Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is a government-owned autonomous science and technology university located in Cochin, Kerala, India. It conducts Common Admission Test (CAT) for admission to various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research Programme in its affiliated College/Institute. This article will talk about the overview of CUSAT CAT for the academic session 2018-19.

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Courses Offered via CUSAT CAT Examination

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) offers various courses in the field of  Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research Programme in the participating College/Institute.

Names of the degree offered via CUSAT CAT 2018 is provided in the table below:-

S. NoDegreeDuration of the Course
1.Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)4 Years (8 semesters)
2.Integrated MSc in Photonics5 Years
3.Honours B Com LLB and BBA LLB5 Years
4.Bachelor of Laws (LLB)3 Years
5.Master of Laws (LLB)2 Years
6.Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) Lateral Entry3 Years (6 semesters)
7.Master of Science (M.Sc) Programmes2 Years
8.Master of Fisheries Science (MFSc)2 Years
9.MA in Hindi and Applied Economics2 Years
10.Master of Computer Applications (MCA)3 Years
11.MCA Lateral Entry2 Years
12.Master of Business Administration (MBA)2 Years
13.Bachelor of Vocation (Business process and Data Analytics)3 years
14.Master of Vocation (Mvoc)  Programmes2 Years
15.Maser of Technology (M.Tech) Programmes2 Years
16.Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) Programmes2 Years
17. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Programmes

NOTE: Apart from the above mentioned, there are some more courses offered by the University.

Important Dates Related to CUSAT CAT 2018-19

The official examination authority had released the notification for the academic session 2018-19. The dates related to CUSAT CAT 2018 has been also announced by the authority. The table provided below has been updated as per the official notification of 2018.

S. NoActivityDates
1.Release of admission brochure 20187th February 2018
2.Release of online application form8th February 2018
3.Last date of registration without late fee8th March 2018
4.Date of registration with late fee of Rs.100/-1st March to 3rd March 2018
5.Extended date of online registration form for M. Tech programme15th Mar to 21st April 2018
6.Extended date of online registration form for M. Tech programme with late fee of Rs. 100/- 22nd April to 30th April 2018
7.Online Registration by International Students7th Feb to 30th April 2018
8.Issue and receipt of offline Applications from Dept’s for admissions to M.Phil & PhD.&Diploma Programmes7th Feb to 5th Mar 2018
9.Date to pay the application fee7th Feb to 5th Mar 2018
10.Availability of Admit Card 2018 17th – 29th April 2018
11.CUSAT CAT 2018 Examination28th and 29th April 2018
12.Declaration of Result6th June 2018
13.Dates of Counselling7th June 2018

Merit List for CUSAT CAT 2018

B. Tech Marine Engineering Rank list was released on 22nd June 2018. Based on the marks secured by the candidates in the CUSAT CAT Examination, Merit List is prepared by the official authority. Merit list contains names of the shortlisted candidates who are eligible for the counselling round. Merit List is prepared for all the programmes separately. The merit list will be published on the official website after some days of the cut-off declaration.

Counselling of CUSAT CAT 2018

The Counselling schedule has been released online at the official website on 12th june 2018. Candidates need to fill their choice of colleges in order of their preference. The admission authority will allot seat to the qualified candidates as per their rank, choice of course and seat availability.

Admit Card of CUSAT CAT 2018

CUSAT CAT Admit Card / Hall Ticket must be carried to the examination hall on exam day. The official authority had issued the admit card for CUSAT CAT online at the official website for the registered candidates only. Registered applicants could access the admit card online from 17th to 29th April 2018. Admit Card carry the name of the candidate, examination city and address of the venue, examination date and time, roll number and registration number.

CUSAT CAT 2018 Admit Card released for registered candidates. Get the link here!

College/ Institute Affiliated with the CUSAT University

The candidates who qualify the CUSAT CAT 2018 will get enrolled in the respective course of their choice at any one of the below-mentioned campuses.

S. NoName of the CampusLocation
1.Main Campus (campus 1)Kalamassery, Kochi-22
2.Kuttanadu Campus (CUCEK) (campus 2)Pulincunnoo, Alappuzha district
3.Lakeside Campus (campus 3) on the banks of Cochin Estuary and adjacent to Fine Arts Hall, Kochi – 16

Eligibility Criteria for CUSAT CAT 2018

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) offers various courses in the field of B.Tech, M.Sc (Photonics, Computer Science, Marine), B.Com LL.B., BBA LL.B., MIP-PhD,  LLM-PhD, MA, MCA/MCA (Lateral Entry ), MVoc, LLB, MFSc. Applicants are instructed to check the eligibility criteria required for particular course/programme in which they want to get enrolled in before filling up the application form for CUSAT CAT 2018.

Indian as well as foreign citizens are eligible to apply for the examination. The eligibility criteria vary to apply for CUSAT CAT 2018 for all the courses offered by the University.  To apply and attend for the exam, applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria. Candidates must qualify in the CUSAT CAT 2018 Exam to get enrolled for the course of their choice in the Institute. Some of the common eligibility criteria for admission to B.Tech, M. Tech and MBA courses is mentioned below.

S. NoProgrammesEligibility Criteria
1.B.Tech/5-year Integrated M.Sc in Photonics
    • Candidate must have passed class 12th board or equivalent examination with PCM.
    • Minimum 50% marks is required in Mathematics individually and 50% marks in PCM putting together for general category candidates.
    • 5% relaxation in qualifying marks is provided to the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) candidates of state Kerala belonging to non-creamy layer category.
2.B.Tech Marine Engineering
  • Candidate’s age should not be more than 25 years as on 1st September 2018.
  • Candidate must have passed in 10+2 examination or an equivalent examination with PCM and English and securing at least 60% aggregate marks in PCM and 50% marks individually in Mathematics.
  • Should have passed English at 10th and 12th standard with 50% marks.
  • Vocational/diploma candidates are not eligible to apply.
3.BBA/LL.B. (Hons)/B.Com.LL.B. (Hons.)
  • Maximum age is 20 years as on 1st July 2018 (22 years for SC/ST and OBC candidates)
  • Candidate must have passed in class 12th board examination with 60% marks (for science group) and 55% marks (for Arts/Commerce/Humanities group).
  • Graduation in any discipline from a University recognized from CUSAT by securing 40% aggregate marks (35% for SC/ST).
  • Candidates in last year of their graduation in 2018 may also apply.
5.MCAScience graduate with Mathematics as one of the subjects or graduate in Electronics/Information Technology /Computer Science  /Computer Applications/ Engineering/Technology with 55% aggregate marks (except language & humanities).
6.M. Voc in Technology and Management ConsultingBachelor’s degree in Engineering (in any branch) with 60% marks in MBA or B.Voc degree in relevant discipline with at least 60% marks.
7.LL.M.Bachelor’s degree in law with minimum 45% marks.
NOTE 1: Percentage of marks and subject combination required to appear in the exam is different for all courses. This depend on the choice of course made by the applicants in which they want to get enrolled in via CUSAT CAT 2018 Exam. Before registering for the exam, applicants are instructed to read the Admission Brochure of CUSAT CAT 2018.

NOTE 2: Admission to MBA course in CUSAT will be done through CAT (conducted by IIMs)/MAT or CMAT while admission into the M.Tech course is done through GATE scores. Department Admission Test (DAT) for M.Tech will be conducted only if sufficient GATE qualified candidates are not available. 5% relaxation in the qualifying marks will be provided to the GATE qualified candidates.

Application Form of CUSAT CAT 2018

To appear in CUSAT Common Admission Test 2018, applicants need to fill up the application form. Application form for the year 2018 had been released online on 8th February 2018 at the official website of CUSAT. Before filling up the form, a candidate must go through the above-mentioned eligibility criteria of that particular course/programme in which they want to opt for.

Step by Step guide to Apply for the CUSAT CAT 2018

  1. Go to the official website of CUSAT
  2. Applicants need to register and create a “Login ID”.
  3. Fill up the details like personal information, academic qualification and address of communication.
  4. Upload the scanned images of photograph and signature
  5. payment of application fee
  6. Submit the application form and take the printout of the same for future use.

Application fee of CUSAT CAT 2018

Amount to pay as application fee for CUSAT CAT 2018 depends on the category of the candidates. Application fee varies for the different category of the candidates. The application fee for all the categories is provided in the table below

S. NoCategoryAmount (Rs.)
1.General Candidates1000
2.SC/ST Candidates500
3.Candidates who apply under NRI Quota/ Children of Indian Gulf Workers (CGW)6000
4.General Candidates100
 5.SC/ST Candidates50
6.For All coursesUS$100
NOTE 1: Payment can be only made online either by using credit/debit card or through net banking.

NOTE 2:Additional Fee of Rs. 10000/-  to be paid by the Candidates opting for Dubai as Test Centre

Exam Pattern for CUSAT CAT 2018

CUSAT conducts Common Admission Test for enrollment to the various programme. Subject combination and number of question is not same for CUSAT CAT 2018. The question paper will depend on the choice of the courses/programmes made by the candidate. However, some pattern remain common of CUSAT CAT 2018 exam for all the courses and they are as provided in the table below:-

1.Examination Date28th and 29th April 2018 (announced)
2.Medium of LanguageEnglish
3.Mode of ExaminationOnline (Computer based)
4.Duration of Exam3 Hours (180 Minutes) (For B. Tech programme)
5.Type of QuestionMCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
6.Marking Scheme3 Mark will be awarded for correct answer.
7.Negative Marking1 will be deducted for wrong answer.

Syllabus for CUSAT CAT 2018

The subject combination and syllabus for CUSAT CAT 2018 Examination depend upon the choice of course/ programme made by the candidates. Applicants have to face the question in the examination from the topic of the subject combination of that particular course.

Examination Center for CUSAT CAT 2018

Exam centre is a place where the examination is being conducted. CUSAT Common Admission Test will take place in many cities across India and Dubai. Applicants need to choose one examination centre as per their choice from the list given below while filling up the application form. Examination city chosen will be mentioned on the admit card. The list of the examination centre is provided in the table below.

S. NoProgrammesCenter
1.For First Degree Programmes (i.e. B.Tech and M.Sc. in Photonics (5 year Integrated):Dubai*, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Jamshedpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Patna, Bokaro, Ranchi, Varanasi, Kota and all the District Head Quarters of Kerala; viz. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Adoor (Pathanamthitta), Thodupuzha (Idukki), Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kalpetta (Wayanad) and Kasaragod.
2.For PG Programmes, BBA, LLB (Hons), B.Com, LLB (Hons.), LLM(IP) PhD, LLM(IPR) PhD, 3 Year LLB and Lateral Entry TestsThe CAT/LET will be conducted at all the district headquarters of Kerala.
NOTE: If the sufficient number of candidates is not opting for Dubai Centre, the candidates who have opted for Dubai centre will have to write test in Ernakulam centre.

Answer Key for CUSAT CAT 2018

Candidates who appeared in CUCSAT CAT Examination can check and tally their answers with the answer key. The official authority will release the answer key for all the programmes separately. Candidates can access the answer key online by visiting the official website tentatively on 1st week of May 2018. Applicants can analyze their score with the help of answer key.

Result of CUSAT CAT 2018

The result of CUSAT CAT has been declared by the official authority after the examination is conducted. Candidates could view and download the CUSAT CAT result for the year 2018 online from 6th June 2018. The result will contain the Course, category and rank obtained in the entrance examination.

Cut-off for CUSAT CAT 2018

The official examination authority prepares the cut-off or minimum qualifying marks for the CUSAT CAT. The cut-off marks will be declared after few days of result declaration. Candidates can check the cut-off on the official website. Applicants need to secure equal or more than cut-off marks to be eligible for the subsequent rounds. Candidates are advised to tally their marks obtained in the exam with the cut-off mark for CUSAT 2018 in order to find themselves eligible or not for the subsequent rounds.


Seat Reservation of CUSAT CAT 2018

A certain percentage of the seat is reserved for the candidates belonging to different categories in all the participating Institute/Colleges. A certain amount of academic fee is also waived to the applicants belonging to special categories. Aspirants need to fill their respective category while filling up the application form. Students claiming reservation are required to produce valid supporting documents in the prescribed format at the time of counselling in order to avail the benefit of reservation of seats. There are various reserved categories against which certain number are reserved in the Institute.


Can I apply for CUSAT CAT 2018 offline?

No, the application form will be available via online mode only.

How can I pay the application fee for CUSAT CAT 2018?

Application fee can be made via online mode only.

How can I know my syllabus?

Applicants can check their syllabus for CUSAT CAT 2018 from the above section “Syllabus for 2018”.

How the counselling procedure of CUSAT CAT take place?

The whole procedure of counselling take place via online mode.

Contact Details

Cochin University of Science and Technology

Kochi-682024, Kerela, India

Phone: 0484-2577100, 2577159


Email: [email protected]



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