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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019- Age Limit, Qualification, Marks

Updated On - September 18th 2019 by MOHIT SAROHI

CAT 2019 will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode on November 24, 2019. As per the necessary criteria, candidates who have completed a graduation degree with a minimum of 50% marks are eligible to apply for CAT 2019. 

Latest: CAT 2019  Registration process commenced on  August 7, 2019. Check Here
  • A relaxation of 5% marks is awarded to candidates belonging to  SC/ST/PWD categories. 

  • There is no restriction on age or number of attempts.

  • Candidates of foreign origin fulfilling CAT Eligibility Criteria can also apply for the exam. Check CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Last date of CAT Registration is September 25, 2019. Management aspirants who fulfill the eligibility conditions can fill in the online application form available at Read on to know more about CAT eligibility criteria, reservation scheme, work experience, documents required and other such details.

CAT Eligibility

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019 – Academic Qualification

  • Candidate should have completed his/her 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.
  • For general and NC-OBC category candidates, the minimum percentage required in the bachelor’s degree is 50%.
  • Candidates from the reserved categories must attain a minimum aggregate percentage of 45% in the bachelor's program.
  • For candidates who are awarded grades or CGPA, the conversion of grades or CGPA will be according to the process certified by the university/ institute.
  • Candidates in the final year of the program or awaiting their results can also apply.

Note: In such cases, a candidate will have to submit a certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of the College/Institution latest by June 30, 2019. The certificate should state that the candidate has completed the requirements of the course.

Also Read CAT 2019 Exam Dates 

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the Age limit for CAT 2019? Is there a limit on the number of attempts?

There is no age bar for taking CAT 2019 and there are no restrictions regarding the number of attempts either. 

In the case of Grades or GPA are not available, how will be the calculation of minimum marks for the eligibility criteria?

If in case the Grading system or GPA score is not available for a particular college or university, the conversion of the percentage of marks will be done as per the procedure prescribed by the respective university or college.

The academic qualification details of CAT Exam Eligibility are tabulated below:

QualificationUniversityPass Percentage
Engineering Degree – B. Tech/ B.E.Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
Bachelor’s Degree from any UniversityRecognized by UGC50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
Students who are pursuing the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can also take the examination.Continuing graduation from University Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE or UGC50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)

Note 1: A recognized university is one which is constituted by an Act of the Central or State Legislature. It also includes any university or institute which is established by an act of Parliament or is declared as deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act of 1956.

Note 2: In case of Universities which award grades or CGPA, but do not have a procedure for conversion of grades to the percentage, the equivalent percentage will be calculated by the given process:

(Candidate’s CGPA/Maximum CGPA) X 100 = Equivalent Percentage

Also Read CAT Participating Institutes 2019

CAT Eligibility and IIM Eligibility: Difference

Candidate must note the difference between CAT Exam Eligibility 2019 and IIM Eligibility 2020-22. Although there is no age limit for both the CAT Exam Eligibility as well as IIM Eligibility, but the 2 years Bachelor’s degree is accepted by CAT. Whereas, IIMs require a 3 years Bachelor’s degree for their management program.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019: Equivalent Degrees 

There are certain degrees which are considered equivalent to a bachelor degree. Candidates who possess or are pursuing any of these degrees are also eligible to appear for CAT 2019. The equivalent qualifications valid for appearing in CAT Exam are listed below:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology of 4-years duration completed after 10+2 or Post B.Sc. or Post Diploma.
  2. A degree equivalent to a bachelor degree in Engineering and Technology of Professional Societies recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE such as AMIE by Institution of Engineers, India or AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers of India.
  3. Qualification is equivalent to bachelor’s degree recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.
  4. Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degree (Gen: 50% & SC/ST/ PWD: 45%) can also apply.
  5. A candidate with any other qualification not listed here can also apply, but they will have to produce an equivalency certificate issued by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019 for Final Year Students

  • The eligibility criteria for CAT is graduation, although final year students of various bachelor's degree courses can also take the test.
  • However, a candidate will be admitted into a course only if he clears graduation with at least 50% marks.
  • IIMs and other management institutes verify CAT eligibility at various stages of the selection process.

After taking CAT 2019, shortlisted candidates must follow the following instructions-

  1. They must show an original certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the University/Institution certifying that they have obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of reserved category) based on latest available grades/marks.
  2. They must also submit a set of photocopy of the original certificates at the time of interview.

For the PGP in IIMs, selected candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally only if they submit a certificate, stating-

  1. They have completed all the requirements (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.
  2. Their admission will be confirmed only when they submit the original mark sheet and degree certificate of having passed the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of their college/institute.
  3. They must obtain at least 50% marks or equivalent. They must submit a photocopy of the mark sheets and degree certificate.
  4. Non-fulfillment of this condition will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.
  5. IIMs would not allow any candidate to join their program in case the candidate is unable to complete all the requirements for a bachelor degree.


  • During CAT 2019 Registration, the entered data is treated as final, and no change is permitted at a later stage. Any variation in data provided at selection stage with the actual data will lead to the nullification of candidature.
  • Candidates must declare and maintain the following throughout the selection process:
  1. Valid and unique Email ID and a phone number
  2. CAT User ID (provided to you via email after completion of your online registration)

CheckCAT Exam Pattern

CAT Eligibility 2019: Who isn’t eligible?

The following aspirants are not eligible to sit for CAT 2019:

  • If the score of the candidate is less than 50% in graduation (45% for SC/ST/PwD candidates), he or she is not eligible to apply for CAT.
  • The candidates pursuing both their bachelor's degree and professional degree but have yet to complete both of them.
  • The candidate will be considered ineligible to appear for the exam if his/her graduation is not recognized by the UGC/AICTE/MHRD.

CAT Eligibility 2019: Work Experience 

  • It is not mandatory for candidates to hold any prior work experience.
  • Although CAT Application Form does ask for it, it is not a necessary condition to fulfill.
  • It must be noted that at the time of final selection, this work experience may be given some weightage by the IIMs. However, the exact weightage is never revealed and it varies from one IIM to another.
  • The bottom line is that work experience does not come into play till the last stage of final selection, and even then it does not play a deciding factor.
  • IIMs have been known to have a mixed batch comprising of both fresh graduates and students with work experience. 

CAT Reservation Criteria 2019

  • IIMs follow the reservation guideline of the central government for admission to their MBA programs.
  • Consequently, the reservation norms are also applicable to CAT 2019.
  • There are two types of reservations of seats at IIMs – Caste based reservation and Reservation for Differently abled individuals.
  • Follwing the 124th Amendment Bill in the Constitution of India, IIMs have also introduced the EWS quota this year. Read EWS Quota CAT 2019 Details

Caste Based Reservation Policy

The candidates falling in the SC, ST, or NC-OBC category falls under the aegis of Caste-based reservation policy. The rules which apply to these categories are as follows:

  1. Candidates who belong to the SC or ST categories must have scored an aggregate of 45% in their Bachelor’s degree program.
  2. Candidates who belong to the NC-OBC category must have scored an aggregate of 50% in their Bachelor’s degree program.

The distribution of seat reservation based on caste is given below:

CategoryPercent of seats reserved
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Other Backwards Classes – Non-Creamy Layer (NC-OBC)27%

Check CAT Reservation Criteria 2019

Essential Documents for Caste Based Reservation

  • Candidates who apply under the caste-based reservation must upload their SC/ST/NC-OBC certificate while filling the online application form.
  • They will also need to produce the original certificate at the time of interview and admission.
  • The format for caste certificate is available on the CAT official website.

Reservation Policy for Differently Abled Candidates

There is a separate reservation policy for differently abled candidates. The criteria for differently abled candidates are defined as below:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Low Vision blindness
  • Locomotor Disability/Cerebral Palsy

This reservation is, however, applicable only for those candidates who suffer from the said disabilities at least to the extent of 40% or more. These candidates must possess a medical certificate stating the same, issued by an authorized medical authority.

Reservation Norms for Differently Abled Candidates for CAT Exam

  1. There is a reservation of 3% seats for differently abled candidates in IIMs.
  2. Differently abled candidates need to have 45% marks in their graduate degree.
  3. Differently abled candidates will be provided with a wheelchair (blind candidates or those affected with a locomotor disability) at the exam center if selected during CAT Registration.
  4. Differently abled candidates in the low vision category can bring a scribe with them. There are no eligibility criteria set for scribes.

Essential Certificates

Those applying under the Differently Abled category must upload a PwD/DA certificate at the time of applying. They also need to produce the original certificate at the time of interview in the desired format:

  1. Download NC-OBC Certificate
  2. Download SC-ST Certificate
  3. Download DA/PwD Certificate
  4. Download Format for Final Year Certificate
  5. Download Format for Candidate Identification Affidavit

CAT 2019 Eligibility FAQs

Ques. I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree. Can I appear for CAT 2019?

Ans. As per CAT 2019 eligibility criteria, you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2019.

Ques. I am yet to complete my Bachelor’s Degree/in the final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks should I enter in my CAT Application form?

Ans.  The Aggregate Percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University must be provided in the CAT application form.

Ques.  Can I appear for CAT for practice purpose, even though I am not eligible for the exam?

Ans. No. You must fulfill the eligibility requirements to appear for CAT.

Ques. I am a General category candidate with 49% in the Bachelor’s and 51%, for my Master’s degree. Am I eligible to apply for CAT 2019?

Ans. No. you should have 50% or more in your graduation.

Ques. I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2019 but have a backlog. Am I eligible to apply for CAT 2019?

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

Ques.  Where are the notifications related to CAT 2019 Eligibility Announced?

Ans. All the updated information and Notifications related to CAT 2019 Eligibility are announced on the official website of CAT.

Ques. What are the Academic Qualifications required for CAT 2019?

Ans. Candidate must possess a Bachelors degree having a minimum of 50% marks or has an equivalent GPA.

Ques. What are the relaxations related to Academic Qualification of a candidate willing to appear for CAT 2019 and belongs to the reserved category?

Ans. Candidates who belong to the reserved category are given a relaxation of 5%, i.e., candidates who belong to the reserved category must have 45% of their bachelor’s degree.

Ques.  What if a particular university or Institute does not have a Grade calculating procedure?

Ans. Candidates whose University or Institutes who do not have any grade calculating procedure will be required to divide the candidate’s marks with the maximum marks and then multiply it by 100.

Ques.  What are the ‘Specified Disabilities’ required for PWD candidates to give CAT 2019 exam?

Ans. The categories of disability are:

  • In the case of blindness and low vision
  • deafness or if a candidate is hard of hearing
  • locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy,
  • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness.
  • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons.

Ques.  If a candidate has not completed his Bachelor’s degree or another professional degree, is he allowed to appear for CAT 2019 Exam?

Ans. NO, a candidate who has not completed his bachelor’s professional course is ineligible to sit for the exam.

Ques. What if a candidate scores 49% of the Bachelor’s degree. Will they be allowed to appear for the exam?

Ans. No, the candidate is required to have a minimum of 50% in their Bachelors to appear in the test.

Ques. A candidate who has completed his/her bachelors in 2019 Eligible to sit for the examination?

Ans. Yes, candidates can sit for the exam even if they complete their bachelors in the same year of appearing for the examination.

Ques. Under which category can a candidate apply for CAT 2019?

Ans. Candidates can apply in the following categories:

  • General
  • Scheduled Caste (SC)
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • Non-Creamy Other Backward Class (NC-OBC)

Ques. Is it possible for a candidate to appear for 2 slots in the CAT exam?

Ans. No, a candidate cannot appear for more than one slot to give the exam.

Ques.  What is the helpline number for the Helpdesk?

Ans. Candidates can contact the exam authorities through- Toll-free number – 18002663549 Email –

Ques. What are the Eligibilities of a Reader/Scribe?

Ans. There are no particular eligibility criteria that a candidate is appearing as a reader needs to follow. However, candidates appearing as readers are required to carry a passport size photograph, ID proof and must sign a declaration of their educational qualification.

Ques. From where can candidates obtain the form for a scribe or reader?

Ans. There is no separate form for the reader. Candidate must mention himself as scribe or reader while filling the CAT 2019 application form.

Ques. Where can a candidate submit his documents for verification?

Ans. Candidates must upload all the required documents online while filling the application form of CAT 2019.

Readers can clear their doubts through the comments section.

*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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prince babu kandikatla

hi i am prince babu kandikatla i completed my graduate 2001 i am belongs to SC category i got 45% how much fees for cat exam give me your feedback through mobile 9154557368 or email

17 Sep, 2019 11:23
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Prince, as you belong to SC category, total application fee payable for you is INR 950.

18 Sep, 2019 14:44
Ankur Kapoor

I Already have My SC caste certificate with me.Which was updated in 2017 through edistrict.It can be easily verified.So do i still need to download the CAT caste certificate and get it verified from authorities

14 Sep, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Ankur, no, there is no need to get it verified again if it has been done already. However, you will have to upload the same while filling up the application form.

18 Sep, 2019 14:48
arvind kumar

i am a working professional and completed my graduation in 2017 ,can i apply for CAT 2019 ,august ? i scored 78 % overall . please advise .thanks

17 Jul, 2019 12:22
Akhil Pasanth

Hi Arvind, Yes you are eligible. The minimum percentage required to apply for CAT 2019 is 50% with graduation.

17 Jul, 2019 15:35
Nikhil Pahuja

When we have to get final year certificate

17 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Nikhil, It depends upon the college in which you get the classes for Law course. They will give you that information.

17 Oct, 2018 11:18
Nikhil Pahuja

When we have to get final year certificate

16 Oct, 2018 18:17
Akansha Expert

Hi Nikhil, It depends upon the college in which you get the classes for Law course. They will give you that information.

17 Oct, 2018 11:18

I am graduate 2018year from delhi university and pass out 50.5555%

11 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Aman, The basic eligibility criteria, candidates who have completed graduation degree with 50% marks are eligible to apply for CAT 2018. Also, candidates in final year/semester are eligible. A relaxation of 5% marks is awarded to candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories. There is no restriction on age or number of attempts. Candidates of foreign origin fulfilling CAT Eligibility Criteria can apply.

11 Oct, 2018 11:24
Avanish Sharma

Sir ma cat kaa exam kitni baar de sakta hu

01 Oct, 2018 22:49
Akansha Expert

Hi Avanish, There is no Limit on the Number of times you can sit for CAT. There is no restriction on age or number of attempts.

11 Oct, 2018 15:36
Sushree satabdi Khuas

Only graduation marks are important or school /college marks are also considered?

15 Sep, 2018 16:24
Akansha Expert

Hi Sushree, Both the marks are considered, while taking the admission or appearing the Entrance test.

17 Sep, 2018 11:08

I have done my and after that I have taken lateral entry into course of which I am in final year.Is it compulsory to mention the degree? If compulsory,what will be the course duration for the degree? Will it be 3 as I have taken lateral entry or it will be 4 as of the original course?

13 Sep, 2018 15:05

I has an doubt regarding cat application form

09 Sep, 2018 00:20
Garima Bansal

Hi Vishnu,Can you please share your doubts regarding the application form?

10 Sep, 2018 16:37

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