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CAT 2019 Registration, Dates, Eligibility, Pattern & Syllabus

Last Updated - April 20, 2019

CAT 2019 (Common Admission Test) is a national level entrance exam held for the candidates seeking admissions in MBA, PGDM and other postgraduate management courses in India. The exam is conducted annually by the IIMs on a rotational basis. The entrance test is conducted in 2 sessions across 140 exam centres. CAT 2019 will be held on November 25, 2019. 

  • As per eligibility, applicants should have a graduate degree with a minimum of 50% marks. Check CAT Eligibility
  • CAT Application Form 2019 will be available from the second week of August 2019.
  • The application fee is INR 1900 for a General category applicant. 
  • The exam is held for admission into PG management programs offered by the IIMs and other business schools across India.
  • The result of CAT 2019 exam will be declared by the second week of January 2020.

CAT 2019 Highlights

The below table shows all the important highlights of the CAT 2019 exam. 

Conducting bodyIndian Institute of Management (IIM)
Mode of CAT 2019Online (computer-based test)
Official websitewww.iimcat.ac.in
EligibilityGraduation degree with 50% aggregate
Courses offeredAdmission to MBA/ PGDM courses
CAT 2019 Participating InstitutesIIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB and other business schools
Official NotificationJuly 2019
Date of examinationNovember 2019
Duration of CAT 20193 hours (180 minutes)
Sections3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)

Also Check CAT 2019 Cut off


CAT 2019 Important Dates

The schedule proposed for CAT 2019 is given below. The important dates regarding the admission process will be available on the official website of the organizing institute.

EventDate (Tentative)Reference Links
Official Notification of CAT 2019July 29, 2019Check CAT 2019 Official Notification 
CAT 2019 Application FormAugust 8, 2019CAT Application Form ends on September 19, 2019 
CAT 2019 Form Correction WindowSeptember 27- September 30, 2019-
Release of CAT Admit Card 2019October 24 – November 25, 2019 Download CAT Admit Card 2019 from iimcat.ac.in
CAT 2019 Exam DateNovember 25, 2019 Exam duration will be of 3 hours
CAT Result Date 2019Second Week of January 2019Check CAT Result 2019 online at iimcat.ac.in

CAT 2019 Eligibility

The detailed CAT Eligibility 2019 is given here:

Age Criteria

  • There will be no age restriction for taking the CAT examination.

Qualification Criteria

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must have a bachelor’s or equivalent degree.
  • Minimum Marks: Pass the above exam with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% marks for SC/ST/PWD categories).
  • Appearing candidates of the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination can also apply.
  • Candidates, those 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.

CAT 2019 Application Form

CAT 2019 Application Form will be available from August 8, 2019. Candidates will be required to fill up general details like personal information and academic qualifications. The application forms can be filled via online mode only on the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in. The application process consists of 3 steps which are given below:

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

How to Fill CAT 2019 Application Form?

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

Registration

  1. Visit the official website of CAT 2019 and click on ‘Registration for New User’.
  2. The 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, students 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.

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 and contact details as well as the details about their academic qualification, work experience, preference of program and exam centre.
  3. Then, candidates have to upload the scanned images of their recent photograph, signature and category certificate (SC, ST, NC-OBC and PwD category).
  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. The application fee can be paid through the online mode only using Credit/ Debit card, Net Banking and Cash Card & Wallet.
  3. Fill the necessary fields with payment details on the bank page and save the receipt of the online transaction as proof of payment.
  4. On successful submission, aspirants will receive an email related to the status of the application.
  5. Take a print out of the application form and save it for future correspondence. 

CAT 2019 Application Form Correction

If candidates make mistakes while filling CAT 2019 Application form, they can rectify it within the limited time when the forms are open for correction. 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. iimcat.ac.in.
  2. Click on ‘Existing user’ tab.
  3. Enter log in credentials such- 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.

CAT 2019 Admit Card

CAT 2019 Admit Card will be issued to applicants who have successfully registered for the exam. It will be released in the second week of October 2019. 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 centre allotted along with the address will be printed on the hall ticket.
  • It is a mandatory document of 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. Log on 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 centres across the country.
  • Participants will be allowed to choose 4 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 centre to the individuals and the venue of the center will be mentioned in the admit card.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

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

  • Exam Mode: The examination will be digital or Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Session: The examination will be held in two sessions.
  • Duration: The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes (3 hours).
  • Type of Questions: In the examination, objective & subjective type questions will be asked.
  • Number of Questions: Total 100 questions will be asked in the examination.
  • Marking Scheme: For the correct answer, three marks will be allotted to the candidates.
  • Negative Marking: The will be no negative marks for subjective type questions, For MCQs type question, one mark will be deducted for the wrong answer.
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-

Download CAT Sample Papers


CAT 2019 Syllabus

The detailed CAT 2019 Syllabus is given below:

SectionSub-topics
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

Also Check CAT Preparation Books 


CAT 2019 Result

CAT 2019 Result will be declared by the second week of January 2019. 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 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 aspirants 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
JBIMS99
IIT, Bombay98.5
IIM, Kozhikode96.3
IIM, Indore94.7

CAT 2019 Selection Procedure

All the participating institutes have their shortlisting criteria for admission. The basic norm is to clear the sectional and overall CAT 2019 Cutoff of the respective institutes. Applicants who fulfil such criteria will appear in the next stage of the selection process.

CAT Selection Procedure followed by IIMs consists of Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. These are explained briefly as follows-

  • Candidates shortlisted based on their CAT scores have to appear for GD, WAT and PI rounds held by the IIMs or other b-schools.
  • In the WAT round, students have to write an essay on the topic provided by the institute.
  • The topic can be related to socio-political issues, current affairs or some idea. The essay should generally be completed within 30 minutes.
  • For the GD round, applicants are divided into groups of 8-10 members wherein, they are required to discuss the given topic.
  • PI is a panel of 4-8 judges interviews the final round wherein aspirants. This panel assesses the profile of individuals to see if he is fit for the chosen course.

Many top business schools follow a similar selection process. After all the rounds are conducted the institutes publish the final merit list. This list is created after considering all rounds of selection and CAT 2019 scores. Candidates are offered admission to various courses based on this merit list.


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