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. 

Latest: CAT 2019 Notification will be out on July 28, 2019. Check latest news of CAT 2019 below.

CAT 2019

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:

CAT 2019 Dates
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
2009 Ahmedabad
2010 Lucknow
2011 Calcutta
2012 Kozikhode
2013 Indore
2014 Indore
2015 Ahmedabad
2016 Banglore
2017 Lucknow
2018 Calcutta
2019 Kozhikode (expected)
  • 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
Jumbled Passage Arrangement Trigonometry
Meaning-Usage Match Pie Chart Probability
Summary Questions Calendars Permutation and Combination
Facts-Inferences-Judgments Statement Conclusions Algebra
Reading Comprehension Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments Mensuration
Verbal Reasoning Puzzles Time and work
Syllogisms Series LCM & HCF
Analogies Blood Relations Averages
Antonyms and Synonyms Coding & Decoding Clocks
Fill in the blanks Column Graphs Higher Maths
Multi-dimensional Arithmetic Mean
Arrangements Harmonic Mean
Visual Reasoning BODMAS
Numeric Grid Geometric Progression
Critical Reasoning Partnership
Syllogisms Installments & Payments
Graphs representing Area Profit and Loss
Linear and Matrix Arrangements Percentages
Number systems
Pipes and Cisterns
Cubes and Cones
Arithmetic  Progression
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
Duration 3 hours
Types of Questions MCQ and TITA (type in the answer) type questions
Number of Sections 3
Name of the sections
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

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
Quantitative Ability
  • MCQ – 34
  • TITA – 7
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • MCQ – 34
  • TITA – 10
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • MCQ – 32
  • TITA – 8
  • MCQ – 72
  • TITA – 28

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:

  1. Applicant firstly registers for the exam. At the time of registration, the applicant needs to choose 04 exam centers.
  2. 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).
  3. After that, the candidates have to make the fee payment in online mode via Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking.
  4. 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.

Read this | Selection criterion of IIM

Is it necessary to obtain 99+ Percentile in order to receive a call from IIMs?

This is one of the most common perceptions which students have that only those who score 99+ percentile are shortlisted for WAT and PI by the IIMs. Last year a student who scored 89.67 percentile in CAT refutes all such claims that a student got to score 99 percentile for selection to top IIMs. There is a certain weightage assigned to each criterion based upon which the shortlist for interview and writing test is done. So even though someone scores 99+ percentile in CAT, they may not get a call because of their poor academic record.

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- Ahmedabad General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70
IIM-Banglore General 85 80 80 90
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 75 70 70 80
SC 70 65 65 75
ST 60 60 75 75
PWD 50 60 50 75
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-Lucknow General 85 85 85 90
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 77 77 77 82
SC 55 55 55 70
ST 50 50 50 65
PWD 50 50 50 65
IIM-Kozhikode General 90 80 60 60
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 80 70 60 60
SC 65 50 55 55
ST 55 40 55 55
PWD 55 40 55 55
IIM- Indore General 80 80 80 90
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 70 70 70 80
SC 55 55 55 60
ST 45 45 45 50
PWD 45 45 45 50
IIM- Tiruchirapalli / IIM- Raipur General 80 80 80 90
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 72 72 72 81
SC 60 60 60 75
ST 50 50 50 65
PWD 50 50 50 65
IIM- Udaipur / IIM- Rohtak General 80 80 80 80
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 60 60 60 78
SC 50 50 50 60
ST 30 30 30 40
PWD 30 30 30 40

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:

Category Reservation
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
OBC 27%

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:

S.No. Institute Seat offered
1 IIM, Ahmedabad 385
2 IIM, Amritsar 60
3 IIM, Bangalore 412
4 IIM, Bodh Gaya 60
5 IIM, Calcutta 462
6 IIM, Indore 550
7 IIM, Kashipur 210
8 IIM, Kozhikode 353
9 IIM, Lucknow 436
10 IIM, Nagpur 60
11 IIM, Raipur 210
12 IIM, Ranchi 155
13 IIM, Rohtak 170
14 IIM, Shillong 120
15 IIM, Trichy 120
16 IIM, Udaipur 180
17 IIM, Visakhapatnam 60
18 IIM, Jammu 45
19 IIM, Sambalpur 140
20 IIM, Sirmaur 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:

CAT 2019 Admit Card

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:

CAT 2019 Scorecard SampleWhat 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.

Knowledge Pill: CAT 2019 scores are accepted not only by the top B Schools of India but also by the international B schools. Last year, one international B-school, Singapore Management University, joined the group of CAT participating institute.CAT 2019

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
1 2018 241000 209405
1 2017 231067 199632
1 2016 232434 195000
2 2015 218664 179602
3 2014 196988 167829
4 2013 194516 173714
5 2012 214000 195000
6 2011 205000 186000
7 2010 204000 185000
8 2009 241000 230000
9 2008 290000 276000
10 2007 250000 230000

Changes in CAT exam pattern over the years

Check below how the exam pattern has changed over the years in CAT:

Official Website:

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.

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