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CAT 2019

Last Updated - October 26, 2017

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 2019 official notification will be released in July 2019 at
  • The minimum eligibility norm to apply for CAT 2019 is a graduate degree in any discipline with minimum 50% aggregate marks.
  • CAT 2019 will be held in the fourth week of November 2019 in 2 sessions.
  • CAT Application Form 2019 will be available from second week of August 2019.
  • The application fee is INR 1800 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.
  • It is an online exam which will consist of a blend of 100 MCQ and Non- MCQ type questions. Check CAT 2019 Exam Pattern
  • CAT 2019 Result will be declared by the second week of January 2020.

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.

CAT 2019 Highlights

Conducting bodyIndian Institute of Management (IIM)
Mode of CAT 2019Online (computer based test)
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 examinationDecember 2019
Duration of CAT 20193 hours (180 minutes)
Sections3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)

CAT 2019 Exam Dates

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 2019Fourth week of July 2019
CAT 2019 online registration opensSecond week of August 2019
Last date for submitting CAT 2019 online application formFourth week of September 2019
Correction window for CAT 2019 application form opensFourth week of September 2019
Issue of CAT 2019 Admit CardThird week of October 2019
CAT 2019 Exam dateFourth week of November 2019
CAT 2019 ResultSecond week of January 2020

CAT 2019 Eligibility

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:

  • Applicants must have a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institute.
  • Minimum aggregate marks required in the qualifying examination is 50% (45% for SC, ST and PwD category)
  • Aspirants who are in their final year of UG/ PG degree or are awaiting results can also apply for CAT 2019 provided they fulfill above requirements.
  • Candidates who have complete their professional degree of CA, CS or ICWA are also eligible for the exam.

CAT 2019 Application Form

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. The application process consists of 3 steps which are given below:

  • Registration by providing basic details to get 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?

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


  • Visit the official website of CAT 2019 and click on ‘Registration for New User’. The registration form to create the User Profile will appear.
  • Enter general details like name, date of birth and contact details- valid mobile number and email ID.
  • Applicants will have to verify their mobile number through OTP.
  • Once the OTP is verified, students will receive an email which will have their User ID and Password. The same will also be sent on the registered mobile number.
  • Login using these credentials to proceed with the application process.

Filling of Application form

  • Once logged in, CAT 2019 Application Form will appear.
  • Aspirants will have to enter personal and contact details as well as details about their academic qualification, work experience, preference of program and exam center.
  • They must then upload scanned images of their recent photograph, signature and category certificate (SC, ST, NC-OBC and PwD category).
  • After checking the details, click on ‘Save and Continue’ to pay the application fees.

Payment of Application Fee

  • The final step to complete the application form is to remit the requisite application fees.
  • Application fee can be paid only by the online method.
  • Candidates can pay the fee using Credit/ Debit card, Net Banking and Cash Card & Wallet.
  • Fill the necessary fields with payment details on the bank page and save the receipt of the online transaction as proof of payment.
  • Upon successful submission, aspirants will receive an email related to the status of application.
  • Take a print out of the application form for further correspondence.

CAT 2019 Application Form Correction

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:

  • Programs selected
  • Percentage of marks scored
  • Work experience

Steps to make corrections in CAT 2019 Application Form:

  • Go to the official website of CAT, i.e.,
  • Click on ‘Existing user’ tab.
  • Enter log in credentials such- User Id and Password.
  • Go through the various sections of the application form and make corrections accordingly.
  • Click on ‘save and continue’ or ‘save’ to exit the portal.

CAT 2019 Application Fee

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:

CategoryApplication Fee
General (UR)INR 1800
PwDINR 900

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. 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 counseling, 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 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:

  • Log on to the official website of CAT.
  • Login using the User ID and Password.
  • Click on ‘Download Admit Card’ to access the hall ticket.
  • 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 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 Exam Pattern

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.

  • Duration of exam will be 3 hours wherein each section will have a time limit of 1 hour.
  • The paper will be divided into 3 sections- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Verbal and Reading Comprehension.
  • 100 questions will be asked in total with 32- 34 questions per section.
  • Every correct answer will be awarded +3 marks while a penalty of -1 will be charged for wrong answers. Non-MCQ questions will not have negative marking.
  • About 70- 75% questions will be of MCQ type whereas the remaining 35- 30% questions will be non- MCQ type.
Mode of examOnline
Number of questions100
Sections in paper3 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Verbal and Reading Comprehension)
Maximum Marks300 marks
Marking Scheme+3 marks for every correct answer
Negative markingYes, 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer
Duration of exam3 hours (60 minutes for each section)
Medium of languageEnglish

CAT 2019 Syllabus

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 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 Alligations, Ratio & Proportion, Logarithm, Time & Work, Functions, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry and Mensuration

CAT 2019 Result

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:

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

CAT 2019 Cut Off

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 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

CAT 2019 Selection Procedure

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-

  • 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 about the given topic.
  • PI is the final round wherein aspirants are interviewed by a panel of 4-8 judges. 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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