CAT 2019 – CAT application form last date has been extended. It is now available until September 25, 2019. Only graduate candidates who full eligibility criteria are invited to apply for CAT. Common Admission Test national level management entrance exam is due to be held on November 24, 2019, in 156 cities. It is a computer based test of 3 hours, in which TITA and MCQ questions onVARC, DILR, and QA are asked. The score of Common Admission Test 2019 is accepted by 20 IIMs and more than 200 B-Schools, for for MBA / PGDM admission. Know more info on CAT 2019 registration, eligibility, syllabus, exam pattern, and more.
Last time IIM-K conducted CAT in 2012. Then the exam was held in a window of 20 days. However, CAT 2019 will only be held in a single day but in 2 sessions. Check all the important dates on CAT 2019 from the table below.
|Media Release Publication||26 Jul 2019|
|Notification Release||28 Jul 2019|
|CAT 2019 Registration Starts On||07 Aug 2019|
|Registration Last Date|
|Issuance Of Admit Card||23 Oct 2019|
|CAT 2019 Exam Date||24 Nov 2019|
|Declaration Of Result (expected)||2nd week of Jan 2020|
CAT 2019 Registration
The registration for CAT 2019 can only be done online, from iimcat.ac.in. The basic steps of registration include:
- Online Registration.
- Filling Details in the CAT 2019 Application Form.
- Payment of Application Fee
CAT 2019 Online Registration: To register for CAT, the candidates need to visit the official website and click on red button with “Registration for New User” mentioned on it. On clicking the link, a form will open and in it, candidates need to enter:
- Date of Birth.
- E-mail Address.
- Mobile Number.
Once these details are entered, click on “Generate OTP”. A captcha will be displayed by entering it, login will open.
Fill Details in CAT 2019 Application Form: The candidates now need to enter details in the application form. The details to be entered are:
- Personal Information
- Academics Information
- Work Experience (if any)
- Test City
Paying CAT 2019 Application Fee: Last step is to pay the application fee. The amount can be submitted online, via Net Baking, Credit Card, Debit Card, Cash Card Wallet, UPI, etc. The amount of application fee is as follows:
|Categories||Application Fee charges|
|SC, ST, PwD||Rs. 950|
|Other category candidates||Rs. 1900|
For better understanding check last year’s official CAT registration video:
List of Documents Needed During CAT 2019 Form Filling
During the application process the candidates will be needing below mentioned documents and things:
- Valid e-mail id and phone number
- NC-OBC / SC / ST / PwD Certificate
- Class 10 and 12th mark sheet
- Graduate Degree
- Master’s Degree
Photograph and signature specifications is as follows:
|Dimension||30 mm x 45 mm||80 mm x 35 mm|
|Format||.jpg or .jpeg||.jpg or .jpeg|
|Min. Resolution||150 px||150 px|
|How to Upload||Scanned copy||Scanned copy|
|Other factors||– Should be clear.|
– More than 70% of the face should be visible.
– No red eye, glare, hat, etc.
|– Should not be in all caps.|
– Image of it should be clear.
– Do it on a plain white sheet.
CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria
Those who are looking to get admission through Common Admission Test 2019 must fulfil the eligibility criteria of the examination. It is as follows:
Age Limit: – There is no age limit.
Education Qualification: The education qualification needed to appear for CAT 2019 is as follows:
- The candidate must have a Graduation degree, in any discipline, with a minimum of 50% marks.
- The minimum mark requirement for SC / ST / PwD candidates is 45%.
- Candidates in final year of their Degree course may also apply.
- Institution / University from which the Degree has been attained should be recognized by Govt. of India.
How to convert your CGPA into Percentage to see if you are eligible for CAT 2019?
If you received CGPA inseated of marks in Degree course, then conversion of your CGPA score to percentage is to be done as per the procedure certified by your University / Institution. However, if the University / Institute declares that it does not uses any set method then you may use the following method to convert your CGPA into Percentage:
Step 1 – Divide (÷) your CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA.
Step 2 – Multiply (x) divided score with 100.
CAT 2019 Exam Centers
This year, CAT is being held in 156 cities. The candidates need to submit 4 center choices in the application form and after the end of registration process, IIM Kozhikode will assign the center. The candidates should submit the choices for the center in the order of priority.
|State / Union Territory||City|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Andhra Pradesh||Guntur, Kakinada. Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Tirupathi, |
Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
|Assam||Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur|
|Bihar||Aurangabad-Bihar, Arrah, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, |
|Chhattisgarh||Bhilai Naga, rBilaspur, Raipur|
|Delhi NCR||Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, |
Meerut, New Delhi, Noida
|Gujarat||Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, |
Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
|Haryana||Ambala, Hisar, Karnal, Kurushetra, Panipat, Rohtak|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Jammu|
|Jharkhand||Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi|
|Karnataka||Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru, DharwadHubballi (Hubli),|
Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Mangaluru (Mangalore),
Mysuru (Mysore), Shivamogga (Shimoga), Udupi
|Kerala||Kannur, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Trivandrum|
|Madhya Pradesh||Bhopa, lGwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain|
|Maharashtra||Amravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, |
Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad,
Satara, Solapur, Thane, Palghar, Navi Mumbai, Vasai, Ulhasnagar
|Odisha||Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswa, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, |
|Punjab||Pathankot, Bhatinda, Jalandha, Ludhiana, |
Patiala, Sangrur, Amritsar
|Rajasthan||Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, |
|Tamil Nadu||Madurai, Trichy, Vellore, Chennai, Coimbatore, |
|Telangana||Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Warangal|
|Uttar Pradesh||Allahabad, Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, |
Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Moradabad,
|Uttarakhand||Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee|
|West Bengal||Asansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur,|
Hooghl, yKalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri
CAT 2019 Exam Pattern
You can check the complete exam pattern of CAT 2019 from below:
Duration: 3 hours.
Mode: CAT 2019 is a computer based test (CBT)
Language: It is held in English language only.
Sections: There are 3 sections in CAT, namely:
- VARC: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
- DILR: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
- QA: Quantitative Ability.
Type of Questions: 2 types of questions are asked in the CAT 2019 and these are:
- MCQs: Multiple choice type, in which candidates have to choose 1 answer options multiple choices.
- TITA: Type in the answers type questions. Here, the candidates have type the answer using the virtual keyboard.
Total Number of Questions: There will be 100 questions in the exam.
Marking Scheme: Each question is of 3 marks and for selecting incorrect answer, negative marking of 1 mark is done.
The distribution of questions and marks in the exam is never disclosed before the exam. However, for past few years, the distribution has been as follows:
|Section||Question Per Section||Marks Per Section|
CAT 2019 Syllabus
As such there is no syllabus for CAT 2019, prescribed by IIM Kozhikode. However, the generalized syllabus for CAT, as per previous year exam is as follows:
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)||Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)||Quantitative Ability (QA)|
|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|
How to Prepare for CAT 2019
CAT 2019 is not a speed based test, instead it access the understanding and analytical skills of the candidates. To prepare well for the exam, keep following in mind:
Attempt mock test and sample papers: Not much time is left for CAT. Putting studying to practice, candidates should attempt at mock test / solve sample paper in every 3 days. As the exam will come close, increase the frequency of giving the test. Solving CAT previous year question paper also help in improving the understanding of the examination.
Increase number of accurate attempts: In CAT, candidates have to perform well in all the 3 sections. Access your performance in mock test and sample papers and find out the average number of accurate answers. Increasing 1 accurate answer in each section will directly add 9 more marks to your total score.
Read article, books, magazines, etc: This is highly recommended that the aspirants of CAT 2019 read articles, good fiction / non-fiction books, and magazines. This helps improve RC and VA section immensely.
– CAT – Dealing with RC passages for the computer-based test
– The three phases of CAT – Preparation | CAT Preparation for working professionals
– Tips for solving DI & LR problems in computer-based CAT
Best Books for CAT 2019
Buying a book is the most crucial step. Here, are few suggestions for good books which you can try to prepare for Common Admission Test 2019.
CAT 2019 Book
CAT 2019 Best Books for Quantitative Ability
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
Wiley’s ExamXpert Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Simplified for CAT 2019
CAT 2019 Best Books for VARC
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT
Word Power Made Easy
Mastering the Verbal Ability for Cat Common Admission Test
CAT 2019 Best Books for DILR
How to Prepare for DATA INTERPRETATION for CAT
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT
Nishit K Singh
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning CAT 2019
Do check these to prepare better for trhe exam:
Read this | Selection criterion of IIM
CAT 2019 Admit Card
The candidates can download the admit card of CAT 2019 form iimcat.ac.in. To download it, user id and password is needed. On the exam day, candidates to carry it as a print out and along with it, carry 1 original photo id proof and scribe affidavit (if applicable).
The valid id card can be:
- College ID
- Employer ID
- Driving license
- PAN card
- Voter ID
- Aadhaar card
- Identification affidavit.
On the admit card of CAT 2019, the candidates have to paste a passport size photograph, in the provided space. Other than this, the space for signature is also available in the admit card. The candidates should not sign in advance. It is to be done, in the presence of the invigilator.
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 approximately as given below:
|4||IIM, Bodh Gaya||60|
IIMs and Courses Offered
In total there are 20 Indian Institute of Management (IIMs). These offer post graduate and fellow programs. The list of these is as given below:
|Institute||Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP)||Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) [Doctoral]|
|IIM Ahmedabad||PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP||PhD|
|IIM Bangalore||PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM, PGPBA||FPM|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||PGP||PhD (FPM)|
|IIM Indore||PGP, PGP-HRM||FPM|
|IIM Jammu||PGP||FPM, EFPM|
|IIM Kashipur||PGP, EPGP||–|
|IIM Kozhikode||PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL)||FPM|
|IIM Lucknow||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM||FPM|
|IIM Raipur||PGP||FPM, EFPM|
|IIM Ranchi||PGP, PGP-HRM||PhD, EPhD|
|IIM Rohtak||PGP, EPGPX||FPM, EFPM|
|RGIIM Shillong||PGP, PGPEX||FPM|
|IIM Tiruchirappalli||PGPM, PGPBM, PGPM-HR||FPM|
CAT Statistics Over the Years
You can check statistics for CAT, for past 10 years, from below:
|S.No.||Year||Number of candidates registered||Number of candidates appeared|
Which IIM will be CAT Conducting Body Next Year?
Only IIMs hold CAT in rotational basis. Mostly the old IIMs hold the examination, in every 6 years. As per this, it is expected that next year Common Admission Test will be held by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore.
|CAT Year||IIM Conducted the Exam|
CAT 2019 Frequently Asked Questions
Ans : There is no age limit to appear for the CAT exam.
Ans : No, only the undergraduate candidates can apply for the CAT exam.
Ans : Yes, both class 10 and 12 marks are considered while taking admission in the IIMs. Thus yes, class 10 and 12 marks are important for CAT.
Ans : Yes, those who have completed professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA with the required percentage, i.e., 50% and 45% in case of SC/ST/PWD are eligible for CAT 2019.
Ans : IIM Kozhikode is responsible for the conduction of Common Aptitude Test (CAT) 2019.
Ans : CAT 2019 syllabus has topics from these major sections: Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
Ans : CAT exam or the Common Admission Test is conducted by one of the IIMs each year for admission in the MBS courses that the IIMs offer. Also, many top notch B schools accept only CAT scores for admission.
Ans : CAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT).
CAT 2019 Notification and Information Brochure
You can check information brochure and notification for CAT 2019 from below:
- Click Here to download CAT 2019 information brochure.
- To check the notification for CAT, see the image below.
Official Website: iimcat.ac.in