CAT 2018 NEWS
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CAT 2019 (Common Admission Test) is a national level qualifying exam for admission into MBA, PGDM and other postgraduate management courses in India. It is conducted annually by the IIMs on a rotational basis. The entrance test is conducted in 2 sessions across 140 exam centers.
Some key features of CAT 2019 are stated below:
CAT is the most popular management entrance test conducted in India. CAT scores are accepted by the prestigious IIMs, IITs and a variety of top business schools.
|Conducting body||Indian Institute of Management (IIM)|
|Mode of CAT 2019||Online (computer based test)|
|Eligibility||Graduation degree with 50% aggregate|
|Courses offered||Admission to MBA/ PGDM courses|
|CAT 2019 Participating Institutes||IIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB and other business schools|
|Official Notification||July 2019|
|Date of examination||December 2019|
|Duration of CAT 2019||3 hours (180 minutes)|
|Sections||3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)|
The schedule proposed for CAT 2019 is given below. The important dates regarding admission process will be available on the official website of the organizing institute.
|Release of official notification for CAT 2019||Fourth week of July 2019|
|CAT 2019 online registration opens||Second week of August 2019|
|Last date for submitting CAT 2019 online application form||Fourth week of September 2019|
|Correction window for CAT 2019 application form opens||Fourth week of September 2019|
|Issue of CAT 2019 Admit Card||Third week of October 2019|
|CAT 2019 Exam date||Fourth week of November 2019|
|CAT 2019 Result||Second week of January 2020|
The eligibility criteria for CAT 2019 are as set up by the conducting body. Participants must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility requirements before applying for the management exam. The various criteria are as stated below:
CAT 2019 Application Form will be available from the second week of August 2019. Participants 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:
Students can go through the following the guidelines to apply for the exam:
Filling of Application form
If candidates make mistakes while filling CAT 2019 Application form, they can rectify it during the limited time when the forms are open for correction. The conducting authority allows students to make corrections in selected entries only. The correction window will open after the application process is over.
The details which can be corrected are as follows:
Steps to make corrections in CAT 2019 Application Form:
CAT 2019 Application Form will be submitted successfully only after the payment of application fee. Students will be required to pay the application fees according to their category at the time of registration. Those individuals who do not remit the application fee will not be eligible for CAT 2019.
Fee can only be rendered through the online mode. Aspirants can use Credit/ Debit card, Net Banking or Cash Card & Wallet facility to pay the fees. The category wise fee for CAT 2019 is mentioned below:
|General (UR)||INR 1800|
|NC- OBC||INR 1800|
|SC/ ST||INR 900|
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. 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.
Steps to download CAT 2019 Admit Card are given below:
CAT 2019 will be conducted in 140 exam centers 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 center to the individuals and the venue of the center will be mentioned in the admit card.
CAT 2019 is a computer based test (online test) and will be conducted in the English language only. The exam will be held in two shifts. The question paper will have both, objective and type-in questions.
|Mode of exam||Online|
|Number of questions||100|
|Sections in paper||3 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Verbal and Reading Comprehension)|
|Maximum Marks||300 marks|
|Marking Scheme||+3 marks for every correct answer|
|Negative marking||Yes, 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer|
|Duration of exam||3 hours (60 minutes for each section)|
|Medium of language||English|
There is no set syllabus for CAT 2019 but we can determine the syllabus based on the analysis of previous exam patterns. Questions asked in the exam are upto 10+2 level covering a multitude of topics. The important topics that aspirants should focus on according to the sections are represented in the table below:
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension||Verbal 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 Interpretation||Area graph, Venn diagram, Line and Pie Charts, Column and Bar graphs, Caselets and Tables|
|Logical Reasoning||Number and letter series, Syllogism, Clocks, calendars and cubes, Directions, Blood relations, Binary Logic, Coding-decoding, Logical sequence, Matrix and linear arrangement|
|Quantitative Ability||Number system, Geometry, Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Mixtures and Alligations, Ratio & Proportion, Logarithm, Time & Work, Functions, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry and Mensuration|
CAT 2019 Result will be declared by the second week of January 2019. The results will be announced on the official CAT 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:
The cut off for CAT 2019 will be decided after considering factors like number of applicants, difficulty level of exam, seats available and previous years’ cut off. Each IIM will announce its cut off for shortlisting aspirants for the selection process separately.
Candidates must clear sectional and overall cut off to be eligible for the subsequent rounds. The overall cut off for IIMs usually falls between 90- 99 percentile.
The top 3 IIMs- Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta have a cut off over 99 percentile. Cut off for other top business schools like FMS, JBIMS and SPIJMR is over 95 percentile. The expected CAT cut off for top management colleges is-
|Name of Institute||CAT Cut off in Percentile|
All the participating institutes have their own shortlisting criteria for admission. The basic norm is to clear the sectional and overall CAT 2019 Cut Off of the respective institutes. Applicants who fulfill such criteria will move forward to the next stage of selection process.
The 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-
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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