What is CAT Exam?
Common Admission Test or CAT is a management aptitude test conducted by the IIMCAT for admission to MBA programmes offered by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and over 1200 other B-schools across India. Over 2 lakh candidates appear in the exam every year. The CAT exam is conducted by one of the IIMs in online mode at various test centres in over 156 cities. CAT 2019 will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode on November 24, 2019 in two sessions – forenoon (9 am to 12 am) and afternoon (2:30 pm to 5:30 pm).
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CAT 2019: Exam Highlights
Common Admission Test (CAT)
CAT 2019 convening body
Once a year
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA)
100 questions in MCQ and non-MCQ format
Rs 1900 (General category) and Rs 950 (Reserved category)
Number of Applications Received
Admission into IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, IMT and over 1200 B Schools in India
No. of Test Cities
Exam Helpdesk No.
CAT registrations over the years
This year, about 2.44 lakh candidates applied for the CAT exam. Last year, the number of applications received was 2.40 lakh. The number of applications received for CAT 2019 is the highest since 2010.
CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria
The candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree with at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA ( 45 per cent for SC, ST and PWD/DA category) from a recognised board or university
The candidate must have completed a professional degree (CA/ CS/ ICWA) with required percentage
Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification or awaiting result are also eligible to apply for CAT exam 2019Read more: CAT Eligibility Criteria
CAT 2019 Important Events and Dates
CAT 2019 Events
CAT 2019 Dates
CAT 2019 notification release
July 28, 2019
IIM Kozhikode announced CAT 2019 schedule and related details
CAT Registrations start
August 7, 2019
Online registrations open. No change in registration process or fees from last year
September 25, 2019 (5:00 pm)
Registrations closed after being extended for a week from September 18
CAT form correction
September 28 to 30, 2019
Candidates could upload new photo and signature. No other information could be edited
CAT mock test release
October 16, 2019
The official mock test will have 100 questions to be solved in 3 hours
CAT mock test will be available in online mode only
CAT official tutorial release
October 16, 2019
To help candidates understand exam day guidelines
Admit card release
October 23, 2019
To be downloaded from CAT 2019 website
CAT exam 2019
November 24, 2019
To be held in 156 cities in two slots – morning and afternoon
Answer key release
November 29, 2019 (tentative)
To be downloaded from CAT website. Candidates can raise objection (if any)
January 6, 2020 (tentative)
SMS notification of result declaration
Release of scorecard on official website
CAT Exam Pattern and Test Structure
CAT question paper is divided into three sections: VARC, DILR and QA. Each section is allotted 60 minutes. The candidates are required to solve both MCQ and Non-MCQ type questions. The questions paper is usually of moderate difficultly level with QA posing more challenges in terms of tough questions. Check the highlights of CAT exam pattern below.
|CAT question paper pattern and structure|
|Number of exam sessions||Two (forenoon and afternoon)|
|Number of sections||Three|
|Names of the sections||VARC, DILR and QA|
|Duration of exam||60 minutes per section (Total 180 minutes)|
|Total number of questions||100|
|Section-wise number of questions|
|Language of question paper||English|
|Number of answer choices||Four|
|Type of questions||MCQs and Non-MCQs|
|Section-wise difficulty level|
Changes in CAT exam pattern over the years:
CAT moved from offline mode to online mode in 2009. Since then, the exam has witnessed several changes in test structure, especially with respect to time and total number of questions. In 2010, CAT was held for 150 minutes with a total 60 questions to be answered. Over the years, duration of the exam increased to 180 and the number of questions increased to 100. In 2010, the CAT question paper was divided into three sections – QA, DILR and VARC but from 2011 to 2014, the question paper had only two sections – QA & DI and LR & VARC. 2015 onwards, it went back to older pattern of three sections. Read more: Changes in CAT exam pattern
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CAT 2019 Mock Test
IIMCAT has released the official CAT mock test. Only the registered candidates can access the official mock test. Those who have registered for CAT 2019 can attempt the official mock test by logging on to the IIMCAT website through their login IDs.
Click here for Official CAT 2019 Mock Test
Also read: CAT Mock Test Guidelines
Candidates can also practice CAT mock tests created by Shiksha and analyze the level of their CAT preparation. Take two mock tests below one by one, to understand the question paper pattern and assess your level of preparation.
Try this CAT Mock Test, Powered by IMS, to get an idea about the type of questions that will be asked in 2019 exam. You can also download the Question Paper along with answers and their explanations for Free. Click below to start the first online test now.Free CAT 2019 Mock Test 1
CAT Preparation: Expert Tips and Topper Interviews
Go through the articles listed below for expert tips and topper interviews for CAT preparation:
Prepare for CAT exam with previous years’ question papers & prep guides. Get topper tips & expert advice.Download Here
Read CAT 2018 exam analysis to get an idea of the question paper pattern, marking scheme and difficulty level of the exam and CAT 2018 Students Reaction & Reviews to know what test-takers had to say about last year’s question paper.
To know the CAT preparation strategy of previous years’ toppers, click on the links given below:
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Try this second CAT Mock Test, Powered by IMS, to check your hold on all the sections of CAT exam. You can also download the Question Paper along with answers and their explanations for Free. Click below to start the second online test now.Free CAT 2019 Mock Test 2
CAT 2019 Test Cities and Exam Centres
CAT 2019 will be conducted at multiple exam centres in 156 cities across India. Candidates can provide up to four preferences for test city allocation during the CAT application process.. They will be allotted an exam centre in one of the four cities chosen, according to the availability of seats. Click here for the list of CAT 2019 test cities
CAT 2019 Exam Day Guidelines
Candidates appearing for the exam must carry the following documents to the exam centre to get entry inside the exam hall:
- Admit card: Candidates appearing for the CAT 2019 exam must carry their admit cards to the exam centre. You will not be allowed entry in case you do not carry your CAT admit card.
- Identity Proof: Along with the admit card, candidates are required to carry a photo ID proof such as College ID (must be supported with a valid debit/credit card), employer ID, driving license, passport, PAN card, voter ID, Aadhaar card.
- Name change document: In case a candidate changed their name, they will be required to carry a name change degree document. Also Read: What to carry to the CAT exam centre
Some items are prohibited inside the exam hall. Given below is the list of those items.
- Calculator, watch, phone, iPad or any electronic item
- Bags and purses
- Jewellery and accessories that contain metal
- Jackets and clothes with pockets
- Closed footwear
Note: Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body will be required to bring medical certificate of the same at Test Centre.
Also read:Official CAT 2019 Test Day Guidelines
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Top Colleges Accepting CAT Exam Score
CAT scores are accepted by 20 IIMs and various B-schools across the country. You can visit these links to see the cut offs, placements, fees, rankings and selection process of each IIM. Also read: MBA colleges accepting CAT score
CAT 2019 Selection Procedure
IIM admission and selection process begins after the announcement of results. Each IIM fixes minumum CAT cut off percentile for shortlisting of candidates. Those who meet the cut off are eligble for admission. Given below is an overview of IIM and non-IIM selection process.
IIM Admission Process
CAT selection procedure for all the IIMs includes the following:
- Screening of candidates on the basis of their CAT 2019 score
- Written Ability Test/Group Discussion/Personal Interview (WAT/GD/PI)
- Computation of composite score followed by final selection
CAT Cut Offs
CAT cut off for IIM admission is fixed by each institute category-wise. While the qualifying cut offs range between 80 and 90 (General category), final cut offs are much higher. Given below is the table indicating qualifying CAT cut offs 2018-2019.
CAT cut off (qualifying)
*The cut off percentiles mentioned in the above table are of General category. To know section-wise cut offs for all categories of students, click here
IIM Fees- Campus Wise
Below is the list of PGP programme fees of each IIM. The amount mentioned here is course fee of PGP/MBA (2 years).
*PGP fees (total fee – in Lakhs)
*The Fees has been rounded off to the nearest Lakh. The fees may increase in the new academic session.
Non-IIM Admission Process
Institutes accepting CAT score other than IIMs also conduct GD/PI for admission to their MBA/PGDM programmes. However, there are a few colleges which accept students on the basis of thei CAT score only.
To know CAT cut offs of non-IIMs refer to the table below:
CAT 2019 Contact Information
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IIMK Campus P.O.
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CAT 2019 Admit Card
CAT admit card 2019 is available for download on the official website. Candidates can download their respective admit cards by using their CAT login ID. Last date to download the admit card is November 24, 2019.
CAT admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam centre. Failure to carry the admit card at the exam centre can lead to disqualification from taking CAT exam. Thus, the candidates must download their admit cards before the CAT ex as hard copy of the same will not be iss
CAT 2019 Mock Test
Official CAT Mock Test
IIMCAT, the CAT conducting body, every year releases official mock test for candidates to practice and familiarise themselves with the actual CAT exam. Official mock test of CAT 2019 has been released. The CAT mock test available on the official website consists of questions from VARC, DILR and QA. The CAT 2019 mock test can be attempted online through candidate login. Candidates need to sign in and agree to the terms and conditions to be able to access the CAT 2019 mock
CAT 2019 Dates
The CAT 2019 registration process ended on September 25. The exam will be held on November 24 and the admit cards will be issued to candidates from October 23 onwards.
CAT 2019 Syllabus
CAT syllabus is defined by IIMCAT and remains the same every year apart from slight change in the number of questions topic-wise within the sections. As per the CAT 2019 notification, no changes have been made in syllabus for CAT 2019 exam.
CAT syllabus 2019 includes three sections:
- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
- Quantitative Ability (QA)
The key to success in is complete understanding of the CAT syllabus and exam pattern
CAT 2019 Prep Tips
For CAT Preparation 2019, the candidates must make a subject wise plan. The CAT exam has three sections – VARC, DILR and QA. When making a CAT preparation plan, keep in mind which subject is your weak point and allot time to it accordingly. Experts advise that a candidate must begin CAT preparation with the subject they find the toughest. Take a look at some of the important aspects of CAT 2019 preparation, below.
Step-wise CAT 2019 Preparation Plan
Step 1: Check the thoroughly and understand
CAT 2019 Question Papers
One of the most important aspects of CAT preparation is practicing the . Solving the previous years’ papers and sample papers will help you get familiar with the types of questions, the pattern and marking scheme of the exam. Since CAT is an online exam, actual CAT question papers are not released by the exam authorities, however a few CAT previous years’ question papers are available to students in the form of answer key, from which you can practice questions. You can also practice from CAT sam
CAT 2019 Pattern
Important points about the CAT exam pattern are as follows:
- The paper is split between three sections
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI-LR)
- Quantitative Ability (QA)
- Total number of questions is 100 and these are in both MCQ and non-MCQ format
- Time allotted is 180 minutes (3 hours) to answer these questions
- There is a time limit of 60 minutes for each section
- The exam is conducted in online mode
As per the l
CAT 2019 Application Form
CAT 2019 registration process is now over. CAT 2019 is scheduled to be held on November 24 in two sessions, admit cards for which are now available for download.CAT 2019 registration process concluded on September 25. CAT registrations was originally scheduled to end on September 18 but was extended by a week. CAT registrations was conducted in online mode and over 2.44 lak. The CAT form correction window was opened for candidates from September 28 to 30, to edit image and signature, if required
CAT 2019 Analysis
CAT 2019 will be held on November 24 in two sessions – forenoon and afternoon. The question paper of both the session will be same in terms of pattern and test structure but will vary in terms of difficulty level.
Immediately after the CAT 2019 exam, many coaching institutes and MBA experts will release their analysis of the question paper. This CAT 2019 analysis will contain in depth assessment of difficulty level of the questions, sectional cut offs and number of good attempts that will get c
CAT 2019 Cut Off
The 20 IIMs and other top B-schools in India fix their own CAT cut off percentile for selection of candidates for admission. The cut offs remain high (99 + percentile) for admission to tops IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode. The aspirants must note that there are two types of CAT cut offs for IIM admission – qualifying cut off and final cut off. While the former is announced before declaration, the latter is announce after. The CAT cut off 2019 f
CAT 2019 Answer Key
CAT 2019 answer key is likely to be released a week after the exam. The test takers can access the official answer key by using their CAT login ID and password. The exam conducting body, IIMCAT will first release the preliminary answer key and allow candidates to raise objection (if any) to the official answers by paying Rs 1000 as fees. The window to file objection will be opened for 2-3 days after which a revised CAT answer key will be released referred to as final answer key.
will be announc
CAT 2019 Results
CAT 2019 result is scheduled for release by IIMCAT in the second week of January 2020 (tentatively on January 6, 2020). The exact date of result declaration has not been announced by IIMCAT. The results are declared online on the official website of IIMCAT. The candidates can download their CAT score card by using their login ID and username.
CAT 2019 Result & Related Dates
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CAT 2019 Counselling
There is no provision of CAT counselling. Admission to IIMs and other B-schools through CAT is done on the basis of Written Ability Test or Group Discussion and Personal Interview (WAT/GD-PI). Selection criteria and minimum CAT cut off marks are also fixed by each IIM individually. Non-IIMs accepting CAT score for admission, issue their own admission schedule and selection process.
Admission process through into IIMs and other management institutes begins after CAT result is declared in Januar
CAT 2019 News
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Answered byjyoti sharma Contributor-Level 7Read All Answers (3)
In general,to get admission into NAARM Hyderabad, one must score more than 70% in CMAT or more than 75% in CAT exams.
Answered byheena agrawal Guide-Level 15
The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline with 50% aggregate marks from any university or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.The candidate must have 50% aggregate marks (or equivalent CGPA) in the 10th and 12th board examinations.Ca…
Answered bySwapnaneel Bhuiya Guide-Level 15
To get calls from top 3 IIMS you need to score atleast 98 percentile.
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Hi, Whatever marks you scored in CAT. You’ll have to put the CAT percentile in the given column.
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