CAT 2019 – IIM Kozhikode will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) for MBA / PGPM admission, which is now confirmed. The covernor for CAT 2019 is Prof. Shubhasis Dey. CAT is a computer-based test national level entrance exam, score of which is accepted by 20 IIMs and more than 200 B-Schools. The notification of CAT 2019 is expected to be available by July 28, 2019, and the registration will begin in 1st week of August 2019. To apply, you need to be a graduate in any stream. Know more details on CAT 2019 from this page.
In CAT around 2 lakh candidates appear every year and out of them, the candidates who are able to score around 90-99 percentile are offered admissions in the IIMs. Candidates can check below the important dates of CAT 2019:
|Release of notification for CAT 2019||28 Jul 2019|
|Commencement of registration||05 Aug 2019|
|CAT 2019 Last Date for Registration||30 Sep 2019|
|Start Date For Form Correction||27 Sep 2019|
|End Date For Form Correction||30 Sep 2019|
|Availability of Admit Card||24 Oct – 24 Nov 2019|
|CAT 2019 Exam Date||24 Nov 2019|
|CAT 2019 Result date||07 Jan 2020|
CAT 2019 Latest News
12 Jul 2019: CAT 2019 covernor is Prof. Shubhasis Dey, as revealed in the MoU of the IIMs and the non-IIMs.
03 Jul 2019: IIM Kozhikode releases CAT 2019 Notification regarding registration of non-IIM institutes to avail the CAT 2019 scores. This indicates IIM Kozhikode will hold CAT 2019. Read more.
26 Jun 2019: As per the latest news, it is expected the CAT 2019 Notification is to release on July 28, 2019.
CAT 2019 Notification
The CAT 2019 Notification is the intimation about the exam dates and registration start dates CAT 2019. The notification also confirms the conducting body of the exam, as the IIM that releases the CAT notification is responsible for its conduction.
The CAT 2019 Notification has the below-given details:
- Registration dates
- Exam date
- Admit card release date
- Result declaration date
- The website of CAT
- Eligibility in brief
- Test centers
CAT 2019 Conducting Body
As earlier, we have said that the IIMs take their turns to conduct CAT. Therefore going by the rotation this year the CAT 2019 Conducting body must be IIM Kozhikode. You can check the table below to know the pattern of rotation that IIMs follows:
|CAT Year||IIM Conducted the Exam|
- As per the table, we can see that 6 IIMs take turns to conduct CAT. IIM Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Calcutta, Kozhikode and Indore got chances to conduct the exam in the first cycle until 2014.
- From 2015 the second cycle starts, and IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, and Calcutta have taken their turns.
- Now in 2019, as per the cycle, IIM Kozhikode is expected to conduct CAT 2019.
CAT Syllabus 2019
The syllabus of CAT 2019, section wise is given in the table below. The candidates can check the syllabus and stick to these available topics to prepare for the exam.
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||Quantitative Ability|
|Sentence Corrections||Family Tree||Arithmetic|
|Idioms||The course of Action||Ratio and Proportion|
|Meaning-Usage Match||Pie Chart||Probability|
|Summary Questions||Calendars||Permutation and Combination|
|Reading Comprehension||Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments||Mensuration|
|Verbal Reasoning||Puzzles||Time and work|
|Syllogisms||Series||LCM & HCF|
|Antonyms and Synonyms||Coding & Decoding||Clocks|
|Fill in the blanks||Column Graphs||Higher Maths|
|–||Numeric Grid||Geometric Progression|
|–||Syllogisms||Installments & Payments|
|–||Graphs representing Area||Profit and Loss|
|–||Linear and Matrix Arrangements||Percentages|
|–||–||Pipes and Cisterns|
|–||–||Cubes and Cones|
|–||–||Mean, Median, Mode|
|–||–||Quadratic and linear equations|
|–||–||Angles and Triangles|
CAT 2019 Exam Pattern
Now that you are looking for appearing in CAT 2019, it is important to know the exam pattern all about the examination first and then jump into the preparations for the same accordingly. Above we have told you all about CAT 2019 conducting body, why it is conducted. Now let us walk you through the question paper pattern of CAT 2019:
|Mode of the exam||Online|
|Types of Questions||MCQ and TITA (type in the answer) type questions|
|Number of Sections||3|
|Name of the sections||
Note that each year there are changes made in the exam as per the conducting body. The changes are made in the following areas:
- Number of Questions in the Exam
- Difficulty Level of Exam
- Number of Non-MCQ Questions
- Addition of a few new types of questions
However, for the last year CAT, the exam pattern that was followed is as follows:
|Section||Total Number of Questions||Marks|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||
Marking Scheme of CAT 2019:
- There is no negative marking in the TITA questions
- In the MCQ type questions, there is a negative marking of 1 marks.
- Each correct MCQ and TITA question’s answer fetches 3 marks.
How to Prepare for CAT 2019
To prepare for CAT here is what the candidates must know:
- Around 2 lakh candidates all over the nation to get into 20 IIMs.
- On a scale of 10 points, the difficulty level of CAT is around 7-8 points.
- The candidates appearing for CAT must have a strong vocabulary.
Now that you know these 3 points, let us check how to go about the CAT 2019 Preparations:
CAT 2019 Preparation Tips for Reading comprehension & Verbal Ability
Difficulty level – Moderate
This is the section of CAT that demands from the candidates to have good command in the English language. In addition to that, the candidates must have good grammar. The candidates must give continuous efforts for this section during their course of preparation.
- Build your vocabulary by reading newspapers, editorials, magazines, good novels etc.
- Practice daily, make it a habit to read newspapers.
- While practicing maintain accuracy.
- Initially, start with easy topics like passages from your area of interest; and then move forward for difficult passages like abstract, psychology etc.
- Take small tests to assess your knowledge every day.
CAT 2019 Preparation Tips for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Difficulty level – Difficult
The candidates can check below some useful tips for this section below:
- Start by clearing all your basics from each of the topics
- Practice as much as possible by taking online mock tests.
- Again, even in this section try to maintain the accuracy of at least 90% while practicing
- Analyze your preparation in each step of preparation.
CAT 2019 Preparation Tips for Quantitative Ability
Difficulty level – Moderate
Here are a few tips to ace this section:
- Try to do at least 50 questions from a single topic in this section to understand it completely.
- To make your life on the D -Day easier, learn cubes, squares, cube roots, square roots up to first 20 numbers.
- Formulas are important, learn them
- Question from this section might be lengthy but have simple solutions, if you crack the question.
Best Books For CAT 2019
The best friends for a candidate preparing for CAT 2019 are the best books. The books that have to the point topics and lots of exercises to keep your brain warmed up till the exam day. Therefore in the table below we curate the best CAT 2019 books for your preparations:
|Name of the Book||Author’s name||Name of the Publisher||Buy Here|
|How to Prepare For Quantitative Aptitude for CAT||Arun Sharma||Mc Graw Hill Education||Click Here|
|Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations||RS Aggarwal||–||Click Here|
|Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT||Nishit K Sinha||Pearson||Click Here|
|The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CA||Nishit K Sinha||Pearson||Click Here|
CAT 2019 Registration
The CAT 2019 Registration and the process of filling and submitting the application form is an online phenomenon. More than 2 lakh candidates apply for CAT each year.
The application and registration process of CAT 2019 is done in the brief steps below:
- Applicant firstly registers for the exam. At the time of registration, the applicant needs to choose 04 exam centers.
- Thereafter the candidates have to fill the online application form. Here they need to enter the following data:
- Personal Details
- Educational Qualification
- Contact Details
- Upload scanned image of the photograph, signature and category certificate (if applicable).
- After that, the candidates have to make the fee payment in online mode via Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking.
- After completion of the process, the candidates must take a print out of the application form for their reference.
Application Fee: The applicants have to pay the following amount of the application fee:
|Categories||Application Fee charges|
|SC, ST, PwD||Rs. 950|
|Other category candidates||Rs. 1900|
CAT 2019 Eligibility
The candidates who are appearing for the CAT 2019 exam have to fulfill the below-given eligibility norms:
Age Limit: None
Education Qualification: You should have completed Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or should possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India (including the Associate Membership Examination (AMICE) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) as an equivalent qualification.
Qualifying Percentage needed: You must –
- have obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC/ST/ PWD candidates) in degree examination.
- are appearing the final year of the degree examination.
Admission Process in IIMs
After you have qualified the CAT 2019 exam, note that each IIM has a different process to intake admission. The selection process may include
- Written Ability Test (WAT)
- Group Discussion (GD)
- Personal Interviews (PI)
However, it is important that the candidate should perform well in CAT 2019 examination. Some IIMs may additionally use other factors like the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process.
For your help:
Read this | Selection criterion of IIM
CAT 2019 Cut Off
Here we have given a list of top 10 IIMs and their cut off marks to be eligible for further process of admission.
|Top 10 IIMs||Category||VARC||DILR||QA||Total Overall Percentile Rank|
|IIM-Calcutta||General||≥ 80||≥ 80||≥ 80||≥ 90|
|NC-OBC-cum-transgender||≥ 75||≥ 75||≥ 75||≥ 85|
|SC||≥ 65||≥ 65||≥ 65||≥ 70|
|ST||≥ 60||≥ 60||≥ 60||≥ 70|
|PWD||≥ 65||≥ 65||≥ 65||≥ 70|
|IIM- Tiruchirapalli / IIM- Raipur||General||80||80||80||90|
|IIM- Udaipur / IIM- Rohtak||General||80||80||80||80|
Reservations Details In The IIMs
There is a reservation policy that the IIMs follow while selecting the candidates for admission. The following number of seats will be reserved for candidates belonging to the different category:
Seats in IIMs
As many as 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India accept the scores of CAT. For CAT 2019, the number of participating institutes will be similar or more. Seats offered by IIM’s is given below:
|4||IIM, Bodh Gaya||60|
Courses Offered in IIMs
Candidates can check below the choices of courses available in all the IIMs.
CAT 2019 Admit Card
The admit card of CAT 2019 is made available in the online mode for all the registered candidates. Only the print out of the admit card is the entry ticket in the exam hall. To get the admit card the candidates need to enter user ID and password and click on login. No admit card is sent via post to any candidate. The admit card conveys candidate name, exam date, and session, exam venue, important instructions for exam day.
The CAT admit card sample image is available below:
Dress code for the exam day:
Usually, the following code of conduct is applicable to the CAT 2019 exam day:
- You are not allowed to wear footwear inside the exam hall.
- You can wear plain pullovers, sweaters, cardigans, etc without pockets.
- Also, avoid jewelry, heavy jackets on the exam day.
IIM CAT 2019 Question Paper and Answer Keys
The candidates can check the question papers and answer keys of CAT 2019 at the official website. With the help of the answer keys and the question papers, the candidates can check their estimated scores in CAT 2019. The answer key and question papers are made available under the login of the candidates.
The candidates can also raise objection on the official answer key. However, for each objection raised the candidates also need to pay a certain amount of money in the online mode.
CAT Result 2019
CAT 2019 Result is to be announced online. The candidates can check their CAT 2019 scorecard under their login. Candidates can check details like their personal data marks in Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3, the total score and overall percentile. The result is declared in the form of the scorecard and is available for all the candidates who have appeared for the CAT 2019 exam.
Sample of CAT scorecard:
What is CAT 2019 Percentile Score?
Percentile scores of the candidates are used for admission in the IIMs and other institutes for admissions. However, the exact method/formula used for the calculation of CAT percentile is unknown. Percentile score indicates how many candidates have scored less than or equal to you in CAT. Since the exam is held in multiple shifts, the normalization of scores is done.
What are CAT 2019 Scaled scores?
In the result, the candidates can check the section wise scaled and percentile scores. Scaled scores mean to obtain the score according to the various sets/shifts of the exam and to adjust the marks according to the difficulty level deviation in them. However, it is deduced over the years that the scaled scores are close to raw scores of the candidates and are usually more than the raw scores.
CAT Exam Analysis
Common Admission Test (CAT) Analysis over the years can help you prepare for CAT 2019. Here you can check below the analysis of the CAT exam over the years in brief:
No. Of registrations over the years V/S No. of appearing candidates
More than 2 lakh register for CAT exam every year, however, the number of candidates that take the test never reaches the 2 lakhs mark. However, last year was different the number of candidates who appeared in CAT crossed the 2 lakh marks. The below table shows the number CAT 2019 registration trends:
|S.No.||Year||Number of candidates registered||Number of candidates appeared|
Changes in CAT exam pattern over the years
Check below how the exam pattern has changed over the years in CAT:
Official Website: iimcat.ac.in
Insofar, official details of CAT 2019 have not been announced. Information on this page is as per last year brochure and for reference purpose only. As soon as Indian Institutes of Management releases CAT 2019 information brochure, details will be updated here.