CAT 2019 - Common Admission Test

Updated on
Monday, November 11, 2019

The CAT 2019 exam for admission to 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India will be held on Sunday November 24, 2019 in morning and afternoon sessions. In next one and half week you need to complete your CAT 2019 preparation, have feel of CAT exam pattern, adhere to CAT exam time schedule, and be conversant with the test taking strategy. One of the most important CAT preparation tools - the CAT exam 2019 practice test has already been released by IIM Kozhikode to understand the type of expected questions and their difficulty level in the actual CAT exam. IIM Kozhikode has also brought number of changes in CAT exam this year. Read More

  

CAT 2019: Important Changes
CAT 2019 exam has brought number changes in this year exam pattern, Mock Test among others: 

  • IIM Kozhikode has changed the ratio of Non-MCQs in CAT exam
  • You can expect more number of Non-MCQs in QA section and fewer Non-MCQs in VARC section
  • Total Non-MCQs without negative marking are expected to remain between 26-28
  • Number of Test Cities for CAT 2019 has increased to 156 from 147 last year
  • An option to choose 4 out of 156 test cities remained available while applying for CAT 2019
  • Choice of 4 separate cities for Delhi NCR Candidates was available to select the test cities as against last year when all the ten cities if Delhi NCR were clubbed into one 
  • CAT 2019 Exam duration remains of 3 hours
  • CAT exam 2019 will be conducted in two separate sessions-Morning and Afternoon
  • CAT 2019 Exam will be divided into 72+ MCQs and 28 or less Non-MCQ type questions
  • Tutorials to understand the format of CAT 2019 Test and question pattern is available on the CAT website from October 16, 2019 
  • This year CAT Exam is conducted by IIM Kozhikode
  • CAT Exam 2019 Date is November 24, 2019  

IIM Kozhikode had confirmed to provide two most important documents in October for CAT 2019 to help you prepare for CAT exam 2019 and to confirm your candidature for the CAT 2019 exam day. While the most important document – CAT 2019 Admit Card which entitles you to enter the CAT test center was released on October 23, the first document – CAT Mock Test 2019 with 100 questions was released on October 16.

 

CAT 2019 Admit Card: Your Passport to Take CAT Exam
IIM Kozhikode had confirmed to release the CAT 2019 Admit card at 5 PM. The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 Admit card download is available now from CAT exam official website by login with your CAT Registered ID and Password. As the Admit card is made available one month before the CAT 2019 Exam date, you should check all the details and also take at least two prints of the CAT Hall ticket on A4 Size paper.    

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FORE NEW DELHI, PGDM ADMISSIONS-2020

SIMSR Mumbai, PGDM Admissions 2020 Open

Great Lakes Chennai, Gurgaon,  PGPM 2020-21

MICA Ahmedabad, Admissions 2020 Open

IFMR GSB, Krea University, MBA 2020-22

LBSIM Delhi, PGDM Admissions 2020 Open

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IBSAT 2019 Registration Open: Last date - Dec 12

  

How to Download CAT Admit card?
You can download CAT Admit Card in six simple steps from CAT 2019 website:

CAT Admit Card

When to Download CAT Admit card?
After its release by IIMs on October 23, thousands of the candidates will login to CAT website to download their CAT Admit card which can make the server go very slow or it may not respond. So, either download your CAT Admit Card immediately when it is released at 5 PM or after a few hours. Those who download CAT Admit card early have the opportunity to get the Admit Card errors rectified timely from CAT exam centre by contacting the CAT help desk. Please note CAT Admit Card download process will remain available till November 24, 2019.

 

8 Important Details to Check in CAT 2019 Admit Card
CAT Admit Card is the most important document on Exam Day. After completing the download process of Admit Card from CAT Website, you should check following details:

  1. Name
  2. Registration Number
  3. Exam Date
  4. Time / Session
  5. PwD status
  6. Test city
  7. Test Center address
  8. Reference Number (To be used on CAT exam date only to locate your CAT exam seat & system)

3 Useful Changes in CAT Admit Card
CAT Hall Ticket has three important and aspirant friendly changes to help candidates.

 

1. Google Map Link
A Google Map Link to locate the CAT 2019 test centre and its accessibility is made available individually on the electronic version of all the CAT Admit cards 

 

2. Emergency Contact
CAT 2019 Admit card has the emergency contact number. This is the candidate's second contact number which is asked by IIMs while completing their application form. This was also asked in past also but was not used in the CAT Admit card earlier.

 

3. CAT Reference Number to Find Testing Room

The CAT Reference Number is mentioned to save your time and help you to identify the floor/wing/testing room at the CAT test Centre on November 24, 2019. 

 

Do not forget to paste your identical passport size photo on the printed copy of the CAT hall ticket. Read More how to download CAT Admit Card

 

CAT Mock Test 2019 Released: Your Best CAT Preparation Tool
CAT 2019 official Mock test has been released by IIMs on October 16, 2019 with many changes expected in CAT exam 2019. Official CAT Mock is the best source to prepare for the CAT exam. You should take the full length CAT official Mock Test by IIMs on the CAT website to understand the actual CAT Exam pattern, important changes in CAT exam, scoring pattern and the instructions how to answer questions in CAT exam 2019. You cannot download CAT 2019 Mock Test as it is not a Pdf and have to attempt the questions on CAT website. Read More

 

Important Changes in CAT Mock Test
This year CAT official Mock test 2019 released by IIMs has come out with many changes and surprises including the sectional composition of questions, navigation process from one section to other. Five important changes in CAT Mock Test by IIMs are:

  • No Penalty Questions Reduced: Non-MCQ Questions have been reduced to 27
  • DILR with Fewer Questions: DILR Section has 28 Questions in total as against 32 last year
  • QA with More Questions: Quantitative Ability (QA) Section has 38 questions as against 34 last year
  • Individual Sectional Submission: You need to click on ‘Submit’ after completing each CAT section and confirm your action. Otherwise you will not be allowed to move to next section.
  • Not Allowed to Revisit the Section, Despite Time Availability: Once you submit the individual section, you will not be allowed to revisit the section even if sufficient time out of 60 minutes remains for the particular section  

How to Take Official CAT Mock Test?

  • Link is available on official CAT 2019 website.
  • No Need to use CAT Login ID and Password
  • CAT official Mock Test is as per the exact CAT exam format  
  • Attempt the CAT official Mock Test 2019 with 100 questions divided into three sections
  • The Mock Test is divided into MCQs with 1/3rd negative marking and Non-MCQs with No negative marking
  • Solve the Non-MCQs before MCQs in each section in CAT Mock test
  • Answers & Solutions are not given by the IIMs for the questions, solve and answer the questions.
  • IIM CAT Official Mock Test has the same time duration of three hours as you find in CAT exam

CAT registration 2019 was closed on September 25, 2019. After close of CAT registration window, now the two most important things are to take the CAT Mock to prepare for IIM CAT exam 2019 and download the CAT Admit card from CAT website before the CAT exam date. 

 

CAT 2019: Chronological Events & Key Dates
Below are the updated activities and events with salient features for CAT 2019 exam since the release of CAT notification in July:

Date
Activity
Salient features
July 28
CAT Notification Released
IIM Kozhikode to conduct CAT 2019 exam
August 7
CAT Registration Opens
No Change in Registration Fee
September 17
CAT Percentile Calculation Method Released
Sectional & Overall score Vs Percentile Calculation Formula
September 25
CAT Registration window closed
Extended from September 18
September 28
CAT Photo & Signature Edit Option opens
Edit Photograph and Signature only & Reupload
September 30
CAT Error Correction Window Closed
Only once you could re-upload your photo & Signature
October 16
(Available till CAT exam Date)
CAT Official Mock Test Released
100 questions, Attempt at CAT website, No Download Available
October 23
(Available till CAT Exam Date)
CAT Admit Card Download Begins
Download from CAT website
November 24
CAT Exam Day
In Morning and Afternoon Slots
November 29 (Available for 3 days)
CAT Answer Key Released
Only Actual Test Taker can raise objection
January 7, 2020
(Available till Dec 2020)
CAT Result Out
Download CAT score card from CAT website

CAT 2019 Registration Trends
More than 2.44 lakh candidates have registered for CAT 2019 exam. The registration number is up by 3000 more candidates registered for CAT over last year. It signifies that this year you will have to compete with more candidates in CAT exam and will need to score high to get shortlisted by top three IIMs and other top MBA colleges.

 

The trends in CAT registrations since 2010 show a downward journey initially but since 2013 it has been showing a rising registration count reflecting the regaining trust of CAT aspirants and anticipation of better career opportunities after completing MBA/PGP from an IIM or other top B-school
CAT Registration Data

Source: MBAUniverse.com Research & Analysis

 

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern: Highlights
Following are the salient features of CAT 2019 exam:

CAT Full Form
Common Admission Test, conducted on yearly basis for MBA admission by one of the 6 older IIMs 
CAT 2019 exam date
November 24, 2019
CAT 2019 Exam sessions
Conducted in 2 sessions – Morning & Afternoon on same day
CAT 2019 Convening IIM
IIM Kozhikode
Type of CAT exam
CAT 2019 is a computer based exam but not an online exam
Maximum Age Limit to for Admission
No Age Limit, Graduates with 50% marks can apply for admission
Number of Questions in CAT 2019
100 questions divided in 3 sections
Time duration of CAT 2019 exam
3 hours with individual time limit of 1 hour for 1 section
Name of sections and number of questions
VARC-34 Questions; DILR-32 questions; Quant-34 questions
Difficulty level of CAT exam
Moderate to Difficult
Order of Sections
Pre-fixed, no change allowed
Colleges Accepting CAT 2019 for MBA admission
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, JBIMS & 500 other MBA colleges
CAT 2019 Application Fee & Process
Rs.1900/-, application process is online only
Application fee for IIMs
CAT 2019 Registration Fee covers application fee of all 20 IIMs 

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

  • 180 Minutes Exam: CAT exam is a computer delivered test of 3 hours duration but it is not an Online Exam
  • 100 Questions: CAT exam will have 100 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability.
  • 25% No Penalty Questions: Out of 100 questions in CAT 2019, more than 25 questions will not have negative marking. CAT 2019 is divided into MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions and the Non-MCQs do not carry negative marking. In case any non-MCQ has negative marking, a few MCQs are changed to no negative marking questions.
  • 70-75% CAT Questions with Negative Marking: More than 70% questions in CAT 2019 are of MCQ type and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking
  • Minimum CAT Score Requirement by IIMs: A Minimum qualifying score between 70 and 90 percentile in CAT 2019 is required by IIMs in each of the 3 sections to shortlist candidates for final admission round
  • Other Criteria with CAT score: Apart from High score in each of the 3 sections in CAT exam, you need to have good academic profile, diversity, to get into IIMs.

CAT 2019 Exam Syllabus
During the last 3 years, CAT exam syllabus has substantially changed. Major changes in CAT Syllabus 2019 are:

  • CAT Syllabus is changed and contains different type of questions now.
  • 25-30% Questions in CAT syllabus are no penalty questions now
  • Most of the changes in CAT syllabus have taken place in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section as the topics and number of questions in VARC section have changed.
  • A few changes in CAT syllabus have been introduced in Quantitative Ability section with more focus on Arithmetic questions

Although CAT exam Syllabus is not pre-defined by IIMs, it overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning..Read More about CAT Syllabus

 

CAT Exam 2019: Preparation
The best way to prepare for CAT exam is to devise your own preparation strategy through self preparation and then find out whether you need to join CAT coaching institute.  CAT preparation tips as shared by experts and CAT toppers consist of following key components: 

  1. Choose Best CAT Preparation Material
    Making the right choice of subject wise CAT preparation material to crack CAT 2019 is the first step in your CAT preparation journey. Not only the best CAT preparation books but also the CAT preparation material provided by CAT coaching institutes is of great help. So apart from the best books, also prepare with the best preparation material provided by CAT coaching institutes like TIME, CL, IMS among others. CAT test series of these coaching institutes have given guidance to candidates who preferred self preparation to coaching for each of the three sections in CAT exam namely Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. If you make a wise choice of CAT preparation material, your CAT preparation journey is well begun. Read More
  1. How to Prepare for VARC for CAT 2019?  
    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension is the first section in CAT Exam. The composition of VARC Section in CAT is:
CAT 2019 VARC Component
Comprehension and Verbal Ability pattern
Section Name
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Total VARC Questions
34
Total Verbal Ability Questions
10
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Time to attempt the section
60 Minutes
Marks for Each Correct Answer
+3
Negative Marks for Each Wrong Answer
-1
Difficulty Level of Verbal Ability Questions
Moderate to High
No Negative Marking Questions in CAT Verbal Ability section
8-10

Best Books for VARC Preparation for CAT 2019:

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT’- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha
  • Arihant Book on Verbal Ability: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh.. Read More
  1. How to Prepare for DILR for CAT 2019?
    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) is the 2nd Section in CAT 2019. The section is divided in two parts - DI with 16 questions and LR with 16 questions:
CAT 2019 DILR Section
Questions in DILR 2019 Section
Section Name
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Total DILR Questions
32
Number of Data Interpretation Problems for CAT
  4
Type of DI Questions for CAT
Questions are in sets of 4 based on 4 DI problems
Total questions Based on Data Interpretation problems for CAT
16
Number of Logical Reasoning Problems
4
Total Questions Based on LR problems
Questions are in sets of 4 based on 4 LR problems
Bifurcation of DI & LR Based Questions
12 MCQs for DI & 12 for LR
 4 Non-MCQs for DI and 4 for LR
DILR Time to attempt the complete section
60 Minutes
Marks for Each Correct Answer
+3
Negative Marks for Each Wrong Answer
-1
Difficulty Level of DILR Questions
Moderate to High
Number of DILR questions with No-Negative Marking
8

Best DILR Preparation Books
More than one best CAT preparation books are available to prepare for DILR:

  • ‘How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • ‘How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • Other Material for CAT preparation on DILR by Arun Sharma like practice questions, solved test papers, Mock tests are also available
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
  • CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning by Gautam Puri. Read More
  1. How to Prepare for Quant for CAT 2019
    Quantitative Ability (QA) in CAT exam is the last but most important section which can improve or reduce your CAT score substantially. Arithmetic is the key to crack the Quant in CAT exam. The composition of Quantitative Ability for CAT 2019 is on the following pattern:
Quant 2019 Section
Composition of Quantitative Aptitude Questions for CAT
Section Name
Quantitative Ability
Total Questions in Quant 2019
34
Type of Quant Questions
24-27 MCQs with negative marking
7-10 Non-MCQs without Negative marking
Quant 2019 section time
60 Minutes
Marks for Each Correct Answer
+3
Negative Marks for Each Wrong Answer
-1
Difficulty Level of Quantitative Ability Questions
Moderate to High

Best Books for Quant preparation for CAT 2019
Different preparation strategy focused only on Quantitative Aptitude questions on different topics is required to get through the QA section in CAT. Following are the most recommended books for Quant preparation:

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by  Sarvesh K Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal.. Read More

5. Prepare with CAT Mocks
IIMs will release the CAT exam full length Mock Test in the third week of October 2019. However, the past CAT Mock tests are available to prepare for the CAT 2019 exam. IIM-CAT official mock test with 100 questions helps and guides to understand the exact CAT exam pattern since the CAT pattern goes on changing every year. CAT Mock is a good preparation tool. The official CAT Mock Test is the most authentic source to familiarise yourself with the actual CAT exam pattern, changes in topics in CAT 2019 syllabus, sectional composition, type and pattern of questions expected in CAT exam and the scoring pattern.. Read More

 

CAT 2019 Mock: Key Points
IIMs have incorporated three important changes in release of CAT Mock Test:

  1. Separate CAT Mock Test Navigation Guide PDF is Released
  2. Separate login link is provided for candidates with normal vision

Login Link is separately provided for the candidates who have low vision with two magnifying glass icons at the top of the screen. You can click on icon to zoom-in and click on icon to zoom out the question.  Read More on CAT Mock Test  

 

6. Prepare with Previous CAT Exam papers
CAT Previous Year Papers are the best guide to prepare for the CAT question paper 2019. IIMs have now started to officially release the CAT Question Paper. So far, IIMs have released the actual CAT previous year question papers for the year 2017 and 2018.. Previous Attempt Previous CAT Test Papers

 

7. Read CAT Toppers Preparation Strategy
CAT toppers who secured 99 and 100 percentile and got admission in IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, FMS Delhi or other top MBA colleges are the best guide to prepare for CAT exam. Read the CAT toppers preparation strategy overall and section wise how they prepared and overcame their weaknesses and further strengthened their strong areas:

CAT Topper
Preparation Strategy
Gyayak Jain
100 Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad
-Improved on VARC with Mocks
-Studied Model Answers
-Analysed Errors Read more
Yogesh Taneja
100 Percentile
IIM Calcutta
-Figured out Weak Spots
-Took Mocks from various sources
-Analysed Each Mock Read more
Mukesh Goyal
100 Percentile
FMS Delhi
-Self-Prepared
-Weak at VA, Practiced sectional tests
- Took Mocks on weekend Read more  
Kumar Ravi
99.99 Percentile
FMS Delhi
-Focused More on Score not on Completing Syllabus
-Developed Monitoring System for each section  Read more   
Vipul Kukkar
99.99 Percentile
IIM Calcutta
-Solved 2 RCs per day
-Took 70 Mocks before CAT exam Read more    

 Read More about CAT exam toppers’ preparation

 

CAT Exam Day Tips

  • Carry hard copy of CAT Admit card with you
  • The hard copy of CAT Hall ticket should be printed on A4 size paper
  • Same photograph as appears on Admit card must be affixed on hard copy of CAT Admit Card
  • Carry One original photo Id proof like Aadhar card, Voter Id, PAN Card, Passport or other valid ID to exam centre
  • Report 90 minutes before at the CAT testing venue
  • Your seating arrangement is as per the Test system number. It is applicable only to identify the floor/wing and the seating place on the CAT exam day 
  • No Jewellery allowed inside the CAT testing room
  • No shoes allowed inside the testing room
  • Pen, Pencil, sharpener, watch, Mobile phones etc. not allowed inside CAT test centre
  • No break allowed during the test duration of 3 hours
  • No documents except Admit card and photo ID allowed 

CAT 2019 Percentile Calculation Method 
CAT 2019 percentile score calculation method has been released by IIMs. Now you can calculate your CAT 2019 percentile immediately after the exam in four steps. A key example of CAT percentile score calculation method shared by IIMs reflect 'all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.995 are rounded off to 100, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.985 but strictly less than 99.995 are rounded off to 99.99 and so on.' Read More

 

CAT 2019 Result & IIMs’ Admission Process
CAT exam result will be declared on January 7, 2020 in morning hours. Immediately after the CAT result declaration, IIMs will start announcing their shortlist on the basis of CAT scores and other parameters in their shortlisting criteria for final selection round. The final admission offer will be made to the candidates in the months of April/May 2020 by IIMs

 

8 Steps Admission Process to IIMs through CAT 2018

IIM Admission Criteria for Admission 2020
Indian Institutes of Management accept only CAT exam scores for admission to their flagship MBA/PGP programmes which are the 2 years Post Graduate Programmes in Management. Each of the 20 IIMs announces its admission policy and CAT percentile score cut offs for the PGP Programmes before the CAT exam is held. PGP is the short from of IIMs’ Post Graduate Programme in Management which is the MBA programme. Most of the IIMs have announced their Admission policy 2020 and CAT 2019 percentile cut offs required for admission. The IIM Admission Criteria with CAT 2019 percentile cut offs as announced by IIMs with salient features are shared below:

 

(As on Oct 2, 2019)

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)
Whether Admission Criteria 2020 Announced
CAT Cut off percentile and Weightage percentage for Shortlisting for Admission 2020
IIM Ahmedabad
80 percentile; 65% weight
IIM Bangalore
85 percentile; 40% weight
IIM Calcutta
85 percentile; 56% weight
IIM Lucknow
85 percentile; 60% weight
IIM Indore
No
--
IIM Kozhikode
85 percentile; 45% weight
IIM Shillong
No
--
IIM Kashipur
No
--
IIM Raipur
95 percentile; 35% (Final selection)
IIM Ranchi
No
--
IIM Rohtak
No
--
IIM Tiruchirappalli
95 percentile; 50% (Final selection)
IIM Udaipur
No
--
IIM Amritsar
No
--
IIM Bodhgaya
No
--
IIM Jammu
No
--
IIM Nagpur
No
--
IIM Sambalpur
No
--
IIM Sirmaur
No
--
IIM Visakhapatnam
No
--

Above is the threshold percentile score, which the candidates have to obtain in CAT exam 2019 to become eligible for shortlisting for admission to 2 years PGP -Post Graduate Programme 2020-22. 

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MDI Murshidabad, PGP Admission 2020

IRMA Anand, PGDRM Admissions 2020 Open

GIM Goa, PGDM 2020-22, Last date Dec15

SIBM Bangalore, MBA Admission 2020

SOIL Gurgaon, PGDM Admissions 2020 Open

IBA Bangalore, PGDM 20-22(20th Batch)

 VJIM Hyderabad, PGDM Admission 2020

IIMs’ MBA Programmes and Fee
While IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow have included Agriculture, Rural Management MBA programmes as full time 2 year management programmes, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta also offer very important MBA programme in Business Analytics. On the other hand IIM Indore, IIM Ranchi, IIM Tiruchirappalli offer MBA/PGP in Human Resource Management apart from their regular flasgship programmes. Refer the list below to check the programmes offered by 20 IIMs and the corresponding fee structure for the programme:

Indian Institute of Management
 Flagship MBA/PGP programmes
Fee (Rs.in Lakhs)*
PGP, PGP (FABM)
23.00
MBA
22.60
PGP, PGPBA, PGPPM
21.45
IIM Lucknow
PGP, PGP-ABM
14.16
IIM Indore
PGP, PGP-HRM
16.00
IIM Kozhikode
PGP, PGP-BL
17.50
IIM Kashipur
PGP,
13.15
IIM Ranchi
PGP, PGP-HRM
15.10
IIM Rohtak
PGP
14.75
IIM Raipur
PGP
14.20
IIM Shillong
PGP
14.60
IIM Tiruchirappalli
PGP
14.00
IIM Udaipur
MBA
15.92
IIM Amritsar
PGP
10.5
IIM Bodhgaya
PGP
10.6
IIM Jammu
PGP
12.75
IIM Nagpur
PGP
12.10
IIM Sambalpur
MBA
10.00
IIM Sirmaur
MBA
10.34
IIM Visakhapatnam
PGP
13.00
FMS Delhi
MBA
  0.25
MDI Gurgaon
PGPM
 21.34
SPJIMR Mumbai
PGDM
16.00
IMI New Delhi
PGDM
16.49

*May increase for 2020-22 batch

 

IIM Program Intake
Each IIM offers admission to different number of students as per its sanctioned strength of seats for each programme. The first stage of admission process is the shortlisting on the basis of CAT exam score. The minimum required CAT cut off as announced by each IIM along with the number of seats available for admission are shared below:  

Indian Institute of Management
Seats*
388
280
430
IIM Lucknow
478
IIM Indore
476
IIM Kozhikode
480
IIM Kashipur
255
IIM Ranchi
120
IIM Rohtak
240
IIM Raipur
260
IIM Shillong
180
IIM Tiruchirappalli
240
IIM Udaipur
260
IIM Amritsar
160
IIM Bodhgaya
120
IIM Jammu
140
IIM Nagpur
122
IIM Sambalpur
120
IIM Sirmaur
 63
IIM Visakhapatnam
 60
FMS Delhi
220
MDI Gurgaon
240
SPJIMR Mumbai
276
IMI New Delhi
240

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 is the mandatory entrance exam for admission to MBA 2020 in 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India. The exam is therefore referred to as IIM CAT and is conducted by IIMs on annual basis.

 

CAT 2019 Exam will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode in two sessions on Sunday Nov 24, 2019 as computer based test at more than 400 testing venues in 156 test cities across the country. More than 2 lakh candidates are expected to appear in Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019. CAT is conducted by one of the older IIMs every year. Last year 2.41 lakhs candidates had registered and applied for CAT exam. 

CAT exam is the largest MBA entrance test leading to admission in top MBA colleges of India. CAT Exam will offer admission opportunity for MBA admission in 2020 to 20 IIMs and more than 500 other top MBA/PGDM colleges including FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, among others . CAT exam will have a combination of MCQs and Non-MCQs to provide level playing field to the students of all streams. No change in the CAT 2019 exam pattern has been announced. The CAT exam duration remains of three hours with 100 questions divided in three sections, as was the last year.

 

Changes in CAT Exam: Last 10 Years
CAT Exam pattern over the past 10 years since it was computerised in 2009 has gone for perceptible changes. CAT paper pattern prior to 2009 was paper-pen based. CAT exam format was changed from paper based exam to CAT online computer based test in 2009. Even after that CAT paper pattern continued changing from 3 sections to 2 and then CAT pattern was changed to 3 sections in 2015. Since then CAT is following similar pattern. CAT 2019 pattern also remains the same as that of CAT exam 2018 pattern with 3 sections and 3 hours time although the number of MCQs and Non-MCQs may change.

CAT Year &  Number of Questions
VA 
DI-LR
Quant
Question break up
CAT 2018-100
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (2 MCQs, 7 non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 22, Non-MCQs-12
CAT on last year pattern with changes in number of MCQs & non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2017-100
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (3 MCQs, 7 non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 23, Non-MCQs-11
CAT Pattern in the lines of last year with changes in non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2016-100
VARC-34, RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (All non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Quant-34, MCQ-27, Non-MCQs-7
CAT exam pattern on the same lines as of CAT exam pattern 2015 Non-MCQs in Quant reduced.
CAT 2015-100
VARC -34, RC-24 (MCQs), Verbal-10 (Non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Quant-34, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-10
Time limit increased to 180 minutes; Sectional time constration of 1 hour re-introduced; Non-MCQs without negative marking penalty for wrong answer No questions on error correction and vocabulary.
CAT 2014-100
50 VARC-34 LR-16
-
50 Quant-34 DI-16
Test time increased to 170 minutes; Sectional time constrain removed; More questions on error correction; RC questions based on reasoning Overall moderate exam.
CAT 2013-60
30 10 verbal 10 RC 10 LR
 
30 DI-10
On the same pattern as last year. No new surprise element.
CAT 2012 -60
30 (LR 10) 10 verbal 10 RC 10 LR
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30 (DI 10)
Error correction-1 to 2, parajumbles-2, Completion of last sentence of paragraph-2, Out of context Sentence in jumbled paragraph -1 to 2, Fill in the blanks vocabulary words- 1 to 2, Words used in different ways-2, Reading comprehension – three passages with 3 to 4 questions each (Common question in almost all the sessions from 11th Oct.2012 to 6th Nov.2012 – Tone of the author-at least two questions in every session) New or surprise element – Two questions on ‘Out of context sentences in jumbled paragraph’ – Paragraph had to be placed in order and the out of context sentence had to be picked out. Permutations & Combinations, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Systems, Modern Maths.
CAT 2011-60
30(LR 10)
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30(DI10)
Jumbled sentences, error correction, Vocabulary, RC, grammar Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Systems, Modern Maths 
CAT 2010-60
20
20
20
RC, Grammar, Parajumbles, sentence correction & completion,
Quant was tougher compared to CAT 2009. The areas were more calculation intensive and needed conceptual understanding.
CAT 2009-60
20
20
20
Sentence rearrangement, Grammar, comprehension, correction of errors, sentence completion, Usage Vocabulary
Number System, Algebra, Mensuration, and Commercial Math.

CAT 2019 Eligibility
If you have completed Bachelor’s degree with 50% marks or completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA), or are in the final year of Bachelor’s degree you can appear in CAT exam. There is no Age bar to apply and appear for CAT exam.

 

CAT 2019 will therefore offer a stiff competition for admission to top MBA colleges accepting CAT. Over the years the candidates applying for CAT aptitude test leading to IIM admission have been increasing year after year.. Read More

 

Documents Required for CAT
There are some key documents required for CAT 2019 to complete the registration and application process correctly and without error. So, before you proceed to fill in your CAT application form, you should have gathered gather and keep ready these documents required for CAT 2019.

 

The ten mandatory items of information and important documents required for CAT 2019 online completion of registration and application form are:

  • Documents related to your Educational history from class 10 onwards
  • Mark sheets – Class-10
  • Mark Sheet – Class 12th
  • Mark sheet – Bachelor’s Degree/Diploma
  • Final Year Certificate from the HoD/Principal (If in final year of bachelor’s degree) also previous year mark sheet
  • Work experience Document, if any
  • Applicable Certificates to upload (Category/Affidavits)
  • Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature.
  • Keep Ready the list of the IIM programmes to which you wish to apply, before you fill in the application form
  • CAT exam fee payment instruments to pay CAT 2019 exam fee – like Debit/Credit cards, Net banking

CAT Full Form
CAT is the abbreviated form of the Common Admission Test. For the last 5 decades since IIMs have been conducting the Common Admission Test for admission to their various PGDM programmes, the full form of CAT is seldom used except in the release of CAT notification, advertisement and other official CAT documents. So despite carrying the official full form Common Admission Test, the exam is more known by CAT – the abbreviated form of Common Admission test.  

 

CAT 2019: Important Points

  • Low Cost Exam: CAT Registration and CAT exam application fee taken together comes to Rs.100 per IIM for General category and Rs.50/- per IIM for Reserved category. No fee to be paid to apply for any individual IIM
  • One Day Exam: CAT exam will be held in single day on Sunday November 24, 2019 in Morning and Afternoon sessions. CAT is a Computer Based Test. Earlier it was held in 15 to 20 days testing window till 2013 by IIMs. Since 2014, CAT exam testing window has been shortened to one day only.
  • 45 Days CAT 2019 Registration Window: The CAT Application process opens on August 5 and will close on September 25, 2019
  • Dual Degree Accepted: A candidate with dual bachelor's degree should mention the academic scores of both the bachelor's degree programme in CAT application form
  • Single Fee for MBA Admission: CAT 2019 provides admission opportunity in 20 IIMs with the single point payment of CAT registration fee of Rs.1900/- for General candidates and Rs.950/- for reserved category. 
  • Choice of 50 MBA Programmes in IIMs: CAT 2019 offers a choice of more than 50 management programmes in 20 IIMs without any additional application fee for admission.

Register for CAT exam updates

Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 28-07-2019 06:00 AM (Confirm)
    Registration – Online: 07-08-2019 10:00 AM to 18-09-2019 05:00 PM (Confirm)
    Late Registration – Online: 25-09-2019 05:00 PM (Confirm)
    Admit Card Release: 23-10-2019 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 09:30 (Confirm)
    Result: 07-01-2020 10:00 AM (Confirm)

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CAT Percentile Predictor

You will be anxious to know your CAT percentile and your chances to get into one of the top 3-4 IIMs – IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow or other top MBA colleges like FMS, SPJIMR, MDI. The help is at hand with the accurate CAT percentile predictor 2019 available at MBAUniverse.com. 

 

For the benefit of IIM aspirants, MBAUniverse.com has launched ‘CAT Percentile Predictor’ prepared by experts to help you judge your performance and your chances to get shortlisted by IIMs as per their expected cut offs. In past, more than 50,000 CAT takers have used this CAT percentile predictor to get the accurate assessment of their performance in CAT exam.  

 

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IIM Call Predictor

IIM Call predictor lets you know about your shortlisting chances by IIMs for final selection round. CAT 2019 scores will be used not only by 20 IIMs but more than 500 top MBA colleges in India will also use CAT 2019 exam scores for MBA admission 2020.

 

Call from IIMs: 2 Steps to Know Your Chances
You will be able to know your chances to get shortlisted by IIMs immediately after coming out of the CAT exam centre after taking your CAT exam. Here are the 2 simple steps that you need to take to check your shortlisting chances by IIMs:

 

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CAT Admit Card 2019

CAT Admit Card 2019: Download - CAT Hall Ticket @ iimcat.ac.in
Updated on October 24, 2019

 

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CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation 2019: How to Prepare for CAT Exam, Tips and Material
Updated on November 11, 2019

 

CAT preparation time is now reduced to less than 15 days. The 10-12 days countdown to CAT 2019 requires a different preparation strategy for CAT exam. Your focused attention on CAT Preparation will switch to revisiting and strengthening what you have learnt, more practice sessions, taking Mocks, identifying and improving upon your errors, removing your weaknesses and further strengthening your strong areas instead of conceptual clarity, strengthening of fundamentals.

 

The CAT 2019 exam, with a few changes in its pattern will be held on November 24, 2019 in 156 test cities in morning and afternoon slots as a computer based test. 

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CAT Preparation Books

CAT Preparation Books: Best Books, Section-Wise CAT Books
Updated on September 27, 2019

 

With so many CAT preparation books flooding the market, it is not only difficult but also confusing to choose the best and most relevant preparation books for CAT exam. Making the right choice of subject wise CAT preparation books to crack CAT 2019 is the first step in your CAT preparation journey. Pursuing MBA from one of the top 20 IIMs is the aim of an MBA aspirant. How to get into IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow and other IIMs by scoring high in CAT exam needs a good preparation strategy through best CAT preparation books. 

 

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CAT Exam Analysis

CAT Exam Analysis 2019: Slot 1 Analysis and Slot 2 Analysis 
Updated on November 5, 2019

 

CAT Analysis 2019
CAT 2019 Exam Analysis will be released by MBAUniverse.com separately for slot-1 and slot-2 exam sessions on November 24, 2019 immediately after the exam is over.

 

We will release the Slot-1 CAT Exam analysis 2019 by 1.00 PM on November 24, the CAT exam date. The slot-2 Analysis for CAT Exam 2029 will be released after 5.30PM. Apart from CAT Analysis 2019 by MBAUniverse.com, the analysis from top CAT preparation & Coaching institutes will also be published on this page.  

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CAT Online Preparation

CAT online Preparation: CAT Exam 2019 Online Preparation, MBA Preparation 
Updated on September 27, 2019

 

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Verbal Ability for CAT

Verbal Ability for CAT 2019: Questions And Preparation, Tips
Updated on May 01, 2019

 

The largest MBA entrance exam leading to admission 2020 in IIMs, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, IMI, IMT, NITIE among other top MBA colleges, CAT 2019 is scheduled on November 24, 2019 as a computer based test. This year IIM Kozhikode is conducting CAT 2019 exam in morning and afternoon sessions on the same day.

 

Verbal Ability (VA) is an important part of CAT preparation for VARC section. CAT Verbal Ability questions will constitute 33% share in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Section in the CAT 2019 exam to be held on November 24, 2019. 

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CAT Mock Test By IIM

Official CAT Mock Test 2019 by IIMs with 100 questions has been released on October 16 with many changes in number of questions – sectional composition of MCQs and Non-MCQs, navigation process among others. You can take the full length official CAT Mock test on the CAT exam pattern now on CAT website in three hours. It is a single Mock without answers and not any official CAT Mock Test Series

 

CAT 2019 exam date is November 24, 2019. IIM Kozhikode which is conducting CAT 2019 exam has released the IIM CAT official Mock Test more than a month before the exam date to help you prepare and understand the CAT exam pattern and syllabus.

 

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Reading Comprehension (RC) For CAT

Reading Comprehension (RC) For CAT 2019: RC Tips For CAT, RC Questions
Updated on August 17, 2019

 

Reading Comprehension is one of the most important sections and high scoring area in CAT exam. The weightage of Reading Comprehension for CAT is higher than in any other MBA entrance exam. The Reading comprehension in CAT exam commands not only high sectional weightage but also high weightage in overall CAT exam. 

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Data Interpretation For CAT

Data Interpretation For CAT 2019: DI Questions and Answers, Tips
Updated on April 01, 2019

 

Preparing for Data Interpretation in CAT 2019 is an important part of overall CAT preparation. It commands 16% weightage in overall CAT exam and 50% weightage in DILR section. Scoring high in Data Interpretation can take you through the IIMs admission process.

 

Many candidates who scored 99 percentile in CAT could not get a call from any IIM only because of the reason that their score in DILR was below the IIMs cut off. The CAT Data Interpretation proved to be the most difficult and time consuming section resulting in a low score for them.

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Logical Reasoning for CAT

Logical Reasoning for CAT 2019: LR Questions and Answers, Tips
Updated on July 18, 2019

 

How to prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT, depends upon your understanding of topics and type of questions that appear in CAT LR section. If you can develop good logic in your approach to understand and solve a Reasoning problem, you can learn faster than those who find it difficult to logically approach a problem. LR preparation for CAT therefore, depends upon how much efforts and practice on variety of LR questions you have done.

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Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT 2019: CAT 2019 Quant, Quantitative Ability
Updated on July 18, 2019

 

Three dimensional approach to prepare Quantitative Ability for CAT goes from strengthening your basics and formulae in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math and allied topics, practicing on variety of questions and finally solving previous CAT papers and Mocks for each topic. The more you do it, the more expertise in Quant section for CAT, you will get.

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CAT Previous Year Question Papers

CAT Previous Year Papers are the best guide to know the exact CAT exam & question pattern. By attempting more and more previous year CAT question papers, your CAT preparation comes to a final stage and you are well aware about the topics and question pattern according to which you should approach the test paper on CAT exam day.

 

With the help of CAT previous year papers, you can assess your CAT 2019 preparation as these CAT previous test papers are actual and are released by IIMs after the CAT exam is over. The CAT previous papers also guide you about the probable type of questions that you may face on CAT exam day 2019.  

 

The CAT previous papers pdf consists of different difficulty level actual CAT questions with answers.

 

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CAT Sample Paper

CAT 2019 Sample Papers are the right source to boost your CAT preparation level. With the help of CAT sample papers, you can assess your CAT 2019 preparation as these CAT sample papers, prepared by experts are based and updated as per the revised CAT exam pattern. The CAT sample papers 2019 will guide you about the probable CAT question paper 2019.  

 

The CAT sample paper pdf consists of probable CAT questions with answers of varying difficulty level. These Sample Question Papers for CAT 2019 are prepared by CAT experts. These CAT sample papers online are based on actual CAT papers.

 

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CAT Mock Test

CAT Mock Test 2019: Free CAT Mock Tests
Updated on October 16, 2019

 

CAT Mock Test 2019 by IIMs with 100 questions has been released on October 16. You can take the full length official CAT Mock test on the CAT exam pattern now on CAT website in three hours. It is a single Mock without answers and not any official CAT Mock Test Series.. Read More

 

CAT Mock Test 2019 is available to prepare for CAT exam as per the revised CAT exam pattern. There are three types of CAT Mock tests with different difficulty levels available for free practice online.

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CAT Eligibility 2019

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019: check here cat exam eligibility criteria
Updated on July 27, 2019

 

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CAT 2019 Application Form

After Close of CAT Registration 2019 on September 25 at 5 PM, the CAT 2019 Error Correction Window is opened from September 28 by IIM Kozhikode to help the CAT 2019 aspirants edit the specific errors in CAT Registration form, particularly in photograph and signature upload.  

 

CAT Error Edit Option Opens on September 28
The CAT 2019 error correction window to edit CAT application form details is open from 10 AM on September 28, 2019 for three days.

 

Last Date for CAT Error Correction in Application Form: September 30
The last date to Edit the CAT Registration Form errors, is September 30, 2019 till 5 PM.

 

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CAT 2019 Syllabus

CAT Syllabus 2019: Download Section Wise Latest CAT Exam Syllabus
Updated on October 24, 2019

 

CAT Syllabus 2019 is changed and you should make your preparation strategy as per the revised CAT Syllabus. While the number of questions in Quantitative Ability (QA) section of CAT exam have been increased to 38, the questions in DILR section of CAT 2019 exam have been reduced to 28 from earlier 32. The number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs or No penalty questions) in different CAT sections have also been changed alongwith the topics in CAT syllabus. 

 

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CAT Notification 2019

CAT Notification 2019 has been released on Sunday, July 28, 2019 by IIM Kozhikode in all leading news papers with all the details. Two days before the CAT notification release, IIM Kozhikode hads released CAT 2019 Notification via Media Release. 

 

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CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Pattern 2019: Check Here CAT 2019 Exam Pattern 
Updated on November 9, 2019

 

CAT exam pattern 2019 may bring more surprises on the exam day on November 24, 2019.  CAT Exam pattern 2019 and its difficulty level is expected to change this year as reflected in the official practice test with fewer number of No-Penalty questions,  released by IIM Kozhikode.  More than a month before the CAT exam, IIM Kozhikode has released the tutorial to understand the format of CAT 2019 Test and question pattern on the CAT 2019 website on October 16, 2019. 

 

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CAT Exam Centers

CAT Exam Centers 2019: Check State Wise Test Centers List
Updated on September 13, 2019

 

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CAT 2019 Registration

After the close of CAT 2019 registration process, IIM Kozhikode is ready to release the CAT 2019 Admit Card for the 2.44 lakh candidates who have registered for CAT this year. The CAT Admit Card Download process is the most important activity for the CAT aspirants as you have to carry the hard copy of cAT Admit card with your passport size photoaffixed on it to the CAT exam centre on November 24, 2019. 

 

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CAT Coaching

CAT Coaching: CAT Coaching Centres, Best CAT Coaching Institute 
Updated on June 01, 2019

 

CAT coaching centres help you not only in scoring high in the exam but they also help you to take the CAT exam with ease and without stress. It requires intensive preparation to crack CAT exam with high score and while preparing for CAT 2019, you will be looking for best CAT Coaching institute that can help you score high in CAT exam. This year CAT exam date is November 24, 2019 and as such very short time is left to select best Coaching Classes for CAT and start your CAT preparation without further loss of time.

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CAT Answer Key

CAT Answer Key: Download Question Paper, Answer Key - Slot 1 and 2 
Updated on April 01, 2019

 

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CAT Result 2019

CAT Result: Download CAT Result, Percentile, Scorecard @ iimcat.ac.in
Updated on October 1, 2019

 

CAT Result 2019 is expected on January 7, 2020. Although IIM Kozhikode has announced to declare CAT 2019 exam result in the 2nd week of January 2020, going by the past trends the CAT result is declared towards close of first week in January. Last year CAT result was declared on January 5, 2019.

 

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CAT Score Vs Percentile

CAT 2019 Score Vs Percentile is out with the release of CAT 2019 Percentile Score calculation Method by IIM Kozhikode. This is the first time that IIMs have officially released CAT percentile score calculation method based on CAT scaled score. There are four steps to calculate your CAT Score Vs Percentile as shared by IIMs in the release.

 

You can very well assess now your admission chances in IIMs with the help of CAT scaled score with percentile. Even before the release of CAT score with percentile, you could understand what percentile you could get with the respective CAT 2019 raw score and the CAT scaled score. The process to calculate CAT raw score vs percentile is announced by IIMs now well in advance even before CAT 2019 exam date and declaration of CAT Result.

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