocopy of filled-in application form and the admit card as
long as the candidate remains interested in the admission process of the IIMs.

7. In case the candidate chooses to write to any IIM, he/she may send an e-mail or may use any other mode of written communication. Please note that no IIM official will directly answer queries of the candidates over phone.

8. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD/Non-Creamy OBC categories are requested to indicate their status while filling-in their form and enclose supporting document(s) as a proof that they belong to the specified category. Please note that no change in
category would be allowed after the last date of receipt of application form. In the absence of any supporting document or
inappropriate supporting document, the candidates having paid full CAT Application fee would be treated as candidates belonging
to the ‘Others’ category. The applications from candidates who had only paid half the fee but who do not submit any supporting
document(s) or who submit inappropriate supporting document(s), will be rejected.

9. Admit cards of eligible candidates, whose applications are complete in all respect, would be despatched beginning October 13, 2008. Those who do not receive admit cards by October 31, 2008 should immediately write to the concerned IIM quoting their application number.

10. On the day of the test, candidates should reach the test venue by 9:45 AM. Please note that no candidate would be allowed to enter the venue after 10:00 AM. Please do not carry any valuable articles such as cell phones, calculators, pens etc., as only admit card, HB pencils and erasers are required for the test and all other articles would have to be left outside the test hall at candidate’s own risk.

11. Any attempt to impersonate or indulge in any other malpractice during the test or while filling up the form would not only lead to
immediate and automatic disqualification from the admission process of IIMs but may also lead to prosecution. Please note that
detection of such malpractice at any stage including after obtaining admission to any IIM would lead to immediate and
automatic disqualification or expulsion.

12. CAT scores of all valid candidates, appearing in CAT 2008, will be available on the CAT website on 9th January, 2009. Subsequently,Score Cards would be despatched to all the candidates. Adequate care is taken to ensure that there are no mistakes in reading the answer sheet. There is no provision for re-evaluation of the answer sheet of any candidate. The candidates should ensure that they have read Section 3 of the CAT Bulletin carefully regarding the precautions to be taken while answering the questions.

CAT 2008 Notification

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