MGU CAT (Common Admission Test) Exam Pattern 2018

Last Updated - February 26 2018

MGU CAT 2018 Exam Format will be alloted by Mahatma Gandhi University for students who are interested in admission to post graduation in the Statutory Teaching Departments and Inter School Centers.

The test paper will be a descriptive type for MA Malayalam, MA English, LLM and Master of Tourism Management.

Mahatma Gandhi University claims the procedure to be the simplest and most transparent for allocation of vacant seats which provides aspirant with an opportunity to practice the options and put forth their choice conveniently in the order of preference. It is to be noted particularly that MGU CAT 2018 will be organizeed for all the interested and applicable aspirants except foreign aspirants.


Exam Format Highlights Table of MGU CAT 2018

All the important highlights for MGU CAT 2018 exam format, which aspirants who have applied for this entrance examination must keep a note on, is tabulated below:

Exam Format Highlights
Exam modeOnline
Number of papers1
Number of Sections2
Question paper typeObjective (Multiple Choice Questions)
Total marks200
Exam duration90 minutes
Exam LanguageEnglish

Exam Format in Detail of MGU CAT 2018

Mahatma Gandhi University Common Admission Test could be attempted in 90 minutes for all the academic branchs. The test paper is of objective type except for the following courses:

  • MA Malayalam
  • LLM
  • Master of Tourism Management
  • MA English

For the above-mentioned programs, the questions asked will be objective as well as descriptive.

Moreover, MGU CAT exam format and corresponding syllabus for each academic program are elaborated separately in tabulated form below:

Course NameExam Format
M.Sc. Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Sciences M.Sc. PsychologyThe entrance test syllabus for this course will cover topics from the syllabus of an undergraduate degree in Disability studies and psychology.
M.Sc. Biochemistry M.Sc. Biotechnology M.Sc. Microbiology M.Sc. BiophysicsMGU CAT 2018 Examination paper will have questions from Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemistry, and Physics of the undergraduate level at MGU.
M.Sc. Computer ScienceThe corresponding test paper will have two sections as below: Section I: It will contain questions from computer science. Section II: It will have questions to assess numerical and logical aptitude.
M.Sc. Environment Science and Management M.Sc. Environment Science and Disaster ManagementThe examination question paper will have questions from basic sciences at undergraduate level, general aptitude, and general awareness on environmental sciences.
M.A. Gandhian Studies M.A. Development StudiesThe test paper will contain questions from Gandhian Studies/Developmental Exercises.
L.L.M.The question paper will have questions from the following topics:
Constitutional Law
Administrative Law
Jurisprudence Fundamentals of Civil and Criminal Law
General Principles of Interpretation
Present Legal Developments
M.A. Politics & International Relations M.A. Politics and Human Rights M.A. Politics (Public Policy & Governance) (UGC Sponsored Programme)Entrance test paper will have questions from topics on present affairs.
M.Sc. Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry) M.Sc. Chemistry (Organic Chemistry) M.Sc. Chemistry (Physical Chemistry) M.Sc. Chemistry (Polymer Science)Questions that will be asked in the test will be from the topics like B.Sc. Chemistry syllabus of Mahatma Gandhi University.
M.A. Malayalam M.A. EnglishThe exam paper will constitute of descriptive, short response type question, and objective questions. Also, the paper will assess the aptitude for theatrical and literary studies.
M.Sc. Physics with Specialization from Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics, Material Science, Applied ElectronicsTest paper will consist of questions from the B.Sc. Physics (Main) and Mathematics (Subsidiary) syllabus of MGU.
M.A. History M.A. AnthropologyThe test paper will have questions that will test an aspirant’s knowledge in their own branch as well as their interdisciplinary aptitude.
Master of Tourism Management with specialization in Aviation Management, Tour Operations and Health TourismThe test will constitute of objective type questions for 80 marks and the corresponding sections are listed below:
English language (30 marks)
General Knowledge and Present Affairs (30 marks)
Travel Geography (20 marks)
Apart from this, the test will also have a short descriptive type question of 20 marks
M.Ed. in Language Education (English, Malayalam, Hindi, Arabic, and Sanskrit) M.Ed. in Mathematics Education M.Ed. in Science Education M.Ed. in Social Science Education M.Ed. in Commerce Education M.Ed. in IT EducationThe test paper will include of questions from general B.Ed. syllabus of MGU.
M.A. EconomicsThe respective entrance test will have questions from the BA Economics syllabus of MGU.

Marking Scheme of MGU CAT 2018

MGU CAT 2018 question paper will be of 200 marks in total. There will be two sections in the question paper which has 50 questions in total. All the questions carry equal marks, that is 4 marks is rewarded for every accurate response.

The marks calculated for MGU CAT 2018 will depend on the following:

  1. The marks scored by the aspirant in the entrance test for the respective subject converted to 1000.
  2. The bonus marks or the weight marks that facilitate to some categories.

Bonus/Weightage marks in MGU CAT 2018:

Indexing of marks will depend on the bonus marks honoured to the students as per the below guidelines:

  1. NCC aspirants are rewarded with a bonus of 5 marks offered aspirant possess a genuine NCC certificate with seal and signature by the Director and alloted by the Directorate with at least of 75% attendance. Moreover, A certificate holder will be honoured with 3 points whereas B and C certificate holders will get 5 points.
  2. NSS aspirants will be honoured with a bonus of 5 marks offered aspirant have an NSS certificate which should be legally signed by the Vice-Chancellor or Pro Vice-Chancellor and alloted to aspirants who have successfully finished 240 hours’ work in a two years’ span.
  3. Ex-servicemen, widows and children of Jawans will be honoured with 15 marks.
  4. Aspirants who have applied for M.Ed. courses and are finished with their corresponding B.Ed. the degree will also be facilitated with bonus points.15 marks as bonus points will be honoured to aspirants with a first-class Post Graduate degree whereas 10 marks will be rewarded to aspirants with a second-class PG degree and 5 marks will be honoured to aspirants with the third-class Post Graduate degree respectively.
  5. Deduction of 5 marks will be done from the overall indexed marks of participants for each additional appearance taken for completing the qualifying test.

Syllabus of MGU CAT 2018

MGU CAT 2018 can get graduation books as per the academic programs they have chosen. According to those chosen courses, they must study all the corresponding graduation books the university recommends to pass the entrance test. Students can choose up to four academic courses in which they wish to pursue post-graduation.

Syllabus for all the programs in MGU CAT 2018 is elaborated in tabular form below:

Program NameSyllabus
School of Chemical SciencesExam will be based on BSc Chemistry syllabus of MGU.
School of BiosciencesEntrance exam will be based on the following MGU syllabus at B. Sc. level:
Botany
Zoology
Microbiology
Bio-technology
Biochemistry
Biophysics
Chemistry
Physics
School of Environmental SciencesEntrance exam will be totally based on subjects of the following:
degree level basic science
general aptitude
general awareness on Environmental Sciences.
School of LettersEntrance Test will include questions on aptitude for literary or theatrical studies. MGU CAT 2018 question paper will contain essay type questions, short response questions and objective type questions.
School of International Relations and PoliticsEntrance Test will include questions on present affairs.
School of Gandhian Thought and Developmental StudiesEntrance exam will consist of questions relating to the subject.
School of Social SciencesMGU CAT 2018 Entrance Test will consist of questions that will assess the interdisciplinary aptitude as well as the knowledge in one’s field of the branch to qualify the examination.
School of Behavioral SciencesEntrance exam will have of questions in an interdisciplinary attitude based on the syllabus of the qualifying test.
School of Computer SciencesEntrance Test will consist of two parts: Part 1: Questions from Computer Science field Part 2: Questions that will reach logical reasoning as well as numeral ability.
School of Tourism and Travel ManagementThe corresponding entrance Test will carry objective type questions for 80 marks, that is, English Language (30 marks), General Knowledge and Present affairs (30 marks), and Travel Geography (20 marks) and a general short essay question carrying 20 marks.
School of Indian Legal ThoughtEntrance exam will consist of questions which concern some disciplines of law which comprises Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Jurisprudence, Fundamentals of Civil & Criminal Law, General Principles of Interpretation and Present Legal Developments.
School of Pedagogical SciencesEntrance Test will include of objective type questions for 50 marks based on the syllabus of general branch of B Ed programme of MGU.

Important Instructions of MGU CAT (Common Admission Test) Exam Pattern 2018

All the important instructions and guidelines for MGU CAT are bulleted below:

  • Individual belongings like baggage must be kept outside the centre. Also, the centre will not be responsible for mishappening of any sort with the belongings.
  • Participant must be current at the examination centre 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the entrance test.
  • Responses should be marked correctly in the OMR sheet as per participant’s ability and knowledge by darkening the suitable options.
  • Participants are not allowed to open the seal of exam booklet unless instructed to do the same.
  • Candidature will be cancelled for a participant who is established guilty of using unfair means to mark the responses.
  • Electronic gadgets like mobile phones, calculators or suchlike are restricted inside the examination centre.
  • Aspirants are given an extra time of 10 minutes to read the distributed exam booklet thoroughly to avoid unseekinged situations.
  • Participant is not allowed to leave the centre before the timings of the examination as it can lead to the cancellation of the examination.
  • Under any circumstances, participant’s entry would be debarred in the reporting centre without the is MGU CAT 2018 hall ticket.


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