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CAT 2019 Application Form, Exam Dates, Syllabus and Cut off

Updated On - July 20th 2019 by KARISHMA KHATRI

CAT 2019 is expected to be held on November 24, 2019. The official notification for the same will be released on July 28, 2019 on the official website of CAT i.e., Candidates will be able to register themselves for the exam from August 5, 2019, onwards.

 Read CAT 2019 will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode; Notification Released 

The Common Admission Test or popularly recognized as CAT, is the most extensive MBA entrance test leading to admission in top MBA colleges of India. It opens the gates for the top 20 IIMs and an approximate number of 1000 business management schools in India. CAT made its entry in international acceptance when Singapore Management University in 2017 declared CAT score valid for admissions into their business programs.

  • Last year over 2.41 lakh candidates competed for 12,411 seats, making CAT one of the most competent examinations in the country.
  • CAT 2019 will be conducted in online mode in two sessions. It is a nationwide-test, held in over 140 cities at over 4000 exam centres.
  • The exam is conducted once a year by one of the older IIMs on a rotational basis.
  • As per the CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria, applicants should have a graduate degree with a minimum of 50% marks.
  • In addition to CAT 2019 scores, factors like performance in WAT, GD and PI are also important for the selection process, as the admission process is separate for each IIM and other institutes.
  • CAT score is valid for one year only.
  • CAT Registration will commence from August 5, 2019.

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This article highlights all the aspects of CAT 2019 such as important dates, eligibility criteria, application form, exam pattern, syllabus, vital preparation tips and more.

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CAT 2019 Highlights

CAT 2019 Conducting BodyIIM Kozhikode 
Mode of CAT 2019Computer Based Test
Official NotificationJuly 28, 2019
Exam DateNovember 24, 2019 (tentative)
Exam Duration 3 Hours
EligibilityGraduation Degree with 50% Aggregate
Number of SessionsTwo (Morning and Evening)
Total Section3 (Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)
CAT 2019 Application FeeRs. 2000/- 
Courses OfferedAdmission to MBA/PGDM Courses
CAT 2019 Participating Institute

IIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB and other B-Schools

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CAT 2019 Important Dates

The tentative schedule for CAT 2019 is given below. CAT Exam Dates will be available on the official website of the organizing institute.

EventDate (Tentative)
Official Notification of CAT 2019July 28, 2019
CAT 2019 Application FormAugust 5, 2019
CAT 2019 Form Correction WindowSeptember 27- September 30, 2019
Release of CAT 2019 Admit Card October 24 – November 24, 2019 
CAT 2019 Exam DateNovember 24, 2019 
CAT 2019 Result Date January 7, 2020

CAT 2019 Notification

IIM Kozhikode, the exam authority of CAT 2019 will release the official notification for the exam on July 28. After the release of notification, CAT 2019 Registration will start. The notification will contain all the details regarding registration, admit card, result, exam dates, etc. It also gives details about the programs offered by the IIMs. Any changes, if made will be notified by the exam authority. 

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CAT 2019 Eligibility

Candidates planning to take the exam must fulfill CAT Eligibility Criteria prescribed by the exam conducting body. The eligibilty criteria for CAT 2019 is given below:

  • There will be no age restriction for taking the CAT 2019 examination.
  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% marks for SC/ST/PWD categories).
  • Candidates, who possess an equivalent examination recognized by the MHRD, Government of India (including AMICE of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) as an equivalent qualification) can also apply.
  • Candidates appearing in final year exam of Bachelor’s degree or waiting for their result are also eligible for CAT exam. 

Difference between CAT and IIM Eligibility

The overall eligibility criteria is the same except, you are allowed to appear in CAT 2019 exam with two years of graduation in the old system, but you are not allowed to pursue the management course at IIMs unless you have completed graduation degree with minimum a minimum duration of three years.

CAT 2019 Application Form

CAT 2019 Application Form will be available tentatively from August 5, 2019. Candidates will be required to fill up general details like personal information and academic qualifications in the application form. The forms can be filled via online mode only on the official website, i.e., CAT 2019 Registration consists of 3 steps which are given below:

  • Candidates can register themselves by providing necessary details to get the candidate’s user ID and Password.
  • Fill the CAT 2019 Application Form and upload the required documents.
  • The final step is payment of CAT 2019 Application Fee before final submission of the online application form.

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How to Fill a CAT 2019 Application Form?

Candidates can go through the following guidelines to apply for the exam:


  1. Visit the official website of CAT 2019 and click on ‘Registration for New User.’
  2. Registration form will appear to create the user profile.
  3. Enter personal details like name, date of birth and contact details- valid mobile number and email ID.
  4. Candidates will have to verify their mobile number through OTP.
  5. Once the OTP is verified, candidates will receive an email containing their User ID and Password. The same will also be sent on the registered mobile number.
  6. Login using these credentials to proceed with the application process.

Also Read CAT 2019 Participating Institutes

Filling of Application form

  1. Once the candidate is logged in, CAT 2019 Application Form will appear.
  2. Candidates will have to enter their personal, communication, academic and professional details as well as their preference of program and exam center.
  3. Then, candidates have to upload the scanned images of their recent photograph, signature and category certificate (SC, ST, NC-OBC and PwD category). Also Read Photograph and Signature Details 
  4. After checking the details, click on ‘Save and Continue’ to pay the application fees.

Payment of Application Fee

  1. The final step to complete the application process is to remit the requisite application fees.
  2. Application fee for general and OBC category is INR 2000 and INR 950 for SC and ST candidates. 
  3. The application fee can be paid in online mode only, using Credit/ Debit card, Net Banking, and Cash Card & Wallet.
  4. Fill the required fields with payment details on the bank page and save the receipt of the online transaction as proof of payment.
  5. On successful submission, aspirants will receive an email related to the status of the application.
  6. Take a print out of the application form and save it for future correspondence.

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CAT 2019 Application Form Correction

If candidates make mistakes while filling the CAT 2019 application form, they can rectify it within the limited time when the forms are open for correction process. The conducting authority allows candidates to make corrections in selected entries only. The correction window will open once the application process is over.

The details that can be corrected are as follows:

  • Programs selected
  • Percentage of marks scored
  • Work experience

Steps to make corrections in CAT 2019 Application Form are mentioned below.

  1. Visit the official website of CAT, i.e.,
  2. Click on ‘Existing user’ tab.
  3. Enter login credentials i.e., User Id and Password.
  4. Go through the various sections of the application form and make corrections accordingly.
  5. Click on ‘save and continue’ or ‘save’ to exit the portal.

Also Check CAT 2019 Preparation Strategy

CAT 2019 Admit Card

CAT 2019 Admit Card will be issued for the applicants who have successfully registered themselves for the exam. The admit card for the exam will be released. The admit cards can be downloaded from the official website of CAT. The governing body will not send hard copies of the hall ticket by post.

  • Admit Card must be retained till the time of admission and counselling, duly signed by the exam supervisor.
  • The details about the individual such as his name, roll number, date of birth, time slot and exam center allotted along with the address will be printed on the hall ticket.
  • It is a necessary document for taking the entrance exam without which, no individual will be permitted into the exam hall.

Steps to download CAT 2019 Admit Card are given below:

  1. Login to the official website of CAT.
  2. Login using the User ID and Password.
  3. Click on ‘Download Admit Card’ to access the hall ticket.
  4. Admit card will appear. Cross-check all the details and take at least two printed copies of the hall ticket.

CAT 2019 Exam Center

  • CAT 2019 will be conducted in 140 exam centers across the country.
  • Participants will be allowed to choose four cities for the online entrance test as their preferred exam center.
  • They should exercise their choices in the application form according to their convenience.
  • The governing authority will allot a center to the individuals, and the venue of the center will be mentioned in the admit card.

Below mentioned are CAT Exam Centers that students must know before applying for the exam.

VijaywadaSilcharGuwahatiJorhatTezpurDibrugarhPort BlairItanagarPatnaMuzaffarpur
AlwarBikanerJodhpurSikarKotaHyderabadKarim NagarWarangalMaduraiChennai

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Candidates must check the CAT Exam Pattern before appearing in the exam so that they can perform well.

Exam ModeOnline
SessionsTwo (Morning and Evening)
Type of QuestionsMCQs
Number of Questions100
Marking SchemeCorrect Answer: +3, Wrong Answer: -1

Download CAT 2019 Sample Papers

SectionsSubjectsTime AllottedNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Section IVerbal Ability and Reading Comprehension60 minutes34102
Section IIData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning60 minutes3296
Section IIIQuantitative Ability60 minutes34102
Total180 minutes100300-

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Changes in CAT Exam Pattern Over Years


Number of QuestionsNumber of SectionsSectionsDuration (min)
2018-20151003QA, DI&LR, VA180
20141002QA&DI, LR&VA170
2013-2011602QA&DI, LR&VA140
2010603QA, DI&LR, VA150

CAT 2019 Syllabus

The detailed CAT 2019 Syllabus is given below:

Verbal and Reading ComprehensionVerbal reasoning, antonyms and synonyms, analogies and reverse analogies, sentence correction, facts inference judgments, critical reasoning, fill in the blanks, syllogism, summary questions, passage-based questions
Data InterpretationArea graph, Venn diagram, Line and Pie Charts, Column and Bar graphs, Caselets and Tables
Logical ReasoningNumber and letter series, Syllogism, Clocks, calendars and cubes, Directions, Blood relations, Binary Logic, Coding-decoding, Logical sequence, Matrix, and linear arrangement
Quantitative AbilityNumber system, Geometry, Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Mixtures and Allegations, Ratio & Proportion, Logarithm, Time & Work, Functions, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, and Mensuration

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How to Prepare for CAT 2019?

Right preparation strategy at the right time will bring glories to you. With the help of the most recommended and reliable books in the market, candidates can ace the exam. These books are a great source to revise the whole of theCAT 2019 Syllabus, as well as they offer sets of most important questions.

Apart from books, there are multiple sources like online youtube tutorials, online study material  etc that candidates may consider.

Candidates often get confused with regard to the appropriate CAT Books or study material to refer to. They look for the material which the toppers have approved of. This is bound to happen since their no dearth of CAT Preparation Books in the market. Given below are some of the Best Books for CAT Preparation 2019:


Book Name

Author Name/Publisher

Quantitative Ability

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs

Sarvesh K. Verma

Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Nishit K. Sinha

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

CAT 2019 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Gautam Puri

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K. Sinha

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

Arun Sharma

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant

30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback

Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Sharma and Upadhyay

PSC for VA for CAT Exam

Nishit Sinha

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CAT 2018 Topper Tips

Topper's Preparation Strategy for CAT 2019

Candidates appearing in CAT 2019 can consider the preparation strategy of the previous year toppers as these are the applied and tested ways to crack CAT. Below given is the list of few toppers of CAT 2018 and their mantras to crack CAT. 

Amit Bikram: Mumbai boy Amit Bikram scored 100 percentile in CAT 2018. In his interview, Amit revealed his mantras to ace CAT exam. He told that he started his preparation 4 months prior to the exam. He kept on taking CAT Mock Tests to analyze his weaker areas and tried to improve in it. According to Amit:

  • 4 months are enough to revise and brush up all major areas for CAT exam.
  • Take need-based coaching, rely on self-study.
  • Make your own preparation plan, do not follow others. 
  • Do not believe in short-cuts, practice a lot.
  • Go through all the formulae of QA before the exam day. 

Check How to Prepare Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT?

Niranjan Prasad: Niranjan Prasad from Udupi score 100 percentile in CAT 2018. Subject knowledge and time management are the two main focussed areas during the preparation. Read on Niranjan Success Mantra:

  • Self-study is most important. 
  • For VARC, Arun Sharma is the best book for preparation. 
  • First, work on your weaker areas and keep on improving it until you improve it.
  • Use time efficiency while preparing for the exam as it plays a major role. 4 hours of smart work is more important than twelve hours of hard work. 

Raunak Majumdar: Another 100 percentile scorer of CAT 2018 is a graduate from IIT Kanpur. Raunank’s major tool was Mock Test. He took 35-37 mock tests before the exam. Raunak says:

  • Time management plays a major role.
  • Attempt easy question first and then move forward to maintain speed and accuracy. 
  • Test series are beneficial than full-time coaching, as these test series helps in analyzing the shortcomings. 

Check Top 5 CAT Coaching Centers in Hyderabad

CAT Mock Test

The exam conducting body will release CAT Mock tests in the month of October for a better understanding of the CAT question paper. With the available free mock test, candidates will get an idea about how to navigate through the question paper while attempting the exam to score better. The habit of solving at least 5 quizzes will help the candidate to hold a tight grip on their preparation. Below given are the steps that candidates must follow to access the official mock test.

  1. Click on the link stating- CAT 2019 Mock Test Link available at
  2. Sign in using registration number and password.
  3. Press F11 to read the general instructions.
  4. Click on “Next” to read the instructions.
  5. Then click on the disclaimer checkbox on “Other Important Instructions for the candidates.
  6. Click on “I am ready to begin” to begin the mock test.

Note: There is a separate link of Mock Test for PwD candidates which can be accessed by following the same procedure as mentioned above.

Apart from official Mock Tests, given below are some CAT quizzes for different sections which are prepared for the thorough practice of the CAT aspirants. 

CAT LR – Sets and Venn Diagram QuizCAT LR – Coding Decoding Quiz
CAT LR – Clocks QuizCAT QA – Geometry Quiz
CAT LR – Cubes QuizCAT QA – Averages Quiz
CAT LR – Calender QuizCAT QA – Compound Interest/Simple Interest Quiz
CAT LR – Sequence QuizCAT QA – Percentage Quiz
CAT LR – Blood Relations QuizCAT QA – Ranking Quiz
CAT LR – Series QuizCAT QA – Progression Quiz

 Top MBA Coachings in India

There are various CAT Coaching centers in India offering online as well as ofline preparations. Coaching Centers like Career Launcher, T.I.M.E., and IMS Learning Centre are located at almost every major cities across the country. Below given are the top 5 coaching institutes in India.

2IMS Learning

Bull’s Eye

Apart from the coachings mentioned above, there are various other coaching institutes which CAT aspirants may consider.

DelhiAchievers Academy, AnkGanit, Alchemist Institute, Mindworkzz
MumbaiCareer Forum, Endeavor Careers, KITS, Vidyasagar Classes
GujaratCareer Line Education, Competitive Careers, Excel Management Foundation
KolkataSachdeva College, SKD Education Consultant, Erudite, Vidyamandir
BangaloreCET Tutorials, Career Plan, Testcracker, Acadware
ChennaiBrilliant Tutorials, Magnus Institute, Ascent Education, Vistamind

Also Check CAT Coachings in Hyderabad

CAT Previous Year Paper Analysis
IIM Calcutta conducted CAT 2018. More than 2 lakhs candidates appeared in the exam. The difficulty level of the exam was moderately tough. Based on the CAT aspirants and academic experts, VARC section was difficult, whereas the QA was easy. Below given are the previous year exam analysis and the distribution of questions in each section to give an idea about the exam to the candidates. 

SectionNumber of MCQsNumber of Non-MCQsDifficulty LevelGood Attempts

Read Detailed CAT Previous Year Paper Analysis

CAT Rank Predictor

CAT Rank Predictor is an online tool by Candidates who have appeared in CAT exam can use the rank predictor to analyze the exam result before the actual results are out. 

  • The tool determines the predicted ranks based on their respective percentile. 
  • Based on the analysis candidates can choose the best colleges in which they can get into. 


CAT 2019 Result

CAT 2019 Result will be declared tentatively on January 7, 2020. The results will be announced on the official website in the form of a scorecard. These scorecards will contain the sectional and overall marks and percentile obtained by individuals in the exam.

It is valid for only this academic year. The results can be checked by following these few steps:

  1. Log on to the official website of CAT.
  2. Select the option of ‘Download Scorecard’.
  3. Enter your User ID and Password to know your CAT Result.
  4. On your account’s page, you can download the scorecard.
  5. Download the result and take a print out copies for future reference.

CAT 2019 Normalisation Process

CAT Normalisation Process is done to maintain equality and fairness in the comparison of the performance of CAT aspirants. Through the process, students are scaled based on location, scale differences, test slots, etc. The scaled score will be then converted into a percentile score for further shortlisting process. 

Also Read CAT Score Calculation

CAT 2019 Cut Off

The cutoff for CAT exam depends on various factors like the total number of applicants, the difficulty level of exam, seats available and previous years’ cutoff. Each IIM will announce its cutoff for shortlisting candidates for the selection process separately. 

Candidates must clear sectional and overall cutoff to be eligible for the subsequent rounds. The overall cutoff for IIMs usually falls between 90-99 percentile.

The top 3 IIMs- Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta have a cut off over 99 percentile. The cutoff for other top business schools like FMS, JBIMS, and SPIJMR is over 95 percentile. The expected CAT Cutoff for top management colleges are-

Name of InstituteCAT Cut off in Percentile
IIM, Ahmedabad99.6
IIM, Bangalore99.5
IIM, Calcutta99.5
IIM, Lucknow99.5
IIM, Shillong98.5
FMS, Delhi99
IIT, Bombay98.5
IIM, Kozhikode96.3
IIM, Indore94.7

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CAT 2019 Selection Process

The selection process of CAT is a two-step process. Candidates who qualify the cutoff marks are invited by CAT colleges for GD or WAT and Personal Interview round. CAT Selection Process is carried out individually by each college, except for the new IIMs. The ratio for admission in IIMs and candidates shortlisted for selection is generally 1:4, but it varies for different IIMs. 

It must be noted that there is no common Common Counselling Process for CAT. The process for form-filling for IIMs is done while preliminary registration for the exam. 

Shortlisting Candidates for PI & WAT- Candidates are shortlisted with a weightage system, as given below:

CAT 2019 Score28
Class X Marks10
Class XII Marks10
TOTAL50 (48 + 2 Gender Diversity Factor)

Final Selection- For final selection, weightage of all the stages in the selection process with work experience is calculated. 

CAT Score15
Personal Interview24
Written Ability Test5
Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor's Degree (ADFB)*2
Work Experience4

Check CAT Admit Card 2019

Non-IIMs Accepting CAT Score

IIMs are the dream destination for every CAT aspirants, however if a candidate fails in getting a seat there, they need not worry. There are many other top B-schools which accept CAT score. These institutes have their own benchmark. Given below are few of the best colleges in which candidates can take admission through CAT score.  

  • Faculty of Management Studies (FMS Delhi)
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi
  • Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, SOM, IIT Bombay
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
  • Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
  • SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB)
  • Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)
  • T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal
  • Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai

Check MBA Colleges Accepting CAT Score

CAT 2019 - Do’s and Don’t

Do’s for the candidates

  • Bring CAT Admit Cards along with a valid ID proof.
  • Use the Google map link embedded on the electronic version of the Admit card to locate the Test Centre.
  • Report at the Test center at 7:30 a.m. IST for the Forenoon Session and at 1:00 p.m. IST for the Afternoon Session.
  • Deposit all personal belongings such as mobile phones, bags, wallets, Jackets, Jewellery, watch, electronic gadgets, stationery items, etc. at the Test Centre Entrance Gate.
  • Return Writing Pad with all pages intact and Pen post the Exam to the Invigilator
  • Provide your attendance in the Form with signature when asked for in theExam Lab.
  • Post the Exam, handover Admit Card duly signed to Invigilatorpresent in the Exam Lab.

Don’ts for the candidates

  • Don’t appear for CAT 2019 more than once.
  • Do not carry any prohibited object like electronic gadgets etc. to the exam hall.
  • Do not attempt to cheat during the exam.
  • Do not request for a change in Exam Centre/ Exam Lab/ Console on the exam day.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry, jackets, and footwear inside the exam hall.
  • Mobile phones, Electronic Gadgets, Watches, Calculators, own Stationery items, Wallets, and/or goggle are not allowed in the exam hall.


Ques. When is CAT 2019 scheduled to take place?

Ans. IIM Lucknow will conduct CAT 2018 on November 26. The exam will take place in online mode. Nearly 2 lac candidates are expected to sit for the exam.

Ques. Is there an option to write CAT in offline mode?

Ans. No, as per the directives issued by the authorities, CAT 2018 exam is conducted in online mode only. However, CAT was conducted in offline mode till 2009.

Ques. How many seats are expected to be filled through CAT 2019 in the top IIMs?

Ans. As per the new ordinance passed in 2016, there are 4300 seats that were filled in the academic year 2016-17.There is no increase in the number of seats this year, so it is expected to remain the same.

Ques. How many registrations are received for CAT 2019?

Ans. There are approximately 2.3 lac students who have registered for CAT 2018.

Ques. Is there any reservation of seats for female candidates in IIMs like we have in GATE?

Ans. No, there is no reservation policy defined for female category candidates. Although it was proposed in 2015, no further report on the same came out.

Ques. Can you give details of seat matrix for IIMs in the country for the year 2019?

Ques. When is the form correction window for CAT 2019 application form?

Ans. You can edit the information provided in your CAT 2018 application form between September 27- September 30 only. This option can be exercised on CAT 2018 Official Website.

Ques. How many institutes in total are considering CAT 2019 Scores this year?

Ans. This year there are around 100 colleges and 20 IIMs are considering CAT score for their admission process.

Ques. Do I have to fill the application form separately for each CAT College?

Ans. YES, apart from 20 IIMs, you need to fill the application form separately for each of the participating institutes. You need to fill the application forms for all the institutes in which you wish to apply on the basis of the CAT 2018 result.

Ques. If I do not clear the minimum CAT 2019 Cutoff, will I still be eligible for admission?

Ans. You need to clear the minimum cut off for further admission process. If you fail on this step, you cannot get admission in any of the IIMs. However, some private college might invite you depending upon their admission rules.

Ques. When will I receive my CAT 2019 admit card?

Ans. Authorities are not sending CAT admit card 2018 manually, so best to download online through the official website in the time slot defined. It can be last downloaded till November 26.

Ques. In case I misplace my admit card at the exam center, can I download the CAT 2019 admit card at the exam center?

Ans. Yes, you must contact the authorities at the exam center and report the incident to them. They will help you with downloading the duplicate admit card.

Ques. What stationery items can I carry on the day of CAT exam?

Ans. Candidates DO NOT have to carry any stationery items. You will be given a pen and paper at the exam center itself, which have to be returned before you leave the exam hall.

Ques. Is there any traveling allowance issued to the candidates of reserved categories for CAT 2019 exam?

Ans. NO TRAVELLING ALLOWANCE is issued to candidates, whether from reserved or non- reserved categories.

Ques. What is the last time to enter CAT exam center on the exam day?

Ans. Students in the morning shift will not be allowed to enter the exam center premises after 8.45 am, and for evening shift the deadline time is 2:15 pm.

Ques.Can you give me a list of items that are banned to be carried at the CAT 2019 exam center?

Ans. Students are not allowed to carry the following items at the exam center:

  • Mobile Phones
  • Pen, pencil
  • Books/ chits/ sheets/ clips
  • Electronic Gadgets
  • Watches
  • Calculator
  • Stationary

Ques. Is it true that students are not allowed to take bio- breaks during CAT 2019 exam hours?

Ans. Yes, it is funny but an important point issued by the authorities that no- bio breaks are allowed during the exam time.

Ques. What support are PwD candidates getting while writing the CAT 2019 exam?

Ans. You will get the following privileges while writing CAT Exam:

  1. Scribe/ reader- candidates suffering from visual impairment or cerebral palsy are allowed to bring a scribe as an assistant, who has filled or submitted affidavits which ensure scribe’s authenticity. 
  2. Other allowed devices- an abacus without a calculator is allowed to candidates suffering from visual impairment or hearing impairment.

Ques. What items are to be carried on the day of CAT 2019 exam?

Ans. A candidate needs to carry CAT 2018 admit card, along with a valid photo ID proof.

Ques. Can you give a list of items that can work as valid photo Id proof?

Ans. The following documents are accepted as the photo Id proof:

  • College ID
  • Employer ID
  • Driving License
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Voter ID
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Identification Affidavit

Ques. What fields can be corrected in CAT application form 2019?

Ans. CAT authorities are allowing only the following fields to be edited from this year onwards:

  • Programs selected
  • Percentage of marks scored
  • Work experience

Rest, cannot be edited within the form correction window. So best to preview the application form before hitting the final submit button.

Ques. What steps to follow to edit details in my CAT application form 2019?

Ans. Following steps have been defined by the authorities to edit the application form:

  1. Open the official CAT website 2018.
  2. Click on the “existing user” tab.
  3. Log in to the portal with the username and password.
  4. Check the date supplied in the fields.
  5. Edit the information that needs to be corrected.
  6. Click on “save “and continue once the whole form has been edited.

Ques. Are transgender candidates allowed to write the CAT exam?

Ans. Yes, since 2015, transgender candidates are allowed to write CAT exam. All the rules ply on them as is.

Ques. What is the minimum academic eligibility criteria for writing CAT 2019?

Ans. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute is compulsory and mandatory for writing the CAT 2018 exam, this must meet the minimum percentage requirement of 55% in the qualifying examination.

Ques. What information do I need to keep handy before filling the CAT application form?

Ans. The following information must be kept handy before CAT Registration:

  1. Candidate’s name
  2. Candidate’s DOB
  3. A valid email address
  4. Educational history
  5. Mark sheet of the previous qualifying examinations
  6. Additional certificates to be uploaded
  7. Scanned images of the passport size photo
  8. List of IIMs in the order of application

Ques. What details are asked in CAT 2019 Application Form?

Ans. You will find the following fields in the form:

  1. Personal details
  2. Academic details
  3. Work experience
  4. Programmes
  5. Payment of application fee

Ques. I have worked as a part-time employee with a management firm. Will my experience be counted during CAT 2019 Registration?

Ans. No, your experience will not be counted, ONLY FULL TIME JOB EXPERIENCE AFTER COMPLETING GRADUATION is considered as WORK EXPERIENCE.

Ques. What are the dimensions for the photograph to be uploaded with the CAT application form?

Ans. Only a scanned copy of the photograph and signature is accepted if it meets the following criteria:

Pass port size photographupto 80KB30mmX 45mm .jpg or .jpeg. minimum resolution of 150 px/ inch.
Signatureupto 80 Kb80mmx 35mm, .jpg or .jpeg. minimum resolution of 150 px/ inch.

Ques. Can CAT 2019 application fee be paid in offline mode by bank challan?

Ans. NO, application fee has to be paid in the online mode only, by the help of credit/debit card or internet banking. No other mode of payment even in the online mode is accepted.

Ques. What documents do I have to upload with my CAT 2019 application form?

Ans. A candidate has to upload compulsorily following set of documents with their CAT 2018 application form:

  1. A recent scanned photograph
  2. Scanned image of the signature
  3. SC/ST/OBC certificate must be signed by competent bodies and must be self attested, and then scanned and uploaded.
  4. PWD/DA certificate must be signed by authorities and self attested thereof, thus scanned and uploaded.

Ques. Do I have to send a hard copy of the completely filled CAT 2019 application form to the authorities?

Ans. No, you do not have to send any copy of the application form, however you must keep one print out for yourself ready.

Ques. Can the details in the application form be edited after paying the CAT 2019 application fee?

Ans. No, only the information can be edited before the payment of application fee. Some fields can be edited after the payment of application fee but some will be frozen so cannot be altered. The system thus provides you the freedom to log in multiple times and fill the details before hitting the final submit button.

Ques. How to contact CAT 2019 helpdesk in case of some emergency?

Ans. You can contact the authorities by the following methods:

Toll free number: 1-800-266-3549

Email ID:

Ques. What is the minimum age requirement for appearing for the CAT 2019 exam?

Ans. There is no minimum age bar defined for writing CAT entrance exam.

Ques. Are students in the final year of examination eligible to apply for the Common Admission Test?

Ans. Yes, students can apply but their admission on the basis of their CAT result will be provisional un till they produce their final year graduation marksheet.

Ques. Is graduation degree from an Open University or correspondence recognized and accepted for CAT 2019 eligibility criteria?

Ans. It will be accepted only if it falls in one of the following categories:

  • Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutionswill be regarded as “Equivalent Qualification”.
  • In case the equivalent qualification possessed by the candidate is not covered in those mentioned above, then he/she will have to get an equivalence certificate from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi

Ques. How many non- MCQ type questions can I expect in my CAT 2019 question paper?

Ans.The following table will help you with the details of the MCQ and non- MCQ questions distribution:

SectionQADI & LRQA
Number of questions343234
Non- MCQ1087

Ques. Can you give me the exam pattern of CAT 2019 in brief?

Ans. Read below the highlights:

  • There are total 100 questions divided among the three sections.
  • Candidates have to finish the exam in 3 hours or 180 minutes.
  • CAT is a computer based test or exam.
  • Candidates cannot switch between sections.
  • Question paper is printed in English only.
  • TITA question must be attempted carefully.

Ques. Is there a marking scheme for non-MCQ questions in CAT 2019 exam?

Ans. There is no marking scheme defined for non-MCQ/ TITA questions, but the marks awarded if you type the answer accurately will add to your percentile.

Ques. What is the marking scheme defined for MCQ type questions in CAT 2019?

Ans. As per the marking scheme, 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Ques. Can you list some important topics for preparing the QA section in CAT 2019?

Ans. Yes, you must prepare the following important topics for QA:

  1. Number system
  2. Arithmetic
  3. Algebra
  4. Geometry
  5. Permutation and combination
  6. Set theory, trigonometry and logarithms

Ques. Can you list the topics to prepare for the Verbal and Reading comprehension section?

Ans. On the basis of the previous years analysis following topics must be prepared as part of CAT VRC syllabus:

  • Fact Inference Judgment
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Word Usage (Vocabulary)

Ques. How can I check my CAT 2019 result online?

Ans. A simple 4 step process to check the CAT result online is as follows:

  1. Open the official website:
  2. Look for the link that reads “CAT 2018 result”.
  3. Click on the link and provide the details of the username and password.
  4. Click on submit button and your CAT score card 2018 is displayed on screen.

Ques. Can you give the details of interview cut off percentile for the year 2019?

Ans.The cut off percentile for the year 2016 is as follows:

InstituteInterview cut off percentileCut off percentile stated in admission criteria

IIM Ahmedabad



IIM Ranchi



IIM Raipur



IIM Trichy



IIM Udaipur



Ques. I am in my final year of Bachelor‘s Degree. What marks should I enter while filling CAT Application Form?

Ans. You have to mention the marks as per the last marksheet you have received from the University.

Ques. Is there any maximum age cap for CAT exam?

Ans. No, there not age limit criteria for appearing in CAT.

Ques. Can I appear for multiple slots for CAT?

Ans. No, a candidate can take exam only in one time slot.

Ques. I have done a dual degree program i.e. B.Tech+M.Tech. I am confused about how to enter my marks under qualification column?

Ans. Mention your graduation marks in Bachelor’s degree column and Master’s marks in master degree’s column.

Ques. I did not have a graduation degree, However, I have completed a professional degree, Can I apply for CAT?

Ans. No, only candidates who are graduate from a recognized University can apply for CAT. No, professional degree is accepted as a graduation degree.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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Nikita Karayat

Hey Can u guide me Recently j have done my graduation with BA and my subject were education english and sociology.. So please tell me Am i qualified to give CAT exam Nd Can i get admission in MBA Please please guide me.. nd answer my questions please

21 Oct, 2018 06:31
Akansha Expert

Hi Nikita, Admission in MBA Course is based on the CAT, as above mentioned the Application information or Eligibility Criteria.

23 Oct, 2018 15:58

hi,MBA colleges accepting CW Category in exams?(other than dse,dfs,tiss)and cut offs

14 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Rithvik, You may please check this link for getting the Reservation of CAT.

17 Oct, 2018 16:51

hi,yaa i checked but this is specific to cat exam ,i wanted to know about other colleges accepting cat score and having this category

17 Oct, 2018 17:05
Akansha Expert

Hello, We are sorry to you, that information do you want does not exist just because as per officially CAT is not given reservation or other benefits fro CW Category.

17 Oct, 2018 17:33
Shikha shukla

i am a student of 5th semester B.Com. I will complete my graduation in may 2019 so am i eligible for this exam?

16 Sep, 2018 00:20
Garima Bansal

Hi Shikha, The eligibility for the cat exam is candidate must possess a Bachelors degree having a minimum of 50% marks or has an equivalent GPA.

17 Sep, 2018 11:47

I have a backlog in my 4th sem, kindly let me know if I can attend CAT this year.I am in final year of my degree.

15 Sep, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Pavan, Yes, candidates who complete their degree by May 2019 are eligible to appear for CAT.

15 Sep, 2018 14:29
navyaa singh

I want to ask questions regarding Cat Registration Form 2018

27 Aug, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Navyaa, Please check this link for getting the information about the Application Procedure for CAT Entrance Exam.

27 Aug, 2018 11:43
Nikhil Mishra

Hello mujhe ye information chahiye tha ki mere bsc me 50% marks nhi hi to kya mai msc karne ke baad cat ke exam ko attend kar skte hi ya nhi

06 Aug, 2018 00:53
Akansha Expert

Hi Nikhil, Please check this link for getting the information about the Eligibility for the CAT Entrance Exam.

06 Aug, 2018 12:07
nikunj tyagi

bba 5th sem. students eligible for this exam or not ?

04 Jul, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Nikunj, You need to Qualify Your 6th Semester for getting Participating the CLAT Entrance test.

04 Jul, 2018 15:03
Pankaj Bhattacharya

I will due to appear B.Tech final June 2019 and my final year starts from July 2018. Can I appear in CAT 2018 exam?

31 May, 2018 21:57
Garima Bansal

Hi Pankaj, A candidate should have completed his Bachelor’s degree program in any stream from a recognized university or have an equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Ministry of HRD, India.

11 Sep, 2018 15:50
suchismita mishra

hiii sakshi i want to know whether i have to appear for cat in order to get selected in UBS chandigarh ? and if yes then what is te average percentile required to do so ?

02 May, 2018 11:34
Garima Bansal

Hi Suchismita, Yes , you have to appear for cat in order to get selected in UBS Chandigarh and the average percentile 90+ which is required for the admission

19 Jun, 2018 15:53
Isha Gupta

Hlo sir i want to do mba i have socred 62 percent in account hons. How can i get addmiddion in top colleges

26 Mar, 2018 22:31
Bhawna Vedwal

You have to qualify CAT exam. To get more information regarding process you can use this link : Application Process

04 Jun, 2018 15:57

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