CAT 2019 Answer Key: Final Answers Examined; ‘No Change in CAT Answer Keys’ – Announce IIM Kozhikode News Desk |
December 12, 2019
CAT 2019 official Answer keys remain unchanged after all the objections to CAT answer keys are examined by IIM expert panels. CAT 2019 official answer keys were released by IIM Kozhikode on November 29, 2019 on official CAT website. You could download your CAT 2019 answer key from official CAT website, by login with your CAT login ID and password and could challenge them till December 6, 2019
CAT 2019 Answer Key Slot 1 & Slot 2

Expert panels of IIMs have examined all the objections received from the CAT test takers in regard to the official CAT 2019 answer keys to the CAT questions. None of the Challenges to CAT answer key was found correct. Accordingly, no change in the CAT answer keys has been made by IIMs. IIM Kozhikode has clarified, “The objections received against questions in CAT 2019 were carefully examined by the expert panels. The answer key remains unchanged after careful examination of the various objections that had been received and examined by the expert panels.”

IIM Kozhikode has now proceeded to prepare the final CAT 2019 exam result which is expected on January 7, 2020 instead of second week of January 2020.

The last date to challenge the CAT 2019 answer key was December 6, 2019 till 5 PM. No changes were allowed after submission of your challenges to CAT Answer key. A fee of Rs.1200/- to challenge each official answer key was prescribed by IIM Kozhikode. You could raise only one objection at a time.

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How to Download CAT 2019 Slot 1 and 2 Answer Keys
You should follow the 5 point process to check CAT 2019 answer key and related questions as below:

  1. Log on to CAT official website and Submit your CAT Login and User ID on “Login"
  2. Your Personal CAT Page will appear. This has 2 tabs:
    1. Applicant Details
    2. Candidate Response
  3. The icon on CAT website means that you can check here the CAT 2019 answer key, your answer status, and the correct answer to the respective question. 
  4. Next step is to click on ‘Candidate Response’ Tab. This will enable you to download your CAT answer key for the slot in which you appeared in the CAT exam and check each question, its answer status and the correct answer option marked in green by IIM Kozhikode. The complete document contains CAT 2019 answers with questions. This contains all CAT answers & questions that appeared to you in your slot of CAT exam with official correct answer keys.  The CAT answer keys contain your own marked answers also for the CAT questions for the respective slot.
  5. If you have any doubt on official CAT answer key to any question in your slot of CAT exam, you can submit your doubts in the ‘Objection Form’. But remember, there is a cost which runs in thousands for filing each objection to the CAT official answer key 


The CAT answer key with question paper was first released by IIMs for the CAT exam held in 2017.  CAT 2019 Slot 1 answer keys and CAT 2019 Slot 2 answer key is released simultaneously to enable the candidates who appeared in either slot of CAT exam on November 24, 2019 to check the CAT answers and CAT questions for his/her respective CAT exam.

CAT 2019 Slot 1 answer key and CAT 2019 Slot 2 answer key has been released by IIMs for CAT 2019 exam takers to check their answers viz-a-viz the correct official answers. 

Browser to be Used to Check CAT 2019 Answer Keys
Since there is heavy rush of the test takers who wish to check the CAT 2019 Slot 1 and Slot 2 answer keys and to file the objection queries on  CAT 2019 website, it is advisable to open the CAT 2019 website in mozila firefox with the recommended version to get faster navigation through the page.

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Eligibility to Check CAT 2019 Answer Key
The CAT answer keys are available for view and download only for the CAT 2019 test takers who have actually taken the CAT exam on November 24, 2019.

A candidate who has appeared in CAT 2019 Slot 1 can check CAT 2019 Slot 1 answer keys and the candidate who has appeared in CAT 2019 Slot 2 can verify Slot 2 answer keys. If you have appeared in Slot 1, you are not eligible to check CAT 2019 Slot 2 answer key and if you have appeared in Slot 2, you are not eligible to view and check CAT 2019 slot 1 answer key.

Alongwith the CAT 2019 answer keys, there is an objection form to raise objection in case the CAT test taker is not satisfied with CAT official answer key sheet published on the official CAT exam website. The CAT response sheet can be accessed with CAT login ID and Password.

Why IIMs release the CAT Answer Key?
To bring more transparency and to enable the CAT test takers, to find out where they have gone wrong, the CAT exam conducting IIM releases the CAT answer key with CAT exam questions and the responses which were marked by the candidates.

The CAT answer key pdf was released for the first time for the 2017 CAT exam alongwith an objection form suggesting the CAT exam takers to submit their queries and objections in case they were not satisfied CAT official answer key.

How Much Time is given to Check & Challenge CAT Answer Key?
A period of 3 days will be given to the candidates to check their CAT 2019 slot 1 answer key or CAT 2019 slot 2 answer key and raise and submit their objections against the CAT official answer key.

5 Key Facts About CAT 2019 Answer key

  • CAT 2019 answer keys with test paper will be released by IIM Kozhikode, the CAT exam convener in December 2019 first week
  • Slot wise CAT official answer key and responses marked by the candidates will enable the test takers to check & verify their CAT answer responses and thereby arrive at their expected CAT score to explore chances for MBA admission 2020 in IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs and other preferred colleges.
  • CAT answer key Pdf is released with a Query-cum-objection form and the candidates who are not satisfied with the CAT 2019 official solutions can challenge the IIMs’ answer key by submitting objection to CAT centre 2019 to get the same redressed after paying requisite fee.
  • If an objection raised by a candidate is found to be valid, the remedial measures taken by IIMs will be applicable to all the candidates and fee will be refunded
  • The objections received for the official CAT answers by the CAT center will be reviewed. If there is no change perceived by experts in the CAT solutions, the objections will not be entertained and the objection fee will be forfeited.

CAT 2019 Answer Key: Scoring Pattern in CAT exam
Each correct answer in CAT 2019 will carry +3 marks and each wrong answer will impose a negative penalty of -1 mark for MCQ type questions. However, there is no negative marking for wrong answers on Non-MCQ type questions. What you attempted in CAT 2019 exam on November 24, 2019, if you remember a good part of it, you may arrive at your near CAT raw scores and on its basis check what percentile you could get with the help of CAT answer keys. Following table will guide you about your expected score as per the CAT 2019 sectional composition:

No. of Questions
Max Marks per correct answer
Negative Marking for each wrong answer
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
-1 (Only for MCQs)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
-1 (Only for MCQs)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
-1 (Only for MCQs)

Candidates’ CAT Login Disabled Before Answer key Release
Candidate Login to official CAT 2019 website – was disabled from Nov 28 midnight till 1.30 afternoon on Nov 29, 2019 before release of CAT 2019 answer keys. While login at CAT official website, candidates were getting the message ‘The Login to form will be available only between -- Hours Minutes to 28-11-2019 23 Hours 55 Minutes.’ Now after release of CAT answer keys, IIM Kozhikode has enabled the CAT official website login process.

Every year, there are grumblings on the ambiguous answer options in CAT exam. The release of CAT 2019 answer key will help candidates to raise their genuine queries against such official CAT responses which are not found correct and the candidates are not satisfied with them.

CAT 2019 exam was conducted on November 24, 2019 in two slots – Morning and Afternoon. Both the slots were of moderate difficulty level as revealed by the CAT test takers.

IIM Kozhikode has advised that 209,926 out of total 244,169 registered candidates have taken the CAT exam marking an absentee of 14.02% on November 24, 2019 in two slots.   The expected cut off for 99 percentile as has been perceived by the CAT experts at, CL, IMS is 155-162 marks overall.

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